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1. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill1605 Wynkoop St, Denver
2. Bistro Barbès5021 E 28th Ave, Denver
3. Denver Pearl Brewing Company1875 S Pearl St, Denver
4. Maria Empanada1298 South Broadway Ave, Denver
5. Jefferson Park Pub2445 Eliot St, Denver
6. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver
7. Glazed & Confuzed5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
8. Salt & Grinder3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver
9. Inga's Alpine Lounge5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
This is the first of the gastropub's Colorado iterations, sporting 52 taps backing a menu that ranges from across-the-Atlantic faves (Scotch eggs, beer-braised corned beef & cabbage with white cheddar mash, IPA-battered fish & chips) to other worldly fare like Baja fish tacos, Kung Pao chicken, and hand-tossed brick oven pizzas.
This 30-seater French bistro packs in the flavors, utilizing Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences to inspire its cuisine.
With both an industrial feel and a cozy patio, Denver Pearl's the perfect place to enjoy the fruits of their 10-barrel brewing system, which ranges from barrel-aged stouts to a Berliner Weisse.
Lorena Cantarovici’s all-empanada joint has tons of Argentinian treats on its menu -- enjoy fillings that are both savory (Caprese, ham & cheese) and sweet (dulce de leche, Marsala-poached pear).
This small neighborhood bar is a part of the Jefferson Park neighborhood revitalization, sporting a small food menu with bites like Swiss and bacon dip alongside a handful of local drafts.
Argyll's Uptown location has a menu full of traditional British fare -- don't miss their version of the Scotch egg, or their extensive beer and whiskey lists.
This Southeast spot is a testament to the sheer amount of flavor you can create using only all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. The offerings here are unlike anything else you’ll see in the Denver area: while the menu changes daily, expect eclectic tastes like jalapeño cerveza-cream cheese with chipotle drizzle, as well as mojito, caramelized miso, and more. Glazed & Confuzed is a pastry wonderland as seen through the eyes of Chef Josh Schwab, and while there’s ample seating available in the contemporary cafeteria-like space, we suggest getting there early -- it’s no secret that these are some of the best donuts in the state, and the queue can get quite long.
Frank Bonanno's newest concept is an Italian deli loaded with simple sandwiches done right (think meatball subs, Reubens). Don't shy away from breakfast either -- they've got options like the Italian (fresh mozz, prosciutto, arugula, and fried egg on a Kaiser roll) just waiting for you.
Inga's will make you feel right at home in their retro mountain hangout-style digs. Reasonably priced drinks alongside comfort foods (like pizza, subs, and Jonesy's famous fries) will make the experience worth your while.