Sips & Sunsets 3

Park Meadows Patios with a View

I’ve lived in Colorado for almost two decades now and I still get confused by the duality of August. Can we just enjoy those precious days of mid-summer (for Gosh sakes summer doesn’t end till September 22), or do we join the frenzy of back-to-school shopping for the kiddos? How about both? Lucky for us locals, there are plenty of options for kicking back after the latter and enjoying a beverage with a view. Here — a few of our favorite spots for what we call “Shopping Half-time.”

1. La Sandia

SIP: The La Sandia

SAVOR: Crispy Masa Battered Calamari

Opens at 11 AM daily

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2. Perry’s Steakhouse

SIP: 2014 Private Label Chardonnay

SAVOR: Asian Ahi Tuna Tartare

Opens at 11 AM on Friday, 4 PM every other day of the week

PerrysSteakhouse.com

3. PF Chang’s

SIP: Strawberry Ginger Margarita

SAVOR: Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Happy hour from 3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday

PFChangs.com