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Where to Eat Soft Pretzels in Denver During Oktoberfest

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Denver may be a long way from Munich, but the Mile High City has never let that fact get in the way of its enjoyment of a good time (or a good beer). So as the official Bavarian Oktoberfest officially gets underway this weekend, so too will major celebrations in LoDo, RiNo, and other Front Range communities extending from Longmont to Highlands Ranch.

But as anyone who has ever attended an Oktoberfest celebration surely knows, all that beer drinking eventually requires a hearty-yet-salty snack to soak up the booze.

Enter the soft pretzel, a Germandelicacy and must-have at any Deutsch celebration since monks began cooking them up during the Middle-Ages (the twist supposedly represents praying hands and you’ll likely feel your prayers have been answered when you bit into one).

While all of the local celebrations will surely be serving up plenty of pretzels, there are several Denver restaurants that also turn out a mean twist not just during Oktoberfest but year-around. Here is a look at where to find the best pretzels in Denver, whether your tastes run toward the huge and highly salted, the hard and harty, or merely the heavily-cheese sauced.

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At this LoHi eatery and bar, you can grab one of the gorgeous pub boards to snack on, which include soft pretzels along with chorizo, cornichons, aged cheddar, and giant Spanish corn nuts.

Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten - Denver

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A truly massive pretzel that is heavy on the salt. Perfect with a Prost Pilsner, and also for sharing.

A photo of a bartender with her back turned to fill up a mug of beer from one of several visible taps at Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

My Brother's Bar

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The actual pretzel at My Brother's Bar isn't why it made the list. Rather, this experience is all about the dip. The jalapeño cream cheese served alongside may also be a burger topping, but it’s best appreciated on a pretzel.

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Hearth & Dram

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The happy hour menu at this modern at this LoDo spot features a braided pretzel served with beer cheese, everything seasoning and Bavarian mustard. Up the German factor of your visit even more. by ordering the Beer and Brat, a combo consisting of a chef’s choice sausage and a beer for $10.

A view of wood tables in the dining room with a large bar visible behind them at Hearth & Dram Adam Larkey/Eater

Freshcraft

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These are actually pretzel bites, and damn good ones at that. They come with two sauces: a sweet mustard and a cheese sauce. People have been known to place two orders because one just isn't enough.

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5280 Burger Bar

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This pretzel at this 16th Street Mall burger joint (there is also a newer Westminster location) comes with stone ground mustard. But it’s the green chili queso (just $1.29 extra) that makes this one worth the visit.

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Park & Co.

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Thinner and crispier than most soft pretzels, the tasty version at this Park Burger offshoot is served with cheddar cheese and a killer honey Dijon dipping sauce.

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City O' City

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Springing the extra $2 for the Swiss fondue cheese is an absolute must. A softer pretzel with finer salt, City O' City offers a more upscale version of the twisted treat. Hint: you're probably going to want two pretzels for all that cheese sauce.

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MAX's Wine Dive

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Though there isn't technically a pretzel on the menu at this funky Southern-inspired wine bar, the Beer Cheese Fondue, which is made with cartelized onion and jalapeño and served with a soft and velvety pretzel bread for dipping, merits a mention.

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Postino

At this LoHi eatery and bar, you can grab one of the gorgeous pub boards to snack on, which include soft pretzels along with chorizo, cornichons, aged cheddar, and giant Spanish corn nuts.

Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten - Denver

A photo of a bartender with her back turned to fill up a mug of beer from one of several visible taps at Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A truly massive pretzel that is heavy on the salt. Perfect with a Prost Pilsner, and also for sharing.

A photo of a bartender with her back turned to fill up a mug of beer from one of several visible taps at Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

My Brother's Bar

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The actual pretzel at My Brother's Bar isn't why it made the list. Rather, this experience is all about the dip. The jalapeño cream cheese served alongside may also be a burger topping, but it’s best appreciated on a pretzel.

Burger Baron

Hearth & Dram

A view of wood tables in the dining room with a large bar visible behind them at Hearth & Dram Adam Larkey/Eater

The happy hour menu at this modern at this LoDo spot features a braided pretzel served with beer cheese, everything seasoning and Bavarian mustard. Up the German factor of your visit even more. by ordering the Beer and Brat, a combo consisting of a chef’s choice sausage and a beer for $10.

A view of wood tables in the dining room with a large bar visible behind them at Hearth & Dram Adam Larkey/Eater

Freshcraft

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These are actually pretzel bites, and damn good ones at that. They come with two sauces: a sweet mustard and a cheese sauce. People have been known to place two orders because one just isn't enough.

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5280 Burger Bar

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This pretzel at this 16th Street Mall burger joint (there is also a newer Westminster location) comes with stone ground mustard. But it’s the green chili queso (just $1.29 extra) that makes this one worth the visit.

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Park & Co.

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Thinner and crispier than most soft pretzels, the tasty version at this Park Burger offshoot is served with cheddar cheese and a killer honey Dijon dipping sauce.

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City O' City

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Springing the extra $2 for the Swiss fondue cheese is an absolute must. A softer pretzel with finer salt, City O' City offers a more upscale version of the twisted treat. Hint: you're probably going to want two pretzels for all that cheese sauce.

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MAX's Wine Dive

A photo of the bar at Max’s Wine Dive with a TV screen and shelves containing wine glasses visible behind it
Max’s Wine Dive
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Though there isn't technically a pretzel on the menu at this funky Southern-inspired wine bar, the Beer Cheese Fondue, which is made with cartelized onion and jalapeño and served with a soft and velvety pretzel bread for dipping, merits a mention.

A photo of the bar at Max’s Wine Dive with a TV screen and shelves containing wine glasses visible behind it
Max’s Wine Dive
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