Food & Drink

46 Bars With Fireplaces Around Denver

Published On 02/04/2015 Published On 02/04/2015
Sage Hospitality Group
Hotel Teatro
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub
LBK Photography
Matador
Atticus Denver
Black Pearl Restaurant
La Cour Denver's Art Bar
Courtesy of Punch Bowl Social
Kristin Olson Photography
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
The Kitchen Upstairs
Sage Hospitality Group
Shanahan's Steak House
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1. EDGE Restaurant & Bar 1111 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

EDGE is just as swanky as you’d expect from The Four Seasons, but it’s a lot sexier, and the seasonal menu lives up to the name, too. Take the beef-fat candle that comes with the bread basket; the gorgeous elk, lamb, and buffalo chops, or the wagyu tomahawk chop that, at $120 for 30oz, is actually a steal; or the sublime deconstructed orangesicle with olive oil cake. They have over 700 bottles of wine to choose from, so deciding what to wash your meal down with will be almost as hard as deciding what to eat.

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2. Elway's Downtown 1881 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

Elway's Downtown location, nestled snugly into The Ritz-Carlton Denver, serves up a seasonally rotating menu and an extensive wine list in an atmosphere as chic and sophisticated as The Ritz Carlton itself. Their bone-in filet is the choicest plate, even if the meat isn't actually choice, because clearly Mr. Elway wouldn't accept anything less than all USDA Prime hand-cut steak. If you're worried that won't be enough protein, lamb chops dipped in green chili cheese fondue make for a fine start.

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3. Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant 1735 19th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Northwest)

Just across the street from Coors Field, Fado makes for a great pre- or post-game spot, in addition to having a solid lineup of brews (from the likes of Oskar Blues, Great Divide, and Dry Dock) all year long.

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4. Guard and Grace 1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202

In a huge, bright space that sprawls out to a patio and includes three private dining rooms, Guard and Grace's expert staff delivers the likes of grilled beef short ribs, raw bar oysters, and solid wine selections. It's not just the myriad chops (including a filet mignon flight) that make it a stunner; the kitchen conceives of everything on the seasonal menu with care and flair then executes it just as beautifully -- breads, salumi, starters, seafood, sides, exquisite desserts, and all. This is one of Denver’s best restaurants, period.

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5. Epic Brewing Company 3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Epic Brewing, which hails from Utah's dry-state, brought its goods (sweet, sweet goods) to Denverites and is serving up IPAs and barrel-aged brews.

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6. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub 1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 (Uptown)

Argyll's Uptown location has a menu full of traditional British fare -- don't miss their version of the Scotch egg, or their extensive beer and whiskey lists.

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7. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

This brewery and taproom features a selection of ales crafted from locally sourced ingredients, with 100% of the barley used coming from Colorado farms. Outdoor seating is available, and the building that the taproom occupies was formerly an ice cream shop.

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8. Matador 3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Matador in Highland offers great happy hour specials and generous portions of all your Mexican favorites, so you'll want to stick around and try a few of their tequilas -- they have over 100 varieties.

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9. ViewHouse 2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

ViewHouse's roof deck overlooks Coors Field so you can take it 360 degree views of Denver, while taking down pub food like burgers or chicken and waffles, then wash it down with the craft beers on tap.

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10. Ale House at Amato's 2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Pouring all sorts of local, craft beers in Highland, Ale House also has upscale pub fare -- Buffalo meatloaf, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled duck leg -- and specialty 'tails.

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11. Forest Room 5 2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

The timber-themed Highlands spot is accenting its trees on the walls & wood paneling with an equally woodsmen-worthy filet de brie. The high-end cut is packed with fresh herbs and melted cheese and served over a crostini, all of which they suggest you wash down with the lime vodka/ ginger beer Moscow Muse, aka a band who sings Hysteria (In the Bread Lines).

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12. Highland Tap and Burger 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

A patio with a fire pit might draw crowds during the colder months, but 16 52" TVs, an exclusively Colorado tap list, and significant happy hour deals keep them coming the rest of the year. Of course, some people do come to Highland Tap and Burger for the food itself, which constitutes surprisingly original takes on the usual pub grub. Fair warning: most of the crowd is college-age.

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13. Atticus 1125 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210 (Platt Park)

Atticus is an all-day neighborhood spot that's got delightfulness like pork belly biscuits, wild boar chili, and a ton of craft cocktails made from locally distilled spirits.

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14. La Cour 1643 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210 (Platt Park)

Half art gallery, half bar, and half restaurant, La Cour is your destination for a classy experience that'll better your cultural awareness as you dine on local and imported meats & cheeses, while sipping on some top-notch beer and wine.

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15. Punch Bowl Social 65 Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (Baker)

It might advertise itself as a restaurant and bar, but Punch Bowl Social is first and foremost a game hall. The 24,000sqft space features skeeball, shuffleboard, bowling, and a handful of arcade games. Though the whole set-up is kiddish in nature, retro decor gives it a cool, mature boost and polished bites like truffle kettle chips and cauliflower nachos elevate the experience to a tasteful level, making it worthy of the reservations you'll likely have to make.

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16. Historians Ale House 24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (Southwest)

Historian's is a great place to kick back with quality grub, and even better brew.

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17. Inga's Alpine Lounge 5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246

Inga's will make you feel right at home in their retro mountain hangout-style digs. Reasonably priced drinks alongside comfort foods (like pizza, subs, and Jonesy's famous fries) will make the experience worth your while.

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18. Lowry Beer Garden 7577 E Academy Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230

This massive Lowry Beer Garden, which's outfitted the bones of the shuttered air base with 350 seats' worth of "Oktoberfest-style picnic tables", has a menu with 16 taps of mostly CO beers, even more bottles, and "creatively topped" gourmet sausages.

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19. Second Home Kitchen + Bar 150 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Second Home is a nouveau-comfy Cherry Creek spot serving up "American home cooking with spins on timeless favorites." Think along the lines of tender belly sausage and a Mediterranean frittata, and you know what? You deserve it.

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20. Under the Sun Eatery and Taphouse 627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305 (Boulder)

With more than 30 taps of craft beer from the local Mountain Sun brewing company and a menu ranging from bison burgers to pesto-mozzarella flatbreads cooked in a wood-burning oven, Under the Sun offers up American twists on Italian classics fare and a diverse selection of approachable beers. The Blackberry Wheat, Old School Irish Stout, XXX Pale Ale, and the Isadore Java Porter are merely a few of the mainstays available so you know there'll be something for everyone in the group.

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21. West End Tavern 926 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 (Boulder)

The West End Tavern is a Pearl St-must. There's an extensive beer and bourbon list (with bombers!), as well as perfect game-time grub.

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22. Coohill's Restaurant 1400 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

At this sleek, floor-to-ceiling windowed restaurant, James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Coohill serves up French-inspired, contemporary American fare via seasonal small plates like duck and foie gras pate with zucchini, sorrel, mushroom, and dried apricot. Coohill did his culinary training at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, and he combines his master expertise with locally-sourced Denver ingredients. The expansive restaurant features 280 seats and includes a chef's counter with a special tasting menu.

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23. Shanahan's 5085 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237

Shanahan's houses a nearly 6,000 bottle wine cellar, a 22oz bone-in "Cowboy" ribeye, a killer fireplace, and an unusually wide array of sauce upgrades (do yourself a favor and try the Maine lobster hollandaise). Their menu has a gluten free section for anyone in need of it, and there is a special pre-fixe menu on Sundays. We highly suggest ordering one of their signature cocktails to go along with your steak or seafood entree.

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