You new around here? Just looking for someplace new to check out? Here’s a list of where you can usually find me having a drink.
Beer, coffee, and vegetarian food – Everything a growing boy needs. For the 5 years I’ve lived in Denver this place has been my number one go-to joint when I just need to be out of the house. Warm and cozy atmosphere, good music, a great waitstaff and all three meals covered makes this place perfect almost any time of the day. A recent tap tower expansion brings them up to ten taps, most of them Coloradan, and their manager Dan is a huge whiskey guy so you’re pretty well covered there too. Finally, as a vegetarian, anything on the menu is safe, making you almost feel a little out of sorts having so many options. Of note, I am a big fan of their breakfast burritos, the Sherman sandwich, and when you’re feeling a little decadent or after an early morning bike ride, the sweet potato cinnamon rolls hit the spot. Of late I’ve found it to be a hell of a lot more crowded, so their planned expansion into the adjacent spot where Moxie used to be is more than welcome.
This might be some kind of heresy as a beer nerd, but I actually prefer Freshcraft to Falling Rock. The waitstaff here is some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable in Denver, and I actually like not having to stress over 70+ options of what’s on tap. They keep a VERY respectable array of 20 beers on tap as well as a damn good bottle list. If it’s the early afternoon and I don’t want to get too shit-canned, I can get a couple of 10 oz. pours, allowing me to try a couple of beers while maintaining some semblance of composure. My only gripe would be that the food here isn’t stellar, though it seems to be improving every time I go in there (they’ve been open less than a year). If you do have something to eat, be sure to get a side of spud puppies – deep fried mash potato balls. Holy hell are those things tasty.
Ohhh the Park… how I both love and loathe you. This place is almost always filled to the brim with frat & sorority types, but they always have Arrogant Bastard on tap (which I will remind you again and again was my first beer I ever drank in my life) and they seem to have happy hour for 80% of the time they’re open. When you put that together with the fact that it’s a block away from my house means I’m there at least a couple of times a month. I’m even willing to ignore the fact that there’s a cop stationed inside every night.