1600 West 33rd Avenue, 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: 4:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Happy-hour deals: $3-$5 cocktails, $5 wines, $3 beers, $3.50-$6 snacks

Justin Cucci's Root Down opened in an old garage space in December 2008 and immediately attracted a crowd of hipsters drawn by the aesthetic (Grandma Pack Rat meets Andy Warhol), the local food focus, and the well-stocked bar. During happy hour, groups post up in the round booths and at high tables, sipping a rotating list of cocktails and munching on such snacks as veggie-burger sliders and edamame hummus with wonton chips. Our favorite order: the 42 Below Rosemary-Lavender Lemonade and sweet-potato fries dipped in lime curry. Bonus points for a lovely deck with a stunning view of downtown.


523 East 17th Avenue, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 4-7 p.m. daily, $5 deal after 10 p.m.

Happy-hour deals: $1 off wine, wells, select domestics

Steuben's has become a favorite go-to location at all hours, with a menu that offers something for everyone, with regional specialties from across the country. But if you just want to grab a stool at the bar, that's okay, too: Mixologist Sean Kenyon oversees a staff that creates wonderful things, including fig-infused Stranahan's and classic cocktails resurrected from pre-Prohibition days. The real deal here is offered after 10 p.m. daily, when you can get a burger or Chicago dog, a side (great fries, coleslaw or hush puppies) and a can of domestic beer for just $5.


1441 Larimer Street, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Happy-hour deals: $5 beer, wine, cocktails and snacks

When TAG opened last May, it gave a shot of sex appeal to Larimer Square. The swank booths in the funky dining room are usually full of Denver scenesters, talking animatedly over Troy Guard's brand of East-meets-West fare. And TAG brings out its best during happy hour, when diners can indulge in such Guard classics as Kobe beef sliders and Baja fish tacos, paired with cocktail creations from bar manager Mike Henderson, a leader in Denver's cocktail scene. Don't miss the daily mojito, crafted from seasonal fruit, or any of the drinks featuring the housemade tonic. The math-impaired will appreciate that everything on the happy-hour list is a flat $5.


250 Steele Street, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 4-6 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight daily

Happy-hour deals: $2 PBR, $3 Tecate, Dos XX and Sol, $3 wells, $4.50 mojitos, $5 margs; $2 happy-hour food menu and $1 tacos (10 p.m.-midnight only)

If Cherry Creek has a clubhouse, it's Tambien. The downstairs patio is a neighborhood gathering place, the dark restaurant/bar beyond a riot of Mexican memorabilia. And if you order a couple of the award-winning margs at the $5 happy-hour price, you could be making a few memories of your own. (Not that you'll be able to recall them the next day.) Smart regulars are already pouncing on Sean Yontz's excellent, $2 happy-hour food menu, which includes commendable queso and killer green-chile cheese fries. And buck tacos make the late-night happy hour even happier.


950 Broadway, Denver


Happy-hour hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Happy-hour deals: Bistro Bites ranging from $3 to $8; $2 house wines and bottled beers, $3 premium drafts, $10 pitchers

When Tony's Market opened a downtown store a year ago, it added a few amenities that have made for many happy hours. This Tony's not only has all the features of its suburban siblings, but there's an eat-in bistro where you can get burgers, pizzas and salads for lunch and dinner (breakfast is coming soon), as well as an array of appetizers at happy hour. Some of our favorites: meatball sliders in Tony's homemade sauce, 2 for $4 or 3 for $5; Mile High wings (order them hot) that really fly at 6 for $3 or 12 for $5; and an incredible antipasto plate featuring Tony's meats and cheeses for $8. On Friday afternoons, the bistro even brings in live music. And on any day, Tony's has one unbeatable feature: Since the liquor license covers the entire store, you can buy a happy-hour beverage and sip it while you shop.


1575 Boulder Street, Denver


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

Happy-hour deals: 2-for-1 wines, $4 wells, $3 draft beers, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light, $5 snacks, $3 sliders

Highland has become Denver's hottest restaurant neighborhood, and from the stunning rooftop of Vita, with its view of the Platte Valley and downtown beyond, you'll feel on top of the world. And definitely above the LoDo fray; this is just the spot for those who enjoy drinking outdoors without having to fight plastic-cup-carrying crowds. During happy hour, Vita attracts all kinds, enjoying an afternoon in the sun while sipping 2-for-1 glasses of wine while snacking on $5 bruschetta and $3 pulled-pork sliders.


837 East 17th Avenue, Denver


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

Happy-hour deals: $2.50 drafts; $4 house wine; $3.50-$5 appetizers; some $8 entrees during late-night happy hour

You may eat healthy, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself. At WaterCourse, you can down a Great Divide brew for less than three bucks, when drafts are discounted 50 percent during happy hour. This vegetarian restaurant also has a worthwhile selection of apps that mirror (in a meat-free way) what you might find at your neighborhood sports bar: nachos, egg rolls and the like. Like its sibling, City, O' City, WaterCourse has an inviting feel, even if it's a little more formal and less rough around the edges.

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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.