When Allison moved here ten years ago, she frequently visited bars in lower downtown. But now Allison, who took Westword on a tour of LoDo one recent Friday night for this week's cover story, "From LoDo to BroDo," prefers to escape the bros and go to bars in other neighborhoods, especially bars that have patios and great food. We asked her for some of her favorite places, and she provided this list of go-to spots, divided by neighborhood; the descriptions are hers.
Although RiNo is fast becoming baby LoDo, I do like several places there.
2920 Larimer Street
Allows dogs, multiple good beers, usually good food trucks, more friendly and less beer-snobby than other area breweries.
2461 Larimer Street
I like to call this place “Hipster Cobra” because it has a big cobra instead of a normal sign and is full of hipsters, but it has a good happy hour, tasty food and a nice rooftop patio.
3163 Larimer Street
Great if you’re feeling fancy, with a beautiful secluded patio. A little pricey, but very good food and cocktails.
Nocturne, for a a more civilized night out.
1330 27th Street
It’s like Dazzle in that it has great jazz musicians, but it’s a little more hip and with a very nice 1920s art-deco ambience.
5410 East Colfax Avenue
This is my favorite neighborhood place. It has tasty Spanish-themed fare, a good wine list and a great back patio.
1477 Monroe Street
Mostly I like it because you can get pie next door at the Humble Pie store to go with your beer.
Badger's Pub is a great neighborhood bar.
Baker is also gaining a critical mass of bros to go with the hipsters, but I like it.
Crazy amount of excellent beer options and awesome rooftop patio.
Beatrice & Woodsley
38 South Broadway
It looks like a fancy forest and has an awesome brunch and cocktails.
76 South Broadway
I like this little divey place full of friendly homeless people, drunk people and various bar games.
SoBo 151 Bar and Grill
151 South Broadway
Nice variety of European beers and European food, and a good karaoke crowd on Saturday nights.
1710 South Broadway
The owners make their own beer and serve it to you in knitted koozies. The place looks like your grandma’s house, and they have old-school video-game systems that you can play!
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840 Lincoln Street
Another favorite because of the friendly crowd full of weirdos. Also the karaoke; I once saw a baby in there dancing and trying to climb onto the stage while a woman sang “Rolling in the Deep” — and it was amazing.
Forest Room 5
2532 15th Street
Good patio with a campfire, stream and weird nature-themed art.
2030 West 30th Avenue
Linger has an amazing patio.