Denver’s not nearly as wintry as outsiders tend to assume — especially not this year, in which the city tied its 134-year record for consecutive days without snowfall — but it isn’t Miami either, so offering outdoor service year-round takes some effort.
Granted, that effort was aided by pandemic-era restrictions on dining-room capacity, which forced many restaurant and bar operators to invest in alternative seating options. So while many patios are weather-dependent throughout the season, many are now expressly built to withstand the cold. In some cases, that simply means they’re bedecked with propane heaters and fire pits for intrepid outdoorsy types to gather round; in others, it means there are tents, greenhouses, bungalows, yurts and other indoor-outdoor structures in place that may require reservations and even advance payment. TLDR: Call ahead to ensure that table in the sunshine is available.
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Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More