Patio hopping on Larimer Square? We’ve got three of the best patio spots on the block for you to try out before summer ends. Whether you’re in the mood for a margarita, an elegant cocktail, or even a flight of wine, these spots are bound to make your happy hour experience a tasty one.
Tamayo is a restaurant rooted in tradition that offers visitors savory and carefully crafted Mexican food. Their spacious location on the corner of Larimer and 14th street is also home to a beautiful rooftop lounge that lends itself to some of the best views of the mountains and the Denver city skyline. Tamayo also has a full bar upstairs so guests don’t need to go far when they’re looking for a re-fill. Whether you’re looking for a happy hour drink or snack, Tamayo’s menu has something for everyone.
From 2-6 PM every day, Tamayo offers Bebidas (drinks) for $5, Botanas (Mexican Tapas) for under $6, and $3 Tacos. They pride themselves on their special margaritas with fresh fruit infused tequila, which keeps the drinks fresh and tart. It’s challenging to choose just a couple of items on their menu because they’re all so well priced and delicious.
What to Eat: Perro Caliente, which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with pickled chile and chipotle rouille. This might be one of the best dishes on their happy hour menu and only costs $4. The perfect after work snack. The Chicken Tinga Taco is served up on a corn tortilla with pico de gallo, crema fresca and black beans. Order this on a Tuesday during happy hour because all tacos go for $2 instead of the usual $3.
What to Drink: Sandia Tajin, which has tequila blanco, watermelon, tajin simple and citrus all mixed together. This refreshing margarita is ideal for a summer day and the tajin spiced rim gives the drink a spicy but delicious kick. What could be better than a great margarita for $5?
Other Fan Favorites From the Menu: Chicken Flautas, Wild Mushroom Flatbread, and the Mango Fresh Fruit Margarita.
Upcoming Events to Look Out For: Every weekend, Tamayo offers their bottomless margarita brunch for $35. Included in this special are all you can eat small plates and drinks. It’s an awesome place to take your friends for brunch on the weekends.
Milk and Honey:
Milk and Honey Bar Kitchen is the perfect spot for fine American dining, craft cocktails and delicious desserts. In addition, their patio is a local secret on Larimer Square. Tucked inside the Kettle Arcade is a beautiful garden that leads directly to Milk and Honey’s lower-leveled patio.
Offering happy hour from 4-6 PM on Tuesday’s through Friday’s, Milk and Honey is the great spot to visit when you are patio hopping on Larimer Square. With all their food and beverage items priced under $7 on their happy hour menu, Milk and Honey is a no-brainer when choosing a place to dine.
What to Eat: Artisan Cheeses, which comes with jam, toast points and a selection of four cheeses for $7.
What to Drink: Fleur de Prarie Rose from Provence, France is a splendid drink to compliment the Artisan Cheeses. The rose has delicate flavors of strawberry, rose petals and herbs while offering a bright and refreshing acidity. All wines are by the glass during happy hour and cost only $5.
Other Fan Favorites From the Menu: Sautéed Mussels, Pork Ribs and Sangria.
Upcoming Events to Look Out For: Starting the first Sunday in September, Milk and Honey will be offering ½ off bottles of wine all day as well as happy hour from 2:30 PM-7 PM.
Crú Food & Wine Bar
Crú is a premier wine bar offering over 300 bottles of wine and 40 delicious wines offered by the glass. Pairing their wine flights with beautiful Napa inspired plates is one of the restaurant’s specialties. Not only do they have a wonderful wine and food menu, but their happy hour special makes Crú a marvelous spot to meander over to if you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a patio to relax on.
Crú offers happy hour from 4-6:30 PM on Monday’s through Friday’s. Their menu consists of an eclectic mix of tasting plates. Everyday there is a “Chef’s Feature of the Day,” which allows guests to try something new. Crú’s happy hour also offers $3 off glasses or flights of wine making it possible to enjoy an appetizer and drink for only $11 / $12.
The hidden gem of the restaurant is their beautiful hidden patio that is located in the back of their restaurant. The Sussex courtyard is quaint, tucked away and a peaceful spot to enjoy a few appetizers and a nice flight of wine. The deck is surrounded by greenery and flowers, which gives the space a relaxing vibe. They also have a patio out front if you’d prefer to admire the Larimer Square visitors passing by and the iconic canopy of lights.
What to Eat: Goat Cheese Beignets. The appetizer comes four to a plate, stuffed with creamy goat cheese. The sweet honey and cracked pepper on top makes this a no brainer appetizer. It’s hard to top this $4 snack. Another delightful bite is the Calamari, which comes with a mix of not just squid but shrimp as well. A beautiful side of red sauce and with a twist of lemon on top makes this an unmatchable dish. It’s also very reasonably priced at only $5.
What to Drink: Ruffino Prosecco. This glass of wine ales from Tuscany, Italy and was produced from grapes grown in the hilly area of Valobbiadene. The bouquet is fragrant, fruity and has fine bubbles. It pairs very nicely with the Goat Cheese Beignets and during happy hour costs $9. If you’re looking for a nice glass of red wine, Mitolo “The Jester” Shiraz has dark fruit flavors of blackberry, chocmint, and anise and has a very dry and savory finish. The 2014 Australian wine pairs nicely with the Calamari and is offered for $12 during happy hour.
Other Fan Favorites From the Menu: Brushetta made with ciabatta bread, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle to top it off. It pairs perfectly with the San Felice Rose from Tuscany, Italy. Together, the appetizer and glass of wine costs $11.