76 Broadway, Denver


Amy Sjervan (left) and Amber Carpenter get ready to dig in at Panzano.
Amy Sjervan (left) and Amber Carpenter get ready to dig in at Panzano.
Abigal Timmons keeps things shaking at Dazzle.
Abigal Timmons keeps things shaking at Dazzle.

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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 >

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

Happy-hour hours: 4-7 p.m. daily, 10 p.m.-close Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 p.m.-close Friday

Happy-hour deals: $2.50 bottles and wells, $3.50 calls and house wine, $1 off draft beers, $3 appetizers menu in the afternoon; $5 à la carte menu (including burgers and nachos), $2.50 drafts, 2-for-1 shots (limited) at night

A Sobo anchor before there was a Sobo, the Hornet is a go-to place for cinema fans heading to the nearby Mayan; Wash Park and Baker regulars; and just about anyone looking for a good time — and good deals. Working an unusual tide-like rhythm, the place fills to standing-room-only capacity before emptying out when a movie starts, then starts all over again. Time it right, and you'll get a good table to go with your tapas: The $3 chicken pesto pizza and the chicken tamales are great deals in the afternoon, while a $5 burger hits the spot when you're hungry late at night.


901 West 10th Avenue, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m. and midnight-1:30 a.m. daily

Happy-hour deals: $2 and $3 canned and draft beers, $3 and $4 cocktails, $9 cooler of five beers, food $1-$3

For those of you who bemoan Denver's dearth of late-night nourishment, Interstate Kitchen & Bar is your highway straight to heaven. The retro-tooled hot spot juggles two daily happy hours, both of which offer killer deals on canned and draft beers and sharply potent cocktails, plus food specials that include the crazy-good, buck-apiece lap dogs that are the ideal counterpart to just about every liquid poison on the planet. The early happy hour is subdued, while the wee-morning gig, which draws a heavy restaurant-industry crowd (it's a great place to spot a chef) pulsates with testosterone and adrenaline.


1520 20th Street, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 9 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday

Happy-hour deals: $10 all-you-can-drink

LoDo partiers looking to start a night strong will find their gateway to blackout at Jackson's, which features a $10 all-you-can-drink deal during its nighttime happy hour. Hordes of twenty-somethings and baseball-game-goers pack the bar and vast rooftop patio, putting down Coors Light, well vodka and Jim Beam with a vengeance while fist-pumping to the likes of Journey before heading out for more bar-hopping.


1028 South Gaylord Street, Denver


Happy-hour hours: all day Monday, 11:30-3 p.m. daily, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-2 p.m. Saturday

Happy-hour deals: hand rolls $2.50, shrimp sushi $2.50, $3 Kirin, sake, house wines

Get in the swim at Japon, the sushi bar that's a Washington Park institution. But during happy hour, this sushi bar is also an excellent bar, where you can enjoy $3 Kirin beers, sake and house wine, and also grab a variety of $2.50 hand rolls. The only raw deal here is the fish, which is as fresh as you might feel after a few rounds.


928 Pearl Street, Boulder


1539 17th Street, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m. daily

Happy-hour deals: $3 wines, $3-5 vodka martinis, $3 draft beers, $2 oyster shooters, $1 oysters, $3 snacks

The dollar-oyster deal alone would be enough to keep Jax in the happy-hour swim. But while that gimmick lures in some fans, both the Denver and Boulder Jax restaurants are awash with shellfish lovers and haters alike during happy hour. The highly visible patio in LoDo is a favorite place for yuppies to unwind in the summer; Boulder's outpost is popular with a raucous group of college students and recent grads. And, yes, those oysters — as well as other food specials, which were recently upgraded — slide down easy when accompanied by cheap draft beer and house-infused vodka drinks.


400 and 414 East 20th Avenue, Denver

303-863-7473 and 303-832-1180

Happy-hour hours: Jonesy's 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 p.m.-close every night. Horseshoe 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Happy-hour deals: Jonesy's $2 off specialty cocktails, half-price wine, $3 cocktails, $2.50 Colorado drafts. Horseshoe $2 domestic drafts and $3 micros and imports, $2 wells and $3 calls, $3 wine; nightly specials

Jonesy's is a gastropub, while the Horseshoe next door is a lounge. But those aren't the names you'll use. You'll just call them "cool" when you text your crew to come to Uptown for happy hour and join you for some lamb sliders or a plate of bacon-covered mac-and-cheese fries and a can of Dale's Pale Ale. Need any more ammo? Let your friends know that both places have a wide selection of Colorado microbrews and that the ladies of Jonesy's and the Horseshoe — both owned by Leigh Jones — create a pin-up calendar every year for charity. Tip well and they'll sign your copy.


1039 Pearl Street, Boulder


Happy-hour hours: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-close Sunday-Monday

Happy-hour deals: $5 wine du jour, $5 cocktail du jour, $4 wells, $2.50 beer du jour, $3-$13 nibbles

Each night after work, Boulder's hip, successful businesspeople climb a staircase on the west end of Pearl and converge at a long bar under flattering lighting to flirt with strangers, impress associates and socialize with other regulars. The clink of up-glass martinis and Riedel crystal punctuates a lounge soundtrack, while patrons nosh on roasted duck, house-cured pork terrine, brackish oysters, garlic fries, goat gouda mac and cheese, and sticky toffee pudding at heavily discounted prices. And if you can still handle dinner after all that, a three-course fixed-price menu is available for $26.
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Would it be difficult to put these on a map?  It would be ever so much more useful than an alphabetized list.


"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.