Denver is well-known for much more than its soaring skyline, access to the mountains, major sports franchises, and burgeoning restaurant scene. The Mile High City is gaining notoriety for its bar scene and especially a brewery-on-every-corner beer culture that has hop heads licking their chops pint after pint. Here at Pedal Hopper Denver, we’ve been known to throw some suds back and to enjoy a fine cocktail from time to time, so we decided to compile a Denver pub crawl guide to make sure you aren’t missing any hot spots when you decide to make it a night (or, let’s be honest, a day) out on the town!
While technically a “collective eatery” food-hall-style establishment featuring counter service from a variety of food concepts, Avanti Food and Beverage also shines as a place to get buzzed. Featuring two bars and amazing views of the city, this food hall features an amazing cocktail list and is located near a ton of other LoHi drinking establishments so your pub crawl can make one driving trip to this popping Denver neighborhood and then mostly walk to other watering holes famous in the Denver nightlife scene. Avanti best suits people who have trouble making up their mind; there are 7 different affordable restaurants to choose from, and every pub crawl expert knows you need food sustenance to make sure you can keep up with your fellow crawlers.
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Mile High Spirits deserves a spot on any guide to the best Denver bar crawl stops. This iconic downtown distillery has been making tasty concoctions since 2012 and they haven’t forgotten their original recipe for success. I’m not talking about their amazing, hand-crafted spirits or their first-in-class canned Punching Mule Moscow drink; I’m talking about their amazing staff, their heavy-handed pours, and their stellar location just blocks from Coors Field and from a hundred other downtown Denver drinkeries. Pub crawls adhere to the same mantra as real estate brokers when assessing a bar’s suitability for the crawl: location, location, location.
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Ok, Pedal Hopper Denver isn’t exactly a pub or a fancy cocktail bar to be found on a Denver bar crawl; it’s better than that because we give our riders the perfect way to travel between the spots you’re visiting on your Denver pub crawl with a professional designated driver. You can bring your own nonalcoholic beverages on the Pedal Hopper bicycle bar to make sure everyone is hydrated between pub crawl stops, and you’ll need it because, between the adult beverages and the pedaling you’ll be participating in, you’ll need to get some water in your system somehow. Best of all, every Pedal Hopper Denver pilot/guide knows the best haunts in Denver and can cater your pub crawl hit list to the vibe and feel that your party is looking for, from banging dance club to a low-key neighborhood bar.
This landmark bar in the LoHi neighborhood in Denver has been around forever. Well, not in the geological sense but as far as the bar scene goes, this spot has been in operation since 1873. Like, back when pub crawls took place on horseback. My Brother’s Bar is perfect for barhoppers looking for a throwback experience but maybe isn’t the typical spot if you’re looking to find Denver’s nightlife scene. The drinks and the food menu are no-nonsense (think burgers and sandwiches, and then stop thinking), the prices are reasonable, and, best of all, they don’t have any TVs to distract you from the purpose of your pub crawl stopover, which is to drink.
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This spot is a Denver bar crawler’s dream. Situated in the heart of Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo, in case you’re from Delaware or something) the Retro Room is a hip little spot that is more likely to overwhelm you with tasty, reasonably priced infused liquor than with pretentious hipsters. From the Retro Room, you have stumbling access to dozens of other bars and restaurants in this cozy little booze-dream corner of Denver, and if you show up on a Pedal Hopper bike bar you’ll enjoy happy hour pricing on the best drinks in Denver all day. Everybody raves about the pickle shots, which are house-infused and taste like, well, a pickle. We recommend you check out their entire infusion menu, but if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of a Denver bar crawl the pickle shots will do you right.
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The Mile High City is full of bars that would make a perfect stop on any pub crawl. Whether you’re looking for a hometown pub, a modern foodie/drinkie paradise or house-infused local liquor, we hope this list of watering holes around the Denver metro area can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!