The Best Bars for Foodies in Denver

The "Mile High City" has a bar and restaurant scene that soars into the stratosphere. Denver's popularity has exploded over the last decade with an influx of new businesses and workers looking to enjoy the city, and the food scene has benefited. But where are the smartest, savviest diners going for the best drinks? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s our list of the best spots for drinks in Denver.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:El Five, Linger, The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, International, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Downtown / LoDo
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,598 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

El Five is a popular spot for after-work drinks. It's a great place to soak up the surroundings with an amazing view of the city—its location offers guests the chance to gaze out at the Denver skyline...

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Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
6,237 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

In the summertime, Linger's rooftop bar is always packed with locals enjoying classic cocktails and craft beers. There's a dedicated rooftop patio menu full of mouth-watering and hearty creations—a bi...

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Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,784 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Pre/post Theatre

The Corner Office is in the heart of everything. It's within a stone's throw of the Colorado Convention Center, the Elle Caulkins Opera House, Union Station, the Colorado State Capitol, and the Denver...

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Great for Brunch in Denver / Colorado
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,730 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Created by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, Tamayo provides authentic Mexican classics in a warm and welcoming atmosphere off of Larimer Street. There are plenty of events going on at Tamayo: Taco Tue...

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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,879 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

This neighborhood eatery from chef Peter Ryan is a local favorite. There's an ever-changing menu with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, and outdoor dining tables when the weather is good. Stop by the ...

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Best Overall in Denver / Colorado
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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Park
1,496 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

From the husband-and-wife team of Olav Peterson and Melissa Severson, this gastropub and wine bar is stylish and unique. Bittersweet has a real focus on local ingredients for the creative cuisine—heav...

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
1,050 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Classic Mexican dishes and in an indoor-outdoor fire pit for chilly nights, what more could one want from a bar? SOL Cocina is a lively spot, with plenty of specials and a diverse crowd. There's a hug...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,980 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

Located next to the Center for the Performing Arts, the Capital Grille is a perfect spot for dinner and drinks before seeing a show. It offers classic steakhouse vibes and a menu to match, with plenty...

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Best Service in Denver
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,445 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy

One of the loveliest restaurants in the city, Cherry Creek's Piatti is unassuming and charming—the feel of a classic Italian trattoria and wine bar right in the middle of Colorado. It's a great spot f...

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Special Occasion in Denver
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ELWAY'S Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,659 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

In the middle of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver, Elway’s is a mix of steakhouse and sports bar and gets its name from one of the biggest heroes in Colorado sports history—the quarterback who took...

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Steakhouse in Denver
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