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Denver Bars You Should Visit for a Fun Night Out

From its start as a Saloon town, Denver is now a destination for nightlife enthusiasts. The Mile High City is a destination that offers sports events, concerts, conferences, and more.

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The local nightlife scene is exciting, and you’ll find everything from dive bars to rooftop lounges in Denver. If you’re not sure where to have a drink, we’re here to help.

Check out my list of the best bars in Denver, Colorado, below!


Death & Co Denver

1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (720) 330-2660
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Death & Co Denver opened a sprawling cocktail lounge and restaurant in the River North neighborhood. From morning coffee to private events, Death & Co has you covered.

You can enjoy brunch, dinner, or late-night artisan cocktails at Death & Co. The cocktails are the star, and you’ll find a diverse menu of refreshing and boozy drinks to enjoy.


Noble Riot

1336 27th St, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (303) 993-5330
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If you want a party vibe in Denver, don’t miss out on Noble Riot. Located between Curtis Park and River North Art District, Noble Riot is a modern wine bar that attracts a young clientele.

The bar offers about 20 wines by the glass. Each wine selected is a different experience. The best way to enjoy a night at Noble Riot is to try a wine flight.


Cruise Room

1600 17th St CO, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 825-1107
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Cruise Room is a landmark located in The Oxford Hotel. Denver’s longest-running bar, Cruise Room opened in 1933. It features an art deco design and a wine-bottle-shaped layout.

Cocktail hour is the best time to visit Cruise Room. It offers daily specials on some of the best cocktails in Denver. 


Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: (303) 997-8886
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Williams & Graham is a bar located in the Highland neighborhood. Upon arrival at the speakeasy-style bar, you enter through a bookshelf.

Dining at Williams & Graham is a dining event, and reservations are recommended. While visiting, expect to stay up to 2 hours to enjoy your cocktails and dinner. 


Goed Zuur

2801 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (720) 749-2709
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If you love craft beer and artisan cheese, you should make a reservation at Goed Zuur immediately. This brewpub-style venue offers an exquisite selection of cheeses, cured meats, and craft beer.

The chef’s choice board is the best way to experience the latest cheese and meat selection.


Middleman

3401 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (303) 353-4207
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Middleman is a neighborhood cocktail bar located south of City Park. The interior has a minimal yet comfortable vibe.

Local favorite cocktails include Bodega Spritz and Space Wine. If you get too tipsy, Middleman also offers a small dinner menu.


Pony Up

1808 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 710-8144
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Head southwest after leaving Coors Field to find Pony Up. The staff treats you like family, and the owners want everyone to feel like Pony Up is their favorite neighborhood bar.

The menu at Pony Up varies, but they specialize in French dip sandwiches. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but if you like your sandwich spicy, try The Saigon.


Room for Milly

1615 Platte St Suite, 145, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 630-7020
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Room for Milly is a cocktail lounge with a unique style. The lounge features an exciting visual aesthetic and an art gallery.

The menu at Milly’s is just as unique. I suggest sharing a bottle of light sake or experiencing Milly’s aperitif-style cocktails.


Run For The Roses

1801 Blake St #10, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 573-9155
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Run For The Roses (RFTR) is two blocks south of Coors Field. This swanky underground cocktail club transports you back to prohibition-era Denver.

You’ll find everything from vintage spirits to seasonal cocktails on the menu. RFTR does offer a limited food menu if you fancy devilled eggs or caviar service with your cocktails. 


Sunday Vinyl

1803 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 738-1803
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Sunday Vinyl is a wine bar that hosts events. Located in Kimpton Hotel, Sunday Vinyl has a party atmosphere and is a great place to visit for locals and tourists.

Supper Club is the highlight of Sunday Vinyl. The staff wines and dines you while the DJ plays vinyl records every Monday. Other events include drag brunch and boozy lunches.


The Family Jones Spirit House

3245 Osage St, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: (303) 481-8185
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Family Jones is a distillery in Denver. They offer a variety of products, including whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum. The Spirit House features distillery tours, a full-service bar, and an appetizer-style restaurant.

Their daily happy hour offers discounts on cocktails as well. 


Union Lodge No.1

1543 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 389-0447
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You’ll feel like you stepped into a time machine once you enter Union Lodge No. 1. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, you can relax after a long day at work with 19th-century-inspired cocktails.

The bartenders at Union Lodge No. 1 excel at classic cocktails. Some of the local favorites include an old-fashioned and a pineapple julep. 


the L

46 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (720) 940-8715
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The L is a cocktail lounge located between Baker and Speer neighborhoods. While many bars in Denver try to imitate speakeasies, the decor at the L is colorful and flowery.

The L is a local favorite and features a short cocktail list, beer bottles, cans, and shots. You’ll feel like part of the local community if you order a beer & shot combo at the L.


Fort Greene

321 E 45th Ave, Denver, CO 80216
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Fort Greene is a small and hidden gem at the center of 45th.  As a neighborhood bar at heart, its owners are often present and love to chat.

The menu features oddball drinks like Lovers in the Parking Lot or the High Priestess. I suggest reading the drink description before ordering. 


Welton Room

2590 Welton St #103, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (720) 447-9502
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You can find Welton Room inside The Lydian Building. This cocktail lounge features an open space with comfy seating.

Exquisite cocktails are on the menu at Welton Room. From flaming drinks to cocktails covered in cotton candy, you can experience the wildest drinks in Denver. 


The Thin Man

2015 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (303) 320-7814
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A few blocks west of southern City Park, you can enjoy cocktails and live music at The Thin Man. There’s always a good crowd at The Thin Man, but they have plenty of seating.

One of the unique drinks you can try is the dill pickle-infused vodka. While it sounds weird, any fan of artisan pickles will love this drink.


Bar Max

2412 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (303) 333-0003
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Bar Max is a craft cocktail bar located near the Carla Madison Recreation Center. The cocktail menu at Bar Max features a variety of drink styles.

Drinks come in sublime, sassy, spicy, sparkling, and others. For something unique, I suggest a saucy cucumber caper martini.


Honey Elixir Bar

2636 Walnut St #104, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (720) 328-5992
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Honey Elixir Bar is a lounge north of Coors Field. Not only for cocktails, but Honey also offers a sensory experience. The artisans at Honey craft their own Jun, cacao, and potions.

Honey Elixir Bar is a great place to visit for non-alcoholic drinks. Their non-alcoholic potions offer a new way to enjoy cocktails. 


54thirty Rooftop

1475 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 996-1558
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If you enjoy a great view while enjoying a drink, head to the 20th floor of the Meridien hotel. Here you will find 54thirty Rooftop.

The cocktail menu features Colorado-inspired drinks, including Red Rocks and Cold Brew Sunset.


Adrift

218 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Phone: (720) 784-8111
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Can you believe there’s a tiki bar in Denver? Adrift is a rum-centric bar with island vibes. It can get busy at Adrift, so they advise patrons to reserve seating.

Adrift has a full Polynesian-inspired menu as well as a diverse cocktail menu. Red Rum Wednesday is the big night at Adrift, and you can enjoy punchbowl cocktails that serve 2-4.


Five Nines

233 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (720) 245-6055
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Five Nines is a craft cocktail bar inside Cherry Creek’s Clayton Members Club. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy Five Nines.

The sexy decor of Five Nines compliments the cocktails well. Guests can also enjoy intimate lounge singers Wednesday through Saturday.


Final Thoughts

If you live in Denver, you already know how great your bar scene is. If you’re visiting, I hope this list of the best bars in Denver helps you find a few places to enjoy.

I hope we didn’t leave your favorite Denver bar off the list. If so, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment and let us know which bar in Denver is your favorite.


Best Bars in Denver

  1. Death & Co Denver
  2. Noble Riot
  3. Cruise Room
  4. Williams & Graham
  5. Goed Zuur
  6. Middleman
  7. Pony Up
  8. Room for Milly
  9. Run For The Roses
  10. Sunday Vinyl
  11. The Family Jones Spirit House
  12. Union Lodge No.1
  13. the L
  14. Fort Greene
  15. Welton Room
  16. The Thin Man
  17. Bar Max
  18. Honey Elixir Bar
  19. 54thirty Rooftop
  20. Adrift
  21. Five Nines

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