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There's nothing pretentious about Charlie Brown's, a bar that could be Denver's great social equalizer. You could show up alone with your T.S. Eliot and nurse a beer just as easily as you could bring your visiting meat-and-potatoes-only family, or you could come in already rowdy and soused and belt out show tunes, and nobody would mind. One bonus: While many happy hours only offer specials on wells, Charlie Brown's includes call drinks. Are you listening, Bacardi-and-Diet-Coke fans? The two outdoor patios (which allow smoking) and weekend pig roasts just make life at Charlie Brown's that much happier.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

900 Baseline Road, Boulder

Alex Morrison (left) and George Schwind belly up at the Lancer Lounge.
Alex Morrison (left) and George Schwind belly up at the Lancer Lounge.
Keli Ramirez pours it on at Pete's Monkey Bar.
Keli Ramirez pours it on at Pete's Monkey Bar.

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Billy's Inn

4403 Lowell Blvd.
Denver, CO 80211

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Northwest Denver

Brasserie Ten Ten

1011 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Boulder

The British Bulldog

2052 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80205

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown Denver

The Burnsley Hotel

1000 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Central Denver

Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

950 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Category: Restaurant > Central American

Region: Boulder

Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill

980 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Denver

Chautauqua Dining Hall

900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303

Category: Music Venues

Region: Boulder

Denver ChopHouse & Brewery

1735 19th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Category: Restaurant > Brewpub

Region: Downtown Denver

Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St., 120
Denver, CO 80202

Category: Restaurant > Gastro Pub

Region: Downtown Denver

Crepes 'n Crepes

2816 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Central Denver

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303-440-3776

www.dininghall.net

Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Happy-hour deals: $2.75-$3 beers, $3.75 wines, $4-$5 cocktails, $3-$5 snacks

The Chautauqua Dining Hall sits at the base of the Flatirons, Boulder's favorite natural playground, which not only makes this the happy hour with the best view along the Front Range — especially when the weather permits porch seating — but an ideal location for post-exercise beers and sliders. And given Chautauqua's status as a popular spot to propose, you'll often spot just-engaged (and thrifty) couples lovingly embracing over celebratory martinis.

CHOPHOUSE AND BREWERY

735 19th Street, Denver

303-296-0800

www.chophouse.com

Happy-hour hours: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Happy-hour deals: $3 beer, half-price wines by the glass, half-price bar menu

921 Walnut Street, Boulder

303-443-1188

Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Happy-hour deals: half-price wines by the glass, $2.95 pints, $3.95 wells, $4.95 martinis, half-price Tavern menu

The Denver and Boulder outposts of this homegrown chain cater mostly to suited business types who appreciate the chance to pair one of many California Cabernets with hearty steaks in a dark-wooded dining room humming with conversation about the market. During happy hour, though, the Chophouse fills with people as picky about their snacks as they are about their stocks, ordering onion rings, shrimp cocktail and prime rib from the bar menu at half price while still enjoying the full steakhouse setting.

CITY, O' CITY

206 East 13th Avenue, Denver

303-831-6443

www.cityocitydenver.com

Happy-hour hours: 2-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-close daily

Happy-hour deals: $1.50 Orale, $2 off drafts and wells, $3 house wine (late-night happy hour only)

City, O'City's deal on Del Norte's Orale beer, which is made in this city, is just one of the reasons we love this happy hour. City, O' City also has a very long happy hour — five to seven hours a day. And during those rare times when it isn't happy hour, you can down City, O'City's very own, exclusive espresso-blend coffee or devour vegetarian buffalo wings that are almost as good as the real thing. Although City, O'City is very conscientious about serving local and healthy, it doesn't act like God's gift to the world for doing so. In fact, chances are your happy-hour drinking session here will overlap with some wacky, decadent event, probably one involving shots.

COLT & GRAY

1553 Platte Street, Denver

303-447-1447

www.coltandgray.com

Happy-hour hours: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Happy-hour deals: $5 cocktails, $5 draft beer, $6 wine, $3 snacks, $7 cheese and charcuterie

No detail goes unnoticed in Colt & Gray's mixology program, not even the ice. Revelers who nab a seat in the cozy bar, filled with high tables and manned by graceful bartenders, can order off a rotating list of inventive cocktails made with prime spirits (and cooled with that quality ice). And during happy hour, five of these are offered at a reduced price: Current specials include the Sazerac; a gin-and-egg-white concoction called the Clover Club; and the Breakfast Cocktail made with Earl Grey gin. Pair your drink with reduced-price savory bar snacks such as bacon-caramel popcorn, crispy and creamy blue-cheese gougères, and a hefty selection of cured meats.

CREPES 'N CREPES

2816 East Third Avenue, Denver

303-320-4184

www.crepesncrepes.com

Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Happy-hour deals: $3-5 crepes; $4 glasses of wine

While many happy hours rely on a hunger for outsized servings of nachos and a thirst for aquarium-capacity drinks, Crepes 'n Crepes hopes you'll be every bit as pleased by its more diminutive portions and attention to detail at the Cherry Creek location. (The downtown outpost has a different lineup.) The evidence? Crepes only slightly smaller in size at happy hour, but at half or more off regular prices; individually sugared blueberries; wine served in appropriate stemware (fancy!) and fromage, fromage, fromage. The verdict? Success! The recessed patio, intimate space and non-matching tablecloths feel Paris-authentic and definitely special.

CUCINA COLORE

3041 East Third Avenue, Denver

303-393-6917

www.cucinacolore.com

Happy-hour hours: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Happy-hour deals: $2-$7 cicchetti, $5 select wine and cocktails, $3.50 select beers

After years of resisting the urge, Cucina Colore finally broke down a few weeks ago and introduced a happy hour. It was worth waiting for. Most notably, it features the small plates popular in Venice called cicchetti. And while the lineup of cicchetti here might include some familiar happy hour fare, including bruschetta and chicken wings, it also has more adventurous choices, such as asparagus tartufo with truffled egg salad and speck, and salmon scapece with watermelon, avocado and tomato. None of the offerings costs more than seven bucks; at these prices, Cucina Colore can call them whatever they want. We dare you to ask for mozzarella sticks and a PBR.

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2 comments
babbabson
babbabson

Would it be difficult to put these on a map?  It would be ever so much more useful than an alphabetized list.

lokii_0
lokii_0

"Denver's 50 best happy hours" should be listing restaurants which are actually in *Denver*.   Not that Brasserie 1010 isn't great, their happy hour rocks it, but Boulder isn't Denver - we have enough good restaurants in Denver that we should be able to stand on our own, rather than constantly being lumped in with Boulder.

 
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