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Arvada's Best Restaurant Patio

Flights Wine Cafe

Article by Monty Montgomery

Photography by Sarah Schierkolk

Originally published in Arvada Lifestyle

If you’ve been on the hunt for a local restaurant that flaunts a picturesque patio space and unbeatable service, look no further than Flights Wine Cafe’s distinct selection of wine and food options. According to Lavonne, the co-owner of Flights Wine, her establishment harbors “the best patio in Old Town.” 

The restaurant itself is a refurbished home built in 1945, which Lavonne turned into a wine bar with snug seating and sleek fireplaces. With a beautiful grassy null full of lilac and rose shrubs to accompany a grouping of bistro tables, it’s difficult to disagree with Lavonne’s sentiments. Flowers surround the entire space for a healthy dose of color. Candles are lined across the outdoor patio for a truly warm ambiance. Modernized fireplaces with advanced heat control keep customers cozy during cooler evenings. From aesthetics to sheer comfort, the atmosphere at Flights Wine Cafe makes for an impactful dining experience. 

The live music on Saturdays and the occasional Thursday is a magnet for Arvada locals as well. Flights Wine Cafe plans to add a few more gazebos for use during live music events, though they can also be requested as private spaces when music isn’t scheduled. Umbrellas are available for brighter days, and the patio has both shady and sunny spots to cater to either preference. 

Flights Wine Cafe has hosted their fair share of weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, retirement parties, baby showers, and so much more. Depending on the size of an event, they can simultaneously carry on with normal business thanks to the massive patio space. As for their day-to-day clientele, the restaurant is welcoming to family dinners, friendly hangouts, and date nights for time-restrained parents.

Looking at their drinks selection, the establishment offers a list of both renowned and lesser-known wines. Some of their niche options are from locations like New Zealand, South Africa, Greece and Portugal, while more common wines from France, Italy, California, Washington State, and even Colorado are also available in a bottle, a glass, or as a flight. Beer and spirit options are a bit limited, though Flights Wine is more than capable of serving margaritas, sangrias, tequila flights, and bourbon. Mixed drinks are no issue either, and are available upon request. Simply put, Flights Wine isn’t strictly limited to wine lovers. 

As for the food selection, Flights Wine Cafe takes pride in hosting a diverse menu of items that are unique and foreign to most first-time diners. For example, their roasted red pepper and onion ciabatta bread and “Moody Bleau” grilled cheese are unique fan favorites that most customers had never encountered before. The menu can be described as Americana, with a healthy mix of light tapas and large dishes to meet a range of appetites. If you’re in the mood for something sweet after your meal, dessert flights of three varied treats are available for indecisive eaters. Among their most popular desserts is the cheesecake, which is doused in bourbon and lit ablaze for mouthwatering caramelization. 

All in all, Flights Wine Cafe caters to a strong local community of regulars with a beautiful dog-friendly patio, creative team of dedicated staff, and a dedication to giving back through various fundraisers. To get in touch with Flights Wine Cafe and organize your next special occasion, send your inquiries to flightswinecafe@hotmail.com or call (303) 697-0492. For a first-person idea of their beautiful patio layout, take a visit to their location on 7714 Grandview Avenue in Arvada between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m and take advantage of their happy hour prices. 

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