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: