Unique Happy Hour and Dinner Spots in Denver

Lifestyle | Feb 18, 2019


Cart-Driver's bar and food case.
Cart-Driver's bar and food case.

As the modern, urban human has evolved, happy hour has become a key part of a blissful existence. The same goes for a night out to dinner. Going out gives us an opportunity to unwind after a stressful workday; it helps us try new things and meet new people, and it’s a great way to explore the city.

It’s no secret that Denver is stocked with craft breweries. The city is also home to a number of top-notch bars and eateries that turn run-of-the-mill happy hour into Happy Hour and turn dinner into a special event. Here are a few unique Denver spots to check out that will satisfy your taste buds and help you wind down.

Make Happy Hour Happier in Denver

Cart-Driver Cart-Driver specializes in wood-fired pizzas, oysters, and craft cocktails. From 3 to 6 pm you can get $5 specials on Prosecco and $3 on beer, not to mention $5 oyster specials. At their late happy hour, you can score a mean deal on a mozzarella and basil pizza as well as sardines and bread.

CopertaLooking for some traditional southern Italian eats? Coperta is your place. From 2 – 6 pm on weekdays and 4 – 6 pm on weekends, they cook up food specials such as $3 polenta fritters and crostini. Drink-wise you can get $6 wines and negroni, and $5 bellinis and whiskey sours.

La LomaDenver wouldn’t be Denver without Mexican food, and La Loma is a historic spot you won’t want to pass up. Happy hour can easily become a meal with an $8 happy hour combo of traditional Mexican dishes as well as $5 mini rellenos, and $6 tacos dorados. Drinks? Margaritas of course, which you can customize with a variety of flavors for a little extra.

Steuben’sSteuben’s “Lucky 7” happy hour is a local favorite with specials from 3 – 6 pm and 10 pm to close. Their uptown location offers a wide selection of $4, $5, and $6 specials, as well as the pièce de résistance: a choice of sandwich with fries and a beer for $7.

Delicious Dinner Destinations in Denver

UncleUncle calls itself a “small, no-brow neighborhood restaurant” that puts a new take on traditional Japanese ramen. Definitely go for a ramen bowl and pair it with one of the buns, we recommend the shrimp and soft-shell crab.

Cherry Cricket – If there ever was a Denver institution, it’s the Cherry Cricket, which has been serving burgers since 1945. Burgers can come with everything from the traditional—bacon and cheese—to the off-the-wall—raspberry or grape jam.

Dio Mio – Dio Mio combines the finery of specialty, handmade pasta with the convenience of a counter service restaurant. It’s an affordable, casual dining experience with food and wine that could equally be at home on white linen.

Sushi Den – If you’re craving sushi for dinner, check out Sushi Den. One of the country’s premiere sushi restaurants over the last 30+ years, Sushi Den’s founders fly fish straight to Denver from Japan’s Nagahama Fish Market. Yes, you’re in land-locked Colorado, but at Sushi Den, you’d swear you were on the coast.

Whether for happy hour or a nice dinner out, you will always find a great spot to satisfy your taste buds and welcome a relaxing and fun evening in Denver.