Welcome to the “second-wind” time of the year! The trees are beginning to bloom, shorts are becoming more and more acceptable, temperatures are rising, and the freedom of summer is just on the horizon. We made it! Goodbye, dreary days and muddy sludge; hello, sunny evenings and lush green.

One hallmark of summer is weekend brunch outings and warm patio happy hours. Fortunately, Denver has a plethora of perfectly suited options to enjoy both!

Postino LoHi
Postino has arguably the best happy hour around. Known for their high quality, approachable wines, and exceptional service, you would be remiss not to take advantage of it! Their motto is “$6 ’til 5:00, every day!” Grab any glass of their exclusive and extensive house wines or one of their mini-pitchers of Colorado Brewed Beers for only $6 and snack on some of their house-made bruschetta. And in the spirit of unique wines, join them for weekend brunch and test out their wine-based cocktails like the ‘Lectric Eye, a unique, fortified wine’s take on the Aperol Spritz. You will not be disappointed as you soak in the sun on their dog-friendly patio with beautiful views of downtown amidst the friendly-neighborhood feel of the Lower Highlands.

Recommended: A glass of their Das Gute Grüner Veltliner paired with the Prosciutto and Brie Panini. Both go wonderfully with their mixed-green salad.

The ViewHouse @ Ballpark
Swing by the ViewHouse for All-American foods with locally sourced and excellently elevated dishes. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying their broad menu and fabulous Happy Hour. Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm, choose from various beers, wines, cocktails, and mouth-watering appetizers. Located directly across from Coors Field, ViewHouse offers a prime location for all sports lovers and brunch connoisseurs. Savor the warmth of their rooftop patio or compete in “Drink in Hand” Cornhole. This may just become your regular spot.

Recommended: Take advantage of their Happy Hour $22 deal – grab a bottle of Barefoot Chardonnay paired with their Mediterranean Pizza with fresh basil.

Number Thirty-Eight
Number 38’s recent accolades speak for themselves! Voted Westword’s “Best of Denver” Winner for 2023, Number 38 is a must for any Denverite. With one of Denver’s most extensive drink lists, Number 38 offers over 100 drink options sourced from Colorado-based brands. There’s no other comparable taste of Colorado. Enjoy their patio dining with your pup, a weekend sand-volleyball tournament, live music, trivia nights, and a multitude of other fun-soaked activities. Plus, what more could you want than pizza, fried chicken, burgers, and cold beer on tap? Number 38 SCREAMS, “Colorado Summer.” Check out their website for upcoming events and concerts.

Recommended: Make the most of brunch with their Pork Roll Bodega, dressed in their house-made black-pepper butter.

Nothing beats Bottomless Brunch! On weekends from 10:30 – 3:00, enjoy the constant flow of brunch cocktails and unlimited small plates showcasing a multitude of Tamayo’s favorite flavors. Located in the heart of Larimer Square, carefully prepared dishes by Chef Richard Sandoval keep those in the LoDo neighborhood coming back. Take advantage of their variety of handcrafted cocktails and fresh-fruit margaritas. Offering happy hour deals every day, a beautiful rooftop deck, and quality that locals rave about, there is no excuse not to give them a whirl. We are confident you will not regret it – authentically crafted Mexican cuisine will satiate every craving, especially since you can try them all!

Recommended: Sip on their Spicy Mango Margarita with their Slow-Braised Short Rib or a variety of street tacos.

Death & Co.
Don’t let their name fool you; this is one of Denver’s most aesthetically pleasing and unique spots, sure to enliven your summer. Death & Co. offers unique and seasonal variety. Every sip reveals the intentionality laced into every cocktail. Specifically catered to mornings, DC/AM features the staples to start your day off with all necessities: farm-fresh and hearty breakfast dishes, hand-selected coffee and teas, and acutely tuned brunch cocktails. In the evenings, their space becomes a cozy cocktail lounge and dining venue with something for anyone. Their dishes range from burgers to radish carpaccio and smoked trout with seasonal menu changes and “The Garden,” open during spring and summer for fresh dining.

Recommended: The Cool Mile: Leopold’s No. 25 Gin, Cocci Rosa, Blueberry, Genepy, Sparkling Wine.