Taps: 29 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Finally made it over to the Rackhouse a few days ago...
A-The place is tucked into a distillery near the highway and the railroad tracks, which makes for a slightly industrial setting, but it is no different than any number of brew pubs around town, and the restaurant is clean and big.
Q-The Rackhouse offers a solid selection of good brews with a decent tap list that includes some bigger Colorado and out-of-state names and some lesser-known/harder-to-find locals.
Ser-The low spot for me was service. Our waiter was friendly, but did not seem to know much about the beer he was slinging. We also waited a long time to get our first round (after ordering), and the food service was spotty all night (appetizers came out instantly, entrees came out late...).
Sel-The selection is pretty decent, though it is nothing spectacular compared with the competition. The tap list leans heavily on Colorado brews, which is fine since there are so many good ones, but if you want something from out-of-state, the choices are more limited. Their special events sound pretty intriguing.
F-The food is typical pub fare, but it is well-executed and tasty. The specialty is mac and cheese (served in measuring cups), and they do some nice twists on the traditional style, e.g., chili mac. My sandwich was tasty and the side salad was fresh and crisp. The pizzas sound tasty, as well, although I can't vouch for them.
O-I will definitely consider adding the Rackhouse into my regular rotation. The place offers good food, a good beer list, and pretty good value. I can also write off one night of bad service if they improve the next time.
05-09-2013 04:01:18 | More by spoony
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Rackhouse Pub is located several blocks away from anything else of interest. Inside, it's a comfortable, slightly up-scale pub. A long bar with a couple TVs on the wall, a bunch of small tables with chairs, and all very dimly lit.
It's attached to Stranahans whiskey distillery so obviously there is an emphasis on whiskey but there is also a great selection of beer on tap. It's mostly Colorado beers and that is no bad thing. It should also be noted that a lot of these beers are small batch, limited availability, in other words, not Fat Tire.
Service is friendly and prompt. I don't know the name of the server but she was friendly and sincere.
The food was surprisingly good for a pub. I had a very good burger and delicious baked potato wedges.
Overall a worthy place to visit in Denver for great beer and food.
11-15-2012 03:54:12 | More by GilGarp
4.2/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nestled inside the Stranahans Distillery is a very nice pub...
Great burgers with a wonderful selection of Colorado brews. Nothing fancy or over the top (~20 taps), but better then the average bar (think Old C's). Highly recommend to cure your burger hankerings. Burgers rage from $10 for basic to $16 for fancy. Full menu is also offered, but seemed a bit pricy.
Service was average for Colorado too. Quality was spot on for the menu prices. Brews however we not served in proper glassware in case this bothers you...
10-03-2012 00:39:20 | More by chugalug06
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Rackhouse is another favorite, and it's not too far from my house...double bonus! In the "basement" of Stanahan's distillery, this gem is almost literally hidden, but still a hopping place. It's almost always pretty crowded, but rightfully so. The food is spectacular (mac n cheese is freaking amazing), and the service is pretty good. They have about 15(?) taps which feature mostly Colorado brews - a cool idea for a Colorado distillery. Of course, there's the whiskey; they have a great selection with tons of vintages and varieties. I've taken both friends my age and my parents, and the atmosphere has suited both very well. Check out the tour of the distillery if you can; very informative and fun.
07-06-2012 17:30:47 | More by carteravebrew
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by this pub during a recent trip to Denver. Connected to the Stranahan Distillery, this place offers a large selection of whiskey, bourbon scotch and other liquors as well as selection of 12-15 CO beers on draft at all times.
When I was visiting the distillery was closed but the back room in the Rackhouse has a bunch of large windows with views of the equipment. The inside of the pub is very dark with a long bar with ample seating and a large dinning area with plenty of tables. The walls are lined with old oak barrels and the shelves behind the bar are filled with bottles and bottles of different liquors. I really enjoyed the vibe of this place and it contributed to my great experience.
The bartender(who's name I can't recall) was really cool and did a great job recommending spirits and beers to everyone and actually remembered everyone's name sitting at the bar after only being told once. Impressive. He was very knowledgeable and friendly letting me sample whatever I wanted before deciding on what to order.
I'm conflicted on how rate the selection here. As mentioned above, they have about 12-15 beers, all but one brewed in CO, but they had a crazy selection of spirits including the whiskey made next door at Stranahans. They had a few things from Avery, Great Divide, Left Hand, Wynkoop, etc. but the coolest part was being able to drink Stranahans Whiskey side by side with Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter that was aged in Stranahan whiskey barrels. Wee pours of the house whiskey were only $3! I didn't eat anything here but the food looked good.
Overall, I loved this place. They offer flights of beers, serve great whiskey from next door, has an excellent selection of spirits, a great vibe and excellent service. I highly recommend visiting this place. Make sure you bring a DD!!!
06-13-2011 08:08:20 | More by corby112
Rackhouse Pub in Denver, CO
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.