- Michelle Schmid
RiNo is the new hip district in Denver to experience the best in art, food, and most importantly, drink. With microbreweries and top-notch restaurants showcasing its industrial roots, RiNo offers a thriving selection of bars. Here are some of the best.
RiNo Yacht Club
Tucked into The Source, a re-furbished 1880 foundry, RiNo Yacht Club is the place to enjoy social drinking culture from around the world. Explore a cocktail menu divided into three sections, or try one of the draft beers while basking in the fun atmosphere of this chic bar. The selections are all original and occasionally surprising in the best way imaginable.
RiNo Yacht Club, 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 485 5581
A winding spiral staircase, great cocktails, a sleek setup, and all that jazz make Nocturne one of the hottest bars in the city. Devoted to live jazz performances, this bar is the perfect mashup of musical entertainment and tasty drinks. Step into this adventurous throwback to American supper clubs of the ’40s and ’50s, the underground venues of old Hollywood, and the legendary 52nd Street of New York in its heyday for a one-of-a-kind night out.
Nocturne, 1330 27th St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 295 3333
Specializing in dry, hard ciders of the highest quality is Stem Ciders, a bar and brewery located on Walnut Street. Each cider is made right in-house and focuses on preserving the pure and complex flavor of the apple. And if the perfect tartness isn’t enough, this cider house also organizes a number of live music events and offers a lovely outdoor patio for drinking. The staff members here are especially keen to match guests with the perfect cider, so be prepared to experience a drink that’s just right.
Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St #150, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 443 3007
DADA Art Bar
Art is the rule at RiNo’s DADA Art Bar, where a gallery, live music, cocktails and food all take part in a lifestyle of creative expression. Celebrating new shows and constantly changing the art displays, this bar offers a taste of culture in a truly unique way. A space to interact with artists and art enthusiasts of all types while partaking in a tasty drink, DADA is much more than just its fantastic cocktails!
DADA Art Bar, 2470 Broadway St #103, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 320 4716
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Break into a barrel of some of the most accomplished Denver beer at this local microbrewery. Beryl’s Beer Co is all about bringing new and enticing flavors to traditional beers, using a barrel-aging technique to transfer inspiration straight to the heart of the ale. This bar offers an ever-changing variety of flavors right on tap, all cooked up by a qualified Master Brewer. So, visitors can drink their fill of beer while enjoying live music, open mic nights, and a diverse variety of other events.
Beryl’s Beer Co, 3120 Blake St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 420 0826
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Progressive, music-driven, and focused on crafting the most perfectly nuanced beer, Black Shirt Brewing Co offers a scene of great food, hip music, and a string of events that make every visit one-of-a-kind. Here, the tune is the red ale project, where every batch is made carefully by hand to achieve that balanced taste. Either in the small tasting room or outside on the patio, any visiting person can taste the passion that fuels this brewpub.
Black Shirt Brewing Co, 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO, USA, +1303 993 2799
Housed in the corner of the old customer pick-up and will call offices, Will Call complements the industrial background of the RiNo district spectacularly. This bar brings a sleek finish to an old idea, offering a theme that plays on the location brilliantly. With a tinge of Venezuelan influence seeping into the flavorful menu, Will Call stands as one of Denver’s hottest bars. Colorado beers and freshly squeezed cocktails are a big highlight. Oh, and don’t miss the extended happy hour offered twice daily.
Will Call, 3043 N Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 484 6428
Mile High Spirits
Drawing a friendly and eclectic crowd, the space and drinks of Denver’s distillery are top-notch. At Mile High Spirits, customers experience not only a tasting room that offers a pool table and other fun bar activities, but also a taste that distinctly originates in-house. Producing all its own liquors, Mile High Spirits creates speciality cocktails of all flavors, including a list of the best mules in the city. Whether enjoying a game of pool, bean bag toss, or live music, this bar will leave any wanderer wondrously satisfied with a great experience.
Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 296 2226
Infinite Monkey Theorem
Using the best grapes, harvested from the western slopes of Colorado, Infinite Monkey Theorem is a completely urban winery, inviting the surrounding neighborhood to take part in the wine-making process. Taking a name that refers to a mathematical theorem, this back-alley winery is all about creating order from chaos. Enjoy a tap room that offers wines of all flavors and colors, along with knowledgeable staff and good company.
Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 736 8376
River North Brewery
Brewing up a variety of Belgian-styled ales and American ales with a twist, the taproom at River North Brewery offers the opportunity to partake in great beer with friends and strangers in an intimate setting. The bartenders here are bursting with knowledge about the brewing process and are at hand to help visitors discover a beer that suits them. Each month, River North serves up a new speciality barrel-aged brew, so there’s always something new to discover at this award-winning pub.
River North Brewery, 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 296 2617