Bistro Barbès
Denver Pearl Brewing Company
Maria Empanada
Rebecca Feder
Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub
Glazed and Confuzed
Rebecca Feder
Inga's Alpine Lounge
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1. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill 1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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2. Bistro Barbès 5021 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80207 (Park Hill)

This 30-seater French bistro packs in the flavors, utilizing Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences to inspire its cuisine.

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3. Denver Pearl Brewing Company 1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 (Platt Park)

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.

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4. Maria Empanada 1298 South Broadway Ave, Denver, CO 80210 (South Broadway)

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).

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5. Jefferson Park Pub 2445 Eliot St, Denver, CO 80211 (Jefferson Park)

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.

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6. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub 1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 (Uptown)

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.

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7. Glazed & Confuzed 5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246

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.

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8. Salt & Grinder 3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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.

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9. Inga's Alpine Lounge 5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246

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.

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