07/12/2011 03:04 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2011

Booze With A View: 5 Best Rooftop Bars In Denver

You know you can find amazing rooftops and cityscape views at Lower Downtown's Lodo's or Tavern... but so does everyone else. To avoid the LoDo masses and congested traffic, check out these five rooftop bars - our favorites in the Denver area.

Vinyl: Heaters, fire pits, lots of dance space and impressive views of the cityscape and Rockies are all part of this edgy downtown dance club's highest space. Check out rooftop festivities at Reggae on the Roof Thursdays or the gay and lesbian dance party on Climax Sundays.
1082 Broadway; 303-860-8469

Morrison Inn: Stick to chips and queso and margs at this laid-back Tex-Mex rooftop near Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Meet up for a few drinks before a concert or Film on the Rocks, or regroup after a scenic hike.
301 Bear Creek Ave., Morrison; 303-697-6650

Vita: Draped rope lighting and a candlelight ambiance create a sophisticated space for wine and live jazz each weekend with views of the Denver skyline. Drinks are easily refreshed at Vita's full rooftop bar.
1575 Boulder St.; 303-477-4600

Funky Buddha Lounge: Enjoy tapas and decadent martinis at this neighborhood lounge in Capitol Hill on one of two rooftop patios - both balanced with feng shui décor.
776 Lincoln; 303-832-5075

Fainting Goat: Wait out rush hour on a barstool with a beer and Irish nachos (homemade chips, corned beef, jack cheese, horseradish dijionaise and scallions) on the urban rooftop patio at this Golden Triangle pub.
846 Broadway; 303-945-2323