Very few things in life compare to grabbing a cold drink after a long day of hitting the slopes or hiking the mountains in Denver, Colorado. A city with great weather and even greater people, hanging out in local hotspots and patio pubs comes naturally. So whether you’re in the mood to browse a wine list or hit up a beer garden, here are the ten best places to drink in Denver, Colorado.
Vintage and colorful, Sputnik is located next door to music venue hi-dive, so it’s used to concert-going crowds looking to grab a drink before or after a show. Their lavender gin lemonade is made with house-infused lavender gin. The ‘Heart of Gold’ cocktail is made with rye, peach bitters, maple syrup, and orange zest.
9. A Côté
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Absinthe bar A Côté is small and intimate, the perfect place to bring a date. Their cocktail menu was created to suit every taste and features absinthe from all around the world. No other place in Colorado can transport you to another decade quite like A Côté, and the food is great too, making it one of the top bars in Denver.
8. Scruffy Murphy’s
Irish pub Scruffy Murphy’s is authentic and charming, offering a vast selection of beers and whiskeys alongside live music performed by local bands. If you’re hungry, Scruffy Murphy’s makes a mean bangers n’ mash, or ballpark style pretzels with mustard.
7. Star Bar
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Star Bar is one of the top bars in Denver. It’s a hole in the wall joint that feels like a friend’s basement, Star Bar focuses on craft-beer, showcasing brews from all over North America. There’s also karaoke every Tuesday and Thursday and it’s a great place to work on your pinball or pool game. If it isn’t already, Star Bar will quickly become your favorite casual weekend hangout spot.
6. Lowry Beer Garden
Lowry Beer Garden boasts a large outdoor space and vast beer menu, making it one of the best places to drink in Denver. Hanging white lights and cafeteria tables make this a comfortable and cozy spot to hangout with friends and enjoy good food and drinks. The beer garden’s food menu features a wide array of burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
5. Truffle Table
Eclectic and hip, Truffle Table has an expansive wine list that changes seasonally and a cheese menu that would please any foodie. Other dishes include sriracha caramel corn, duck liver mousse, a red pepper and almond dip, and prosciutto meatballs with salsa verde. All menu items pair well with a glass of vino.
Acorn has an industrial feel, with large windows and a graffiti wall. They know their stuff when it comes to good food and great wine, and their cocktail menu is as fun as their décor. ‘The Soas’ is and grown-up take on a snow cone; made with gin, Gran Marnier, and orange juice.
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The clever concept of a bookstore that doubles as a bar comes alive with BookBar, a place that focuses on both literature and wine. Their food menu features many delicious small plates, with an emphasis being put on local and organic ingredients. It’s the perfect place to meet up with your book club, and it’s one of the best places to drink in Denver.
Retro-style diner Steuben’s is unlike anything else in the city. Their cocktail menu ranges from classic to modern. The ‘Blood & Sand’ features scotch, vermouth, cherry liqueur, orange juice, and orange bitters. ‘Twins, Basil’ is made with rum, lime juice, ginger syrup, sugar, and bitters. It’s definitely one of the top bars in Denver.
1. Euclid Hall
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Located in Larimer Square in a historic tavern, Euclid Hall is known for their beer menu. The ‘Canada Eh? Almost Made It’ cocktail is made with beer, tequila, Averna, lime, and Angostura bitters. ‘His Shenanigans are Cruel and Tragic’ features single malt scotch, persimmon and lavender shrub, lemon, and simple syrup.