Top Bar Food In Denver

October 27, 2011 8:06 AM

Billy’s Inn (credit: Young Kim)

Sometimes you need the perfect snack to go with that ice cold beer while you’re hanging out with all your friends at the bar. Whether it’s a burger or the perfect onion ring or a Mexican treat, Denver has plenty of bars with jam-packed menus. (Honestly, these are just a few of our favorites.)
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Billy's Inn (credit: Young Kim)

Billy’s Inn

4403 Lowell Blvd.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9733

In north Denver you’ll find the neighborhood hangout, Billy’s Inn and with it some traditional bar food, like peel-and-eat shrimp and deviled eggs. It also offers plenty of Mexican fare including great seafood tacos with fillings which include lobster, shrimp or mahi-mahi. Check out the grilled hot avocado melt sandwich or the basket of veggie fries if you’re a vegetarian.

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Bonnie Brae Tavern (credit: Andrew Gibson)

Bonnie Brae Tavern

740 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-2262

Bonnie Brae has a reputation of some of the pizza in town and you can certainly find some pie for a snack but you also have a great variety of appetizers, including fried mushrooms. There’s a good variety of salads as well and perhaps the best Thousand Island dressing in the metro area. If you’re feeling in need of comfort food there’s always pot roast and baked ham.

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Cherry Cricket (credit: Andy McDonnell)

Cherry Cricket

2641 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666

The Cherry Cricket is a landmark in the Cherry Creek neighborhood and it wins top honors for its burgers. Get ready to order one exactly the way you want with any topping you can imagine. You can load up with onion rings, fries or mix it up with an order for frings. You’ll find plenty of other snacks (or “Horzidurvees”) like wings with several levels of hotness as well as chips, guac & salsa. There’s even a veggie basket if you’re feeling guilty about those alcoholic calories.

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Yard House

1555 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 572-9273

14500 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80401
(303) 278-9273

Yes, we know it’s a national chain but we still can’t resist all the offerings from the Yard House (and that does include the extensive beer menu.) This is upscale bar food where you can get great ahi tuna alongside some of the best tomato soup out there. You’ll also find great salads in two sizes plus sliders even Grandma can’t pass up (she prefers the Bernaise ones.) And just in case you have a bar food sweet tooth, check out the tiny desserts. (There’s chocolate hiding in that creme brulee.)