Denver Happy Hour: What is the best Denver Happy Hours Does it depend on timing? The longer and more frequent the more enjoyable? The amount of discount on a specific item? The wide variety of choices available in terms of food and beverages? The quality of the choices?
The truth to that is, of course, that any and all of them are valid standards. Most important, they do it in their own distinctive fashion. Deals with twofers and combos and dealer’s selections in this manner are a good way to play.
Jax Fish House
I’ve been frequenting Jax for a good 8 years currently. The atmosphere here is cool, and the bartenders are always welcoming, making it an ideal neighborhood hangout. If I’m not looking for an exciting new place downtown.
I’ll often line to the bar in Jax and get an ice-cold Cucumber Lemon Press and some oysters. The bar offers $1.50 oysters for happy hour, which is one of the lowest-priced oysters you can find in town. And this is important if you love oysters as I do.
Time:4-6pm every day and late into the night on Monday
The offers:$1 off drafts, $5 well-cocktails 6 select cocktails, sake and house wines for $7, and a featured cocktail. $1.50 oysters and bites from $3-10 and $20 seafood platters.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Blue Sushi was one of my favorite spots for happy hour when it first started in downtown Denver in the past few years. It’s difficult not to be beaten on price and the variety of their menu, particularly for sushi.
The must-try dish is their Itchy salmon (baked salmon with serrano, spicy crab cilantro, and ponzu). Additionally, it’s a cool experience inside the sake bomber’s lounge that includes neon lights, a fish tank, and retro Japanese ads, etc.
hours: formerly daily, now only on Sundays
The deal: a reduced version of their earlier-in-the-day happy hour
To be honest, Corridor 44 became my favorite post-COVID. It was certainly amazing (and I have many friends who have regulars at this location) however, I actually began to become a regular because Corridor 44 is one of the few places that are offering a truly great happy hour at a dine-in restaurant at the moment.
A lot of places are not offering HH, but this is definitely one of them! You can’t beat the price of $5 champagne cocktails or oysters for just $2 (and those oysters come with the delightful little briny ones everybody enjoys).
Hours: M-F 3-6 pm
The deals include a $5 champagne cocktail, 2 oysters $10 cheeseburgers, $11 Ahi fish, $11 cheese and meat platter, and more. In addition glasses of champagne are always only $6.
I am a huge fan of Happy Hour at Panzano because of a variety of reasons. One of them is that it’s available every day, it begins at 2:30 pm and they serve an extensive selection of drinks and food.
You can enjoy an entire dinner at their Happy Hour prices. The menu has changed in the past but it’s been a tasty staple: Cavolini di Bruxelles (fried Brussels sprouts and apple cider reduction rosemary salt, pistachios, slices of fresh green apples). It’s hard to be wrong when you’re eating any of the Italian-inspired dishes.
Hours: Daily 2:30-6 pm
The deal:$5 drafts, $6 selected wines, $7 specialty cocktails, as well as a large variety of snacks.
Similar to Panzano, Citizen Rail is also part of Kimpton Hotels — so they also offer a daily happy hour that starts at 2:30 pm and includes an extensive menu of beverages and food. A few standouts from during my last visit at Citizen Rail included their charcuterie boards (which come with a tasty pate) along with the massive, delicious, and juicy mussels.
Hours: Daily 2:30-6 pm
The offers:$4 select beers, $5 wines of your choice Select cocktails for $7, spirits combos, $5 to $10 snack bars.
Pig & Sprout
Pig & Sprout has the feeling of a local spot and is probably the most affordable well-drinks in town, at $4. Additionally, they offer “pig chips” on happy hour, which are basically crispy fried pork rinds, which are delicious when paired with cocktails or beer.
Timings: M-F 3-6 pm, daily 11 pm to close
The offers: Half off select draft beers and $4 well-mixed cocktails, wine at a reduced price, and some bites.
Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine has a gorgeous location that has a terrace right at the entrance to Union Station. Additionally, their happy hour is earlier than the rest of the crowd at 2 pm. It includes delicious oysters at $2 as well as $5 vodka cocktails and wine. This is usually a costly restaurant, so making sure you arrive to enjoy happy hour is mandatory for you to enjoy the happy hour here.
Hours: Sun-Fri 2-6 pm
The menu:$2 oysters, $5 select wines, Granita vodka cocktails $3.50 Utica Club beer, 6-11 bites.
ChoLon / LeRoux
ChoLon is a long-time fixture in downtown Denver — and has recently opened its French counterpart restaurant LeRoux right next to it. One thing that hasn’t changed at ChoLon — since the time it became one of the James Beard Finalists.
for the best new restaurant in America in 2011 is its well-known dish of French onion soup dumplings (available during happy hours). The soup is served at LeRoux in addition to a range of other delectable French bites.
Hours:daily 4pm-6pm, 8pm-9pm
The offers:$4 select beer, $6 wines of your choice $7 selected cocktails Special cocktails for $8, small bites ranging from $6 to $8.
La Loma has been in Denver for more than 40 years, and the food is just as cozy and delicious today, just like it did when it first began.
The original location of La Loma was located in its Jefferson Park / Highland neighborhood However, recently, it relocated to downtown (right next to The Brown Palace). Margaritas are an absolute must, along with the mini Rellenos for $5 (which includes its famous green chili).
Hours: M-F 3-6 pm
The offers:$7 house margaritas, $4 Pacificos Well drinks for $5 7-$8 selected wines. A bite for $4 to $8.
Guard & Grace
Guard & Grace is probably my top restaurant in Denver (and located in the city of our dreams) However, it’s certainly a costly establishment. If you’re looking to get that more elegant vibe in the financial district area of downtown this is the place.
There’s not a wide selection of food options at happy hour, however, they do offer some fantastic drinks. If you’re feeling like spending a little on a meal, you can get the 20-dollar Oak Fired Octopus appetizer has always been one of my top dishes in the restaurant — and my personal favorite octopus dish at Denver (but the dish isn’t available during Happy Hour).
Hours: M-F 3-6 pm
The offers:$4 bubbly, $3.50-5 beers, $7 wines specialty cocktails ranging from $6 to $8 $3 oyster and shrimp cocktails $7 soft pretzel topped that comes with cheese. Also, $8 of charcuterie platter or spinach and artichoke dip, $11 burgers.
Coohills produces one of the most delicious cuisines inspired by France in town It’s got the best crab cakes in the town (it’s gluten-free, and is held by a fish mousse which preserves the seafood taste).
There are also great wines to choose from, prepare the meat used in their charcuterie at home, and also locate some excellent cheeses. I’m not sure about the current situation with the happy hour alternatives at present, however, prepare for this to be expensive.
Timings: Tue-Sat 4 pm-6 pm, closed Monday and Sunday
The offers: $8 wines and specialty cocktails, however, I’m not certain about the food.