Joey Jene
Rich Vossler
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1. Gary Lee 176 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (South Broadway)

Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub is a neighborhood bar and kitchen that serves up greasy American comfort food, fittingly, in a former auto garage. Start off with a round of prosciutto-wrapped poppers and smoked chicken wings accompanied with your choice of Carolina gold, Cholula hot, spicy Thai, or Memphis dipping sauce. Continue ahead with brisket chili street tacos and a seared steak sandwich with smoked onion aioli, all to be washed down with a cocktail or two. But the drinks are notoriously stiff, so proceed with caution.

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2. Ignite! Fire-Crafted Food + Rooftop Bar 2124 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Ignite's a 4800sqft "urban gastropub" with great views, and a wood-fired oven that burns at 700 degrees to crank out all sorts of hearty eats like buffalo meatloaf, wood-roasted herb chicken, mac 'n cheese, and various burgers.

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3. 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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4. Denver Beer Company 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

In addition to its selection of regular favorites, DBC features a rolling lineup of varietals that vary with each season, ensuring that there's always something new to try. The Barrel Room next door can be used as a special event space for birthdays, anniversaries (if you're that kind of couple), or just a good old-fashioned beer bash.

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5. 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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6. Ace 501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

The eclectic Asian cuisine here -- think Korean BBQ ribs, steamed bao buns, and dim sum -- might be good, but the ping-pong and huge outdoor patio is really what draws crowds. Tables can be rented by the hour, and you're encouraged to try one of the house-made sodas, or local and Asian beers (Asahi, Tiger, Singha) while waiting for your table.

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7. Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206

A subsidiary of the Mountain Sun Restaurant Group (Pearl Street's popular pub), Vine Street offers a solid selection of microbrews on tap, as well as delicious pub fare. Just like its extensive collection of housemade craft beers, the interior design here is wholly custom-tailored as well, and features abstract and colorful murals, overhead piping painted with vines, and a patio designated for cornhole matches.