Food & Drink

These are Denver's 8 best happy hours

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
BNOYL Happy Hour Denver
Rebecca Feder

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.

Lola

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

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.

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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

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

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.

Rebecca Feder

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.

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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

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!).

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1. Pinche Taqueria 1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206 (City Park)

At Pinche Taqueria, great care is taken to create authentic Mexican food while injecting a modern spin that makes each bite memorable. And, on the outside chance that the food doesn't hook you, the small batch whiskey, tequila, and specialty cocktails will.

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2. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria 2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Hailed as one of the best pizza's in the Mile High City, stop by this Ballpark joint for a pre-game pie (and beer!), and choose from a huge selection of toppings and styles.

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3. Lola 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

This go-to Mexican spot sports sweeping city views, table-side guac, and other traditional Mexican fare, and a daily 4-6p happy hour (Mondays are happy hour all night!) featuring $4 sangria. Step things up with a Fuego Verde cocktail (Corazon blanco, muddled jalapeno, agave).

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4. Panzano 909 17th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

Lauded as one of Denver's best Italian destinations, Panzano prepares artful plates of Northern Italian food inside Hotel Monaco. Its menu is a welcome break from the modern American fare that many hotel restaurants stray towards, featuring unique dishes like house-made pasta with lamb ragú and gluten-free options (a rarity at any carb-centric restaurant). The space, while eschewing the white tablecloth aesthetic, is polished and draws many a businessman, so brush up on your dressy casual dress before dining here.

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5. Kona Grill 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Although the Kona Grill has more than 20 locations across the US, they still serve quality food and cocktails, and offer a terrific happy hour.

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6. Jax Denver 1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Jax's slinging fresh seafood dishes daily, specialty 'tails from "the best team of bartenders in Denver", and a solid selection of craft beers.

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7. Zengo 1610 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year Richard Sandoval brings Latin-Asian flavor and over 400 tequilas to this Riverfront Park adjacent hot spot. Prepare your taste buds and your liver.

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8. Old Major 3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

The meats you'll get at OM start at their nose-to-tail in-house butcher and, with all locally sourced ingredients, you can count on the fact that their "contemporary farmhouse cuisine" is super-fresh and of the best quality and sustainability.

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