Thirsty Lion - Denver
Thirsty Lion - Denver

Thirsty Lion - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thirstylionpub.com/denver
  • Phone: 3036230316
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Glas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th St
  • Public Transit: 16th Street Mall Shuttle has a stop across the street. Union Station Transit Center from all parts of the city.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking and on street parking.
A word from Thirsty Lion - Denver
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill combines the traditional values of European and American pubs, creating a gathering place where friends and family can come together to celebrate life, enjoy great food, craft beers, signature cocktails, wines, music and sports.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Thirsty Lion - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (82)good for groups (69)vibrant bar scene (61)great for lunch (57)hot spot (52)fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (32)scenic view (25)late-night find (20)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (7)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Good place, terrible service
    Hlg1234VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere and food are great. We, unfortunately, had a poor service experience. Our server was pretty terrible. She came over the second we sat down to ask us if we were ready to order. We had not even picked up the menus. Then she didn't come back for a while. When she did we ordered an appetizer, dinner and drinks at the same time. It took about 15 minutes for them to bring out the drink. Then, the app came out, but they delivered it to the wrong table. Finally, our dinner came out, and it too, was delivered to the wrong table. I will definitely give this place another chance, but this one experience was not very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    downtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our fourth or fifth time and just as great as the first time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Thanks to the thirsty lion for helping us celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Everything was very nice. Great food, great service from Austin. Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The environment is fun; however, our visit was a lunch meeting and it was way to loud (music) to have a conversation. Not an ideal spot for a casual business lunch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roaring good time
    vaq23finedine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Thirsty Lion provided great food from an eclectic menu in a fabulous location beside the revitalized Union Station in downtown Denver. The people-watching matched the cuisine, and our servers were clever and attentive. The only downside, for us, was the noise-level. It was difficult to hold a normal conversation. Otherwise, it was a thrilling dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thirty Lion-Union Station
    NativeVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Exceptional and attentive and friendly wait service provided by Charlie. Smoked chicken salad was very good and the perfect size for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    Wolfy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I would give the place much higher marks had I not found myself trying to hear my 80+ year old parents, and be heard, over Alice Cooper's "School's Out", and similar hard rock, blasting from the sound system throughout lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thirsty Lion
    MountainFoodies
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good and the beer great as usual. However, the service needs to be improved. My wife's soup was col and her entrée was a soup and salad combo. The server took it back and it took 10 minutes to get warmer soup. This was not a busy night either. the beer lisy is very good, but again service is spotty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Thirsty Lion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    So fun to have you here in CO. Food is awesome. You hired some outstanding wait staff and the atmosphere is fun and inviting. One of my new Denver favs!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great space however, food was really not good. Had fish tacos as server said that was the best dish on menu and they were average at best. Service was very slow. Space is great. Food really needs to improve. Go next door to Union Station - lots of great options there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime spot before a Rockies game
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    If you are heading to a Rockies game, this is an excellent spot to visit beforehand. With a robust beer list, prime Union Station location, lively bar scene and decent food, you'll be happy you decided to stop in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thirsty Lion PreSeason Game
    preseasongame
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It took a while to get our drinks, however, our waitress was very attentive. I thought my Margarita was good but for $8 it was small. I had the jalapeno pepper jack burger and it was very good and priced well. My husband had the enchiladas and they were a little too chipotle style for him, size and price was also good. Our friends had the tuna roll and they liked it but it was rolled too loosely and fell apart while trying to eat it. The ambiance was good. We went to eat and watch the pre season Bronco game. We were able to see the game fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Lively
    happilydiningVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The place was packed, so that says a lot. We had several appetizers including the roasted artichoke, kale salad, wild mushroom flat bread and brussells sprouts. We enjoyed everything! It was well prepared and had great flavor. The only negative comment I have is that the girl who sat us was unfriendly and unfortunately so was our waiter. Apparently, they are not happy working there and it showed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We truly enjoyed our dinning experience at the Thirsty Lion. Our waiter was wonderful and very informative. We ate outside and so enjoyed watching all that was going on at the fountains right beside our table. My daughter, who was in town from Seattle can't stop taking about this restaurant. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't hear over the music!
    fcdd
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were sitting outside and still couldn't hear our conversation. Let us enjoy the sounds of the city and the fountains, turn it down!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-Rockies game Spot!
    joviolin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Friends had recommended we eat here prior to attending an evening Rockies game. We were told we HAD to try the Scotch Eggs, which were delicious and definitely lived up to their hype! The burgers were outstanding - a friend and I got a NW and Jalapeno burger and thought they were the best burgers we had ever tasted. We had 10 in our party and sat outside - area was shaded and we could people-watch while we ate. Great service and we finished in plenty of time to walk over to Coors Field. Highly recommended!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    AppaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went late night as part of a Union Station tour with friends from out of town. It was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves and our waiter seemed more interested in anything but us. Good spot for 21 year olds, next time I will sit on the patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First timer -wasn't disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, service ambiance. Good for groups with reasonable regular mean prices. HH is just okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everytime has been good
    downtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was the fifth or sixth visit and each time we say we will be back. Food was good, manger sat us in a great booth and the service was top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    AuntieC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First time at Thirsty Lion. Decided to share a pizza and really enjoyed it. Also had salads which were fresh with delicious dressing - tried the apple honey and it was tasty. Beer and wine selection is very good. The bar is impressive. We dined inside but were very impressed with the size of the outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music review
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was advertized for great music selection & videos. Music could be heard outside at a low level & it was good as advertized, but inside was impossible to hear because of the lack of acoustics to help absorb the crowd noise. Great people watch place..Food very good. We dine based on the 5280 Magazine every Friday night called a food adventure. We have done this for over 6 years & only go to a restaurant once & keep track of our favorites for our friends to share. Denver is loaded with great food spots & we don't want to miss a one... Thanks 5280..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great patio
    bebedubs
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    It was really nice to sit outside & watch all the happenings while enjoying our cocktails & dinner. The food was good, but being a gastropub I had high hopes & wasn't really blown away by anything. Beers were good & the moscow mules & blood orange margs were all great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ramboprincess
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been here before for lunch and it was great. Wemt this time on a sat night and waited 20 min past my reservation time, the food was fine but not great and we ordered a few bottles of wine that were already corked when they brought them to the table and didnt even have us try it before walking away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice food selection and good food although chicken on salads has been very dry the two times I've been here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you don't mind being ignored
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went for our anniversary, and the only positive we had was being sat right when our reservation was. Unfortunately we sat for 25 mins with no one coming to greet us. We ended up leaving since it seemed no one wanted to serve our table or the table next to us. The couple at the table next to us sat for over 30 mins with no server coming over. We did see a manager walking around yet he seemed oblivious that 2 tables in the middle of the room had no server taking care of them
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was okay at best
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Service and atmosphere have potential but the food was just okay. We ordered a bunch of tapas but nothing was amazing for the amount of money we spent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Challenging Evening Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Restaurant was very busy when we arrived. However the waiter informed us the kitchen was running behind as a result of a very busy day. We appreciated the heads up. The wine and drinks came and were fine. All 4 of us enjoyed our dinners. One person of the group was celebrating his birthday, and the wait staff handled it very well by bringing an ice cream dessert for him. Overall I would have no hesitation in returning, as they were on their game !!! The only suggestion I have for the owners is that the music can be lowered in volume, as people were speaking loudly over the music in order to be heard by their friends. If it was lower, people would have lowered their voices as well, and it would not have been so loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling & Bold
    KellUtopianEventsVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything you would expect from a football pub. Energetic, loud, good food, and drinks. Prices are a bit steep but that is likely due to location more than anything else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    we walked out after we waited 30 minutes to just get our drinks- waitress never came back to take our order.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GeriVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Horrible horrible experience ... noise and acoustics were so bad we could NOT have a conversation. Service was the worst ever! We waited so long for the food that my son and daughter in law had to leave because the baby sitter had to leave at 9:30. Would never ever go here again
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great when busy.
    BriarichVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. The first was a Monday evening and the food was great. The service was good, so overall first visit was fun and good food. This visit on a Friday evening, however, failed on all levels. The waitress seemed spacey, forgetting half of what we ordered and failed to give us eating utensils. The meal was only fair. We ordered the same appetizer as the first visit (the grilled artichoke) and on this Friday evening the appetizer was cold and did not have the same great flavor as the one on our Monday visit. Our main courses were also just fair. Do not go here on busy nights unless you don't mind mediocre food and service. However, if you like scantily clad waitresses and don't care about the food, go anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outside good- inside noise too loud
    tmvmpwv
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    i have been there twice now - and really enjoy the food, the skills of the wait staff, prices, and general ambiance. However, if i were only able to sit inside, this would be a no go! the noise level is beyond energetic - as your survey offers. I call it deafening; impossible to have a conversation without shouting. And, when I go out with friends to have a meal together, I plan to have a conversation! Otherwise, why bother. So, the noise level is contrary to my objectives. In short - I boycott restaurants who specialize in "energetic" noise level. So, as long as I can be outside on the patio, this is a first choice location. In bad weather, I will go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looking forward to returning
    ccristi
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I took clients here once for happy hour. Good drink selection and great appetizers. Went back with clients for lunch, food was exceptional. Can't wait to go back and take others there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Denver gem
    hawkfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Us ladies were in town from Iowa, and our hotel concierge recommended. We had an amazing experience and plan to return again during our next trip
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING food and service
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our server was fabulous and knowledgeable. Great views of the new Union Station fountains. I had the flatbread which was incredible. We loved this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay Lion
    Tower
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The Thirsty Lion proved a little bit of a disappointment. The food on the whole was decent, but rarely rose above that. The one exception was the appetizer of the potato cakes, which was exceptional. One burger and steak salad came cooked to order, but one was overdone. We all ate our food, but I don't think any of out party of four is likely to return anytime soon. The bartender also did not know how to make a Tom Collins well. The noise level was a little high for our middle aged ears.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre place
    scht99
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had high hopes for this place, but it was a lackluster experience at best. The good: The atmosphere was nice, appetizers were REALLY tasty (grilled artichoke, ceviche, and sauteed brussel sprouts), and my friend's blood orange margarita was good. The not-so-good: The main course (pene chicken) and wine weren't all that good, especially the wine. It was a red blend that was a featured bottle...probably best for sangria. I've had MUCH better wine for the $. Also, the service was poor. I'm no stickler, BUT the bottle of wine was brought over already open, appetizers were brought without plates or silverware, my girlfriend's food was prepared incorrectly so we had to wait for a second dish, and my water glass was empty most of the time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great lunch spot
    C0eater76
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is a great new spot for lunch downtown. Especially in the summer months, their patio for outdoor dining is fabulous. Portions are large, so you get your money's worth. Service is a bit slow but we weren't in a rush so it was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie44VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had one of the best Hamburgers and fries in Denver! Creative cocktails as well! Fun place to meet before or after a Rockies baseball game!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is Great; Noice Level Too Loud
    RockyMtnFoodLover
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have geen wanting to try Thirsty Lion since it opened. I don't drink beer, but I can appreciate their offerings are excellent. I went for the food and was not dissappointed. Best Scotch eggs I've ever had; they were perfect. The soft pretzel was likewise perfect, and the pale ale fondue was tasty if different. My friend had the spicy mac 'n cheese, and it was delicious. But we had to YELL across the table, to be able to have a conversation. The day was too hot to be outside, so it was a bit like feeling trapped. And it wasn't the music, either. I couldn't even hear the music. It was ambient noice from diners, kitchen, staff. I will come back, but when it is less hectic/busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.