The Best Beer Bars and Taprooms in Denver and Beyond
With over 400 breweries in the state, it’s no surprise that there are also some good beer bars – though we still mourn the loss of pioneering beer bar Falling Rock last year. Whether you want endless options from all over Colorado at your fingertips or want to sample nationally and internationally acclaimed beers, there are plenty of options to wet your whistle. Many of these bars pay as much attention to food as they do to beer, so come hungry and thirsty.
Here are ten of the best beer bars in Colorado:
2801 Welton Street
Opened by John Faymon of Backcountry Pizza and Tap House in Boulder (a bar worth a visit in its own right), Goed Zuur focuses heavily on wild and sour beers from around the country and Belgium. The Five Points bar has been making waves for five years now, cleverly pairing some of the best sour beers in the world with carefully curated small plates and the occasional beer dinner. Beer from Colorado stalwarts like Casey Brewing and Blending, Amalgam Brewing and Primitive Beer sits alongside some of Belgium’s finest wild beers like Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen and Gueuzerie Tilquin. If you’re bringing a friend who doesn’t like wild or sour beer, fear not: the list of non-sour drafts is small, but still has a standout IPA and pilsner, among other options.
2927 Larimer Street
Finn’s offers one of Denver’s best-curated draft beer lists, featuring a great mix of unique and hard-to-find European imports, as well as some of the best Colorado and domestically sourced beers. The indoor bar is beautiful and the selection of spirits and cocktails is also impressive. The hip spot may feel like a younger, semi-club atmosphere on busy Saturday nights, but there’s always room to slip into a corner and grab a few glasses of world-class beer and a bite to eat from the food trucks and pop-ups that frequent this location.
First draft of the dining room and kitchen
1309 26th street
First Draft is all about high tech, with nearly three dozen beer taps. Servers are on hand to provide any assistance, and food is available from Adobo’s in-house kitchen at First Draft (which is among the best green peppers in town). It’s right in the thick of the action in bustling RiNo, and the bar tends to hold unique events throughout the year, like last year’s lager tap takeover at the Craft Brewers Conference.
Hops & Pie
3920 Tennyson Street
If you’re looking for special tap dancing events at the Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference, or WeldWerks Invitational, chances are you’ll find a great one at Hops & Pie. The Watsons spent years running fine dining establishments in California before opening this place in 2010, and they bring that attention to detail and personal service to the pizza and beer game. Regular promotions are the name of the game at Hops & Pie, where customers can find amazing deals throughout the week. The Saturday session, where guests receive two slices of the week’s featured pie and three beers for $18, is legendary. The place has also started experimenting with sourdough pie pop-ups – the first recent event made a line for several hours before selling out.
fire on the mountain
3801 West 32nd Avenue
300 Logan Street South
Fire on the Mountain has a reputation as much for the wings as it does for the beer, and the company isn’t kidding either. With a dedicated beer buyer for each draft list, you can see a few differences that cater to each neighborhood’s customer base. The original Highland location offers ten different faucets, while the new Wash Park location offers sixteen options. Both locations are constantly rotating beers, to keep things fun and interesting. They also both run a weekly $4 draft where almost everything on tap is included, and rarer, high ABV beers are also greatly reduced.
Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House
985 South Public Road, Lafayette
Romero’s is one of the few beer places in Colorado that specifically caters to customers with dogs. It has truly carved out a place for itself, with over twenty taps, including a healthy mix of national stars to accompany Colorado’s finest beers from places like Bierstadt Lagerhaus, TRVE Brewing Company, and Fritz Family Brewers. Romero’s has both dog-friendly and human-only spaces on-site, and goes the extra mile for four-legged friends by offering both a year-round climate-controlled, leash-enclosed lodge and a Off-leash outdoor biergarten where well-behaved dogs can roam. Entry requires registration and a $5 day pass for one dog, with discounts for multiple dogs.
Pour home from the faucet
12433 East 104th Place, Commerce City
Pour Tap House fills a much-needed void in Commerce City, an area somewhat lacking in local, independent food and drink. Pour offers a variety of beers, from classic Belgian lambics to California classics like Russian River Brewing’s Blind Pig IPA. But the bread and butter of the beer list is an assortment of Colorado beers, from your standard flagships like Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde to the latest special releases from Outer Range IPAs. With over thirty taps, it’s well worth the trip to Commerce City. The brasserie also hosts food trucks seven days a week.
handlebar tap house
417 Monument Road, Grand Junction
Guidon opened in 2018 and quickly made a splash in the Grand Vallée. Inspired by big-city beer bars, but adapted to the western slope, Handlebar has a rooftop terrace to enjoy burgers from the kitchen and beer from one of 24 rotating taps. The location really sets it apart, being just down the road from the nationally acclaimed Lunch Loops mountain bike trail system and the famous Colorado National Monument.
Jake’s Beer Bar
2530 Main Street, Littleton
Jake’s has a real neighborhood vibe, with empty beer bottles lining the wall and a steady local crowd. The bar hosts many unique beer events, such as a large Oktoberfest in honor of the postponed 2022 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. Jake’s has 36 rotating taps and fills take-out crowlers. It also offers an on-site dining option, Hot Pizza Ass, a horse trailer converted into a pizza food truck.
Press and manipulate
307 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Tap and Handle consistently has one of the best IPA listings in the region. Beer is sourced from across the country, but also includes local hits like Call to Arms Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, Comrade Brewing Company, New Image Brewing, Outer Range Brewing Company, WeldWerks Brewing Company and Westbound & Down Brewing Company. Plus, there are plenty of other styles of beer to choose from, as well as a kitchen that offers a long list of options, including burgers and a range of mac and cheese options.