Drinking in Denver is always a fine choice (well, most of the time), but sometimes you aren't IN Denver. Sometimes you're elsewhere in Colorado, but what are you going to do, STOP drinking? Clearly that isn't an option. Luckily, these 12 excellent Colorado bars* outside Denver are very much options.
*For the purposes of this exercise, we're focused on bars, not breweries or brewpubs, which are nonetheless also good places to drink.
The Western-style saloon sits on the main street in Downtown Evergreen and definitely captures the throwback vibe with swinging saloon doors, brass cash registers, and wooden barstools. It's a welcoming (yet occasionally rowdy) place to hunker down and knock back a brew. There's live music from Tues-Sun, burgers courtesy of Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, and a cocktail menu that's as straightforward as it gets: wells, calls, and top-shelf.
The Trailhead has large TVs, trivia, good food, and cheap drinks. There's not much more a college town bar needs, but wait -- there are $2 PBRs all day, every day! With happy hour from 11am-7pm daily, it's hard to miss out on such great drink deals.