As Sam Levin reports in this week's cover story, Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. But this is also a city that likes to imbibe. Fortunately, there are many Denver watering holes that not only celebrate the bicyclist lifestyle but feature bike-friendly amenities, from parking to tune-ups.
5. Park Tavern 931 East 11th Avenue The Park Tavern is a beloved Capitol Hill joint for many reasons, including the three happy hours offered daily, the pool tables and trivia games, as well as the dark, inviting tavern atmosphere. But bikers particularly love the place for its accessibility. And in a neighborhood that is known for its impossible parking, being a biker pays off. Lock up anywhere in front of the patio and enjoy your 2-for-1 drink knowing that your transportation won't get towed.
4. Thin Man 2015 East 17th Avenue The Thin Man is an Uptown favorite for its cozy, neighborhood feel and surprising vodka infusions. But its proximity to both City and Cheesman parks makes this an ideal spot for bikers, too. On any given day -- and especially on Wednesday nights -- the two-block strip that's home to Thin Man, St. Mark's and Vine Street is packed with recreational riders and costume-clad cruiser enthusiasts alike.
3. Denver Beer Co.
1695 Platte St.
Denver Beer Co. has thrilled beer-drinkers with its specialty brews (including Graham Cracker Stout) and ample outdoor biergarten since it opened last year. And for bikers, it's a particularly easy sell. Parking for cars can be very hard to come by along Platte Street and in LoHi, but bike parking is plentiful. And with a location that's only a stone's throw from Confluence Park, with its access to both the Cherry Creek bikepath and Platte River Greenway, this is a good destination for the wheel-inclined.
2. Denver Wheel Club 404
The sacred divey-ness of the former Club 404 experienced a metamorphosis when it was renovated and re-opened last February by the founders of the Denver Cruiser Ride -- but the new Denver Wheel Club 404 managed to salvage some of the spirit we knew and loved, adding some necessary upgrades and a bike-enthusiast aesthetic. Now vintage bikes and bike ads decorate the walls and ceilings, and weekly cruiser rides begin their journey here every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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1. Denver Bicycle Cafe
1308 East 17th Avenue
Denver Bicycle Cafe has been open for just under a year -- but in its short lifetime, it's produced one of the most unique drinking experiences in Denver, with an emphasis on locally-produced beer, quality coffee -- and a full-service bike shop. If you need something fixed (and even if you don't), sit down and sample one of the ever-changing tap selections from brewers like Renegade and River North, or crack open one of the many options from the cafe's can collection. If coffee is what you brake for, the beans come from local roasters like Huckleberry. Bike maintenance classes, plenty of bike parking and a free air compressor sweeten the deal, making Denver Bicycle Cafe the town's top haven for bicyclists.