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The Best Bars for Foodies in Denver

The "Mile High City" has a bar and restaurant scene that soars into the stratosphere. Denver's popularity has exploded over the last decade with an influx of new businesses and workers looking to enjoy the city, and the food scene has benefited. But where are the smartest, savviest diners going for the best drinks? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s our list of the best spots for drinks in Denver.

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The OpenTable Team
10 Restaurants
Updated 26 February 2020
Restaurants:El Five, Den Restaurant, Linger
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Japanese, International
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Denver
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El Five

$$$$
Mediterranean
Highlands
4.7
2949 reviews
El Five is a popular spot for after-work drinks. It's a great place to soak up the surroundings with an amazing view of the city—its location offers guests the chance to gaze out at the Denver skyline. The cuisine and the drinks are as spectacular as the view. Grab a pitcher of the sangria, a local craft beer, or one of their fine wine selections, and you're guaranteed a good night out.

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Den Restaurant

$$$$
Japanese
Denver
4.6
1679 reviews
Izakaya is in one of the most happening sections of Denver and the weekends bring out a young clientele for Japanese "small plate" dishes. It's an ideal spot for dinner out with friends. Share the small plates, noodles, sushi, and pair the bites with recommendations from the sake list. They also offer sake flights for those who love to sample.

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Linger

$$$$
International
Highlands
4.7
6461 reviews
In the summertime, Linger's rooftop bar is always packed with locals enjoying classic cocktails and craft beers. There's a dedicated rooftop patio menu full of mouth-watering and hearty creations—a bison Reuben, wagyu sliders, and Korean tacos. For all of the cold weather months, visitors can head inside and relax at a table for a full meal.

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The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown / LoDo
4.3
2923 reviews
The Corner Office is in the heart of everything. It's within a stone's throw of the Colorado Convention Center, the Elle Caulkins Opera House, Union Station, the Colorado State Capitol, and the Denver Art Museum. Both visitors and locals can be found here gawking over the extensive "TCO Martinis" menu. It's a perfect way to end the day after time spent sightseeing or working.

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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown / LoDo
4.5
3745 reviews
Created by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, Tamayo provides authentic Mexican classics in a warm and welcoming atmosphere off of Larimer Street. There are plenty of events going on at Tamayo: Taco Tuesdays, a Happy Hour with drink and food specials, and Bottomless Brunch specials. In the summertime, take advantage of Tamayo's rooftop bar with one of their famous cocktails.

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the plimoth

$$$$
American
Central
4.9
1988 reviews
This neighborhood eatery from chef Peter Ryan is a local favorite. There's an ever-changing menu with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, and outdoor dining tables when the weather is good. Stop by the bar for a cocktail or a local beer on tap and enjoy a nice dinner with locals in the know.

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$
Mexican
Cherry Creek
4.2
1249 reviews
Classic Mexican dishes and in an indoor-outdoor fire pit for chilly nights, what more could one want from a bar? SOL Cocina is a lively spot, with plenty of specials and a diverse crowd. There's a huge margarita and tequila menu, and they have plenty of filling food options: the street and specialty tacos have garnered much acclaim.

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The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / LoDo
4.8
4086 reviews
Located next to the Center for the Performing Arts, the Capital Grille is a perfect spot for dinner and drinks before seeing a show. It offers classic steakhouse vibes and a menu to match, with plenty of steak dishes and a huge wine list—a reliable choice for a night out on the town.

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ELWAY'S Downtown

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / LoDo
4.6
3646 reviews
In the middle of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver, Elway’s is a mix of steakhouse and sports bar and gets its name from one of the biggest heroes in Colorado sports history—the quarterback who took the Broncos to two titles. The place features plenty of delicious upscale dishes for a sit-down dinner and a fine variety of traditional bar fare for those who want to stop in on Sunday and take in some football.

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BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$
French
Denver
4.6
3352 reviews
Vive la France here at Brasserie Ten Ten, with a menu that's straight from the tricolor flag: escargot, frites, French onion soup, crepes jambon gruyere, coq au vin. Take advantage of the beautiful dining room or sit down at the bar for one of the cordial flights or a brew from their massive selection of Colorado beers.

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