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The main attractions at Barricuda's, a quintessential neighborhood bar, are the prices and the atmosphere, which is laid-back and friendly.
Highland Tavern

Highland Tavern

The Highland Tavern is a neighborhood bar through and through; many of the patrons are locals or newcomers to the area.
Scruffy Murphy's

Scruffy Murphy's

This neighborhood pub offers a warm, inviting old world setting to have a beer or check out the occasional live act -- traditional Celtic and Irish folk music to acoustic rock -- and hang out with the locals.

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  • 3 Kings Tavern

    3 Kings Tavern

    60 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-777-7352 Calling 3 Kings Tavern a rock bar only hints at the entertainment to be found at the South Broadway mainstay. From burlesque revues, dance nights, and art shows in the basement gallery to a full calendar of shows by top-notch local talent (including a rare Slim Cessna appearance) and compelling national acts (Red Fang and High Fire among them), 3 Kings has something for everyone. Couple that entertainment lineup with a staff that's as welcoming to customers as it is to bands (which are all treated like rock stars, whether imports or exports), and it's easy to see why this joint has so many fans -- even if the sound occasionally leaves something to be desired. Read more about 3 Kings Tavern >>

  • Badger

    Badger's Pub

    76 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209

    Named after the University of Wisconsin mascot, this Wisconsin-themed sports bar caters to fans of the Brewers, Badgers, Bucks and Packers rather than just fans of cheap beer and drunken bar talk, as was the case with the Badger's predecessor, the Brown Barrel, which occupied this South Broadway spot for close to three decades. A makeover transformed the once-dingy dive, and sports memorabilia now lines the walls where nautical items used to be. With plenty of TVs scattered throughout, Badger's makes for a fun place to hang with your land-of-cheddar brethren. Read more about Badger's Pub >>

  • Black Crown Lounge

    Black Crown Lounge

    1446 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    720-353-4701 After taking over the former Cafe Cero/Open Tap space, business partners Mark Cameron and Brian Grace transformed it into an authentic piano bar that has what Cameron describes as an old-world, over-the-top, decadent country-club feel. While the multi-level, multi-room spot, situated on South Broadway’s Antique Row, offers fine cocktails and wine, small plates and brunch as well as live pianists and bands, the Black Crown also doubles as a retail store, where some of its lavish furnishings, such as chandeliers, mirrors, framed art and objets d'art, are for sale. There's also a patio in front and one in the back. Read more about Black Crown Lounge >>

  • Boone

    Boone's Tavern

    1135 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210
    720-961-0320 Boone's is a neighborhood joint near the University of Denver, which explains the name: Denver Boone was DU's official mascot from 1968 to 1998. But Boone's isn't just about DU. It's "state-triotic," according to co-owner Rob Lanphier, featuring just beers from Colorado, stocking about half of its bar with liquors from Colorado, and "trying to do as much Colorado-sourced food as humanly possible." The majority of the food is made from scratch, including barbecue. "The thing we try to strive for is having great food, basically," Lanphier says. "Better food than people would expect in a neighborhood tavern." Welcome to the neighborhood. Read more about Boone's Tavern >>

  • Bushwacker

    Bushwacker's Saloon

    1967 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    303-722-0280 The huge, lit-up mirror in this low-maintenance live-music/ karaoke hideout allows bands to preen from the stage before launching their aural assaults. And you can watch the show without being too far from your next beer in Bushwackers' sunken bar area, complete with comfy chairs. The bands that play this biker-friendly dive on the weekends run the gamut, from rock and metal to punk and blues. Karaoke nights on Thursdays are also worth checking out. Read more about Bushwacker's Saloon >>

  • Campus Lounge

    Campus Lounge

    701 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80209

    A Bonnie Brae staple for decades, the Campus Lounge epitomizes the friendly neighborhood saloon with its seasoned waitstaff, drink specials and an owner, Jim Whiste (a retired pro hockey player and DU Pioneer alum), who can often be found bellied up to the bar with his patrons on weekday afternoons. The kitchen is another draw, famous for a full menu of sloppy Mexican food and daily steak specials. The main room boasts huge booths perfect for lazy game-watching on a big-screen TV; and an adjoining space offers video games, pool, foosball tables - and a door that leads to the Campus Lounge's newest amenity, a low-key patio. Read more about Campus Lounge >>

  • Candlelight Tavern

    Candlelight Tavern

    383 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-778-9530 Open for over seventy years on an unassuming block of South Pearl, the Candlelight Tavern is a neighborhood haven, the lone bar sitting peacefully next to residences and a milk-truck lot. But the Tavern's patrons are far from unassuming: A rambunctious crowd -- including everyone from working stiffs to college kids and sports fans -- can be found just behind the bar's door seven nights a week, enjoying darts, pool, foosball, an always-occupied shuffleboard table and a menu that includes burgers and fries. And the wood-paneled saloon's biggest attraction may the wall-mounted jukebox, which features plenty of sing-along-inducing songs. Read more about Candlelight Tavern >>

  • Crimson & Gold Tavern

    Crimson & Gold Tavern

    2017 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210
    720-379-5454 There's no denying that Crimson & Gold is a college bar; that would be impossible, since this joint is right next to the University of Denver. But it's also a reliable neighborhood restaurant, with lots of room for families and other big groups, a 1,400-square-foot back patio and a menu that appeals to just about everyone. There are bar-food favorites -- sweet-potato fries and homemade BBQ chips -- as well as higher-end items (the "After 5" portion of the menu includes Filet Mignon, grilled salmon and pork chops, complemented by wedge and mixed-greens salads). A crowd favorite at lunch or dinner is the Pioneer Burger: a hearty beef patty piled high with bacon, pepper Jack cheese, haystack onions and BBQ sauce. For a sweet finish, Crimson & Gold also offers a variety of shakes, malts and root beer floats, as well as baby ice cream sandwiches -- three little minty desserts per order. Whether you're toting around five starving kids or just looking for a place to grab a beer, Crimson & Gold can accommodate you. Read more about Crimson & Gold Tavern >>

  • The Dive Inn

    The Dive Inn

    1380 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    720-242-6157 Denver's longest-running gay bar, BJ's Carousel, closed in 2011 after a three-decade-plus run. The South Broadway spot was then gutted and remodeled, reopening in 2012 as the Dive Inn. The new bar's nautical theme was inspired by the owner's numerous trips as a teenager to Cozumel, where he opened a dive shop after high school. At the Dive Inn, photos from deep-sea fishing trips share space in the back room with foosball and pool tables and a second bar. The place also sports a taqueria and 2,500 square feet of patio space. Read more about The Dive Inn >>

  • Dougherty

    Dougherty's Neighborhood Restaurant and Pub

    5 E. Ellsworth Denver, CO 80209
    303-777-5210 Dougherty's is a neighborhood pub that caters to the entire neighborhood - the young and the old, the hip and the square, the firemen, the drunks and the industry people. It's kid-friendly, pet-friendly, family-friendly and drunk-friendly, with cheap lunches all day and happy-hour specials at the bar. The tenders here pour some of the strongest drinks in the entire city, and when the time comes for soaking up that firewater, Dougherty's also has an excellent pub kitchen, a nice dining room separated from the bar, and a menu that's better than you'd expect. Just past the small front patio sits a cozy three-room pub serving up typical Irish food and drink (think Guinness paired with bangers and mash) along with the not-so traditional (like a prosciutto-and-cheese creation called "Leprechaun Lollipops"). Brunch is also a big draw for the pub, offering the usual egg-centered fare plus sweeter items such as French toast. For the most part, Dougherty's feels like a nice, neighborhood bar perfect for a pint. Read more about Dougherty's Neighborhood Restaurant and Pub >>

  • Fermaentra


    1715 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210 When people walk into Fermaentra, owners Brennan Mann and Spencer O'Bryan want them to know they're in a brewery. "Otherwise, you're just in a bar in LoDo," Mann says. That's why beer drinkers at Fermaentra, which opened its doors in November 2014, can look past the taps to the seven-barrel brewhouse and the six tanks beyond them -- without walls or windows to separate them from the beer-making process. Read more about Fermaentra >>

  • Finley

    Finley's Pub

    375 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209

  • Former Future Brewing

    Former Future Brewing

    1290 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80210
    720-441-4253 The concept of Former Future Brewing Company is best summed up by the brewery itself, which says it specializes in "futuristic interpretations of historical styles." That aesthetic applies to Former Future's look and feel as well as its beer recipes. Some of the beers, for instance, are made using recipes from the 1800s, but with a modern twist. Housed in a long, narrow space that was once a marijuana dispensary, Former Future also combines old and new in its decor. Designed by Fin Art in Denver, the interior includes a bar made from the wing of an old Cessna and a variety of light fixtures -- some made from old barrel hoops, others from airport runway lights. Read more about Former Future Brewing >>

  • Gary Lee

    Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub

    176 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-282-GRUB After many unexpected delays, Gary Lee Bomar finally opened Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub in 2012, in a formerly run-down garage space that was refurbished and transformed into a vintage, car-themed roadhouse with a great patio. Remember to check out the decorative detail while you chow down on a smoked Portobello sandwich or pulled pork with barbeque sauce. Talk about vroom service! Read more about Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub >>

  • Gennaro

    Gennaro's Lounge

    2598 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    303-722-1044 Gennaro's has been a low-key, red-sauce, neighborhood Italian joint for more than fifty years. Separated from its companion bar by a bank of windows (you can also order off the menu in the bar), the dining room has just a few tables with red-checked cloths, as well as a view of the kitchen cooking up pizza and pasta. But while the place is small, the menu is large: Appetizers range from bruschetta to calamari, there are Italian-inspired soups and salads, and pasta dishes include lasagna, spaghetti and baked ziti. The hand-tossed pizzas are all made to order and topped with anything you can can think of. But the real winner here is the calzone, a massive portion that's enough for two, stuffed with your choice of items from the pizza-topping list. Order one of five Deschutes beers on tap, or a cocktail made with any flavor of vodka imaginable (bubble gum, anyone?) from one of the congenial, no-bullshit bartenders. And Gennaro's isn't just an Italian restaurant and bar; it's also a coffee shop that opens at 10 a.m. Read more about Gennaro's Lounge >>

  • Hanson

    Hanson's Grill & Tavern

    1301 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210
    303-744-1052 Hanson's is the sort of place you find one night when every other table in the neighborhood is booked, then return to whenever you have an open Friday and no reservations. For families out for a fast, easy dinner; for big, rowdy gangs of college kids looking for their own rathskeller; for solo drinkers seeking a place where everyone knows their name - Hanson's is good on all those counts. Bottom line, it's a proper bar and grill with strong drinks, comfortable booths, a good happy hour, plenty of cheap diversions and a welcoming attitude. Read more about Hanson's Grill & Tavern >>

  • Illegal Pete's

    1744 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210
    720-974-2198 Colorado is known for its homegrown big-burrito chains. Illegal Pete's isn't the largest, but it's big on flavor, with a wide-ranging menu that includes everything from standard chicken- and carnitas-based burritos to versions with fish or potatoes as the main event. The ingredients are all carefully balanced before the burrito is wrapped, ensuring that you won't get any bites of just rice or only sour cream. The casual atmosphere might lure you into sticking around for one more beer; it's no surprise that each and every Illegal Pete's outpost is a favorite hangout for somebody. Read more about Illegal Pete's >>

  • The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover

    54 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-282-4643 A dramatic black and red exterior immediately calls your attention to the Irish Rover from the outside. Inside, it's what you'd expect from an Irish bar: Dark brick and wood accent the place, the staff is friendly and welcoming, and Celtic and folk music is playing in the background. The Irish Rover is also pooch-friendly, allowing neighborhood patrons to stop in for a beer while out for a walk with their dogs. Read more about The Irish Rover >>

  • Kentucky Inn

    Kentucky Inn

    890 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-778-9600 A self-proclaimed "Midwest bar," the Kentucky Inn is just one of many small, discreet dives existing in now-posh neighborhoods like West Wash Park. Once a haven for postal workers -- the post office down the street is the reason the bar still opens at 7 a.m. -- the Inn now services a mostly younger crowd looking for PBR and Old Style by the can, served up by a friendly waitstaff that also doesn't mind making the occasional frozen pizza on request. The low-key bar is just two rooms with darts and other distractions, and while sporting events can bring in the bigger crowds, the Kentucky Inn prides itself on its local clientele and easygoing status. Read more about Kentucky Inn >>

  • Lil' Devils

    255 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-733-1156 After a long run at 255 South Broadway, the Barker Lounge relocated near the Santa Fe Arts District, and Li'l Devils took over the Broadway spot in late 2012. The building was spruced up inside and out, giving it a classier feel, but Lil' Devils is still a low-key, comfortable lounge that caters to both the gay and straight communities. Music videos are shown on multiple TVs around the bar, which offers Colorado craft beers and wines along with its specialty cocktails, and there's a decent-sized patio. Read more about Lil' Devils >>

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln's Road House

    1201 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210
    303-777-3700 The rowdy blues and rock at the Roadhouse fit the rough-and-ready crowds looking for beer and a band on the weekends, when the smallish joint can get packed. Big booths keep colleagues comfy and close for conversation, and the stage is right by the window, so prospective patrons can get an earful before they even venture inside. There's plenty of Southern fare on the menu, like po' boys, grilled Louisiana hot sausage, gumbo and jambalaya, as well as Lincoln's famous pot-roast burrito and meatloaf cheeseburger. Read more about Lincoln's Road House >>

  • Merchants Mile High Saloon

    Merchants Mile High Saloon

    2014 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210

    The Border had long been a popular watering hole in the University of Denver neighborhood, though it went through some dry spells -- and then dried up altogether in May 2012. A trio of new owners, two of whom run Merchants Saloon in Oakland, California, recently took over the space and have reopened as Merchants Mile High Saloon. And although the new owners wanted the place to have more of a "dark and sexy" club feel than a casual sports-bar atmosphere, Merchants will show games when they're on. Read more about Merchants Mile High Saloon >>

  • Mike

    Mike's Tavern

    2301 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210

    When Len & Bill's went dark after fifty years in March 2010, Denver lost one of its great dives, in addition to being one of the dingiest joints in town. But after new owner Mike Keeney took over the space, he did a major overhaul on the small space, added a patio in back and added some of his own personality to the place. After opening it as Mike's Tavern in July, 2011, the bar still attracts a fair amount of Len & Bill's regulars as well a new set of neighborhood folks who might have been scared to go in the dimly-lit dive in the past. Read more about Mike's Tavern >>

  • Ogden Street South

    Ogden Street South

    103 S. Ogden St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-722-0592 Resting comfortably in the Wash Park neighborhood for over thirty years, Ogden Street South (or "OSS," as it's also known) is best recognized for its epic weekend karaoke extravaganzas. Cheap drinks lubricate the Friday- and Saturday-night sing-alongs, and the carpeted watering hole's beer-sign-littered walls give the place a distinctive, college-bar feel. The bar top is sheltered by a low wooden overhang, but the rest of place is wide open, with tall tables facing what could be the biggest big-screen TV in Colorado. A second, mildly secluded room features a wrap-around booth with more game-watching spots, and Ogden Street's patio also offers plenty of outdoor space for smokers to hang out. Read more about Ogden Street South >>

  • The Pioneer

    The Pioneer

    2401 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210
    720-536-4802 “The Pioneers” is the name for the University of Denver sports teams, and we think any frontiersman (or woman) would appreciate the hearty fare to be found at the Pioneer, a DU watering hole. The fare is bar food – but quality bar food, including respectable burgers, burritos, soups and salads, as well as some of the town’s best nachos, with every chip loaded with quality ingredients. And if you don’t feel like ordering off the extensive beer menu, we have just the thing to wash down your meal: the Boone margarita, named after DU’s embattled, unofficial mascot. Read more about The Pioneer >>

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