You’re going to kick your night off with a happy hour, because that's how any great night should start and you're a man who knows what he's doing. But to help you out, we’ve identified the eight best places to boozily start your evening, whether you're looking for the cheapest of brews or pork fat French fries.
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Lola Highland With happy hour available all day Mondays, Tuesday-Friday from 4-6p, and weekends from 230-5p, there're plenty of chances to try all the food and drink specials. The discounted goodness to choose from includes margaritas, table-made guacamole (at your table, not from your table), and shrimp ceviche. When the weather permits, the patio is prime people watching territory.
Panzano Northwest Happy hour goes down daily in the lounge from 230-6p, making it an ideal spot when you want to get started early (and you do!). Their happy hour menu is massive, so bring some extra mouths with you. There are $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 and $6 house cocktails to choose from, as well as munchie-sized plates of goodness like lamb ribs and veal scallopini.
Kona Grill Southeast The bar area and patio is the place to be for happy hour here, with times varying throughout the week (they double dip on weekdays and go all-day on Sundays). Brace yourself for glass after glass of sake sangria with some chicken pot stickers (not chicken pot pie stickers, though that's a hell of an idea) or avocado egg rolls.
Old Major Highland The meat mecca reliably offers happy hour seven days a week from 3-6p, which means you can prep yourself for a big night out with their swine-centric menu -- enjoy discounts on pork-fat french fries ($4), or try a $2 pretzel bite paired with a $5 Old Old Fashioned. Actually, at $2 you should keep getting pretzels.
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza Northwest Marco's has already captured (and possibly clogged) Denver's hearts with their delicious, authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, but to tighten the grip, they have a pretty sweet happy hour. Get a 9" margherita pizza for only $5, or try out the meatball sliders and coal-fired limoncello chicken wings. Wash it all down with a Marco's Mule (a riff on the classic 'tail, not like, a mule with a tail) or a $5 specialty mojito.
Pinche Tacos Northeast Another spot that wants you to be happy ALL the time, Pinche's daily happy hour runs 3-6p, and if you aren't BNOYL-ing you should know they have drink specials available all day on Mondays, which could get manic. Get a $3 Paloma to complement the "Victory Club" Nachos or chicken chicharrones.
Jax Fish House Northwest Their 4-6p daily happy hour discounts all drafts $1 and hooks you up with $1.25 East Coast oysters. If you explore the menu a little further you'll find the likes of gumbo fries or a Sea Dog, aka a seafood hotdog. Yep, it's the only place in Denver where you can get your hot dog covered in crabs... for just $8.
Zengo Highland For a seriously flavorful happy hour experience, this is the place to be Monday-Saturday from 5-7p. Try things like wagyu beef albondigas, Korean fried chicken wings, or adobo chicken steamed buns. Latin-Asian fusion house cocktails are only $5, as well as select wines and sakes by the glass. Pro tip: On Mondays they do their $5 mojitos Lionel Richie-style. Yep, all night long. (All night!).