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The Best Bars for Foodies in Denver

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:El Five, Izakaya Den, Linger
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Japanese, International
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Wash Park
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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
1,680 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
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 aRead more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Denver / Colorado
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Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,701 reviews
Izakaya is in one of the most happening sections of Denver and the weekends bring out a young clientele for Japanese “small plate” dishes. It's an ideal spot for dinner out with frRead more
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,359 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 hRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Denver / Colorado

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Global, International·
Downtown / LoDo
2,570 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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 CapRead more
96% recommended

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,342 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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 onRead more
87% recommended

the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,428 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 iRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver / Colorado

Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,470 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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 cRead more
97% recommended
Healthy in Denver

Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,425 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
This 17th Avenue spot is unassuming, quiet, and homely—a perfect spot to come in for a glass of wine. The cuisine and drinks are locally driven, with dishes sourced from farmers anRead more
92% recommended
Healthy in Denver

SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fun
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 Read more
87% recommended
Mexican in Denver / Colorado

BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$·French·
Boulder
3,244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Vive la France here at Brasserie Ten Ten, with a menu that's straight from the tricolor flag: escargot, frites, French onion soup, crepes jambon gruyere, coq au vin. Take advantageRead more
91% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,432 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 tRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver / Colorado

Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,394 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 ColoradoRead more
98% recommended

ViewHouse

$$$$·Café·
Downtown / LoDo
Denver's Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies, and the area around the field offers up a good-time selection of fine bars and eateries. The ViewHouse Ballpark location is onRead more
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ELWAY'S Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,400 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • 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 Read more
86% recommended