If you are in the Denver-Metro area and looking to wet your whistle there are no shortage of bars or breweries in this area. To help narrow down your options, here are a few bars and breweries we enjoy going to.
Wonderland – Broomfield/Westminster
Wonderland Brewery is for the ping pong and pin ball enthusiasts. Along with a great selection of beer, Wonderland has six ping pong tables, a wall of pin ball machines, board games, and a family friendly (and dog friendly) atmosphere. In the summer they have a great outdoor area with fire pits, corn hole, basketball hoops, and a nice green space for the kids to get some energy out. Wonderland currently does not serve food but they do have food trucks scheduled for each night. Not into food trucks? Order food in or bring your own! Wonderland also hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as a Halloween Ball, Beer and Cheese pairings, trivia, and more! Check out their calendar of events to see what’s going on.
We take our ping pong very seriously. Unfortunately Ben was not a winner in this round.
The Old Man – Broomfield/Westminster
The Old Man is a great “dive” bar. It looks the part with all the names carved into the walls, but once you sit down and order, you’ll see it has a lot more to offer than just a “dive” bar look. If you are looking for mouth watering BBQ, The Old Man is the place to go! Last time we had their smoked BBQ wings and rib tips. They left us wanting more! Ate too much BBQ? Head out back to their patio and join in a game of sand volleyball. They have leagues throughout the summer. Or wait until they bring out the five-gallon buckets filled with water for a different version of beer pong. Or take a seat and enjoy your brew beside the fire pits.
Kokopelli Beer Company – Westminster
Thanks to a friends engagement party, we discovered Kokopelli Beer Company. If we are looking for a good beer and pizza combo, we head to Kokopelli. Their Rustica Pizza is delicious! Kokopelli also has a large selection of beers on tap. With their shelf of board games and kids eat free special on Monday’s, they join the ranks of the other family friendly breweries. Kokopelli often has live music during the week and on the weekends.
Rock Bottom – Westminster
When we go to Rock Bottom I think of it more of a restaurant than a brewery. However they do brew their own beer so they still fall under brewery. Rock Bottom has great food. From burgers, to enchiladas, to nachos, you can’t go wrong with their food. We think they have the best nachos around….trust us we have done the research. Their beer is pretty good too. Ben likes their red. Every now and then we will fill up a growler of the red to bring home. On Wednesdays you can fill a growler for $6! Not a bad deal. Rock Bottom has locations nationwide, so you don’t have to be in Colorado to enjoy Rock Bottom’s tasty order of nachos! If you do frequent Rock Bottom, we suggest you sign up for their Mug Club. Over the years, we have wracked up a number of free food items!
The Glenn – Northglenn/Thornton Area
The Glenn is a classic neighborhood watering hole. Tucked in the side streets of Northglen, The Glenn is a quaint bar that offers karaoke, live music, trivia, weekend brunch, and food specials. In the summer, they take the live music outside to their patio. They also have board games to play while you wait for your food order. The Glenn is a fun place to go for dinner or a beer but I do have two issues with it. 1. The few times we have been there during the live music, the music has been so so loud. So loud that you cannot have a conversation. The music was more enjoyable when it was on the patio in the summer. 2. Do not get the nachos. They were very gross. I can’t believe we even paid for them. It was basically soggy nacho cereal. Our chips were drenched in gross seven eleven gas station style liquid cheese. If you stay clear of nachos, the food should be just fine!
Oskar Blues – Longmont and Lyons
Oskar Blues has never let us down when it comes to food or beer. Ben’s go to 6 pack is Dale’s Pale Ale. The Oskar Blues in Lyons has an eclectic feel to the restaurant and runs on mountain time. So sit back and enjoy the view, the atmosphere and your beer of course while you wait for the waiter. The Lyons location is a good place to stop after a day hiking in Estes Park or in Lyons itself.
In Longmont Oskar Blues has two facilities. The Tasty Weasel, which is their tap room and Home of Liquids and Solids which is their restaurant. Both places are fun to go to. The Tasty Weasel offers tours of the plant and mainly for adults. The restaurant has delicious food and from what I remember isn’t badly priced either. Last time we had their gumbo and it was delicious!
Both the Lyons location and the Longmont location offer live music and as they say liquids and solids. The Lyons locations also hosts events in the summer. Recently, Oskar Blues has been expanding and popping up all over the country. Check out their website to find other locations in Colorado and across the nation!
Tommyknockers – Idaho Springs
Tommyknockers is in a great location in the mountains but not too far from Denver. Our typical trip involves hiking St. Mary’s Alice in the morning then heading to Idaho Springs to enjoy a cold brew at Tommyknockers. The legend of Tommyknockers first appeared in the mining camps with the discovery of gold in the West in the 1800’s. The elf-like creatures were the focus of many tales and superstitions. While mischievous at times, Tommyknockers guided many a miner to the “motherlode.” If you are on I-70 and need a place to stop Tommyknockers is your place! The food and drink will leave you full and satisfied. Don’t forget to take a “picnic jug” or growler as we call them now, with you to enjoy later.
Above is us at St. Mary’s Glacier October 2016
The list of bars and breweries could go on! We will add to this list as we come across more on our adventures. Post your favorite bar and breweries in the front range. We would love to know your favorite watering hole! Or if you are passing through, we hope this list helps you find a place to enjoy a cold brew!