Food & Drink

The 7 Oldest Bars in Denver

Published On 11/12/2014 Published On 11/12/2014
Connor Green
Connor Green
Nob Hill Inn
Tera Seville
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1. My Brother's Bar 2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

My Brother's Bar, off 15th and Platte, is a city institution that has been pouring booze for Beat Gen folks like Neal Cassady (who still has a tab there) and plenty of other thirsty Denverites forever. MBB also flips a mean burger -- pair that with a solid beer list, and it's no surprise this place is still going strong.

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2. The Buckhorn Exchange 1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

Open since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange Since has been serving the Lincoln Park community prime-grade steak and other slabs of top-notch meat. Walking inside feels like visiting an Old West museum that happens to make food. Taxidermy lines the walls and Teddy Roosevelt's hangs prominently framed. He's eaten here, as have a few other Presidents. You should eat here too -- try something you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, whether it's Rocky Mountain Oysters, rattlesnake, or buffalo, a Colorado favorite.

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3. The Cruise Room 1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Located in the historic Oxford Hotel's lobby in downtown Denver, The Cruise Room appears almost exactly as it did in 1933. The whole place is styled after a lounge room on the Queen Mary and waitresses are dressed in the requiste flapper girl garb, which makes Cruise Room's legendary martinis and whiskey cocktails taste truly authentic. Order a Red Widow -- peach vodka, champagne, St. Germain, and jalapeño -- and be sure to ask your bartender about the hotel’s infamous ghost stories.

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4. The White Horse Lounge 5130 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80219 (Southwest)

The White Horse Bar/Lounge is a Denver fossil, owned and operated by the same folks for over 40 years. At one point, the whole place was held together by actual brick and mortar, but it was recently switched for plywood and duct tape. Still, an eclectic charm remains and the White Horse Bar still pours "good stuff" for cheap every day.

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5. Nob Hill Inn 420 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Northwest)

This tiny dive is a neighborhood favorite for good reason -- the jukebox is full of old favorites, the drinks are cheap and strong, and both the bartenders and clientele tend to be very friendly.

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6. El Chapultepec 1962 Market St, Denver, CO 80202 (Northwest)

This Northwest jazz club was the place for live music and good drinks long before most LoDo partiers were born. Opening after prohibition ended, El Chapultepec has seen the biggest names in music from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Ella Fitzgerald. Besides the great tunes, the bar also pours a bevy of mixed drinks, the usual suspects of domestic brews, and dishes out some tasty beef & chicken tacos.

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7. Ship Tavern 1-99 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80202 (Northwest)

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, Ship Tavern crafts some great cocktails and pours a solid selection of local brew that can even be done "prohibition-style", which means its poured from a tea pot to disguise what it really is -- beer!



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