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Where to Find Fun Happy Hours in Denver

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Rhetorical question: What makes for a good happy hour? Is it a matter of timing—the longer and more frequent the better? The size 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 it any and all of those things are legit criteria. Each of the following 20 spots—some old champs, some new contenders—meet at least at two of them; more importantly, they do it with their own irresistible style. Twofers, combo deals, and dealer’s choices this way lie.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Helix

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3440 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 449-8587
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Sassy, sultry, sexy: All the right adjectives apply to Kendra Anderson’s RiNo lounge, and that goes double for the happy hours (plural). From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, she knocks a few bucks off both featured drinks and funky snacks like Cognac-infused party mix and pigs-in-a-blanket (read: hot links in puff pastry); from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.—or what she calls Negroni O’Clock—all 12 or so variants on the namesake cocktail go for $10 rather than the standard price of $12–$14.

<span data-author="7916">Bar Helix cocktail with herb and citrus garnish</span>
Bar Helix is an afternoon drinker’s sanctuary.
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2. Mister Oso

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3163 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 677-6454
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Honestly, there’s hardly a spot run by the Culinary Creative Group that doesn’t warrant a slot on this map: From Highland Tap & Burger to Ash’kara, generous happy hour deals are part of the program. This RiNo spinoff of Señor Bear is just the newest addition to the rotation, offering $4-6 wines, beers, and cocktails alongside a bevy of snacks, most $5 or less, from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Even the worst workday mood is bound to brighten after a guilty-pleasure congelado del día (daily slushie) and a Gordo Crunch, the kitchen’s two-shelled tribute to Taco Bell.

Bar area with colorful tiles and lots of plants
The festive vibe of the bar at Mister Oso.
Adam Larkey Photography

3. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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At this point, Justin Brunson’s joint is the LoHi neighborhood’s dining equivalent of a pair of old slippers: worn in to peak comfort, with one of the city’s most reliable and easygoing happy hours to boot. All featured drinks go for $6—think bubbles, daiquiris, rotating beers on tap, and more—and munchies like the beloved pretzel rolls with mustard better, the seafood fritter du jour, and the corndog from Brunson’s own charcuterie company River Bear go for even less, topping out at $5. So don’t skimp on sampling.  

Whiskey cocktail with orange peel garnish
A classic cocktail at Old Major.
Brunson & Co. [official photo]

4. The Family Jones Spirit House

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3245 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 481-8185
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Happy hour habitués haunt the plush, high-ceilinged tasting room of this LoHi distillery from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily for $6 build-your-own highballs and $8 signature cocktails (which normally run $10-$13) such as the Avocado Daiquiri or the kicky Pineapple Pastor with mezcal, jalapeño, and cilantro. Also for $6, an array of snacks goes well beyond the basics—think rye or carrot spaetzle in fondue and burrata-caponata toast with sunflower seeds.

Daiquiri with avocado garnish
The Family Jones’s signature Avocado Daiquiri.
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5. Occidental

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1950 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 536-8318
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While out-of-towners flock from far and wide to Williams & Graham for a taste of its internationally renowned cocktails, locals know they can get it for half the cost (and none of the hoopla) during happy hour at next-door sibling Occidental. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and all day Sunday, the crackerjacks at Sean Kenyon’s homage to a punk-rock dive pour ace house cocktails like the School’s Out with peanut butter–infused applejack, sloe gin, and orgeat for $7 apiece; Old Fashioneds and Moscow Mules go for $5, and there are discounts for beer and wine drinkers too. (Eats like cheeseburgers and fried Oreos are cheap to begin with.)

An applejack-gin cocktail and a menu
The School’s Out cocktail at Occidental.
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6. The Bindery

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1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-2364
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Happy hour isn’t typically an elegant affair, but The Bindery chef-owner Linda Hampsten Fox has a knack for classing up the most laid-back experiences. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, what she evocatively calls the Blu Hour starts with a thoughtful selection of $5 craft beers and $7 wines—perhaps a sparkling white field blend from Oregon—as well as a discount on the cocktail du jour. The seasonal snacks it continues with, however, are the real draw—including delectable olive ascolane (fried, stuffed olives), baby back ribs rubbed in chestnut honey and thyme, and oysters Rockefeller. Come on Friday for a bonus deal: $1 raw oysters.

Well-stocked backbar in front of an open kitchen
The bar scene at The Bindery.
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7. ChoLon Modern Asian - Stapleton

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10195 E 29th Dr #140
Denver, CO 80238
(720) 550-6934
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At only a few weeks old, the Stapleton satellite of Lon Symensma’s modern Asian flagship in LoDo has already got its own special thing going on. And it’s proving as much with its turbocharged approach to happy hour, which runs more business hours than not: 4–6 p.m. and 8 p.m.–close Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday; all night Wednesday; 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close Friday; and 2­–6 p.m. Saturday—when the bar also pours select wines by the glass and bottle for half-off—as well as 9 p.m.–close. Whew! What’s more, everything on offer is priced between $4 and $10—beer, wine, well drinks, mac-and-cheese purses, crunchy tofu balls, you name it—with one exception: the legendary French onion soup dumplings, available for $2 off normal price.

Soup dumplings in bamboo steamer
ChoLon’s French onion soup dumplings are an eternal favorite,
Ruth Tobias/Eater

8. Uchi Denver

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2500 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 444-1922
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From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, the RiNo outpost of Tyson Cole’s acclaimed Austin flagship transforms from a splurge to a steal. Not only does the modern Japanese kitchen send out smaller (but not miniscule) portions of some of its greatest hits for a fraction of their standard price at $5–$8, but it also creates happy hour exclusives that rival anything on the dinner menu, such as the fabulous fish toast (deep-fried milk bread filled with scallop mousse). Wash them down with sake, beer, or wine for $4–$7.

Swanky contemporary bar
The bar at Uchi Denver.
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9. Ultreia

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1701 Wynkoop St #125
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-1970
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Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. right through to the peak hour of 7 p.m., this Spanish-Portuguese sensation in Union Station serves up select libations for $5—wine, sangria, gin-tonics—to pair with $3 tapas like pan con tomate and pulpo gallego. As if that weren’t enough, owners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch aim to cure the back-to-work blues with their Porron & Pintxo special: available from open to close on Sundays and Mondays, it consists of a meat-and-cheese platter with all the trimmings plus a bottle of wine for $32.

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Ultreia’s gin-tonics, coming right up.
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10. Tavernetta

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1889 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 605-1889
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The Tavernetta team has such an avid following they could probably raise their prices come happy hour and no one would bat an eye—which makes the deals they do offer all the sweeter. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the lounge, the bar pours half-price spritzes and Negronis as well as $7 wines from the owners’ own Italian label, Scarpetta, while the kitchen whips up such suave snacks as chickpea fritters with salsa verde and duck-liver mousse tartines on rye for $3–$7.

A photo of diners eating at tables and the bar at Tavernetta
The bar at Tavernetta is always jammed.
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11. Citizen Rail

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1899 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 323-0017
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On any given afternoon, the small bar at this smart New American spot in the Kimpton Hotel Born practically overflows with downtowners wise to the deals it offers from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Select wines, beers, and cocktails don’t crack the $7 mark, and neither do playful combos like a glass of rosé with a shot of mezcal or a saison with an amaro; menu items from talented head chef Christian Graves also see a significant markdown, be it mesquite-fired mussels with grilled bread or the dry-aged hot dog.

Stocked restaurant bar
The bar at Citizen Rail.
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12. Annette

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2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010
(720) 710-9975
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Stanley Marketplace is home to the sweet, award-winning Annette. Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m, diners can find everything from spiced nuts to steak frites as well as $3 rye or aquavit picklebacks, $5 variants on a shot and a beer, and $20 bottles of wine.

A lineup of six colorful cocktails
Annette’s house cocktails go for $2 off at happy hour.
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13. LeRoux

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1510 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 845-1673
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Lon Symensma’s modern European stunner is a special-occasion destination by most standards, but a twice-daily happy hour at the bar allows even wallet watchers to rise to that occasion more often. In addition to $5 wines and beers on tap, seasonal cocktails like the Black Forest Flip with rye, Cognac, and chocolate-walnut syrup are $3 off; meanwhile, discounts on a select number of items from the lunch and dinner menus—including the short-rib French dip and the duck- and chicken-liver mousse—make for an indulgent experience that elevates the whole concept of the after-work meet-up, easily doubling as an early or late dinner.

A winter harvest cocktail with Marble vodka, Galliano, beets, and fennel
An elegant cocktail courtesy of LeRoux.
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14. Brass Tacks

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1526 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

This all-day gathering spot on Blake Street starts with morning coffee, continues into lunch, and really gets cooking around happy hour. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to close Sunday-Thursday, there are $40 “cocktail buckets” (for six friends or three thirsty ones); $1–$2 discounts on draft beer, house wine, and cocktails; and fun food specials like the $5 hot-dog burger (aka “ham dog”) and $6 bodega-style chopped cheese sandwich.

Brass Tacks dining room and bar
Brass Tacks has an upbeat, vintage-toned vibe.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

15. Coperta

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400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 749-4666
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On both weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Paul and Aileen Reilly honor the concept of “la dolce vita” at their Uptown Italian fixture. Do as the Romans do with (among other options) a $4 Peroni, $7 Americano or glass of vino, and a variety of well-priced snacks: $3 dried Senise peppers are as addictive as chips and arancini-like supplì al telefono a luxury for $6.

COPERTA
The cozy bar at Coperta.
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16. Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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Uptown anchor Steuben’s goes all out for its twice-daily happy hours. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., almost nothing on the menu exceeds $5: Theoretically, it’s possible to walk in for a High Life pony and a single buffalo wing and walk out just $2 poorer (plus tax and tip, of course). From 10 p.m. to close, it’s all about the Lucky 7 — your choice of cheeseburger or a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and a beer or shake for $7. (It’s also all about $5 spritzes and 50-cent deviled eggs.)

Cheeseburger and fries
Steuben’s classic cheeseburger and fries.
Steuben’s [Official Site]

17. Ace Eat Serve

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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Not to be outdone, Steuben’s next-door sibling ups the ante to Lucky 11. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 p.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, this ping-pong parlor–meets–Asian joint offers up a bowl of duck or veggie ramen and your choice of sake, wine, or beer for $11. But wait, there’s more: $6 highballs, $2.50 Coors, $7 Chef’s Specials—aka a beer and a bourbon shot with a kimchi back—and eats that range from $1 wings and bao doughnuts to $6 pork-belly potstickers.

A bowl of ramen at Ace Eat Serve
Ramen at Ace Eat Serve.
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18. Hank's Texas Barbecue

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5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 277-3225
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Happy hour doesn’t get more down-home than this East Colfax smoke shack’s version. Running from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Hanky Hour keeps it real with $3 cans and $5 drafts from an all-local roster of breweries (Ratio, Cerebral, Dry Dock, and so on); $5 house wines; and $6 cocktails like the tequila-based Pancho & Lefty with pineapple, grapefruit, lime, and jalapeño. Then it seals the deal with $6 grub—from hot-link sandwiches to Frito pie to chicharrones with pimento cheese dip. 

Hot-link sandwich on a bun
Hank’s Texas Barbecue’s hot-link sandwich.
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19. Ritual Social House

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1209 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 862-4566
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Everyone at this sporty new Cap Hill tavern is eager to please, and they double down on their hospitality come happy hour. Running twice a day Tuesday through Sunday and all day Monday, it covers a wide array of beers, wines, and cocktails plus a couple of snacks, all priced between $3.50 and $6; even niftier are its combo deals, including a $6.50 slice plus a beer and a $20 pizza with a bottle of house wine (for two, presumably). 

A mural of a moose on a tavern wall
Ritual Social House’s mural-covered dining room.
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20. Vesper Lounge

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233 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 328-0314
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“No anger,” reads the sign on one wall of this Cap Hill classic—and really, what’s there to be angry about when there are $3.50–$5 well and draft cocktails, $10 BOGO dirty martinis, and an assortment of $3 sliders and lettuce wraps to be had? Better still, there’s plenty of time to have them—from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and all night Monday. 

Bar sign reading “no anger”
The writing on the wall at Vesper Lounge.
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1. Bar Helix

3440 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
<span data-author="7916">Bar Helix cocktail with herb and citrus garnish</span>
Bar Helix is an afternoon drinker’s sanctuary.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Sassy, sultry, sexy: All the right adjectives apply to Kendra Anderson’s RiNo lounge, and that goes double for the happy hours (plural). From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, she knocks a few bucks off both featured drinks and funky snacks like Cognac-infused party mix and pigs-in-a-blanket (read: hot links in puff pastry); from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.—or what she calls Negroni O’Clock—all 12 or so variants on the namesake cocktail go for $10 rather than the standard price of $12–$14.

3440 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

2. Mister Oso

3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Bar area with colorful tiles and lots of plants
The festive vibe of the bar at Mister Oso.
Adam Larkey Photography

Honestly, there’s hardly a spot run by the Culinary Creative Group that doesn’t warrant a slot on this map: From Highland Tap & Burger to Ash’kara, generous happy hour deals are part of the program. This RiNo spinoff of Señor Bear is just the newest addition to the rotation, offering $4-6 wines, beers, and cocktails alongside a bevy of snacks, most $5 or less, from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Even the worst workday mood is bound to brighten after a guilty-pleasure congelado del día (daily slushie) and a Gordo Crunch, the kitchen’s two-shelled tribute to Taco Bell.

3163 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

3. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Whiskey cocktail with orange peel garnish
A classic cocktail at Old Major.
Brunson & Co. [official photo]

At this point, Justin Brunson’s joint is the LoHi neighborhood’s dining equivalent of a pair of old slippers: worn in to peak comfort, with one of the city’s most reliable and easygoing happy hours to boot. All featured drinks go for $6—think bubbles, daiquiris, rotating beers on tap, and more—and munchies like the beloved pretzel rolls with mustard better, the seafood fritter du jour, and the corndog from Brunson’s own charcuterie company River Bear go for even less, topping out at $5. So don’t skimp on sampling.  

3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

4. The Family Jones Spirit House

3245 Osage St, Denver, CO 80211
Daiquiri with avocado garnish
The Family Jones’s signature Avocado Daiquiri.
Adam Larkey/Eater

Happy hour habitués haunt the plush, high-ceilinged tasting room of this LoHi distillery from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily for $6 build-your-own highballs and $8 signature cocktails (which normally run $10-$13) such as the Avocado Daiquiri or the kicky Pineapple Pastor with mezcal, jalapeño, and cilantro. Also for $6, an array of snacks goes well beyond the basics—think rye or carrot spaetzle in fondue and burrata-caponata toast with sunflower seeds.

3245 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Occidental

1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
An applejack-gin cocktail and a menu
The School’s Out cocktail at Occidental.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

While out-of-towners flock from far and wide to Williams & Graham for a taste of its internationally renowned cocktails, locals know they can get it for half the cost (and none of the hoopla) during happy hour at next-door sibling Occidental. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and all day Sunday, the crackerjacks at Sean Kenyon’s homage to a punk-rock dive pour ace house cocktails like the School’s Out with peanut butter–infused applejack, sloe gin, and orgeat for $7 apiece; Old Fashioneds and Moscow Mules go for $5, and there are discounts for beer and wine drinkers too. (Eats like cheeseburgers and fried Oreos are cheap to begin with.)

1950 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

6. The Bindery

1817 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
Well-stocked backbar in front of an open kitchen
The bar scene at The Bindery.
Adam Larkey/Eater

Happy hour isn’t typically an elegant affair, but The Bindery chef-owner Linda Hampsten Fox has a knack for classing up the most laid-back experiences. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, what she evocatively calls the Blu Hour starts with a thoughtful selection of $5 craft beers and $7 wines—perhaps a sparkling white field blend from Oregon—as well as a discount on the cocktail du jour. The seasonal snacks it continues with, however, are the real draw—including delectable olive ascolane (fried, stuffed olives), baby back ribs rubbed in chestnut honey and thyme, and oysters Rockefeller. Come on Friday for a bonus deal: $1 raw oysters.

1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

7. ChoLon Modern Asian - Stapleton

10195 E 29th Dr #140, Denver, CO 80238
Soup dumplings in bamboo steamer
ChoLon’s French onion soup dumplings are an eternal favorite,
Ruth Tobias/Eater

At only a few weeks old, the Stapleton satellite of Lon Symensma’s modern Asian flagship in LoDo has already got its own special thing going on. And it’s proving as much with its turbocharged approach to happy hour, which runs more business hours than not: 4–6 p.m. and 8 p.m.–close Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday; all night Wednesday; 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close Friday; and 2­–6 p.m. Saturday—when the bar also pours select wines by the glass and bottle for half-off—as well as 9 p.m.–close. Whew! What’s more, everything on offer is priced between $4 and $10—beer, wine, well drinks, mac-and-cheese purses, crunchy tofu balls, you name it—with one exception: the legendary French onion soup dumplings, available for $2 off normal price.

10195 E 29th Dr #140
Denver, CO 80238

8. Uchi Denver

2500 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205
Swanky contemporary bar
The bar at Uchi Denver.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, the RiNo outpost of Tyson Cole’s acclaimed Austin flagship transforms from a splurge to a steal. Not only does the modern Japanese kitchen send out smaller (but not miniscule) portions of some of its greatest hits for a fraction of their standard price at $5–$8, but it also creates happy hour exclusives that rival anything on the dinner menu, such as the fabulous fish toast (deep-fried milk bread filled with scallop mousse). Wash them down with sake, beer, or wine for $4–$7.

2500 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205

9. Ultreia

1701 Wynkoop St #125, Denver, CO 80202
<span data-author="3635139">Spanish gin-tonics being poured </span>
Ultreia’s gin-tonics, coming right up.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. right through to the peak hour of 7 p.m., this Spanish-Portuguese sensation in Union Station serves up select libations for $5—wine, sangria, gin-tonics—to pair with $3 tapas like pan con tomate and pulpo gallego. As if that weren’t enough, owners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch aim to cure the back-to-work blues with their Porron & Pintxo special: available from open to close on Sundays and Mondays, it consists of a meat-and-cheese platter with all the trimmings plus a bottle of wine for $32.

1701 Wynkoop St #125
Denver, CO 80202

10. Tavernetta

1889 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
A photo of diners eating at tables and the bar at Tavernetta
The bar at Tavernetta is always jammed.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

The Tavernetta team has such an avid following they could probably raise their prices come happy hour and no one would bat an eye—which makes the deals they do offer all the sweeter. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the lounge, the bar pours half-price spritzes and Negronis as well as $7 wines from the owners’ own Italian label, Scarpetta, while the kitchen whips up such suave snacks as chickpea fritters with salsa verde and duck-liver mousse tartines on rye for $3–$7.

1889 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202

11. Citizen Rail

1899 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Stocked restaurant bar
The bar at Citizen Rail.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

On any given afternoon, the small bar at this smart New American spot in the Kimpton Hotel Born practically overflows with downtowners wise to the deals it offers from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Select wines, beers, and cocktails don’t crack the $7 mark, and neither do playful combos like a glass of rosé with a shot of mezcal or a saison with an amaro; menu items from talented head chef Christian Graves also see a significant markdown, be it mesquite-fired mussels with grilled bread or the dry-aged hot dog.

1899 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

12. Annette

2501 Dallas St #108, Aurora, CO 80010
A lineup of six colorful cocktails
Annette’s house cocktails go for $2 off at happy hour.
Annette/Facebook

Stanley Marketplace is home to the sweet, award-winning Annette. Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m, diners can find everything from spiced nuts to steak frites as well as $3 rye or aquavit picklebacks, $5 variants on a shot and a beer, and $20 bottles of wine.

2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010

13. LeRoux

1510 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
A winter harvest cocktail with Marble vodka, Galliano, beets, and fennel
An elegant cocktail courtesy of LeRoux.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Lon Symensma’s modern European stunner is a special-occasion destination by most standards, but a twice-daily happy hour at the bar allows even wallet watchers to rise to that occasion more often. In addition to $5 wines and beers on tap, seasonal cocktails like the Black Forest Flip with rye, Cognac, and chocolate-walnut syrup are $3 off; meanwhile, discounts on a select number of items from the lunch and dinner menus—including the short-rib French dip and the duck- and chicken-liver mousse—make for an indulgent experience that elevates the whole concept of the after-work meet-up, easily doubling as an early or late dinner.

1510 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202

14. Brass Tacks

1526 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Brass Tacks dining room and bar
Brass Tacks has an upbeat, vintage-toned vibe.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

This all-day gathering spot on Blake Street starts with morning coffee, continues into lunch, and really gets cooking around happy hour. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to close Sunday-Thursday, there are $40 “cocktail buckets” (for six friends or three thirsty ones); $1–$2 discounts on draft beer, house wine, and cocktails; and fun food specials like the $5 hot-dog burger (aka “ham dog”) and $6 bodega-style chopped cheese sandwich.

1526 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

15. Coperta

400 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
COPERTA
The cozy bar at Coperta.
Adam Larkey/Eater

On both weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Paul and Aileen Reilly honor the concept of “la dolce vita” at their Uptown Italian fixture. Do as the Romans do with (among other options) a $4 Peroni, $7 Americano or glass of vino, and a variety of well-priced snacks: $3 dried Senise peppers are as addictive as chips and arancini-like supplì al telefono a luxury for $6.

400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

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16. Steuben's

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Cheeseburger and fries
Steuben’s classic cheeseburger and fries.
Steuben’s [Official Site]

Uptown anchor Steuben’s goes all out for its twice-daily happy hours. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., almost nothing on the menu exceeds $5: Theoretically, it’s possible to walk in for a High Life pony and a single buffalo wing and walk out just $2 poorer (plus tax and tip, of course). From 10 p.m. to close, it’s all about the Lucky 7 — your choice of cheeseburger or a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and a beer or shake for $7. (It’s also all about $5 spritzes and 50-cent deviled eggs.)

523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

17. Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
A bowl of ramen at Ace Eat Serve
Ramen at Ace Eat Serve.
Anna Regan/Ace Eat Serve

Not to be outdone, Steuben’s next-door sibling ups the ante to Lucky 11. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 p.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, this ping-pong parlor–meets–Asian joint offers up a bowl of duck or veggie ramen and your choice of sake, wine, or beer for $11. But wait, there’s more: $6 highballs, $2.50 Coors, $7 Chef’s Specials—aka a beer and a bourbon shot with a kimchi back—and eats that range from $1 wings and bao doughnuts to $6 pork-belly potstickers.

501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

18. Hank's Texas Barbecue

5410 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Hot-link sandwich on a bun
Hank’s Texas Barbecue’s hot-link sandwich.
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Happy hour doesn’t get more down-home than this East Colfax smoke shack’s version. Running from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Hanky Hour keeps it real with $3 cans and $5 drafts from an all-local roster of breweries (Ratio, Cerebral, Dry Dock, and so on); $5 house wines; and $6 cocktails like the tequila-based Pancho & Lefty with pineapple, grapefruit, lime, and jalapeño. Then it seals the deal with $6 grub—from hot-link sandwiches to Frito pie to chicharrones with pimento cheese dip. 

5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

19. Ritual Social House

1209 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
A mural of a moose on a tavern wall
Ritual Social House’s mural-covered dining room.
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Everyone at this sporty new Cap Hill tavern is eager to please, and they double down on their hospitality come happy hour. Running twice a day Tuesday through Sunday and all day Monday, it covers a wide array of beers, wines, and cocktails plus a couple of snacks, all priced between $3.50 and $6; even niftier are its combo deals, including a $6.50 slice plus a beer and a $20 pizza with a bottle of house wine (for two, presumably). 

1209 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

20. Vesper Lounge

233 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Bar sign reading “no anger”
The writing on the wall at Vesper Lounge.
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“No anger,” reads the sign on one wall of this Cap Hill classic—and really, what’s there to be angry about when there are $3.50–$5 well and draft cocktails, $10 BOGO dirty martinis, and an assortment of $3 sliders and lettuce wraps to be had? Better still, there’s plenty of time to have them—from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and all night Monday. 

233 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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