This place wasnít as big as I pictured. In the middle of downtown, so itís street parking with confusing meters and aggressive meter maids. Ask me how I know that. Small patio outside was mostly smokers when I stopped by. Inside thereís a large bar to the right, restaurant style booths and some tables. Nice cozy, slight worn and broken in feel to the place, like itís been here a while. Got some food as the kitchen was closing at 10 and it was delicious - just pub grub, burgers and sandwiches, but very well done. Large beer selection with tons of local stuff and some treats - to of the Lost Abbey box set beers for instance, and Blind Pig. Choices favored IPAs. Nice bottle list too. The biggest highlight was the service, outstanding start to finish. Well worth deviating your route to visit.
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | February 25, 2004| Updated November 19, 2014
Packed, geeky, kind of dirty... full of Americanized geek beer. Ambiance of a shitty brown bar.
Iíve heard so much about this place so I definitely had to visit and it did not disappoint. They have connections with brewers all over the country so they get a lot of neat stuff that you wouldnít otherwise see in CO (presumably, I donít live here). The beer list was pretty good. I didnít even bother looking at a bottle list because there was enough stuff to keep me busy on tap. I actually tried several California made beers that were new to me as well as a number of Colorado made beers. The service was friendly despite the whole punk mentality of this place. They also sell some cool t shirts if youíre into that sort of thing. I will definitely be back.
sort of *the* spot during GABF week. packed to the gills inside and out. old wooden furniture and interior, long bar with a ton of taps and some chalkboards overhead. it was kind of slow service-wise, but Iíll give then a pass due to the crowds. one thing I did find frustrating was that they only had maybe 40% of the beers on tap listed on the chalkboards. so unless you recognize all the handles or ask the bartender a bunch if questions, it would have been easy to miss what was available. my other complaint is the short pours. ordered a couple "12 oz" pours that were at best about 8, maybe 9. if the beers were a couple bucks, I wouldnít really care, but $7 for 12 oz and to get shorted a 1/4 to a 1/3 of it was a bit gear grinding. anyway...great selection, cool place for the most part.
A beer bar through and through, with a large bar and a basement with pool tables. Service was good a friendly with a knowledgeable bartender. Selection was huge and a little high priced but worth it for what you get. Food was good quality bar food. Overall worth the high scores.
Popped in here twice on a recent Denver visit.
Great selection of craft from both CO and elsewhere in the US.
We bagged a booth near the bar and depsite getting in just before a Rockies game finished our server was excellent and we never ran dry despite the crowds! Had food on one of our visit and ok to decent bar fayre. A must stop on a visit to Denver.
Solid beer bar and hub of beer events during GABF. Great tap list and host of mid-sized special events like Elysian pumpkin fest. During GABF events was not managed well, but more due I think to lack of foresight and experience than to bad service. They technically have the space to handle the crowds they got but did not have an intelligent beer delivery system and ended up hovering at bar for one hour just to get one beer. Too chaotic and disorganized. Would like to return during normal times. Large patio, basement with billiards, lounge space, long bar, booths, and a great beer list, what more can you want?
(Visited 10/2009): Stopped here on a recent trip to Denver, first during the Elysian Pumpkin Fest on November 10th, then again the next day for the heck of it. The bar is on Black Street on the NW part of downtown. There is plenty of street parking around (unless a Rockies game is being played I imagine).
The interior is dark with bare light fixtures and a lot of wood. The bar is on the right side and there are booths and wooden tables on the left side. There is a lower level as well. The most outstanding feature of the decor is the 2000+ bottle collection and the amazing number of tap handles mounted on the walls. Definitely one of the most impressive collections I have seen.
As for the beers you can actually drink, it is just as impressive. The draught beers feature Russian River, Elysian, Deschutes, New Belgium, Port Brewing, Oskar Blues and a myriad of others. The bottle list is impressive as well, offering a host of regional and worldwide microbrews.
My score for Service will be aggregated over my 2 visits. During Pumpkin Fest they had exactly one server covering the entire pub save for the bar itself. Considering this was an "event" night and the place was packed, he was understandably having trouble keeping up. As a result we waited a very long time for food and drinks. I put this squarely on the Mgt. The next evening I sat at the bar and the bartender was very beer savvy and efficient.
Our group had appetizers during the Elysian event and they were all good.
Overall this is hands down the best bar we visited on our trip and I would make a bee line for it first on any future visits.
Braudog (827) Yorktown, Virginia | April 23, 2006| Updated October 15, 2007
The be-all, end-all beer bar in Denver ... and anywhere west of Mississippi that Iíve found. They have 69 high-quality taps. The last day I was there this included Delerium Tremens and Maredsous 8, along with some of the better regional micros. This is definite stop on any beer loversí tour of Colorado. But be ready ... Iíve gotten good service here once in many, many visits.