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LANCER LOUNGE

233 East Seventh Avenue, Denver

303-831-8989

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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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Happy-hour hours: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4:30-7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. daily

Happy-hour deals: 2-for-1 wells, house wine and domestics, first round; $8 pitchers

Where else but the Lancer Lounge could get away with having the Dirty Dancing soundtrack blaring — unironically — over the din of grizzled drinkers circling round the bar and pool balls knocking heads in the next room? This classic dive sticks out like the best kind of sore thumb, with a vibe not unlike an amusement park funhouse. You can actually score fake tattoos and stickers from machines near the front door. As for when to go, you'd be hard-pressed (or a chump) to show up when it's not happy hour: The Lancer's got three a day, including a classic drown hour. All together now: "I've...had...the time of my life..."

LOHI STEAKBAR

3200 Tejon Street, Denver

303-927-6334

www.lohisteakbar.com

Happy-hour hours: 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Happy-hour deals: $2 PBR longneck bottles, $3 wells and margs, $5 wines

All of Highland is hopping these days, with worthy restaurants popping up on every corner. And at the end of the night, when industry workers want to get happy, they head to LoHi Steakbar, which features both an afternoon and a late-night happy hour when the drinks are very, very cheap. And at any hour, chef/part-owner Sean Kelly will cook up some of the best pub grub in town, including juicy steaks and amazing burgers (try the one dedicated to Tejon, with green chiles and an egg on top). We're high on LoHi.

LOLA

1575 Boulder Street, Denver

720-570-8686

http://loladenver.com

Happy-hour hours: all day Monday, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Happy-hour deals: $3 tacos, $2 Tecate, $5 coin margaritas

How do we love Lola? Let us count the ways. We love the inventive dinner specials, we love Saturday and Sunday brunch. And we particularly love happy hour — which, if we plan our brunch schedule correctly, follows seamlessly. During Lola's happy hour, you can order $3 chicken or fish tacos that are a meal in themselves (although other happy-hour specials, including the fried-chicken posole, are worthy of your consideration), washing them down with Tecate after Tecate for $2, or the town's best coin marg for just $5. And the fabulous view is free.

MARIO'S DOUBLE DAUGHTER'S SALOTTO

1632 Market Street, Denver

303-623-3504

www.doubledaughters.com

Happy-hour hours: 5-7 p.m. daily, drink specials 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy-hour deals: half-price cocktails, $3.50 draft beer

The highly imaginative and very naughty Double Daughter's feels like Cirque du Soleil meeting Alice in Wonderland in the middle of LoDo. Plush red-velvet booths and dark lighting attract a crowd whose members pout suggestively at each other over the cutting-edge techno of a live DJ — and from 5 to 7 p.m., that crowd gets to drink draft Stella and vodka-based martinis at half price. When they return later that night, they can partake in daily drink specials that include oatmeal-cookie shots on Tuesdays and, fittingly, Red Bull with vodka on Fridays, when you want the party to go on and on.

MATEO

1837 Pearl Street, Boulder

303-443-7766

www.mateorestaurant.com

Happy-hour hours: 5-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Happy-hour deals: $4-$6 wines, $3 Stella, $5-$6 cocktails, $3-$9 bar menu

Mateo's regulars include men in suits and women in sparkling tops twisting stemware between manicured fingers, transplants from the coasts who have a good appreciation for the Colorado lifestyle. And during this bistro's happy hour, there's a lot to appreciate: French bar fare that includes decadently creamy Brussels sprouts gratin, a discounted croque monsieur or bistro burger, and a monstrous plateau provençal of cured meats, cheeses, olives and nuts. During the summer, we like to share snacks and sparkling wine on the secluded patio; winter has us posting up at the marble bar inside for bowls of brothy mussels.

MCCORMICK'S FISH HOUSE & BAR

1659 Wazee Street, Denver

303-825-1107

www.mccormickandschmicks.com

Happy-hour hours: 3-6 p.m., 9-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday

Happy-hour deals: Drink specials $3.95 (PBR draft)-$6.95 (Caribbean martini), food specials $1.95-$4.95

When McCormick's opened twenty years ago in the corner of the Oxford Hotel, it immediately upped the ante for this town's happy hours. How? With an incredible $1.95 happy-hour menu that included a cheeseburger and fries, as well as assorted fish specials, pizzas and whatever seemed to strike the cook's fancy that season. Although the menu has changed over the years — the snacks now range from $1.95 to $4.95, with the burger clocking in at $2.95 — McCormick's remains the best deal in town. And the historic atmosphere is just the cherry in your Manhattan.

THE MED

1002 Walnut Street, Boulder

303-444-5335

www.themedboulder.com

Happy-hour hours: 3-6:30 p.m. daily

Happy-hour deals: $1 off wells, draft beers, wine, sangria, $5.50 margaritas, daily drink specials, $1.50-$7 snacks

No matter what day of the week it is, at 3 p.m., the Med's hidden patio and bar are sure to be packed with an eclectic mix that includes students, professionals, athletes, hippies, singles, couples, online daters and just about everyone within a thirty-mile radius who occasionally imbibes alcohol. Frenzied activity ensues as everyone works the crowd, forming connections and making dates over an extensive list of Mediterranean tapas and daily drink specials that range from cheap sangria to half-price bottles of wine.

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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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