Reader: Why go to corporate "pubs" when there are plenty of real ones in this town?

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Lori Midson
The Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill opens today at One Union Station -- no, not inside the renovated train station, but in the new building next door, just off the 16th Street Mall. Unlike the locally-owned restaurants going into Union Station, the Thirsty Lion is out of Oregon. The original spot opened in Portland in 2006 as a British pub/soccer bar; the concept has since morphed into more of a gastropub, with more of a focus on food and beer. The Denver location, the fifth for the group, will pour 52 beers, thirty of which are local.

See also: First look at the Thirsty Lion, opening near Union Station

But will that be enough to win over locals? Says John:

Why go to fake, manufactured, corporate "pubs" when there are plenty of real, honest, decent ones in this town? Seriously...does everyone miss Bennigan's THAT much, or do they just have no taste?
What do you think of the Thirsty Lion concept? What do you think about the other restaurants that will be opening in and around Union Station?




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Joshua Duke Moore
Joshua Duke Moore

Man a good time is a good time. Idk where your at. Hooters the backyard. A hipster bar. A dive bar. Its about the people your with. Last time I checked. Lol.

John Elliott
John Elliott

I have no desire to go to another corporate McPub when there are literally dozens of real, locally-owned bars and pubs with personality, attention to craft and character.

James Gold
James Gold

"Gastropub." Sounds like I can have a beer AND get prescribed antacid medication!

Dave Cleland
Dave Cleland

Went there for free pre-opening food the other day. There is seriously no personality in that place. All it it is a huge room with lots of seats.

Kara Fox
Kara Fox

Hipster mentality if I've ever heard one.

Ann Romanelli
Ann Romanelli

I looked at the menu online and it didn't seem like corporate bland to me, and doesn't the article say it is the vision of a couple of guys who first opened in Portland? Hardly seems McDonalds-esque to me. I can't wait to try this place.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Ah, Bennigan's. When I was younger we'd spend ages out on the Patty-O. :D

Kristofer Wulf
Kristofer Wulf

Definitely. I'd imagine with the other megalithic corporate craft beer haven World of Beer opening soon suburbanites and the generally uncultured Lodo weekenders will have plenty of room to gawk and wonder "why isn't there any Michelob? Oh wait, there it isss..." while the sensible stick with Lucky Pie, Freshcraft and Falling Rock.

Dan Scott
Dan Scott

Same reason people eat at Applebee's. They love bland, homogenized food and drink.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Bennigan's never called itself a pub.  Does John know what a pub is?  There aren't any real true independently owned pubs in Denver.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@ScubaSteve  I don't know if you (and the guys below) are just splitting hairs when it comes to the difference between a pub in England or Ireland and a pub in Denver, or what you even mean by "real" or "true," but Pint's Pub is independently owned, as far as I know. I'm sure there are many others.

mcmcdaniel80222
mcmcdaniel80222

@bondadprevalece  What - a locally owned place with great beer and food?  Pretty sure I could name at least 15 before I woul dhave to pause to breathe.  Get out much?


Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@bondadprevalece  What do you mean by "real"? It doesn't seem necessary to ape every nuance of a London pub to be considered a nice example of the style.

babadhalgarag
babadhalgarag

@bondadprevalece  I was wondering the same thing.

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