The 10 Best Bars in Colorado!

Colorado has a superb variety of bars and lounges that are sure to please any guest. Whether you are searching for a lavish and modern bar, a swanky vintage-inspired lounge or a dive bar with live music, the Centennial State has something for you. These 10 best bars in Colorado are all ready to serve up the perfect drink, whether it be a craft beer or a carefully-crafted cocktail. 

1. Star Bar, Denver, CO

This laid-back bar has been serving Denverites since 1959. Star Bar features an extensive and ever-changing craft beer selection along with bar games and karaoke. Feel free to bring in your own food too from the numerous eateries located nearby. Near Coors Field, this watering hole is a great option for baseball fans heading to or coming from a game. 

2. The Bitter Bar, Boulder, CO

Get a great cocktail at The Bitter Bar in Boulder. Fresh ingredients are used to concoct this bar’s specialty cocktails. The “Blue Velvet” is a local favorite, which is made with creme de violette, vodka and lemon. However, if you aren’t much into well-made cocktails, The Bitter Bar also offers craft beer and wine. 

3. Williams & Graham, Denver, CO

At first it might look like an innocent bookstore but that’s just Williams and Graham’s store front. Step into the back to this speakeasy in Denver that features specialty cocktails and top notch spirits. Expect homemade beverages and food, even the ice cubes are carved with care. Grab an “Old Fashioned” and compliment it with a braised duck pot pie. The rustic decor gives a great ambiance to this Denver favorite.  

4. Punchbowl Social, Denver, CO

This multi-level bar in Denver is perfect for those wanting to have some fun along with their drinks. Complete with bowling, ping pong, pool and shuffleboard, Punchbowl Social is sure to entertain. Don’t forget to grab a huge punch bowl full of your favorite alcoholic beverage.

5. The Cruise Room, Denver, CO

The Cruise Room was the first post-Prohibition bar that opened in Denver back in 1933. This old-school watering hole, which is located inside the Oxford Hotel, makes a mean martini and some incredible specialty cocktails. Known as the “Red Room” by locals due to its red lighting, The Cruise Room has a great old-fashioned vibe with cocktail waitresses dressed in 1930s apparel. This Denver bar is like taking a walk back in time. 

6. Union Lodge No. 1, Denver, CO

This Denver bar pays tribute to the era of the late 19th century before Prohibition. Union Lodge No. 1 features only the best ingredients in their artisan cocktails. The vintage vibe is complimented by the bar’s location, which is in a vintage building that was built in 1883. 

7. Social, Fort Collins, CO

Located in Old Town in Fort Collins, Social is an underground bar featuring great cocktails and modern decor. The well-crafted cocktails are must-drink beverages while visiting Social. However, this bar does offer food, beer, wine and even absinthe. 

8. Hi-Dive, Denver, CO

This dive bar in Denver features a great atmosphere and live music. Local and nationally-known bands can be found playing at Hi-Dive. The thing that makes this bar great is its low-key vibe in a friendly neighborhood. You’re sure to find your next favorite band here. 

9. Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Colorado Springs, CO

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning an Irish pub. Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is located right in the heart of Colorado Springs. Find a full menu, a great brunch selection, and an impressive bar complete with Irish imports. Live music and culture events do happen at Jack Quinn’s, making it a hip spot to visit while you’re in the Springs. 

10. Ste. Ellie, Denver, CO

Located in the restaurant Colt & Gray, Ste. Ellie is a small cocktail lounge that offers a posh atmosphere, 15 specialty cocktails and incredible food that puts bar food to shame. If you’re a wine or beer lover, you can choose from a well-crafted selection at Ste. Ellie. This bar is known as a great date night option among local Denverites. 

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