We all know how great Denver’s bar scene in districts like LoDo, the Highlands and South Broadway is, but how about closer to the mountains? The foothills are home to some pretty great cantinas as well, and what they lack in lights and pizazz they make up for with great deals, strong drinks and friendly attitudes. Here are some of the best bars to check out in the foothills.
Kittredge, CO 80457
The Bear Creek Restaurant is located between Morrison and Evergreen in the little town of Kittredge, right along the stream. It’s situated right on the water, making the viewing of animals, fish and the lush meadow in the back very easy. The service is very friendly, and the food is delicious. While they are not a traditional bar per say, they do have a bar area inside, and are known for their Bloody Marys. Whether you’re returning from a long day in the mountains, or just need somewhere to start your day trip off right, The Bear Creek Restaurant is the place to go.
16 Mt. Evans Blvd.
Pine, CO 80470
Crossroads Pub & Grill is found right on the junction of Pine Road and Highway 285, next to the general store. They serve excellent pizza as well as a mecca of other bar bites. Also, they have great drink specials with free pool some nights for happy hour, and family nights where kids eat free. Not only do they serve cold drinks and great food, Crossroads has live music and events on most Friday or Saturday evenings (for a list of daily specials and events calendar, click here).
16005 Old Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401
The Rock Rest has been a Denver area legend since the 19th century. Constructed in 1885, The Rock Rest began as a trading post and stagecoach stop that later was converted to a gambling hall and brothel, and finally into the great, historic bar that it is today. Legends such as Louis Armstrong have performed there, while countless others, like Keith Richards, have partied hard within the establishment. They have excellent happy hour deals, delicious food and tons of history. Next time you’re in Golden, or if you’re just looking for a great bar with a country atmosphere, be sure to make a pit stop at The Rock Rest.
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403 Bear Creek Ave.
Morrison, CO 80465
97 varieties of liquor, 49 bottled beers, seven draught beer brands,and live entertainment? What more could you ask for? Seriously, this place has it all. Open late every night, this bar is the perfect place to come for a late night drink after attending a show at the wonderful Red Rocks Amphitheater, or to unwind after a long day of hiking one of the nearby trails. The bartenders are nice, the service is prompt and the atmosphere is cozy. Also, food is available to order next door, and they conveniently deliver it to you at the bar once it’s ready. Click here for a list of upcoming shows and the entertainment calendar.
35 E First St.
Nederland, CO 80466
The First Street Pub & Grill is a bar/restaurant located west of Boulder and north of Central city. They serve high-end food with low cost liquor, making this a perfect place to hang out and throw a few back. The offer daily food specials, and they serve beer from some of Colorado’s famous micro breweries. If you’re ever in the area, or are spending a day near Barker Reservoir, stop in to have a drink and enjoy some delicious food.
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