Denver's ten hippest bars

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In July 2012, we put together a list of Denver's hippest bars, from the mainstays to the emerging hipster havens. The release of that list caused a considerable amount of hubbub -- since then, the list has grown and evolved, separating the tried-and-true from the fleeting trend spots and adding a host of newly-minted hip headquarters. Here's an updated list of Denver's ten hippest bars.

See also: Denver's ten hippest bars, 2012 edition.

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Hunter Stevens

City, O' City, 206 E. 13th Avenue
City, O' City still holds its ground as a favored hipster hangout, especially in Capitol Hill, where the bar scene is surprisingly barren, and there's an excess of hip twenty-something's that reside there. City, O' City acts as a veritable playground for the burgeoning drinking community: a bustling back bar, coveted happy hour menu, interesting vegetarian offerings, movie screenings, local art and poetry and live shows right upstairs at the Deer Pile.

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TRVE Brewing

TRVE Brewing, 227 Broadway, Suite 101
TRVE, the heavy metal-centric brewery that opened on a stretch of South Broadway in the ever-hip Baker hood, was opened by a black-metal enthusiast for like-minded beer drinkers. Since opening, owner Nick Nunns bumped up his original production system to three seven-barrel tanks, an effort that allowed the constant stream of customers to keep coming by increasing capacity and variety of beers on tap. Now, the loyal fan base and hip newcomers can camp out at the sprawling communal table sipping a Prehistoric Dog or a limited-release Vexovoid.

Illegal Pete's, 270 S. Broadway and 1530 16th Street
The 16th Street location of Illegal Pete's was featured in our original list -- and, without a doubt, it still reigns supreme. The addition of their South Broadway location last summer sealed the deal: the same music-focused feel, friendly, tattooed burrito slingers and your choice of beers from the super-cheap standby's to the Colorado craft set -- plus, an expansive, string-lit outdoor patio with lawn games to keep the hordes entertained.


Location Info

Venue

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TRVE Brewing

227 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Illegal Pete's

270 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lost Lake Lounge

3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Forest Room 5

2532 15th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Infinite Monkey Theorem

3200 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Meadowlark

2701 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

CapRock Farm Bar

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sputnik

3 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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77 comments
Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

Justin and Chad, good thing for the employees there is advertising revenue to pay their salaries. And an obvious reason the tabloid is free.

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore

Yes I would Sterling Meeks I'm a beer snob and proud of it. Thanks for the link lol

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore

Turned me off right away when you said coors and pbr

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

Agreed. For the current staff at Westword that don''t have your historical memory, perhaps they need to travel for a bit and see what other local weeklies do. It might only be then that they realize how much potential they're squandering. It's both sad and infuriating to see such a good city have such a shitty weekly.

Steve Paradise
Steve Paradise

Denver bar scene has become One big game of knockout!!!

Shauna Stenzel
Shauna Stenzel

Um... last time you Titled this article the top 10 Hippster bars. These bars ALL suck! They ARE NOT the 10 hippest bars in Denver at all! This is a list of 10 bars to AVOID!

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Hip & Yup denote two vastly different cultures...

Cody Webb
Cody Webb

please tell me where denvers hippest gun store is so i can shoot myself instead of going to these bars

Justin Rodgers
Justin Rodgers

Dear Denver Westword, I'm so disappointed in you. I lived in Denver my entire life, and used to pick up your mag on a regular basis. It was always insightful and interesting. I moved to Las Vegas about 5 years ago, and always wished Las Vegas had something as worthy. My how times have changed. I "like" you on FB in hopes of catching back up with a mag that I missed, but you've changed, or maybe I've changed,

Tyler Nevell
Tyler Nevell

And you attempted to insult me using descriptions of, which individually, you love.`A gay sikh hispanic? Jesus fucking christ dude, finish high school soon for your poor wife.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

I have a better idea: relax, not restrict, gun laws, so that clearly miserable (possibly closeted) little sods like Gabe here can just off himself at a moment's notice (and perhaps take out a few fellow, equally miserable, acquaintances beforehand).

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"But theres something about a dude with a handle bar mustach and man capris that makes me want to drive in the bike lane." Methinks you love teh gayz a little TOO much. "Drive in the bike lane" must be code for some as of yet unknown salacious act. LuLz.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

along with such terms as "terrorism/terrorist," or "reform:" buzz words designed specifically to elicit loads of butthurt amongst the audience but lacking any actual substance/meaning even when used in some specific circumstance

Kayti Bennett
Kayti Bennett

Hipster? Im way out of thr loop. What does this mean??

Eduardo MoonDog
Eduardo MoonDog

You would like the Infinite Monkey Theorem - they make great wine - from mostly Colorado grapes. The owners aren't hipsters .. quite the opposite

Darryn Katrina Schlom
Darryn Katrina Schlom

Westword: you've played out this topic. Maybe you should work on generating creativity or paying attention to topics that matter instead of boring your readership to tears.

Gabriel J. Gonzales
Gabriel J. Gonzales

You look like a gay sikh hispanic to me... you all bundled up in your man sandwich. I love gay people, they have the best drugs ever. And Sikhs are some of the nicest people ive ever met... and as for hispanics, all i can say is i love my foxy latina wife. But theres something about a dude with a handle bar mustach and man capris that makes me want to drive in the bike lane.

Tyler Nevell
Tyler Nevell

Wow! That sounds like such a great idea! Let's persecute and discriminate against a group of people with different lifestyles! Just like gay people, sikhs, and Hispanics!

Tyler Nevell
Tyler Nevell

Westword, what the fuck are you doing? Good god, this hate on people that don't exist needs to stop. People are going to find their own cliques, wear what they want, and eat where they want. Stop fucking complaining about it, especially when most of these bars are actually pretty great. It's a fucking stupid conversation piece. I'm getting tired of people labeling shit they don't like as "hipster".

Jane Wallace
Jane Wallace

Brad Pit wanna be's hate it when a 20 something tells me about food and wine and the perfect ice cube!!

Gabriel J. Gonzales
Gabriel J. Gonzales

Ill say it again... hipsters and juggalos should have a bloody battle till neither of them walks this earth... ever again.

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

There is nothing so uncool as a person straining with every ounce of their being to be cool.

Matt Silton
Matt Silton

Wow you guys are really beating this hipster thing into the ground, aren't you?

Sarah Colfax Murphy
Sarah Colfax Murphy

Really? Stop cultivating hipsterism....this is at least the fourth time i have seen this.

Nathan John Kleist
Nathan John Kleist

New Year's resolution: stop using the word "hipster." It doesn't mean anything anymore.

Nicholas Stanfa
Nicholas Stanfa

Bunch of pretentious lil doosh bags. Be cool a mooch of Boulder wooks came down and rolled they asses. Ha ha!!

Laurie-Ann Mills
Laurie-Ann Mills

I'm soooooo over hipsters!! Portland is crawling with 2 things: homeless and hipsters. Now they've infected my home!! Nooooooooooo!!

Dustin Booth
Dustin Booth

I hope the fixie riding stretched earlobe crowd doesnt invade Trve. Stay at OMF where the beer sucks and the crowd is essentially LODO-north.

Meghan Howes
Meghan Howes

Oh, so breweries are "bars" to hipsters? Check.

Joshua Chase
Joshua Chase

you mean hipster-est? Sanchos Broken Arrow/True Blue didn't even make the cut?

zach.johnston
zach.johnston

A lot of you crack me up. Shawna, you live in Lakewood, so you are the last person to be commenting on what is considered cool since your desired locale is known only for the Old Chicago and the fact that Wadsworth runs through it. Chris Heller, your hipsterisms are, dare I speak in a tongue you can relate to, "old hat", and in voluntarily chiming in with this lack of wit you are advertising your simpleton mindset. You went to school of hard knocks? Wow. Mind blown. Ok, proceed in making blanket insults geared toward a loosely related group of people involved in the local art, music, and various urban service industry scenes. Yeah there are tons of douche bags in these scenes and some of them have herpes and steal stuff, but that's every scene. Anyway continue on I love reading stupid shit while os x runs updates.

Gabriel J. Gonzales
Gabriel J. Gonzales

Why can't hipsters and juggalos do a battle till the death, till neither side exists on this planet anymore.

Tony Meade
Tony Meade

I'm not sure about most of the entries on this list, but I do agree with the author that there is a definite dearth of bar scene on Capitol Hill, especially since the death of Bender's.

John Wilbur
John Wilbur

Caddy corner? Oh my Adj. 1. catercorner - slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line; "set off in a catty-corner direction across the vacant lot" cata-cornered, catacorner, cater-cornered, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered oblique - slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"

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