Front Range drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Boulder

Mountain Sun

Boulder’s favorite brewery cheerfully serves a smorgasbord of fine brews and packs in everyone from yuppies to hippies. Best of all is its community atmosphere. The pub grub, especially the burgers and chili, is del…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Denver

Williams & Graham

Denver's top speakeasy looks like an old Western bookstore, but ask for a seat and the cashier pushes a wall of books and leads you deeper into the era. Polished wood, gleaming brass features, antique lamps, tin cei…
Top Choice Brewery in Denver

Black Shirt Brewing Co

Artisanal brewers create the all-red-ale menu at the popular BSB; ales take anywhere from two months to three years to brew. So careful are they with the handcrafted beers, the brewers developed lopsided glasses to …
Top Choice Winery in Denver

Infinite Monkey Theorum

Infinite Monkey surprises with its sophisticated wines, made on site, using mostly grapes from Colorado's western slope. It surprises again by serving them not only by the glass but also by the can, slushy machine a…
Top Choice Cafe in Denver

Crema Coffee House

Noah Price, a clothing-designer-turned-coffee-impresario, takes his job seriously, selecting, brewing and pouring Denver’s absolute-best coffee. The espresso and French-pressed are complete perfection, but it’s the …
Top Choice Brewery in Boulder

Sanitas Brewing

The warehouse complex where Sanitas is located doesn’t exactly scream charm, but wait till you get inside. The low-key tap room has an urban hipster feel with cement floors and high, family style tables, while patio…
Brewery in Denver

Great Divide Brewery Company

This excellent local brewery does well to skip the same old burger menu and fancy digs to keep its focus on what it does best: crafting exquisite beer. Bellying up to the bar, looking onto the copper kettles and sip…
Brewery in Boulder

Avery Brewing Company

For craft breweries, how big is too big? Avery pushes the limit, with its imposing two-story building, complete with gift shop selling hats and tees. But the 1st-floor patio and tap room are lively and fun, while up…
Brewery in Golden

Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

A young brewery, Cannonball Creek has already won several medals at the Great American Beer Festival, including a gold for its Trump Hands (India Pale Ale) and Solid Gold (Belgian-style Pale Ale). Despite the accola…
Bar in Denver

Stem Ciders

Stem Ciders is all about craft cider. Think dry, complex, nuanced, not the sugary stuff your cousin brings to BBQs. The barrel-lined walls, garage doors and food trucks capture its essence. Add live bluegrass, food …