Great Divide Brewing
Closest gate: C32
Great Divide has long been a standard-bearer of brewing prowess in the City of Denver. Beer for beer, there might not be a suds custodian with a higher batting average. And looky here, GD has gone and outdone itself with this new spot. Start with the bar which features a dozen Great Divide drafts (plus more beer offerings), as well as cocktails made with its beers, wines, and liquor -- the whole deal. The menu, itself, goes beyond standard bar fare and features Colorado-inspired offerings like lamb meatballs, bison chili, and a burger made fresh with local beef.
Even if you didn’t have the chance to eat Mexican food in Denver on your trip -- or are simply connecting -- La Casita has your back. At the bar that’s tucked into a corner of the food court, you’ll find margaritas, burritos (including of the breakfast variety), and D-Town’s aforementioned crown jewel: green chile. The best part? You can get La Casita’s specialty tamales to go.
Little Man Ice Cream
Closest gate: C27
Little Man has steadily become the biggest frozen dairy force in the Mile High City. So, it’s only fitting that the dessert empire erected its latest location at the airport. Its recent opening caused a fuss not only for the availability of its prized, trademark flavors -- like Salted Oreo and Purple Cow -- and ice cream “sammies,” but most of all for its boozy milkshakes. Flavors like Whiskey Apple Pie, and the conspiracy-friendly Illuminati, will satisfy your sweet tooth and help calm any nerves about to encounter DIA’s notorious turbulence.