Each generation has its own counter culture, and for this generation, it’s the hipsters. Denver is a diverse city with several different types of people, and there are neighborhoods all over the city with people who consider themselves to be hipsters. There are several bars in different areas of the city in which hipsters can hang out and chat about whatever suits their fancy from art and music to politics and policy. If you’re interested in connecting with hipsters in the area, check out one of these bars.
3 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Along with several signature cocktails, Sputnik has a varied menu, with several options for vegetarians and vegans. A relaxed and casual vibe makes this bar a go-to for people all over the city. Located next to the Hi-Dive, Sputnik is a great place to go before and after watching a band. Nightly drink specials are perfect for those who don’t want to drop a ton of cash but still want to have a good time, and the service is quick and friendly.
With family-style seating, a varied and delicious menu and excellent drink specials, The Populist is a good spot for dinner, drinks and brunch. Signature cocktails and an extensive wine and beer selection make for an eclectic happy hour. For those who aren’t shy about meeting new people, the community tables will give you the opportunity to sit with people you don’t know at first, but may know by the end of the night. The crowd is lively and provides an infectious vibe, so you’ll have a fun night out.
The 1Up Lodo
1925 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
An 80s-style arcade vibe mixed with grown-up drinks makes this throwback bar the place to go on a Friday night. Choose from old-school arcade games like Pac Man and Pole Position, skee ball or even the jumbo-size Jenga games on the back patio. Always lively, the 1-Up brings the arcade into adulthood, providing a fun time for grown-up kids of all ages. With a wide selection of drinks at reasonable prices, this bar offers a fun outing that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It also offers a great atmosphere for people watching.
321 E. 45th Ave.
Denver, CO 80216
For gear heads, Crash 45 offers a fun atmosphere in which you can enjoy your drinks in the bed of a truck. There are robots and mechanics galore, so you can chat as much about the decor as you can about your day. Grass-fed beef makes for some of the best burgers in Denver, and the vibe is very relaxed and casual. Crash 45 also hosts monthly First Friday events, so you can come check out local artists of many media. If you’re into motorcycles, robots or simply hanging out and having a good time, stop by this bar.
2701 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
This intimate music venue is a great place to get up close and personal with bands of differing styles. It offers jazz nights, indie bands, country bands and many more in a setting that allows patrons to interact and become part of the vibe. On the weekends, the Meadowlark transforms into a club with a DJ and a dance floor. Music lovers and social butterflies will love the variety of artists playing here, and art lovers will appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into the bar’s design.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.