Top 5 Summer Patios in Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Company | Fort Collins

Is there anything better than beer and sunshine? How about a few of your closest friends and some good dogs to round out the perfect vibe? Located near Old Town in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing Company’s patio is always hopping. Stop by after work or on the weekends for local food trucks, delicious beer and usually a fantastic live band. Local tip? Every third Thursday Odell releases a Today IPA that definitely warrants a happy hour visit. Check out their Facebook for August’s brew.  


High Hops Brewery | Windsor 

A patio that overlooks an on-site hop field? We’re en route. Located in Windsor, High Hops Brewery definitely lives up to its motto of “all types of beer for all types of people.” With over 40 taps in their tasting room, there is sure to be a brew for whatever you’re craving. No matter if you’re commuting or rolling up on two wheels, High Hops has plenty of parking and room for the whole crew. Local tip? Stop by on Wednesday for Firkin Humpday where they tap a new specialty small-batch brew at 5 p.m. 


Paddler’s Pub | Fort Collins

Looking for an outdoor space with great views plus great community and brews? Look no further than Paddler’s Pub. With all the activities you could ever imagine, including cornhole, giant Jenga, sand volleyball and giant Connect4, a visit to Paddler’s Pub makes for the happiest of happy hours. It also only serves beer and wine made in Colorado, with lots of local Northern Colorado specialties. Grab your friends, coworkers or the whole family and stop by today. Local tip? Practice up on your tetherball skills.


AKA Kitchen | Loveland

Opened in 2018 in Loveland, AKA Kitchen is aka… delicious. Family-owned, AKA Kitchen has a great patio for brunch, lunch, happy hour or date night. Plus, with Rock Coast Brewery onsite, it’s sure to be a favorite for all the beer lovers in your crew. AKA also has plenty of events to check out, including yoga and live local music. Local tip? The Fingerling Potatoes can be made vegan. 


Sunset Lounge | Fort Collins

Great for that happy hour that turns into happy hours, the Sunset Lounge at the Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins is a must-hit on the patio list this summer. Serving wine, beer or craft cocktails, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. Open nightly Tuesday through Sunday, there’s plenty of evenings to choose from to watch the sunset over the front range mountain view. Local tip? The Piano Has Been Drinking is delicious. It may or may not make you better at the piano. 

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Laura Smith is a freelance writer, communications professional and events coordinator. Originally from Nebraska, she moved west for more adventures and more stories. When she isn't writing she can be found running, biking, hiking or at a local brewery.

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