Denver's Neighborhood Bars: Where to Go When You Outgrow LoDo

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.

Ratio Beerworks
2920 Larimer Street

Allows dogs, multiple good beers, usually good food trucks, more friendly and less beer-snobby than other area breweries.

Los Chingones
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.

The Populist
3163 Larimer Street

Great if you’re feeling fancy, with a beautiful secluded patio. A little pricey, but very good food and cocktails.
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.

Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe Street

Mostly I like it because you can get pie next door at the Humble Pie store to go with your beer.

Keep reading for more neighborhood bars.

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Chris Walker is a freelancer and former staff writer at Westword. Before moving to the Mile High City he spent two years bicycling across Eurasia, during which he wrote feature stories for VICE, NPR, Forbes, and The Atlantic. Read more of Chris's feature work and view his portfolio here.
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