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Home to some of Colorado’s top craft breweries, distilleries, wine bars and tastings rooms, it’s only natural to search out the best happy hours in Denver. From great drink specials to insanely cheap eats, there are so many good Happy Hour deals across the Mile High City.
UNION STATION- SOUTH
What to Order: Aperol Spritz, Olives and Marcona Almonds
This upscale Northern Italian eatery located in the heart of downtown Denver just off the Union Station train platform may appear to be a better option for special occasions or higher-priced dinners, but midday they offer the best Happy Hour in Denver. From 4-6 p.m. daily (yes, even on weekends), Tavernetta’s Happy Hour menu includes $7 cocktails (the Venetian spritz is our personal favorite), $7 glasses of wine, $6 beers and a host of reasonably priced small plates like hierloom tomato crostini ($10) and Cacio e Pepe ($15). No reservation necessary for Happy Hour, and the lounge is especially cozy when the fireplace is lit in winter.
UNION STATION- NORTH
What to Order: Crispy Chicken Wings, Craft Cocktails
We love the atmosphere at this gorgeous restaurant located a few blocks from Union Station in LoDo. Woodie Fisher sits inside one of the oldest standing structures left in Denver, the city’s original Hose House #1. It was restored a few years ago and pays homage to its former fire station structure by offering all first responders 20% off.
We love their Happy Hour, offered seven days a week from 4-6 p.m. and featuring $6 glasses of wine, $2 off signature craft cocktails and draft beers.
Pair your cocktail with their crispy chicken wings with a Thai peanut sauce ($8) or their Woodie Fisher burger ($15). You can opt to sit at the bar, at a table in the dining room or in their cool, cozy lounge area, which features great views right into their open kitchen.
16TH STREET MALL
What to Order: Radish Crudite, Chicken Liver Mousse, Sparkling Rose
From Lon Symensma and Cholon Concepts, this French bistro is a richly appointed and romantic space that feels intimate and luxurious. The happy hour menu is extensive with 15 (!) items under $5.
The Radish Crudite is fundamentally french: raw crisp radishes with a drizzle of honey, a dusting of coarse salt on a soft piping of high fat butter. They are crisp, salty, sweet and spicy at the same time. The Chicken Liver Mousse is served with grilled brioche toast points and a fig jam. Warm, soft, cool, crispy, sweet and savory- it hits every taste bud you possess. The Boards and Bottles is also an amazing deal: a charcuterie plate and a bottle of wine for $25!
Happy hour is 4:00p-5:30p Wed to Sunday. They are always 2-4 house wines on happy hour also just $5/glass. You can’t go wrong with the sparkling rose or white. Specialty cocktails, well drinks and even some draft beers are all reduced if you are in before the dinner hour.
What to Order: Wines by the glass, Bruschetta Boards
Postino may be a chain with locations outside of Colorado, but it’s Happy Hour is so legendary around the Mile High City that we’d be remiss if we didn’t include them here. With three locations across Denver (Broadway, LoHi and the newest in the 9 + CO development), it’s hard not to miss Postino.
You’ll need to plan early with this one. Their best drink specials run up until 5 p.m. everyday with $5 glasses of wine (yes every wine on their menu is just $5 by the glass before 5 p.m.) and $5 pitchers of beers. Pair those drinks with some of their food specials like their bruschetta boards, which include options like brie, apple and fig (our favorite) and classics like basil, mozzarella and tomato.
If you miss the early window, head to Postino for late Happy Hour after 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and you can enjoy a bottle of wine and bruschetta board for just $25.
What to Order: Oysters, House Wines
This comfortable and approachable neighborhood spot in Capitol Hill boasts an amazing Happy Hour that runs daily and includes great drink specials as well as $1 oysters. From 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – close everyday, you can enjoy $1 off all draft beers, $2 off wines on tap and $4 well drinks.
Pair those with $1 oysters (premium oysters are market price), $2 chargrilled oysters for those guests not into the raw stuff, and small plates like $6 pizzas.
We recommend getting to Angelo’s early as Happy Hour is very popular with locals in the neighborhood, and tables can fill up quickly.
What to Order: House Beer, Pizza from Vero
Located inside the beautiful Denver Central Market, Curio Bar is a great spot to visit for good drinks at Happy Hour.
Visit from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Fridays, and you’ll enjoy $1 off all beers on tap, $2 off all cocktails and spirits and $5 house wines. Even if you miss Happy Hour, they usually offer a house beer for $4, rotating from local breweries in the RiNo neighborhood.
Sit at the bar or head outside to what was formerly the Denver Central Market’s parking lot but now features comfortable seating and great views of the world-class street art outside.
Feeling hungry? Pair that beer with wood-fired pizza from Vero or a meat and cheese plate from Culture inside the market. We also always head to High Point Creamery for a scoop of their cookies and cream ice cream.
What to Order: Margaritas, Fry Bread Tacos
Located on the fun and funky Dairy Block just steps away from Union Station, Kachina is our go-to for margaritas and delicious tacos. Tequila fans will love their tequila and mezcal flights, and they have an awesome Happy Hour that runs daily from 3-6 p.m. with strong drinks and good food.
Don’t miss their house margarita or Kachina paloma (both just $6 on Happy Hour) or their white sangria ($6 at Happy Hour too) if you’re not a tequila drinker.
If you’re hungry, order the tequila carnitas taco, just $2 during Happy hour or upgrade to switch out the corn tortilla for Navajo fry bread. Sit at the indoor/outdoor bar with nice views of Coors Field right down the block and the colorful mural of the Four Corners inside the dining room.
What to Order: Basil Mojito, Personal Pan Pizza
Bar Dough is the brain-child of Top Chef Colorado Alum Carrie Baird and features two types of dough driven foods: pasta and pizza. The bright modern space is lined up right on 32nd in the Highlands with other great spots like Lady Jane, Uncle Ramen and Williams and Graham. The restaurant has a italian style cocktails and at $7 the happy hour Basil Mojito is a steal. Upgrade your 5th grade fantasy to adulthood with a happy hour personal pan pizza with house made fennel sausage for just $5. Happy hour happens everyday from 3p-5p.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more there’s no better place for an authentic Negroni ($11) with a charcuterie plate of imported meats and cheeses ($15-30). If after work drinks lead to dinner we recommend the seasonal pasta Bolognese. It changes a few times a year but is always a highlight.
DENVER TECH CENTER
What to Order: Griffin Old Fashioned, 10 hour Brined Wings
Griffin Tavern can get a bad rap due to its strip-mall location, but there’s little that isn’t boring boxy beige down in the DTC. Inside you’ll find quality made food and drinks, a fantastic staff and a great whiskey and beer list. The food is pretty standard pub fare, but its well made and reasonably priced.
Monday to Friday you can get $2 off pretty much everything, draft beers, wines by the glass and their signature cocktails. We recommend the Griffin Old Fashioned. It’s nothing fancy, but its well made and just $8 during happy hour. For a snack you can’t go wrong with their happy hour wings. Brined over night you get your choice of Buffalo, BBQ or Cajun.
You don’t need a huge bankroll to be a whiskey snob at Griffin’s. They have a huge list of local and national brands and nothing costs more than $15.
What to Order: Meatball Sliders, Personal Margherita Pizza, Beer and a Shot
Marco’s is one of only two AVPN certified pizzerias in Colorado and less than a hundred in the US. What does being ‘AVPN’ certified mean? It means its as close to having a pizza in Naples that you can get on this side of the Atlantic. Happy Hour is every day from 3p-6p at their location in Centennial.
Had a rough day? How about a beer and a shot for just $8! Marco’s also makes a house limoncello with vodka from Mile High Spirits that costs just $6. Pair that with a meatball slider or a personal Margherita Pizza – each just $5 – and you have a recipe for a perfect post work unwind with friends or by yourself.
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