Best of Denver

The Nine Best Rock Bars in Denver

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Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar) is a rock bar with a lot of character. Get there a few hours before a gig and you'll find some of Denver's finest barflies, a few of which might have been there since the doors opened that morning. As the hour gets later, an assortment of hipsters, punks and rockers mixes in with those barflies, the music gets loud, and the next thing you know, you're in a veritable drinker's nirvana.

Zephyr Lounge is an Aurora spot not known for its fast and friendly service. But what it lacks in social graces, it makes up for with its low prices -- including three different happy hours -- and live entertainment, which is free on weekend nights.

Lion's Lair is a Denver staple that packs a ferocious punch. Local bands like Ancient Elk and Teenage Kicks often bring down the house, and with dollar PBR drafts and cheap shots, one can't go wrong. Its name was born around the rise of punk, and to this day punk rockers still play and frequent the bar.

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