Greatest Patios for Wining & Dining in the Durango Sunshine

The best views for drinks and dinner in Durango.

Greatest Patios for Wining and Dining in the Durango Sunshine

Durango’s vistas are stunning, offering panoramic views of alpine scenery and blue sky. How better to enjoy them than with a glass of wine and a delicious plate of food? We asked local chefs, brewers and adventurers to give us the inside scoop on where to find the best outdoor dining and drinking options in town and beyond.

Fired Up

Recommended by: Ani Casabonne

For Ani Casabonne, there’s no better view in Durango (at least not while downing drinks and eating pizza) than from the Fired Up patio: “Fired Up has a super nice patio and really good pizza. They even do a cauliflower pizza crust.”

Animas Brewing Company

Recommended by: Scott Bickert, Joy Martin, Dave Thibodeau, Jenna Black, Ani Casabonne

Durango-based writer Joy Martin loves the river views at the aptly named Animas Brewing Company: “Animas Brewing Company has a good patio right on the river. They have an awesome double IPA and killer soft pretzels.”

Live Music at Balcony Bar & Grill

Recommended by: Jenna Black, Fred Kosak

Durango’s hotspot for drinks and live music also has killer rooftop views, according to Jenna Black of The Bookcase & Barber: “After walking Main Avenue, I would probably take friends to the Balcony Bar & Grill and enjoy some live music.”

James Ranch

Recommended by: Kris Oyler, Katie Burford, Sean Clark, Joy Martin, Dave Thibodeau

James Ranch is known for artisanal cheeses, high quality meats, and locally sourced everything. It’s also a great place to eat outdoors in the splendor of Durango’s wilderness. “James Ranch is an absolute paragon of a local,” says Katie Burford of Cream Bean Berry. “At their Harvest Grill out there at the ranch, they use local growers as much as they can. And as far as the quality, you can't get any better. I often think that those cows out there live better than I do. They've also got a million dollar view.”

Eolus Bar & Dining

Recommended by: Jenna Black, Kami Swingle

Another beloved local rooftop is at Eolus Bar & Dining, offering a fine dining experience and a fantastic wine list, says Jenna Black: “The rooftop at Eolus. It’s such a pretty experience up top.”