Denver's ten hippest bars
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.
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.
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.