Ten cozy places to hole up in Denver during the rainpocalypse

Categories: Best of Denver

In the last few days, we've seen colder temperatures, gray skies and an unprecedented amount of rainfall -- a cue to any Coloradan's brain that patio season is nearly over and it's time to seek out the cozy establishments we tend to hibernate in during fall and winter.

So, whether your looking for the comfort of a cocktail or the soothing warmth a stick-to-your-ribs meal, here, in no particular order, are some joints worth getting wet for.

See also: Denver's ten best spots for pho

10) Star Bar
2137 Larimer Street

If you like to disappear, Star Bar is the place to do that with other like-minded patrons. Dark lighting and a classic dive interior make this a recluse's dream. Combine that with an ever-rotating selection of upscale craft beers and cocktails and inviting booths, and you've found some shelter from the storm outside.

9) Williams and Graham
3160 Tejon Street

At Williams & Graham, it's hard to tell what the weather's like outside on any day of the year, but it's days like this that bring out its true colors. Once you're through the bookcase veneer, you're in a dimly-lit wooded bar, with award-winning barkeeps who will hook you up no matter how long you stay. Settle down with a Vieux Carré or an inspired hand-crafted cocktail (based on your spirit preference or mood) or take in the surprising offerings from the thoughtful bar menu.

8) Trillium
2134 Larimer Street

If anyone knows cozy, it's the Scandinavians and their Denver outpost can be found at Trillium, a quiet ballpark gem that serves up warm french-pressed cocktails, house-infused Akvavit (a traditional Scandinavian spirit) and specialties like cured Scottish salmon and fried smelt. The ultra-relaxing lounge is fit for hours of dawdling, especially as it's situated next to a fireplace.

Location Info


Star Bar

2137 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


2134 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Vine Street Pub & (Brewery)

1700 Vine St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

A Cote Bar a Absinthe

2239 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Thin Man

2015 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Village Cork

1300 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Bar Car

819 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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I think the officcials are telling people to stay home. Nice job Westword, next you be telling people to go ahead just drive through that water.

Mantonat topcommenter

Bull & Bush has a great fireplace and some good beers to warm up with. Trve Brewing was pretty much created for rainy days.

Mantonat topcommenter

@JimTom There are areas that should definitely be avoided, but the vast majority of the metropolitan area is completely safe. Most of Denver's residents are capable of checking the news or the Internet for trouble zones before heading out.

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