Top 10 Denver Pickup Bars and Restaurants According to Yelp

Last week, in noting that Yelp has a ranking for just about everything in Denver, we shared the site's picks for the best Denver bars and restaurants to meet older women.

But that left out significant parts of the population.

With this in mind, we checked out Yelp's list of best pick-up bars and restaurants in Denver. And it turns out there's only one repeat appearance from the previous roster — albeit the number-one choice according to users.

Check out the top ten below, featuring links to the Yelp items for each venue and the top recent review. They're illustrated by Westword photos that include links to our full-service location pages.

Number 10: Steuben's Food Service
523 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

Top recent review:

Holy smokes Batman! This restaurant will stick with me in my thoughts and dreams for some time to come. It's already like a high school...really enjoyable while it was happening, but becoming better and better as I have time away from it.

We were visiting Denver and staying near 17th and Grant. Yelp suggested Steuben's, so we decided to give it a try. The food was just amazing. The menu has lots of popular choices, but we ended up going with the herb chicken plate and the mac/cheese with bacon. We also started out with a beer and glass of wine.

As far as the beer menu goes, I was very excited to find the graham cracker porter on the menu. My wife had a glass of white wine and was happy with it as well. While they do not have an extensive beer menu, there are more than enough choices to satisfy your proclivity.

Onto the food.. I started with the french onion soup. Very good. A unique flavor twist, but great cheese and onion flavor to the soup. One of the better French onions I've had.

From there, we dove into the main courses. The mac and cheese was so incredible I feel like I have had a moment of awakening. The cheeses used were unlike any version of this I have ever had. So creamy and tasty was the dish that I could not stop raving about it while I ate it. Having the option to add bacon was just icing on the cake..or bacon on the mac in this case. My wife had the herb chicken, which was also splendid. I tried someone, and was very happy with the flavor as well as the complementary vegetables. It is not your average baked chicken. The spices and cooking style made it taste better than any other similar chicken I tried.

At the end of the day, we tried multiple places in Denver on our trip, but no places affected my thoughts and memories like Steuben's. I can't wait to come back to Denver so I can eat here again.

Number 9: The Greedy Hamster
323 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

Top recent review:

What a find! We are in downtown Denver for a conference hoping for the impossible: a cozy restaurant and bar serving excellent food, great wine, IPA on draft with reasonable prices in a warm, romantic atmosphere. The Greedy Hamster made our dream come true and then some!

Nestled into an unassuming brick building just around the corner from the big chain restaurants (The Yardhouse, Hard Rock Cafe, etc), this gem is worth seeking out if you're looking for soothing ambiance, amazing menu, great prices, and the friendliest staff in Denver.

We will return here again and again and recommend it to everyone we know.

Number 8: Kinga's Lounge
1509 Marion Street
Denver, CO 80218

Top recent review:

I just recently visited Denver and this bar was right across the street from our hotel so we decided to check it out. It was super chill and I absolutely LOVED the staff. They have all kinds of really cool infused vodka's and we were experimenting with different flavor mixes (try the Chocolate/Strawberry mix and the Pickle/Pepperoncini mix... you're welcome). We were in Denver for 3 days and ended up hanging out here for hours each day. Definitely a fan - next time I'm in town this will be the first place I go to!

Number 7: Stone Pony
1301 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Top recent review:

A good friend of ours brought is over after grabbing brews nearby at a brewery. What a find!!! We happened to roll in on Sunday and their all-day happy hour specials are more than enough to keep the crowd happy.

Food was surprising very good. We got a pub burger (nice grilled bun and juicy beef patty), the spaghetti meatballs (real, freshly shaved parm on top and real basil), and chili cheese fries.

If you need a bite and great value, stop by. Service was great! We will be back.

Number 6: Las Margs
1521 Marion Stree
Denver, CO 80218

Top recent review:

Popped in for dinner and was greeted by friendly staff, and luckily made it just in time for happy hour and lucked out on some cheap house margaritas. I had a few different tacos, but my favorite was the poblano with the corn salsa, it was super delicious. The staff was great about coming and checking for what we needed.

Continue to keep counting down the top ten Denver pickup bars and restaurants according to Yelp.

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