Food & Drink

The 10 Best Bars for Day Drinking in Denver

Published On 05/14/2015 Published On 05/14/2015
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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Sancho's Broken Arrow 741 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Once you cross the threshold into Sancho’s you might as well forget the outside exists. Seriously, there are zero windows in this Colfax staple, making the time fly by in haze of beers and shots in Grateful Dead excess. PBR is the bar's main export and its flows daily starting at 11am (it's doubly delicious at 4pm with two-for-one drafts as the main happy hour deal).

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5. Three Lions Pub 2239 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (City Park)

Modeling itself after the best London pubs, Three Lions broadcasts "as much soccer as possible" and serves hearty pub food, even including a late night menu.

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6. Snooze at Union Station 1701 Wynkoop Street #150, Denver, CO 80211 (Lodo)

The Union Station location of Snooze serves up the delicious breakfast and lunch items they've become known for, including quinoa porridge and blueberry Danish pancakes.

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7. 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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8. 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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9. Great Divide Brewery 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

This local brewery prides itself on green practices and their tap room, which boasts handcrafted beer and 15+ seasonal and year-round brews. While there is no consistent menu, the occasional food truck does swing by for some necessary grub.

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10. The Horseshoe Lounge 414 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Horseshoe's awesomely divey vibe includes a killer juke that runs from punk, to "country your grandpa listened to", to special bartender mixes (old-school rap, metal, etc.), all of which provides a perfect soundtrack to playing pinball, arcade games, and pool.