Guide to Drinking in Denver

When you hear about Denver these days you probably think of the legalize recreational marijuana, but Denver also has a burgeoning drinking scene with everything from cocktail bars to arguably the best microbreweries in the United States.

Cocktail Bars

There a number of traditional cocktail bars and speakeasies in Denver. Here are some of our faves.

William & Graham

William and Graham LoHI Denver

This is a Prohibition-era speakeasy in a corner bookstore with handcrafted cocktails, small plates and desserts.

 3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211

Green Russell

Green Russell Speakeasy Denver

This is a speakeasy located right in downtown Denver.

1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Union Lodge No. 1

Union Lodge No 1 Cocktail Bar Denver

One of the Best cocktail bars in Denver.

1543 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202

Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club Bar Cherry Creek

B&GC is a speakeasy cocktail bar in Cherry Creek, located around the back of the Halcyon Hotel.

245 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206

The Buckhorn Exchange

The Buckhorn Exchange Denver

This is the oldest bar and steakhouse in Denver, located right downtown, with a 19th-century Western bar decor including taxidermy.

1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

Dive Bars

Because sometimes you want to just pop in for a shot, a beer and zero pretense.

Star Bar

Star Bar Larimer Street Denver

This is the new dive bar, with good cocktails, cheap beer, and live music.

 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Horseshoe Lounge

Horseshoe Lounge Downtown Denver

A neighborhood bar uptown with a decent beer selection and a pool table and a patio, the bar is made from 23,000 dice. They also have a jukebox.

414 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

Cherry Cricket

Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek

A staple bar in Cherry Creek for years, they also have one of the best burgers in Denver. Check out their newly launched late night happy hour deal from 10 p.m. to midnight, the Cricket drop a Little Cricket burger, a beer and a shot, all for $12.

2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Outdoor Bars

When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than cocktails al fresco.

View House

View House Lodo Denver

View House is a sports bar located directly across from Coors Field. They have a few different bars and including a huge roof that is covered in the winter and an outdoor game area with Corn Hole.

2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205

Recess Beer Garden

Recess LoHi Denver

Recess Beer Garden is located in the Highlands with a huge beer selection and a large outdoor space.

2715 17th St #103, Denver, CO 80211


Occidental Bar Denver

The sister bar to William & Graham, this spot is located directly next door. They have good cocktails, beer, and some arcade games to play. You can also just head out back and take advantage of the patio and the views of Downtown Denver.

1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Prost Brewing Company

Prost Brewery Denver

Prost Brewing Company is a full brewery with a patio with great views of Downtown Denver from the hip Highlands neighborhood.

2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211

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