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12 Best Happy Hours in Denver

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Embark on a spirited journey through the Mile High City’s social scene with our guide to the finest happy hours in Denver. From chic downtown lounges to laid-back neighborhood favorites, these establishments redefine the art of early evening revelry. Denver’s diverse neighborhoods offer a delightful tapestry of options, each presenting a unique happy hour experience. Whether you’re a craft cocktail enthusiast or prefer a cozy spot for casual gatherings, our curated list guides you through the top Happy Hours in Denver. Join us in celebrating the joy of unwinding and socializing, where every hour brings unbeatable deals and vibrant vibes against the backdrop of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.


ChoLon – Central Park

10195 E 29th Dr #140, Denver, CO 80238
720-550-6934
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If you’re near downtown Denver and in the mood for upscale Asian food, ChoLon – Central Park is the place to be. The restaurant offers a unique twist on modern Asian fare, with an emphasis on authentic flavors and beautiful plates. ChoLon hosts a weekday happy hour. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, happy hour runs from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. On Tuesdays, happy hour can be enjoyed all day long. I visited ChoLon on Thirsty Thursday and enjoyed discounted specialty cocktails like the Full Moon Margarita. I also sampled the Crab & Cheesee Rangoon Purses and the Wagyu Beef Skewers with Hong Kong Steak Sauce. These small bites were the perfect complement to my pre-dinner drinks!


Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
303-292-5767
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Seafood bars have a reputation for offering incredible happy hour specials. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is no exception. Located on the corner of 17th and Wazee St, it’s the perfect place for a nip after getting off at Denver Union Station. The restaurant is a casual seafood dining spot that focuses on sustainably farmed ingredients and perfectly crafted cocktails. Here, guests can enjoy everything from fried calamari and jumbo lump crab cake to grilled Norwegian salmon and juicy burgers. They run a daily happy hour special which includes $3 east coast oysters and a selection of tasty beer and cocktails. During my visit, I stuffed myself with the best, most affordable oysters I’ve ever had.


La Loma

1801 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202
303-433-8300
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La Loma is home to one of the best happy hours in Denver. La Loma began as a tiny, family-owned passion project and has grown to be an award-winning restaurant located across from the Brown Palace. They are known for their freshly made tortillas and mouth watering green chili, both of which are made in-house in front of guests. Happy hour specials at La Loma run from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday. They offer a large happy hour menu with a mix of appetizers and drink specials. I recommend ordering the mini chicken flautas or the brisket tacos dorados alongside their house margarita. The margarita is made with Herradura Silver tequila and triple sec, so you know it packs a punch. I prefer it frozen, but it’s equally good on the rocks!

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Tavernetta

1889 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
720-605-1889
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Tavernetta is a glamorous upscale Italian restaurant inside the Kimpton Hotel Born. The high-quality food is prepared in an open kitchen and can be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire in their cozy lounge. Here guests are treated to impeccable service, warm hospitality, and stylish dining arrangements. Tavernetta hosts a nightly happy hour from 4-6 pm. The happy hour menu is extensive, with options like cacio e Pepe, Trapanese pesto, and focaccia breadcrumbs, or a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and olives. They have $8 glasses of wine and cocktails like the Venetian Spritz. My personal favorite pairing was the robiola e frutta (a decadent soft cheese paired with fruit), with a glass of Scarpetta Frico rosato.


Fish N Beer

3510 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
303-248-3497
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There is nothing better than ending a long day with a cheap, ice-cold draft beer and some fresh, wood-grilled seafood. Fish N Beer, a fresh seafood restaurant located in the RiNo neighborhood, is an expert at both. They offer fresh oysters, fish prepared any way you can imagine. Their happy hour specials run from 5-6:30 pm on Tuesday to Saturday. During happy hour, guests can enjoy $2.50 oysters, peel n eat shrimp, or coal-roasted mussels. All beers are $1 off and house wines can be enjoyed for only $9.


Postino Broadway

145 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
303-351-7000
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Postino is a modern, eclectic eatery perfect with a happy hour perfect for the young professional. With its glorious rainbow chandelier, exposed brick walls, and pop art, it is a funky, colorful treat for the senses. The food and happy hour specials are also incredible. Every day until 5 pm, guests can order $6 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer. They also serve a Board & Bottle on Mondays and Tuesdays, which includes a $25 bottle of wine and a board of tasty bruschetta.


Cart-Driver RiNo

2500 Larimer St #100, Denver, CO 80205
303-292-3553
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Cart Driver is a fantastic place to get fresh oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and an array of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is located at the center of the RiNo neighborhood in a refurbished shipping container. Although it is small, the restaurant is bursting with good food and a cozy atmosphere. Happy hour at Cart Driver in RiNo is enjoyed twice daily. From 3-5 pm and 10pm to midnight.


Hudson Hill

619 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
303-832-0776
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In the Capitol Hill neighborhood sits a charming eatery that serves incredible coffee, cocktails, and spirits. This is the place to be after work hours if you’re in the mood for a quality drink and light snacks. I recommend pairing any cheese plates with the Thirst Trap, a vodka-based drink with lavender and violet. Happy hour at Hudson Hill takes place every from 10 pm until close. They have a daily signature cocktail as well as drinks, beer, wine, and classic cocktails for affordable prices.

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Kona Grill

3000 E 1st Ave Ste 184, Denver, CO 80206
720-974-1300
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Kona Grill
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Kona Grill serves classic and contemporary American food in a modern, casual environment. In addition to breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Kona Grill is an excellent place to stop by for a happy hour. Happy hour can be enjoyed Monday through Friday from 2-6 pm and repeated from 9 pm to close. They have a wide range of tasty pre-meal snacks like spicy tuna rolls, fish tacos, and potstickers. In addition to wine and beer specials, you can enjoy a discounted shot of sake or a classic cocktail like a Moscow Mule.


Barcelona Wine Bar

2900 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
303-816-3300
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Nothing says happy hour hang quite like Barcelona Wine Bar. They serve tapas in an upscaled, sophisticated environment. Happy hour lasts from 4-6 pm Monday through Wednesday and 2-5 pm Thursday and Friday. Guests can enjoy 50% off any bottle of sparkling wine and discounted cocktails like the Mini Espresso Martini. There are also delicious snacks like mini churros in chocolate sauce. My personal favorite is the crispy eggplant with spiced honey. I recommend pairing the eggplant appetizer with a glass of sweet red wine.


Postino LoHi

2715 17th St, Denver, CO 80211
303-433-6363
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Postino LoHi is a rustic Italian eatery located just north of Hirshorn Park. The building sits inside the historical Denver Bookbinding Company and features a lovely indoor-outdoor space. There is a vintage feel and with over 30 unique wines to sample. Happy hour drink specials are available daily. They serve $6 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer until 5 pm daily. Like their Denver location, Postino LoHi serves $25 Bruschetta Boards Monday and Tuesday from 8 pm until close.


Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

2625 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
303-333-2462
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For a touch of East Coast seafood flavor in the middle of Colorado, you must try Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood. They serve fresh clams, oysters, delicious seafood tacos, and lobster for lunch and dinner. Happy hour runs from 2-6 pm every Monday through Saturday. Sunday’s happy hour goes from 10:30 am until 6 pm. The happy hour menu is extensive, with sliders, tacos, oysters and clams, and an array of small plates for affordable prices. Glasses of wine are 40% off with an array of martinis and cocktails that are dirt cheap. Each time I’m here, I go for the tacos. The shrimp taco is utterly delectable.

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Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 5 credible sites and blogs, including Coloradobites.com and Denver.eater.com. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 5 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

https://coloradobites.com/top-happy-hours-in-downtown-denver/
https://denver.eater.com/maps/best-happy-hours-denver-restaurants-bars
https://www.5280.com/denvers-best-happy-hours/
https://www.thrillist.com/drink/denver/best-happy-hours-in-different-denver-neighborhoods
https://do303.com/p/top-happy-hours

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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