The gastropub trend has arrived in Denver, bringing with it laid-back, neighborhood bar-style atmospheres, creative spins on classic comfort food, and a connoisseur's eye for beer and cocktail selections. "It's Cheers Meets charcuterie." - The Denver Post
Steuben's Food Service
523 E. 17th Ave.
The retro-cool Steuben's has rapidly earned a dedicated foodie following, thanks to its upscale 1950s roadside diner feel (it's located in a renovated auto garage) and inspired interpretations of classic American cuisine. Gleaming chrome, comfy booths, old-fashioned, friendly service and great food make Steuben's a must-visit dining destination.
MUST-TRY DISH: All Natural Fried Chicken - with mashed potatoes, biscuit and gravy.
MUST-TRY DRINK: The Scorpion Bowl - Myers's Original Dark Rum, Three Olives cherry vodka, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cranberry juice, with Bacardi 151 Rum set on fire in the middle! (A good one to share with friends.)
DON'T FORGET DESSERT: The Wacky Apple - caramel dipped apple rolled in sweet crunch, served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
The Lobby - An Inspired American Grill
2191 Arapahoe St.
Named The Lobby because it's located in the former lobby of The Paris Hotel, this newcomer to Denver's gastropub scene oozes hip sophistication - but without a trace of stuffiness. Kick back on the sun-drenched patio (called one of Denver's best by Westword), soak in the wood and brick-paneled dining room, and enjoy the convivial, European Cafe-style ambiance.
MUST-TRY DISH: Fried Bleu Cheese Balls - Bleu cheese and cream cheese; beer-battered and fried. Served with blueberry jam.
MUST-TRY DRINK: The Lobby Tini - Svedka vodka, triple sec, grapefruit.
DON'T FORGET DESSERT: Stranahan's Root Beer Float - Colorado whiskey tops a childhood favorite.
208 S. Kalamath St.
Dine and drink surrounded by "steampunk" decor created using Stranahan's Whiskey barrels - which makes sense, since the Rackhouse is located in the basement of the Stranahan's Distillery. Enjoy local art from the nearby Art District on Santa Fe, sip hand-selected Colorado microbrews and chow down on cuisine that turns traditional pub fare into culinary masterpieces.
MUST-TRY DISH: The Rack Burger - double patty topped with three cheeses, bacon, whisky onions, bbq sauce served on a challah bun.
MUST-TRY DRINK: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Taster - sample several of Stranahan's finest.
Colt & Gray
1553 Platte St.
Named one of Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine, diners can be sure that Colt & Gray's menu is stellar. But this gastropub's sense of style has been getting raves, too - Elle Decor singled it out in their recent Denver design overview. With a brick fireplace warming the relaxed environs, enjoy everything from a burger and a brew to lobster and high quality vintage wines.
MUST-TRY DISH: Braised Colorado lamb shank, seared broccoli rabe, mascarpone polenta, and gremolata.
MUST-TRY DRINK: Three Vices - Bacon-Infused rye whiskey, angostura bitters, orange peel, and maple syrup, served on crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass.
Argyll Whisky Beer
1035 E. 17th Ave.
Focused on elevated British pub cuisine, European and Colorado beers and the largest whisky selection in the state, Argyll Whisky Beer blends modern dinning trends with old world charm. You will find British pub favorites such as Bangers & Mash and Shepherd's Pie, along with modern fare such as Roasted Duck Breast and Colorado Wagyu London Broil.
MUST-TRY DISH: Lamb Burger - Yogurt cucumber relish, tomato jam & fries.
MUST-TRY DRINK: Tuck & Roll - 1792 Ridgemont Reserve bourbon, raspberry, lemon and mint.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
1605 Wynkoop St.
True to its name, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill combines the look of a traditional pub with the offerings of a modern downtown restaurant. The first eatery to open in the new Union Station development, Thirsty Lion offers a diverse menu, community tables, 52 beers on tap and a patio to enjoy some of the views in LoDo.
MUST-TRY DISH: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Prawns - Newcastle BBQ sauce, Napa slaw and grain mustard vinaigrette.
MUST-TRY DRINK: Grapefruit & Basil Martini - Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, fresh basil, Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters, lime and simple syrup.