Vine Street Pub

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Vine Street PubVine Street Pub
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Place Score: 92
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1700 Vine St
Denver, Colorado, 80206
United States
phone: (303) 388-2337

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Place added by: BadRockBeer on 05-04-2008

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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Vine Street is a great place somewhat off the beaten path from the traditional bar scene in Downtown Denver but not far enough away that you can't enjoy it. A simple trip down 17th gets you there. The atmosphere is extremely relaxed, no TVs, no credit cards, custom chalk art on the ways. You can tell this place is linked to Boulder and has more of a granola/hippy character to it. The service is excellent. The food is also excellent. Great place to relax and unwind with some great food, beer, and perhaps a game of bags on the sidewalk. Highly recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jonash2717
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As a local, I choose not to frequent this place for the following reasons. 1. Restaurant atmosphere 2. Overpriced. ($17/growler!) 3. Overhyped and crowded.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere - plenty of seating inside; on the patio and at the bar; nice and open! Games for everyone to play while they're hanging out and they're cool if you bring in your own games! Great people watching, from the local hippie scene to the families with kids!
Quality - haven't been disappointed with anything here really. They don't take credit cards, so that may be a shock to anyone not carrying cash, but they have a great "good karma" program!
Service - friendly and fairly efficient, though a busy weekend can be hit or miss.
Selection - something for everyone, and luckily for me usually at least 3 that I really like!
Food - excellent and a variety of some off beat stuff and some very basic comfort food!
Value - considering everything...this place is a must!

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A Denver outpost of the Boulder brewery - visited after a long day of trekking (and driving) around Rocky Mountain NP. Snagged a nice table outside and proceeded to get pretty intoxicated on hopforward beers.

Food was good enough - high quality bar food with a number of appealing burgers. Definitely hit the spot. There were a ton of taps - lots of hop varietals and a few guests

I'm not sure I would necessarily seek this out when in Denver, but definitely had a great time after the sun went down on the patio.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.55/5  rDev -38.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Big place, dudes playing cornhole outside on the patio, big patio area. Inside, picnic style bench in the middle, lots of seating. Kind of a well to do hippie yuppie vibe. No televisions, despite Broncos pre-season game (maybe they knew beerandraiderfan was coming). They don't accept cards, cash only, automatic 18% gratuity if you and five friends visit the establishment on their own. And of course, since the tip is automatic, the service becomes terrible.

Waited almost a half an hour to have our order taken. Beers were anything but fitting the description the server or menu indicated. Large selection, big tap list, beers taste like it was the same yeast strain in every beer. Colorado Kind, not all that hoppy, for instance. And really gritty. Prices were a little on the high side, but especially when you throw 18% on the top, for really nothing in terms of service other than bringing it to you long after you wanted it, and ordered it.

Food tasted like stuff pulled out of the freezer, the burgers were decent, but nobody in our group was particularly impressed. One couple with us said it used to be cooler, and cheaper here, but those days apparently have passed. I wouldn't recommend really. Its one of those ethos places that seems contrary to its own alleged ethos. All about the money here, not the product, convenience etc. . .

Photo of spoony
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I dig the Vine. The atmosphere is pretty good if you're into the hippie thing (and there's nothing wrong with it by me), but it can be annoyingly crowded with kids and...uh...hippies depending on when you go.

The Vine/Mountain Sun/Southern Sun beers are solid. They also do a pretty good job of bringing in other breweries to supplement the 8-12 Vine beers.

Service is good...not great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable but not always paying attention, so you might sit with an empty glass on occasion.

Selection is good. The Vine's own beers form a nice core to a selection of 15-20 beers that are high in quality.

Food is pretty solid from burgers to veggie fare. There is some hippie love that goes into the kitchen and it shows in the food. Definitely a step up from the frier fare you find at a lot beer joints, but there is nothing too fancy here, and the price is nice (for food...reasonable for beer). Good carrot cake, for what its worth.

All in all, a good neighborhood spot with good food and beer, but if beer is what you're after, there are better places in Denver. Except during Stout Month.

I give the exact the same review for the Southern Sun in Boulder.

Photo of shivtim
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went for dinner with a friend on a Friday evening. This looks a bit like a typical pub. It's not quite a college hang out, not quite a family restaurant. Does a decent job at walking the line between the two (while I was there, both babies and pregnant women and drunk 20-somethings were present). The interior is big and open and sparsely decorated, and there's two large outdoor patio areas: one with lots of seating and the other is standing only with cornhole games.

The beer selection is sizeable, and both of the beers I tried (an IPA and a saison) were very good. Definitely a wide variety of brews.

Our waitress was fine, but our drinks and food came out slowly. Food was fine. Mostly basic pub/bar food with maybe a slight hippy twist.

Overall a worthy stop.

Photo of tylerprince
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A great little place in uptown Denver. I've been here a couple times with a friend from Boulder - she likes the original so much that whenever she comes down she insists on VSP. They've got a great operation - incredible service, great scene, awesome beer selection, and tasty food.

It's mostly young professionals (uptown...) and a Boulder-like crowd - indie/hipster/Chacos etc. The beer is mostly their own stuff brewed in Boulder (Mountain Sun), but there are plenty of other options as well. Food is bar food, but it's good and there are plenty of options. A great go-to, whether you live in the area or not.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

denver brother of boulder's mountain sun. awesome spot. plenty of seating inside and a nice bar with a ton of taps. they were having stout month, so they featured about ten on tap, most of them theirs with just a few high quality guest beers. cool at mosphere and amazing service (lots of babes too). service was champion, with plenty of free tasters and expertise, same as mountain sun. fair prices for happy hour, but a little steep after that. looked like good food but we didnt eat. will absolutely be back here. they run a great operation.

Photo of Flounder57
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped in here this past Tuesday for a bite to eat before we hopped on the plane back to Boston. This is a great neighborhood place recommended to us by our friend who has been here several times before.

The atmosphere is an open restaurant. Seating outside of the restaurant in the warmer months too. They has tables in the middle, booths on the side, and a long bar located in the middle of the back which had about 20 seats. Tapestries and paintings covered the walls too. Very chill layout.

SInce it was lunch time, we had great service. We were waited on by three of four people throughout the course of the meal. The quality of the food and beer was good. The quesadilla we split was delicious and the snadwiched we both had hit the spot.

The beer for the moment comes from their sister brewery Mountain Sun located in downtown Boulder. Their have a brewing license, but were putting their operation together out back so they can start making their own batched sometime within the next six months. Don't get me wrong, they had 20+ beers on draft with 3 nitros too.

Overall, we were happy to hit up this place before we came back to Boston. Another cool neighborhood bar/brewery located on 17th street near City Park.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Awesome neighborhood beer bar with amazing selection of small batch brews! There is often a wide variety of brews to choose from with a pretty decent rotating list. The decent variety allows folks of all palates enjoy a tiny place like this.

The waiter staff/bartenders are usually quite friendly and hospitable. Depending on when you go, there can be a wait...but it's usually well worth it!

The food here is great as well! They have a wide variety of options and the daily specials are usually quite fantastic.

Note: Vine Street Pub is a cash-only place, but they do have an ATM on-site.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My wife and I made an afternoon stop into the Vine Street Pub last Saturday. We were very pleasantly surprised. We were in "flip a coin" mode as to whether to stop or to press on to our room for a little rest. We were very glad we stopped as this turned out to be one of our favorite places from around the country. They do have some of their own beers, though they are not brewed on site just yet. The quality of those beers was very good. The selection was good, but its not "beer bar good" as far as guest beers go. The highlight is definitely their own line. That was a pleasant surprise for us.

The best part was talking to the staff and getting the rundown of how they work the "tip jar." Everyone on the staff is free to help any customer. We were constantly being checked on, but not to the point of annoyance. We had conversations with a few staff members, but briefly. They split the tips amongst everyone on the shift including the kitchen staff, which we thought was very cool. Great business model. The staff seemed upbeat and genuinely happy to be working there. One staff member, Dustin, told us it was the best job he has ever had. We did have some nachos and the salsa was great. Aside from that we didn't eat. Great place and definitely worth a stop. The decor is light and bright and has a Jerry Garcia feel to it. Service is, well, exceptional.

Photo of mickmantle
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Define Colorado: Vine Street Pub

Define Vine Street Pub: A crunchy yet dare I say sophisticated? No, more hippy/yuppy. Yes hippy/yuppy!

Vine st. is awesome. Good pub food, great beer selection I am more fond of their guest beer selection rather than what they brew in house.
They don't take credit cards but thats okay I guess. No tv's either! But in there it does not seem to matter.
The staff is smart and well educated on the beers, thats always helpful when you those who don't dabble in the craft world.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Medium sized restaurant with crazy buzy bar. Not accepting credit cards apparently does not impede on business. Better in many ways than their Boulder location, this is neither a friendly nor unfriendly place. A few older people but virtually all 20-somethings with their friends, having beer with supper. I found few of their own beers I liked, although they were average. Good guest taps, and apparently people were happy with the serving of the beer and their food. Not that much atmosphere, and I would skip it on a future trip, but the servers are not to be faulted.

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Transcribed from extensive notes taken Sa, 01 Aug 2009

This is the Denver arm of Boulder's original brewpub, but they were hopeful of having their own brewing operation by mid-2010.

In the interim, they were located on the southwest corner of East 17th Ave and Vine Street with an outdoor patio that wrapped around the corner. The entry was in the middle of the space, along 17th Ave., and opened onto a rarity - a polished blonde wood picnic table. Heck, the left wall was blonde wood booths, the right wall had standing blonde wood booths fronted by blonde standard restaurant tables and the center was mostly standard blonde tables with a random mix of chairs and another (!) blonde wood picnic table. The straight, blonde wood bar was 3/4 of the way aft, in the centerline, with a blonde wood back bar that included a line of eighteen CO2 taps and three N2 taps. As of my visit, nine of the CO2 taps and one of the N2 taps were house beers and the rest were guest taps, but that was due to change once they began brewing. To the left of the bar were the lavs and an ATM, the latter important because they were cash only. To the right of the bar was the kitchen.

Ambiance: Mellow, man. Colorado is the place where the 1960's refuse to die. The Mellow Mushroom down south has nothing on the mellowness that is Colorado. San Francisco, either. I want a mellow fix, I head to Colorado. I really dug the paintings/murals of their various logos on the walls and above the back bar as well as the exposed ducting. Open mic. bluegrass on Saturday night.

Beers: I am not going to waste space on "Guests" - they come, they go, plus the aim is to eventually make all of their own beers and have an entire line of their own taps. The waitstaff was eager to lay their house beers on me, though. Swan Song Ale on N2; Annapurna Amber; Colorado Kind; XXX Pale Ale; Blackberry Wheat; Java Porter; St. Amos Wit; Temperance (Belgian-style Pale Ale); and Hop Vivant IIPA. I even managed to wangle a taste of an Avery collaboration involving blackberries.

Photo of beersheppard
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my second trip to Denver, and first to Vine Street. This might be my favorite place in town.

Beer selection was great from their brew pub, Mountain Sun stuff to Ommegang to Russian River. The best part they offer 8 oz glasses so you can sample your wayaround the menu.

Food was good pub fare. Tasty sandwiches.

Staff was very attentive, a team effort, knowledgable and friendly. They made recommendations and were very accomodating.

We rolled in at approxiamtely 10 on a friday night and it was busy, but not too too crowded. After about 15 minutes we got a seat at the bar.

Next time I am back I will definitely be returning.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Vine Street Pub is located coincidentally enough on Vine Street on the east side of the city near the Denver Zoo. Street parking appears to be rather plentiful in the surrounding area (we got there by cab).

The interior has funky art and plants and wood, and has table seating in almost the entire space. The bar is in the rear. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of cornhole boards set up on the outside patio as well.

Vine Street features Mountain Sun beers ranging from Amber, Golden Ale and Kölsch to Doppelbock, Scotch Ale and Doppelbock. The couple beers I tried were above average. They also carry around 8 guest taps from regional microbrewers like Deschutes.

Service was pretty good on a busy weekday evening. The bartenders were quick and helpful. One minor annoyance is that they do not accept credit cards.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I would have liked to spend more time here to try some more beers and maybe get a seat inside (it was packed so we stayed on the patio, luckily it wasn't too cold). I would definitely seek this place out on future trips to Denver.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I found my new tap house. Unlike Falling Rock this place is never over crowded have a wonderful selection of beers and if you decide to stay for dinner the Mexican food there is incredible. A nice relaxed setting with really chill people working there unlike the meat markets in LoDo. I have spent many evening just chillin with friends here having a great time discussing life, beer and a bunch of random whatevers. A great place to be if you don't like the overcrowded bars found in downtown. This place rules!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've found a new beer bar. I used to promote Falling Rock, and while they have the biggest/best beer selection, their service and attitude tells me to go somewhere else. Pity..until Vine Street started to serve Mountain Sun beers.
The MS pub in Boulder is my favorite. This is a transplant of that one, but not as "hippie" and cozy. A large open space is occupied by various tables...I would like to see a German beer hall type set up..i think it would do well here. Board games are available, good food, and your choice of 8oz, 16oz or pitcher sized beers (expect the really strong ones). Staff is knowledgeable and friendly (unlike FRTH). Laid back.
MS beers are solid at worst. They experiment and stay close to style dogma at the same time. Can't wait until they start brewing at this location in 2010.
I love that they have their beers as well as some really nice guest taps. I had the Obsidian Stout on nitro.

Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

File this under places I should've gone to back when they first opened.
This is essentially the Mountain Sun location in Denver. Everything is done in a nice wood decor with a bar, booths lining the walls, and tables (big and small) in the middle of the floor. There's also a patio outside, which would be terrific for warm days.
One other nice touch were board games, to give the place a relaxed family feel during normal restaurant hours.
They have 8-10 Mountain Sun taps, which run the gambit as far as styles go. Everything from a ginger wheat beer, to an IPA, to a black Saison in collaboration with Avery. In addition to those taps, they also have 7-8 guest taps including some impressive and unusual things like St. Bernardus Wit, Prima Pils, Pliny the Elder (!), and Young's Double Chocolate.
They probably have the 2nd best selection of draft beer in the area, and the prices are great, too. If you haven't had the Mountain Sun beers - they're all solid. I really liked the amber, java porter, and tripel, but everything was good if not great.
The food was solid bar food. Burger, sandwiches, fresh cut fries, and even some southwest items. Nothing ground breaking, but for "bar food" it's about as good as you can want. The fries are flat-out amazing.
While I don't really live anywhere near Vine St. - this place makes me wish I did. It's one of the nicest beer destinations around.
The only real knock on the place is that they don't take credit cards. They do have an ATM in the place, so that's only a small complaint.

EDIT: After going here regularly for several years, I find myself heading to the VSP as much for the food as the beer. Everything is made fresh and one of the best bets is to just go with whatever the special item of the day is. The VSP is one of my top 2-3 places in all of Denver.

Photo of techster14
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I just celebrated my birthday at the Vine Street Pub and I was very impressed with everything about the place. First of all, the wait staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I was with several friends who typically don't drink craft beer, and our waiter patiently helped them make the proper selection based on their tastes. They were also willing to provide us with unlimited samples of any beer before purchasing a pint.

Happy hour is from 4-6 every day...and that means $2.75 pints of anything non-imperial on tap. The selection was outstanding. They had a wide variety of their own beers and a great list of guest taps including Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2007 and Espresso Oak-Aged Yet.

The food was also quite good and the kitchen was quick. Overall, this was a great place to celebrate my birthday. I must definitely recommend the Vine Street Pub to fellow Beer Advocates.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A visit to the newest Mountain Sun location in Denver. Not to familiar with Denver that much. It was a bit difficult to find but once we figured out where Vine was we just followed it till we found our destination. Parking was really tricky as well. We basically had to park a block away.

Finally inside, it is very similar to the other "Sun" locations. They have wood chairs and benches through out. This location is a bit more spread out as the room was a bit bigger. But it was also very loud because everything was all in one room and there wasn't much privacy. There was a good size bar on the far wall with a variety of taps. There is a hallway behind the bar which you could see where they cut a whole in the wall to have a variety of lines going through. Very odd.

At the time we went they only have 5 house beers. They did have a variety of guest taps through and a few bottles. I asked the waiter if the beers were made on site and he said he didn't know. Eventually tried their IPA and Coffee Porter which were exactly like the Southern and Mountain versions. So good consistence.

The staff was very friendly and new their beers and styles. I did grill the waiter and he did pretty well. The food was typical bar food. Wet with a vegetarian and they were impressed with the menu selections as well. I had the burger, not very adventures, but still was good.

Overall a good visit. The atmosphere was note great but the beer, the food and the staff were great.

Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for Happy Hour yesterday, but I've been here a few times before. If you've been in either Mountain Sun or Southern Sun, you'll recognize this place. The interior decor is very similar, with a bar across the back, booths and tables fill up the rest. There are two nice patios that are always packed in the summer. This place fills up pretty quick, self seating until it fills and then there is a wait list. Just like the other locations, service is by committee - whoever is in the area will help out, and they keep a running tab at the table. Beer selection is great, several Mountain Sun beers plus a nice selection of locals and quality macros, with many seasonals available. Food is the same as the other locations, for hippies they make a damn good burger and fries.

Photo of jkendrick
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love Vine Street. We go there before every show we see at the Fillmore. The pub menu is great and I love their blue cheese bacon burger. This is a Mountain Sun pub, so their beers are top notch. The guest beer selection is always great, too. Very knowledgeable selections often including many of my favorites from Stone, Dogfish Head and Deschutes as well as local favorites such as Oskar Blues, Great Divide and Avery. If you're looking for a casual pub atmosphere and great selection of beers, you can't go wrong with Vine Street.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went straight to this place when I got off of the plane in Denver (for the GABF). It was on Monday and you could get a burger, fries and a beer for 8$ - basil and blue cheese burger was excellent! Definitely can't beat that. Relaxed atmosphere and very clean. Incredibly friendly staff (knowledgeable too). We had 2 samplers of 6 each and didn't even finish trying their own beer, much less the guest taps. I'd recommend the Thunderhead Stout and The Kind Ale (the kolsch was good too and I generally don't like ths style). This is a must do in Denver.

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Vine Street Pub in Denver, CO
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