10 Denver places to get a margarita on a patio, on happy hour, on a gorgeous day

Patio weather is here, and that means margarita weather is also here. (They’re the same, you see.)

Los Chingones on Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Illegal Pete’s on Colfax Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Patio weather is here, and that means margarita weather is also here. (They’re the same, you see. They’re nice.)

And since we’re sitting at our desks all day thinking about where to get a margarita and sit on a patio for happy hour, we decided to put some of our ideas on the internet in case you’re doing the same.

There are many, many options, so we narrowed it down to 10 (13 if you count the multiple Illegal Pete’s locations) to try to cut down on the tyranny of choice.

Have fun! Maybe consider sunscreen!


Los Chingones

2463 Larimer St., RiNo

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Los Chingones on Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. daily

Food with that: loschingonesmexican.com

Plus: It’s a rooftop patio.


Benny’s Restaurant

301 E. Seventh Ave., Capitol Hill

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Benny’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar on 7th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including a $4.50 house rocks margarita and a $5.50 house frozen margarita.

Food with that: bennysrestaurant.com


Mas Kaos

4526 Tennyson St., Berkeley

Happy hour: 11:30 a.m. (!!!) to 6 p.m. daily, including $5 margaritas

Food with that: maskaosdenver.com


Dos Santos

1475 E. 17th Ave., City Park West

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. daily, including $5 margaritas

Food with that: dossantosdenver.com


Illegal Pete’s

270 S. Broadway, Baker
2001 E. Colfax Ave., City Park West
1744 E. Evans Ave., University
1530 16th St., LoDo

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Illegal Pete’s on Colfax Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy hour: 3-8 p.m. daily

Food with that: illegalpetes.com


Agave Taco Bar

2217 E. Mississippi Ave., Washington Park

Happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, including $4 margaritas

Food with that: agavetacobar.com


Las Margs Tavern

1521 N. Marion St., City Park West

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Las Margs on Marion Street near Colfax Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy hour: Half-off all tequila and margaritas 3 p.m. to close Monday, $4 house margaritas 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Food with that: facebook.com/pg/lasmargstavern


Lola Coastal Mexican

1575 Boulder St., Highland

Happy hour: All night Monday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including $5-7 coin-style margaritas

Food with that: loladenver.com

Plus: Live music on Sundays.


Mezcal

3230 E. Colfax Ave., Congress Park

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Mezcal on Colfax Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. daily, including $5 house margaritas

Food with that: mezcalcolorado.com


 The Pioneer

2401 S. University Blvd., University

Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. daily, including $4 house margaritas

Food with that: thepioneerbar.com

Plus: Rooftop patio.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.