Food & Drink

Your guide to shot-and-a-beer specials in Denver

Published On 04/30/2014 Published On 04/30/2014
Shot and a beer specials DEN
Connor Green

One of the booze universe's great dynamic duos (more dynamic than Bartles & Jaymes? MAYBE), the shot-and-a-beer combo has been satisfying drinkers for centuries (millennia? Maybe millennia), delivering a glorious blend of potency and value. Knowing this, Denver watering holes offer them up in all shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most distinctive, including one that'll throw in a cigarette for an added dose of unhealthiness.

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (info and address)
East Colfax
The Deal: Kopstootje (pronounced cop-stooge) -- a Belgian classic pairing of Houblon Chouffe (the beer) and Genever (the liquor) for $9. The beer runs $8.50 so the booze is only running you 50 cents extra.
The Extras: Non-Belgian food like the French Dip and very Belgian food like rabbit stew help to balance out the Koptstooj and prevent you from becoming a Colfax casualty.
Available: All day

Marg’s Taco Bistro Uptown (info and address)
The Deals: A triple-threat of Tecate + Sauza, PBR + Fireside Whiskey, or Coors Light + Fireball will run you $5. Each, not like, all three combos for $5. That'd be crazy. Upgrades like Pacifico and PatrĂłn or Dos Equis with Olmeca Altos are avail for a few bucks more.
The Extras: Street-style tacos and ample TVs for keeping you distracted between shots and beers.
Available: All day

Park & Co. (info and address)
The Deals: There's a whole menu to choose from -- all $5 at happy hour!
Blue Collar -- PBR and Jim Beam
El Chilango -- Tecate and PatrĂłn XO
Cheeseman Park -- Sparkling Wine and Sweet Revenge
Belgian Waffle -- Stella and Cabin Fever
Curtis Park -- Coors and Fireball
Inglorious Bastard -- Schlitz and Jägermeister
The Extras: Along with their great beer-and-shot combos, they also offer up a mean burger/fries combo. 
Available: Happy hour 2-6pm and 10pm-close Sunday through Thursday, 11pm-close Friday & Saturday

William’s Tavern (info and address)
The Deal: $5 shot-and-a-beer (options vary)
The Extras: They house a pool table, jukebox, Big Buck Hunter, and are a very close stumble to good eats like Steuben’s and Ace.
Available: Happy hour 2-6pm daily

Tooey’s Off Colfax (info and address)
The Deal: $5 shot-and-a-beer (any domestic can & well liquor -- Jim Beam, Sailor Jerry, etc.)
The Extras: Foosball table, Big Buck Hunter (can never have enough!), and pinball, all just a block from Colfax for literally everything else you need.
Available: All day

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Bannock Street Garage (info and address)
Golden Triangle
The Deal: The Billy Jack -- PBR, whiskey, and a cigarette for $5
The Extras: Lots of games (ring toss! darts!), live music, and a damn fine patio in the back.
Available: All day

Satellite Bar (info and address)
The Deal: PB&J -- $6 Pabst and Jameson
The Extras: Notoriously friendly staff whose choosy moms chose Jameson over Jif.
Available: All Day

Highland Tavern (info and address)
The Deal: PB&J -- $6 Pabst and Jameson
The Extras:  A mountain of food options from tots and onion rings to the Stupid Burger -- a bacon cheeseburger with double everything, fried egg, chili, house pickles, cheese fries, and "freedom".
Available: Happy hour 4-7pm daily

Lion’s Lair (info and address)
The Deal: Happy Meal -- $5 shot-and-a-beer
The Extras: Super-late happy hour and a music venue.
Available: Happy hour 3-8pm daily

Nob Hill Inn (info and address)
East Colfax
The Deal: PB&J -- by now you should know what this is -- for $5.
The Extras: Ambiance. This dive bar has aged like the kind of fine wine you would not find anyone serving at a dive bar.
Available: All day

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1. Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

This East Colfax Belgian beer establishment has authentic Belgian drinks (like the Kopstootje, a Belgian shot-and-a-beer combo with Houblon Chouffe beer and a Genever shot) alongside authentic Belgian eats (like their rabbit stew) to soak it all up.

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2. Marg's Taco Bistro Uptown 500 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Marg's has street-style tacos, great beer-and-tequila specials, delicious margaritas, and both a sweet back yard and a bunch of TVs inside, depending on what you're in the mood for.

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3. Park & Co. 439 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Northwest)

Park & Co. covers a wide range of territories: they've got a killer brunch as well as late-night eats, you can stop by for a burger and a beer (you SHOULD stop by for a burger and a beer!) or just come to enjoy a quality craft cocktail, and their happy hour features a creative list of shot-and-a-beer combos that's sure to please a variety of tastes.

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4. William's Tavern 421 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

With a simple storefront on 17th Ave, William's Tavern isn't going to be the most beautiful bar you go to. What you WILL find, however, is a ton of great drink specials ($5 shot-and-a-beer during happy hour), games like darts and Trivial Pursuit, and a bunch of down-to-earth people to enjoy spending time with.

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5. Tooey's Off Colfax 1521 Marion St, Denver, CO 80218

A pool table, outdoor patio, and great happy hour specials ($3 you-call-its) round out Tooey's great neighborhood feel.

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6. Bannock Street Garage 1015 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 (Golden Triangle)

Bannock Street is a unique spot, with live music, games like ring toss (!), and quirky specials like the Billy Jack (PBR, whiskey, and a cigarette for $5). Great happy hour specials and an open-air front/ patio in back round out this solid Golden Triangle watering hole.

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7. Satellite Bar 308 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Northwest)

Satellite is a great dive with all the trappings you would expect -- Buck Hunter, shuffleboard, cheap drink specials, and a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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8. Highland Tavern 3400 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Highland Tavern has a great patio, ping pong table, and brunch. With endless grits, eggs, and beers. 'Nuff said.

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9. Lion's Lair 2022 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Lion's Lair is a dimly lit den where you'll find cheap beers, daily happy hour specials, and live music and comedy.

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10. 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.