The Best 11 Coolest Bars in Denver

Are you on the lookout for the most sophisticated Cocktail Bars in Denver?

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Keep in mind, this article is in ascending order. We’ve saved the best Cocktail Bars for last. Enjoy the list!

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Want to visit a cool bar in Denver? There are so many places that you can choose from. From lowkey and more simple places, to more luxurious and fancy options. We have compiled a list of some cool bars that you could go to if you’re in the mood for it.

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11. Ghost Donkey Bar Denver

Mexican hospitality at its finest! With 65 mezcal and 25 tequila options, Ghost Donkey is also a visual experience. Being the fourth branch here in Denver, it received an immediate rush of customers as soon as it opened up. It offers the same menu as its other branches, but local options will be joining the list soon. The ambiance itself is enough to turn heads. With red and purple hues surrounding you, and the white donkey statue in one corner, it sure does overwhelm you for a hot minute. The well-curated mezcal list is what one should look forward to. Even the spirits come from local places. Do not sip on your drink too fast, for it will hit you hard; revel in each sip and experience the taste in all its glory. Food-wise, the menu does offer exciting options. Especially the truffle nachos. Something considered very simply like nachos has a touch of elegance. A subtle flair of newness is added to these known dishes to create something exciting to the palette. Book the space for some fun times with your friends and have a blast. As they say, ‘Mezcal, tequila, and mucho good times!’

10. Adrift Bar Denver

Adrift is a tiki bar inspired by the Polynesian and Caribbean style. It is an exotic vacation-like getaway experience from your desk job. Their drinks are crafted for those with a strange taste for fresh ingredients, and no mix is too sweet. Tiki Tuesday offers happy hour all day! You can sit on the bar, inside, or on the patio, whatever you choose. Order yourself a ‘jungle bird’ and get black rum, aged rum, martini & Rossi bitter, pineapple, demerara, and lime. Or you might want to sip on ‘hurricane’ or even ‘Saturn.’ You can also get a mystery shot for yourself or a friend to surprise them. Just open the spirit section, and you will find yourself lost in the hundred or so options in front of you. Their food menu also has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. All that one can think of is from salads to rice bowls to wraps and boards. The bar is lined with bamboo, and even artworks are framed with bamboo sticks. We have lanterns and lamps for lighting, and carved tikis surround you inside and even outside on the patio. The customers love their cocktails, and the service is always top-notch! 

9. The Red Barber Bar Denver

A rooftop bar is a retreat from your tiring work day, offering an unparalleled 180-degree view of the cityscape. What more do you want? If you want a connection or an escape, this place gives you a mix of the familiar and unknown. It even offers a 3300 ft oasis along with its sitting space. It gives you a concert-like live music experience, fire pits, yard games, and even the chef makes appearances while cooking. You can host private events or participate in their happenings like Thursday night trivia or national rose day. Their bite-size snacks will not be a hindrance while you munch and socialize. It might be worth mentioning that famous chefs often stop by to cook or grab a bite. What do you know, you might meet your inspiration. Booze and mixes are popular here, and you will enjoy whatever you order from the menu. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating. If you want a seat at the bar or on the hammock with a spectacular view, have a drink in hand, and your evening will go along well.

8. Atost Bar Denver

Atos offers you their American Aperitifs, a mix of wine and spirit coming together beautifully. They say it is ‘Inspired by tables filled with friends and family, atōst celebrates the timeless tradition of gathering through the clinking of glasses. Wherever you are trying out their drinks, always keep your glass full. You can enjoy their drinks on the rocks by pouring them and taking a sip, over bubbles, or just micing up a few for a simple cocktail. Their website even has a few recipes for cocktails you might want to try. With the perfect combination of wine, spirit, and alcohol, the taste is something you can sip on. Their operatives are suited to American customers. They are different from the ones you find in Europe, which are bitter to taste. Cost symbolizes gathering together with friends and family and having a good time. Aperitivos are usually served before dinner so that while you wait for food, your palette has another experience to enjoy. The tasting room has an intimate vibe, and the excellent staff is also amazing. 

On your way back, you can grab a bottle to enjoy later 

7. The Welton Room Bar Denver

Giving lounge life a whole new meaning, Welton’s room is sexy, sultry, and glamourous. The best combination for a wild night out. It promises you a sensual experience complemented by delicately crafted cocktails. The lush lounge ambiance and the small plates they offer will make you come back for more. Even the names complement the feel of the space so well. From ‘Pick me up Maria,’ a mix of tequila, freshly brewed espresso, and coffee liqueur, to ‘The dark side,’ which offers you American whiskey, single malt scotch, st. george bruto americano, Aperol, px sherry, sweet vermouth, and apple chips. It is a unique taste that you will want more of. Such a luxurious list of ingredients justifies the $16 price point. The liquid nitrogen adds more oomph to the experience one can’t resist showing off on social media. Your friends will envy you. Each drink is assembled so meticulously that you cannot help but stare at it for a while in awe. The sleek black marble bar top is complemented with dried herbs, fruits, and florals that create a sultry sensory experience.

6. LaBouche Bar Denver

From France to Denver, the owners have curated a divine wine experience for all its customers. It is ‘The perfect mix between French & American cultures, between Parisian & Coloradoans’ styles’ as they say. The authentic wine experience gives you the best of both worlds. It is only closed on Mondays; it opens at 4 pm daily and even offers brunch on Sundays! They also host events on behalf of the French embassy, so you might be able to polish up your French skills one evening while you savor the wine. Or maybe dog of the month would interest you more? Their red wine selections include different varieties of grenache, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, pinot noir, and malbec. Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, chenin blanc and viognier and a part of the white wine selection. There are also more premium options available in both sections. If you are overwhelmed with the options available on the menu, you can order a flight and then see what you want to go for and get a glass of that. Of course, there are options for beers, champagne, and cocktail lovers, as well as cheese boards to pair perfectly with the drinks. The community it is located in is keen on trying out new stuff, so the place is always nicely packed. Complete your European experience without your passport! 

5. MBP Bar Denver

With a full-service bar, eclectic food experience, and a patio with live music to dance to and have a wonderful evening, MBP is where you should go. MBP, short for moods, beats, and potions, is true to its name. Mathew and Priya Burkett wanted to create a comfortable place for date nights and to unwind post work. It brings in a new vibe to the black neighborhood, and you can be the one hosting a fun party. The experience here brings the community together. A space to bring harmony amongst everyone, MBP offers food and drinks at the most affordable prices you can find. The place highlights African American culture through its space and the food it provides. They want you to grab a drink, chill at the bar, or maybe grab a bite to eat in the dining area and then end up at the patio with your friends and loved ones to groove to the catchy tunes. This venture makes people explore the community and space even more as the place has lots of local businesses that you would love! The design concept is to make more new and fun gathering spots for the people and to show the strength of the African American community.

4. Pindustry Bar Denver

From drinks to lanes to music and food, everything under one roof! The perfect pairing is a rooftop view with craft beer and some fantastic cocktails. Think of any game, and Industry will have it. Billiards, ping pong, foosball, darts, shuffleboard, and even corn hole. At $12 per hour, it sounds fun. A vintage arcade with games inspired by Star Wars, Led Zeppelin, and even The Mandalorian! You might even give the life-size chess board a shot. If you enjoy traditional bowling or duck-pin bowling, they have both. Just grab a drink and sit on the couch while you wait for your turn. And if luck doesn’t turn in your favor, then they have something even more potent for you. Enjoy a spot up close as the local bands get a chance to show you their skills. You can check the events on the calendar on their website. With food and drinks prices as low as $6, you can have a fun night out with friends and family at Industry. Book an event with them and have the place all to yourselves if you want that. You can even get the feel of the site by looking at their virtual tour on their website!

3. Rayback Collective Bar Denver

Rayback Collective is a food truck, coffee shop, bar, event space, and backyard. Everything is in one place. The best part? It even has a pup zone! It hosts events ranging from art, music, and games like trivia, comedy, and community events. Local brewing companies offer you many drink options, including cocktails, ciders, and seltzers. The indoor seating has a  clean and polished interior. The building has a history of its own. What was once the building for Raybacks Plumbing Supply for around 60 years is now a food spot. The next generations continued to give to the community but in a newer way, through food and drinks! Everyone from families to students can find something of their liking here. The stage features small local bands performing each night and entertaining us with their melodies. Yard games, Cornhole, and even Jenga are available for rent. It is open daily from noon to nighttime. So grab a drink and a bite to eat, too, and relax on the patio. With so much to do, you cannot resist staying a while once you visit. Meet new people and even some furry friends at Boulders’ one-of-a-kind space.

2. B&GC Bar Denver

One of the most challenging places to find, and we will get you there. Not even on Google maps, this place only gives you their contact number. You only get in after you have a reservation. It is behind a hotel in an alley. There is just a golden triangle logo with an antique-looking doorbell underneath. Ring it, and the staff shall guide you to B&CG. Short hours and small sitting space make it an attraction for all drink lovers. This speakeasy is worth all the effort. The bar sits in the center with round tables for bigger groups. The decor gives off 1950s elite and wealthy class club vibes that are now open for you too. The menu offers vintage whiskey, martinis, and cocktail mixes that their skilled mixologists will blend up for you. Delicacies like shrimp and caviar are also available for those who want something to eat and savor. This bar’s exclusive and mysterious nature makes it a fun and unique experience that you must try. The bar is a revival of the glory that we saw

1. ESP Hifi Bar Denver

A music lover’s dream, ESP Hifi is a bar where you will find the host spinning vinyl records. ESP is one of the handful of listening bars in the country, an experience in itself. Sip on some natural wines as shaken drinks would disrupt the music. A step inside, and you go, wow! The smell, the music, and the laid-back and relaxed vibe all are a perfect blend. Foster and Minter, the owners, visited around 40 such bars all around the country to find their niche and what they wanted in their own space. The music ranges from soul, boogie, funk, jazz, and other electronic genres that reflect the owner’s taste and appreciation for deeper cuts. The space resembles those of its kind in Japan but has a personal spin. The energy shifts day to night as coffee gets swapped with gin, tequila, and others you prefer. You will not hear any of the modern-day pop-rock music there. The owners keep their records in mint condition so that your listening experience is one of a kind. Now they are expanding by having more DJs come and play their tracks throughout the day.


So what bar is going to be your choice for tonight? There are some really cool places for you to visit and have a good time at. 

If you want some vintage vinyl music or a fun night full of games with your family or friends, you have many options to choose from. 

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