The Best Bars In Downtown Denver

Great Divide Brewing Company © Cliff
Great Divide Brewing Company © Cliff
Photo of Gwen Starkman
9 February 2017

Denver, Colarado has a thriving night-life with many bars and breweries. With so much competition, each bar brings something creative and interesting to the table. From speakeasies to sports bars to neighborhood breweries, this heart of the city has something for everyone. Check out our guide to the best places in the area.

Great Divide Brewing Company | © Cliff

Great Divide Brewery

The Great Divide Brewery came on the brewery scene before the art of craft beer was even a thing in Denver. Many of their beers have won awards over the years and with all the inventive brews there’s always something new to try. They serve some favorite year-long brews, like their Yeti line, as well as seasonal mixes, like the winter English-style Hibernation brew. The ball-park location is down the street from Coors Field, so head here after a lively Brewers game.

Williams & Graham

Denver’s most famous speakeasy, Williams & Graham, mixes some of the best (and strongest) cocktails around. In the way of the Prohibition, W&G has a secret password-protected entrance. This Denver classic presents delicious and creative cocktails made from seemingly every type of liquor going, all concocted right in front of customers.

Union Station - Denver, Colorado | © Jerry Huddleston/Flickr

Cooper Lounge

Not many places can rival the elegance and class of Denver’s Cooper lounge. Found in the main hall of the expansive Union Station, with great views of the city, this cocktail bar lets visitors see two amazing Denver sights in one sitting. They have seven signature cocktails, along with a staff that really know their drinks. There’s also a selection of small, delicious plates to enjoy.

Falling Rock Tap House

Falling Rock is another great brewery in the downtown area and a particular favorite spot for beer enthusiasts. The atmosphere is the definition of inviting, with comfy couches, a fireplace and fun decor with signs on every wall. They have an impressive beer list, even for Denver, with nearly 75 on tap plus another 130 bottled choices.

Need a glass | © Mohamed Aymen Bettaieb/Flickr

Cru – A Wine Bar

With so many breweries around it, this stylish wine bar is a welcome change. Cru takes any of the confusion or anxiety out of wine tasting and ordering. They organize their menu in a clear fashion and the staff is always willing to help guide a customer’s wine experience. Take a flavorful trip with one their many taster menus and sample some reds and whites you wouldn’t normally.

Cruise Room Bar

Cruise Room Bar was one of the first bars to open after prohibition ended in 1933 and has remained a staple on the Denver nightlife ever since. Visitors may think that they’ve just stepped into Casablanca with the 1930’s decor, swanky jazz music and delicious classic cocktails around them. This bar usually attracts an eclectic group of patrons, always keen for a good time.

El Chapultepec

El Chapultepec is one of the best spots in Denver for live music. An assortment of local musicians and bands play shows every night of the week here, so there is always something happening. Though it calls itself a jazz bar, many of the musicians play all sorts of music, from 70’s funk to salsa music. It has a fun dance floor and there are also some top-notch Mexican dishes.

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