NOCO Top 5: Best Patios

1. Illegal Pete’s, Fort Collins
Located on Walnut street right in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, Illegal Pete’s boasts a spacious dining and bar area with a huge rooftop patio and a fully stocked second bar. While it’s open most hours of the day and into the wee hours of the night for the weekends, Illegal Pete’s is ready for breakfast starting at 7AM on weekdays and 9AM on the weekends. You never have to miss happy hour because you’re stuck at work because it starts at 3PM and lasts until 8PM every single day of the week! With a fun and energetic atmosphere, Illegal Pete’s owner, Pete Turner strives to make his restaurant a place where everyone wants to be, and not just for the mission-style burritos, the live music, or the location. The service is fast, the employees truly love their jobs and the menu is full of healthy choices; however, Illegal Pete’s isn’t just in Fort Collins, if you’re headed to Boulder, Denver, or Tucson, AZ, make sure you grab your buddies, and them get some burritos and beer at these locations. So celebrate more, support a starving artist, and kick back, relax and viva Fort Collins at Illegal Pete’s in Old Town!

PHOTO COURTESY ILLEGAL PETES. Illegal Pete’s has one of the most beautiful patio’s in Fort Collins, with sweeping views of old town and the Rocky Mountains.

 

2. Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, Fort Collins
Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon in Northern Colorado is the home of free, live music and good ‘ol home cooking. No matter where you’re from, they are your neighborhood go-to bar! Enjoy food and drink specials every day of the week at this iconic Irish pub in the square in Old Town Fort Collins. There is live music every Wednesday-Saturday night and you can sit and listen to the artists play from inside or outside the restaurant at their fabulous outdoor patio. Lucky Joe’s also features an extensive list of beers from near and far, as well as a thoughtful win selection and delicious cocktails. Each dish is carefully prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients around including lamb sliders, Irish nachos, and smoked salmon pate.

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON. The Lucky Joe’s patio is a great place for people watching. Right in Old Town Square hundreds of people will probably walk by in a matter of only a few hours on the weekends.

 

3. Door 222, Loveland
Well known for their tapas, homemade desserts and the grilled Colorado lamb T-bone steak, Door 222 is the perfect summer hangout. In 2014, Door 222 was given the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and was recently included in Sunset magazine’s travel section for having an adventurous and unique menu. It is located in downtown Loveland next door to the Rialto theater and it Is Open seven days a week. The outdoor ambience is perfect for a first date, a night out on the town, or even a Father’s Day brunch and on the 2nd Friday of every month, Door 222 joins in on Loveland’s “Night on the Town.” This event includes artists receptions, spectacular eats and beats, and a block-party like atmosphere. Every dish is a delectable experience as well as different daily drinks and specials you won’t want to miss out on!

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON. Door 222 in Loveland has a great patio, right next to the Rialto Theatre.

 

4. Hearth Restaurant & Pub, Windsor
At Hearth Restaurant and Pub, make some memories with family and friends by sharing a casual, warm meal in downtown Windsor. Whether you’re in the mood for buffalo chicken-n-biscuits, crisp cod fritters or something a little less hearty like a beef Waldorf salad, Hearth is always a great choice for lunch or dinner. With a modern decor and the beautiful, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and Windsor Lake, you may want to sit on the balcony to get the full experience. Just make sure to call ahead or make a reservation if you’ve got a large party.

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON. Hearth Restaurant in Windsor is on the 2nd level. The views of Windsor Lake make it a quiet and relaxing place to have a meal.

 

5. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Johnstown
Looking for a super fresh burger with all the toppings you can imagine and a great beer selection with outdoor seating? At Bad Daddy’s you don’t just order your burger, you create it — so grab a piece of paper and a pencil at your table and choose from wacky toppings like buttermilk fried jalapeño bacon and sides like spicy chorizo queso dip and tater tots. Don’t prefer a beef sandwich? No problem. The buffalo chicken sandwich with onion straws, blue cheese and applewood smoked bacon is to die for! Bad Daddy’s also has locations in Loveland, and Boulder.

PHOTO BY BLAINE HOWERTON. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Johnstown (near Centerra) is in a new suburban shopping center. But, the quiet atmosphere, convenience and good food make this a top choice for a Northern Colorado patio.

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