The exposed brick and wood of this warmly-lit bar reflect the historic nature of Denver's LoDo district. Nothing pretentious here, which is one reason it's a favorite with restaurant industry workers–that along with excellent cocktails, beer, wine and snacks offered in a friendly environment. The management has a love of the French Dip and the menu has more French Dip variations than you might have thought possible. If you're looking for just the right comfort-food snack, the crispy chicken and crispy potatoes are deservedly famous, but there are other choices in food as well, and food is served until 1 a.m. Bartenders have crafted some inspired mixed drinks but if you're a fan of classics from the golden age of cocktails, you won't be disappointed. The décor showcases quirky art and fun references to ponies and the west, including a couple of saddles.
1808 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
Bars: "For lovers of bubbly, Champagne is half off on Sundays and every night starting at 11 p.m."
Best for Bars Because: Friendly Pony Up is the alternative to modern bars where servers act like you're lucky to be there–and it has excellent food and drink.