What makes for a good happy hour? Is it a matter of timing — the longer and more frequent the better? The amount of the discount on any given item? The diversity of options for food as well as drink? The quality of those options?
The answer, of course, is that any and all of the above are legit criteria. Mapped from north to south, each of the following 20 spots meets one or more of them; most importantly, they do it with their own irresistible style, whether they’re old champs or newer contenders, upscale destinations or neighborhood hangouts. Combo deals, dealer’s choices, and brown-bag specials this way lie.
For a look at Denver’s top bars overall, click here. Have another favorite? Send us a tip. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.