Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO

4.4
1049 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1049 people are saying
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snorkelsurfswimskidive
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with a friend from college to catch up after ~40 years. Had a few drinks and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great - our service was great and the food was excellent. The old fashioned was superb

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TomT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the Thirsty Lion was great. Had brunch on Sunday with the family prior to the Broncos game. The food, drinks, and service were awesome.

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vipKatrinaW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our waitress wasn’t very friendly, but food and her fast service was great!

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ScottG
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a place the whole family enjoys! The food is really tasty and fantastic from apps to salads to sandwiches and other entrees.

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DouglasM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good food and drink. Great happy hour menu. Jeremy provided excellent service on a busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I hate to give bad reviews, but the food was below average. The 3 mini burgers weren’t good. The chicken Caesar salad was overdressed & the Asian salad was just ok.
To make matters worse we purchased a gift card for Thirsty Lion & forgot to use it!
The ambience was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Perfect pregame spot before the Nuggets game! Food was a tad underwhelming but the drinks were on point + the servers were great!

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DonnaA
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our brunch at the Thirsty Lion! The menu provided sufficient variety without being overly large. We sat at a high-top table and enjoyed watching the open kitchen/servers - interesting to see how efficient the managers and servers were to get the food to the tables quickly. Our server was very pleasant and efficient, made some suggestions based on her personal preferences. The atmosphere was nice; maybe a little noisy (football game coming up, games on TV) but not so loud we couldn't have a conversation. Would have liked backs on the high-top stools, but otherwise very comfortable.

Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We chose this restaurant for the wide variety of options on the menu and the high overall rating.
The table we were brought to was dirty and the hostess either didn't notice or didn't care.
We wiped it ourselves and ordered an appetizer, which was delivered promptly, but with no silverware, or plates, or napkins. There were some nearby so we grabbed those.
We ordered dinner, and again it was delivered promptly and was very tasty.
I would go back in the hopes that the service issues were an anomaly.

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PamK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to visit with friends and catch up

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salmon salad and cold beer.

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vipVeritas
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice to have an every day dining place in downtown Denver. Always consistent. Not the Outer Range or Weldwerks beers but good beer selection (Epic etc). The food is consistently good and location is great.

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Barb
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Thirsty Lion is a good place to go to eat before a hockey game since the Ball Arena restaurant no longer lets you know if you got a reservation or not! The menu is varied and should appeal to all tastes - beers on tap are good - the only downside is that IT IS NOISY, especially prior to a sporting event!

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GloryH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went to Thirsty Lion twice in the past couple of weeks for team lunches. The food was awesome and though it was crowded, it wasn't so loud you had to scream if you wanted to be heard. Love this place!

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vipTonyP
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food/drinks were delicious

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RussellB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Location can't be beat.
Food was decent.
Plenty of TVs with sports, and the staff was very nice.
Good place if you're looking for a place with a variety on the menu.

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vipampedtwiz
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, lots of wonderful cocktail and fun choices. Service was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, food and drinks were too. We’ll definitely be back.

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Frannie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great find in Denver! Adjacent to Union Station, it was delightful. Great beer selection, superb happy hour menu, service was great, nice ambiance. The menu had a larger variety than usual for a pub. We'll definitely go there again.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated the flexibility around our reservation due to running into traffic. Great food and service. A favorite restaurant when downtown.

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Gusman
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Fun place to watch a game

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vipMartinO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great hh food

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch, large menu, friendly staff. Fast kitchen with quality food.

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vipKevinB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We are here once a week. We purposefully timed our reservation for after the games ended knowing the sports crowd. We had to ask for someone to help us after 15 mins without seeing a server. It was then another 40 mins before two of our party got the glass of wine they ordered despite asking twice why we didn't have it. A simple glass of wine? Good was ok but waiter seemed confused and the burger one person ordered was the wrong one but we were tired of the waits and they ate the one the received. Seems to be a lot if new staff but overall restaurant management seems absent from managing the overall service levels. As local regulars, this was very disappointing

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MannyM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were served the wrong bottle of champagne, and the fries were cold. They brought out new fries, so thanks for that :)

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Queenie
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is the perfect place for people with a traditional food preference with enough variety on the menu to satisfy a more adventurous palate. We sat outside and enjoyed the activity around union station. Service was great.

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IlMacellaio
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

First time eating here, loved the vibe of the place and it was packed with people. Our server was very nice and was working his butt off but it was painfully obvious that they are understaffed. I recognize that the labor shortage has impacted everyone. Our food arrived tepid not hot due to the fact that our server had his hands more than full with the tables he was trying to cover. Even though the food was not hot it was still very good. His attitude was great and was very professional and polite. I will not hold this first experience against the establishment I plan to visit again next time I am in Denver. Like I mentioned above we really liked the vibe and feel of the restaurant. I am sure when the labor issue is resolved this place will be back to its top form!

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TamraW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was not as good as the first two times we went to the Thirsty Lion.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food good service

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vipradriand
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Really disappointed in my meal. I chose the ramen and was surprised to find that it did not come close to a bowl of ramen. Bbq pork belly, overly thick noodles and the broth was flavorless. None of it worked and it was pricey. Definitely not worth what we paid.

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Charlie
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good service, at times our server seemed distracted but very courteous.

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None
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great we love thiz place. Service was wonderful

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DianneY
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and the pork carnitas salad was amazing.

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RICKC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their fish and chips are quite enjoyable especially with a pint of Guinness. The fish is not greasy, but the crisp batter makes it. Our waitress was very attentive and has a great personality

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vipLisaS
Denver
74 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the few places we've been to lately that was not understaffed! Food and drinks arrived very quickly and were very good.

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vipAGFU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All good! But that says it all …

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KatelynS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here before a concert at the Pepsi center. Great spot to watch the game.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Go to solid choice. Food quality is one of the most consistent in Downtown Denver area. Good for a group or family due to many menu options and restaurant size. Gets busy so make a reservation.

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vipkathie
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The Food and the Service is good. It was just really loud

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO using the Order Online button. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 623-0316.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO is rated 4.4 stars by 1049 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Denver, CO does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thirstyliongastropub.com/GIFTCARDS.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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