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There’s nothing better than sleeping in on a Sunday than heading out in the late morning for a filling brunch with friends or lunch while watching the game. Shake off the night before with a laid back drink in the sun and causally pass the day. Check out these Denver locales for great ideas on where to catch happy hour on a sunny roof-top patio or enjoy a breezy, bottomless brunch.

Illegal Pete’s
270 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80202

Illegal Pete’s is always a go to for locals for a stiff drink, a good time and a huge burrito. Illegal Pete’s has a number of locations around the Denver metro area, making them a convenient locale for an after work cocktail or hanging with friends on a Sunday watching the game. The South Broadway location is fun and casual, and the portions they serve up of their southwest style cuisine are extremely generous. They have plenty of indoor space to host a large crowd and an awesome outdoor patio so you can enjoy the fresh mountain air. They have a full bar and a number of beers on tap.

My Brother’s Bar
2376 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202

My Brother’s Bar on 15th Street in Denver is the oldest continuously operating bar in the city, and for good reason. My Brother’s Bar is an unassuming corner establishment with no sign and only for those in the know. You are sent back in time as you meander pass the long wooden bar and your footsteps echo on the hardwood floor. Take a seat inside on a vintage high stool or enjoy their large yet somehow very cozy patio. They have a full bar and some of the best classic burgers and old school crispy-fried onion rings in the city. They are open for lunch and the perfect late night spot to grab a bite after midnight.

1400 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
720- 946-1433

Tamayo in Larimer Square in Downton Denver has great outdoor spaces for basking in the Colorado sun while enjoying a cool, hand crafted drink and a delectable, Zagat rated bite. The award winning eatery offers over 100 tequilas and agave based spirits as well as a number of hand-crafted, muddled cocktails. The cuisine is sort of a neuvo-Mexican mixed with native fusion. The Chile Relleno and the Crab and Shrimp Enchiladas are a must and go nicely with a fresh Mojito. Try their Bottomless Margaritas Brunch on a sunny Sunday and soak up the rays on their sidewalk seating or rooftop patio.

View House
2015 Market Street
Denver, CO 80205

7101 S Clinton Street
Centennial, CO 80112

The View House has a couple of locations around Denver and is perfect for enjoying a casual lunch and catching some great views, or watching the game with a crowd. The menu is casual with burgers and bar food and beers, but the views and the crowd are what makes this place great. With room for you and a couple hundred of your closest buddies, either one of the locations can get pretty crazy on an event or game day. Check out their website for a schedule of events and live music.

Jax Fish House
1539 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Jax Fish House on 17th Street in Denver is another must-visit hotspot for a good drink, a good time and fresh air. The food there is also a must and helps soak up the incredible cocktails that you won’t be able to get enough of. The Strawberry Lemonade cocktail is a must, or try the Oyster Shooters made with bloody mary mix. The menu is filled with fresh seafood and classics like Steak Tartare. Come for the amazing happy hour deals and enjoy their outdoor sidewalk seating during fair weather.

Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on Examiner.com.