The best places for a beer or a drink in Denver aren’t exactly hidden in The Mile-High City, which boasts more than 100 breweries and tasting rooms. In fact, many of these establishments are listed on The Denver Beer Trail. Hitting up the best bars in Denver guarantees a great start to a night out before checking out the downtown area's lively music scene and other hot spots.
Looking for some fun and competition with your usual order? “One-up” your friends at this retro-style arcade barroom at two convenient locations! Enjoy your favorite cocktail while playing pinball, Skee-ball, and other classic arcade games. With live music, constant point pings, and bright lights, the sights and sounds at The 1Up Bar will make you want to keep the drinks coming late into evening.
Located on the ground floor of Zeppelin Station, Big Trouble is more like big fun! With Asian-themed cocktails named after cultural icons from pop culture, you might be inspired to try the Green Hornet, Killer Bee, or Blue Hawaii. If you’re looking for an awesome evening out, you’ll want to stay in Big Trouble!
If you’re in the mood to cruise around for a few drinks, you can’t go wrong at The Cruise Room bar. Designed after a lounge in the Queen Mary, you’ll feel like you’re sailing away at this jazzy Art Deco bar. Try one of their famed martinis with an appetizer of Fried Calamari or Cajun Popcorn Shrimp. Located at The Oxford Hotel, this historic bar opened for business the day after Prohibition ended in 1933 and has hasn't closed since. So Cruise on by anytime!
This cozy, upscale hangout is a blend of The Big Easy and Gay Paree with everything French on the menu. The La Cour Bistro and Art Bar serves up live jazz each night and hosts an artist of the month exhibit, which is sure to create interesting conversation during happy hour. Love wine? Stop by on Wine Down Wednesday for a deep discount on your favorite French wine and their free wine tasting!
It’s not called the Peaks Lounge for nothing. Nestled on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency, this high-rise bar has a breath-taking view of the Rocky Mountains and Downtown Denver at sunset. What could be better? Their spectacular chocolate strawberry martini!
Everything’s on the rocks at the popular Red Rocks Beer Garden in Downtown Denver. Your concert night will run smoothly when you stop by for Rocky Mountain Pizza and a Colorado beer. This bar pays homage to everything made in Colorado from its beer, wine, and cocktails to its many menu items. The Red Rocks features quick, friendly service with designated Lyft, Uber, and shuttle parking near its popular outdoor patio area.
There’s no prohibition at the Williams and Graham bar, one of Denver’s finest watering holes named "Best American Cocktail Bar" in 2015. So feel free to let loose and have a few! Wet your whistle the old-fashioned way with a few of their signature cocktails like Clever Girl or Night Vision. While you’re at it, sample their french fries gastrique or another popular dish called Roasted Bone Marrow, which is bacon jam on roasted Italian bread.
With so many unique and inviting establishments, your night out on the town in The Mile-High City is sure to reach the summit of satisfaction when you visit some of the best bars in Denver.
Find even more great bars in Denver by registering on 303area, your free guide to everything that Denver has to offer!
Cover photo courtesy of Unsplash