Bottoms Up: Where to Drink in the 'Mile-High City'

Denver has always been a wild child when it comes to having a good time. It's first permanent structure was a bar after-all. And by 1910 there were around 450 saloons in town serving nickel beers and free lunches to folks who'd headed west in hopes of finding gold. A century plus later, Denver is still keen to party at any time of day or night, and the city is home to dozens of different style watering holes. There are prohibition era style speakeasies like the Green Russell, where you must still enter through a secret door and the booze comes from Colorado craft distilleries. And dozens upon dozens of start-up microbreweries, like Denver Beer Company, where you can make new friends over pints at communal patio tables on sunny afternoons. There is even a winery in town, Infinite Monkey Theorem in the up-and-coming Five Points neighborhood.

And should you be looking for something more than a drink, there are plenty of clubs to dance the night away in and sports bars to check out out the latest scores. Because as much as Denverites like their bar scene, on a whole this is a city that's equally sports crazy and no team is bigger than the Broncos who play their home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. So in honor of this writer's favorite football team, here are 10 great watering holes, representing various angles of Denver's diverse drinking scene, within short taxi ride of the stadium: 



On game days, the air at Sports Column is absolutely electric. You'll find the place packed with dedicated sports fans, whose eyes stay glued to the many TV screens, willing their teams to victory. The menu offers traditional bar eats, including...  Read More

Golden Triangle
The Church
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Unique among Denver nightclubs, The Church is just what it sounds like: A dance club housed in a former place of worship. The church itself was built in 1865 and its Gothic architecture may have particular appeal for the Goth subculture of the...  Read More

Denver Beer Company
Photo courtesy of Art Heffrom


Denver Beer Company is one of several excellent breweries located in the Lower Highlands (LoHi) area. It's casual, friendly and, by design, a place where folks can meet to share a table, a pint and good conversation. The crowd might be made up...  Read More

The Cruise Room Bar
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Look closely and you'll notice the Cruise Room Bar, inside the historic Oxford Hotel, is shaped like a wine bottle. It's actually a replica of one of the lounges on the original Queen Mary ocean-liner and has a history that dates back to...  Read More

Peaks Lounge
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Peaks Lounge sits high above the city in the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. No mere convention hotel venue, Peaks is popular with locals, too, with good reason. It offers what is arguably the best sunset view in Denver. And...  Read More



Opened summer 2014, Terminal Bar anchors one end of the meticulously renovated Union Station. Set inside the Great Hall but with its own patio area facing Wynkoop Street, Terminal Bar is integrated into the station and its LoDo neighborhood,...  Read More

The Infinite Monkey Theorem
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Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery (with patio) that opened in 2008, and weekends are always a party. Located in the RiNo Arts District, IMT is a part of RiNo's burgeoning community scene, including First Friday open houses. IMT doesn't...  Read More

Ale House at Amato's
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Located in Lower Highlands, this neighborhood come-as-you-are alehouse is not strictly speaking a brewery. But it belongs on this list because it's owned and operated by the Breckenridge-Wynkoop group, a collaboration of two of Colorado's oldest...  Read More

Photo courtesy of ViewHouse


ViewHouse creatively combines a 7,000-square-foot rooftop patio, live music and DJs with an expansive green on which patrons can play volleyball, badminton, bocce and other games and activities or sit in 10-person field-side cabanas to watch and...  Read More

Green Russell
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Enter through the door of a tiny pie shop and suddenly you're in what's billed as a chef-driven cocktail joint. Like the food in Frank Bonanno's multiple Denver restaurants, the drinks here feature fresh, quality ingredients. Fresh herbs,...  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca