There's no shortage of places to listen to live music here in Denver. But when you are out with friends on a Friday night, you might want something nice to drink as well. While whiskey and Coors are always an adequate pairing, you can do better. When in your in the mood for a quality brew to go with some quality sounds, check out one of these six places.
We've listed some current offerings to give you an idea of what to expect, but selections will rotate regularly. Also, note that this is a highly scientific analysis based on our own drinking habits, advice from fellow music fans, and various whims. Still, these aren't the only bars with both live music and solid beer choices. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments
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6. 1Up Colfax 1Up Colfax is more than just pinball machines and shots. Whether you come to see a DJ or to beat your high score on Pac-Man, there are plenty of beers to drink while you party. The list of what is on draft is pretty lengthy, but some of the highlights are: Ska Mole Stout, Dry Dock Apricot Ale, Magic Hat #9, Lagunitas IPA and more. The games may be cheap, but you don't have to worry about your beer being the same at 1Up. 5. Summit Music Hall For the past four years, Summit Music Hall has been on of the rowdier, least pretentious venues in town. So it may come as a surprise that more than just PBR and Jim Bean is sold there. Besides the usual suspects (Blue Moon, Coors) Summit has the likes of Great Divide Titan, Great Divide Seasonal and New Belgium's 1554 on draft. In canned form you can sip on Ska True Blonde and Ska Modos Hoperandi or one of three brews from Avery. 4. Syntax Physic Opera Being that it is more of a cocktail and appetizer venue, Syntax doesn't boast a large beer list. But what they lack in quantity they make up for in quantity. The intimate venue offers six beers, all local, including: Tivoli Helles Lager, Epic Big Bad Baptist, Upslope Lager, River North White Ale, Ska Modos Hoperani, and Colorado Cider. 3. Meadowlark The intimate Meadowlark bar has no draft list. It does, however, have a giant fridge full of local brews. Pick your favorite brewery and style, say Avery and Stout, or Great Divide and IPA, and they have something to satisfy your taste buds. Drinks are the only reason to stop in, the bar also constantly hosts solid live music to pair with your favorite beer. 2. Walnut Room The Walnut Room has an expansive draft beer selection full of local and national brews as well as great musical acts a few days a week. The bar proudly supports Colorado breweries, mostly because it's obviously the best. You can find a full selection of hoppy drinks from Left Hand, Avery, Ska and more while listening to a local singer-songwriter or indie-folk band from the other side of the country. 1. Dazzle Like Syntax, Dazzle's beer selection isn't vast, but the quality is high. You can get a Paulaner German Hefe-Weizen as well as: Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (Kansas City), Full Sail Amber Ale (Oregon), Stone IPA (California), Dogfish Head 90 Minutes IPA (Delaware), Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout (you know where Left Hand is) and a rotating tap of the month. At Dazzle you can spend the evening drinking an IPA from Delaware and listening to a jazz group from Louisiana.
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