Shady restaurant terraces in opposition to the warmth in Denver, Boulder

The Garden at The Ramble Hotel is located on a rooftop on the mezzanine and serves cocktails and plates from Death & Co in the summer. (Provided by The Ramble)

Editor’s note: This is part of The Knows series, Staff Favorites. Each week we share our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, the outdoors, and more. (We’ll also let you in on some of the hidden gems). Here you will find our previous employee favorites.

Decks to play with, decks to find views, decks to people-watch – there are decks for all purposes around Denver and Boulder.

But I enjoyed these terraces for a very specific reason, and that was to get away from the city without ever leaving. During this heat wave or the next, look for one of the following for a true urban oasis.

Industrial escapes

The garden at The Ramble Hotel is just the prettiest roof (on the mezzanine) on Larimer Street. When it opens to the public again later this summer after the pandemic, drinkers can sip bottled cocktails and frozen brews as they grind up crispy watermelon tacos from the Death & Co. bar and kitchen. 1280 25th St., Denver, 720-996-6300,

The Wiesengrund Bar lost its sister grocery store during COVID, but this space is about to reopen as a pizzeria, Redeemer, and the terrace is still just as popular in the meantime with nightly live music in a trellis garden that feels like a tree house. Go for DJ sets or live jazz late into the evening. 2701 Larimer St., Denver, 303-293-0251,

Succulents line the floor of Hoja’s backyard on Old South Pearl Street. (Provided by Hoja)

Neighborhood treasures

leaf is the smallest restaurant with a quiet surprise behind it on Old South Pearl Street. You’ll find a secret back yard with whitewashed walls dotted with palm fronds, chilli ristras, and succulents. Try ice cream parlors de olla (Mexican spiced coffees) and pile up breakfast burritos. 1284 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303-777-5919,

Vegetable garden behind the Capitol Hill restaurant a terrace and a garden. The concrete room feels cool enough to sit at the bar or dining room, but the lush garden and covered terrace make it much cooler – for a date or special occasion with real kitchen sourced from local producers. 1109 N. Ogden St., Denver, 303-832-5788,

The rear deck of the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder overlooks the Flatiron Mountains and has manicured gardens and a gazebo. (Provided by St. Julien)

Palace gardens

Redgarden Terrace at the St. Julien Hotel is the kind of lawn for weddings or other seasonal events (and people do). But it’s also an environment – complete with professional landscaping, a gazebo, and views of the Flatirons – just to enjoy a glass of wine, a leisurely brunch, or a sunset dinner. Order the ice-cold espresso martini for dessert or happy hour. 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696,

Domo Japanese Country Foods’ Restaurant Garden is probably the biggest surprise for anyone who has never been to this traditional Lincoln Park neighborhood. And the tradition orientation ranges from the sake service to the spices (no soy sauce on the tables) to the outdoor terrace in the form of spacious Japanese gardens. 1365 Osage St., Denver, 303-595-3666,

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