The bright, spacious main bar is accented with brick walls and filled with booths and high-top tables for groups of all sizes. There are also several murals of trains, some of them historically accurate and others more cartoonish. My friend and I watched large, multi-generational families chow down with Grandma and baby together, while solo dudes and older couples sat at the bar watching college basketball. We were in between, in a row of high-top tables that split the middle of the large room.
There was a private party going on in the side room, so we didn't venture in until it was wrapping up to check out the long, wrap-around bar, billiard tables and little arcade room in the back. A few stragglers from the party finished up their drinks and playing Golden Tee or Big Buck Hunter when I finally ducked in for a look. Private parties are frequent and well fed, since owners Jamie and Linda Shotton not only own the Westrail, but also local catering business A Perfect Bite, event venue Baldoria on the Water, and Flying Pig Burger Company, with locations in Arvada and Littleton. So this family knows its way around a catered party.
Other than eating, drinking and private-partying, guests enjoy Geeks Who Drink trivia every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and a selection of board games for a little more brain exercise. Daily food specials also draw a crowd, especially on Wednesday night, with a $16 prime rib dinner for beef lovers and 20 percent off the tab for all hospital employees, aimed primarily toward health-care workers from nearby St. Anthony Hospital.
Happy hour runs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every weekday, with various food and drink specials, most notably a bevy of drink choices for only $2.49, from house margaritas and Fireball shots to craft beers. On Sundays, Westrail offers a variation on a BOGO special; you have to buy two drinks to get your third one free, but it applies to libations of any variety. You can also sign up for the VIP email list for member specials, and there's a drawing for a $500 prize coming on April 1, which you can enter by writing an online food review.
So if you need a spot to watch the game, eat some bar food with a little extra flair, or choose from an extensive selection of Colorado craft beers, some of which might be $2.49 if you time it right, Westrail Tap & Grill should be your next light-rail stop.
The Westrail Tap & Grill is located at 195 South Union Boulevard in Lakewood and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 303-986-2200 or visit the restaurant's website.