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Bull & Bush Brewery

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Bull & Bush BreweryBull & Bush Brewery
BA SCORE
89
very good

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 597
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4700 Cherry Creek Dr S
Denver, Colorado, 80246
United States
phone: (303) 759-0333

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bandbmanbeer

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

This is my favorate bar/brewpub in denver, the atmosphere is great, you can't beat the food, and the beer is great and unique. There is always something new to try, and most of the staff is experienced and knowledgeable.Their is always a wide selection of mostly British style beer to try. If you're into whiskey, I believe they do whiskey tastings on certain days as well. The patio outside provides even more of a feel for the place. Definately would reccommend this to anyone visiting Denver, and to all the locals.

Ricelikesbeer, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of frazbri
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

I visited the Bull & Bush the Saturday of the GABF. We met up with some of our new drinking buddies from the BA pub crawl.

The Bull & Bush has a very inviting British pub atmospheres. (or at least an American idealized Brit pub feel) There are plenty of flat screen televisions to show whatever games might be on, but this didn't drag the scene down to basic sportsbar level. The room was dimly lit and the volume level was at conversation friendly decibles.

The B&B's beer selection was more than adequate. They were out of a couple beers, including the Man Beer, but this wasn't shocking considering this was the last day of the GABF. The range of beers were what you'd expect at the average brew pub. The standout for me was the ESB. This beer beckoned me to sit at the bar and have a few pints.

The food is basic pub grub. Some of what we ordered was very good, some was just okay. I would eat here again, but it wasn't anything I'd rave about.

Our service was a bit of a mixed bag. I sat at the bar while waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. The barmaids were quick, friendly and helpful. We moved to a table to eat, and our server wasn't quite as sharp. He was friendly enough, but he moved in slow motion.

I enjoyed me visit to the Bull & Bush. It's a very comfortable place.

frazbri, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of davidt
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

I stopped in for dinner on the last day of my business trip to Denver. I wanted to try this place previously but never had time. I'm glad I finally did. The atmosphere is very welcoming. The pub was crowded but the noise level certainly wasn't high. I sat at the bar and Tiffany took good care of me. I started off with their Man Beer IPA. A decent enough IPA but not as hoppy as hyped. Maybe it's my taste buds. However, the IPA did go very well with the spicy shrimp tacos I had. My dinnner was very tasty. They have a decent pub menu. After my meal I opted for a Stonehenge Stout. The stout had strong smell of roasted coffee and went down very smoothly.

This was certainly an enjoyable way to wind down from the day. If I wasn't already tired from my trip and didn't have to get up early to catch a flight I would have definitely stayed longer. (I truly enjoy pubs and restaurants in the Denver area for being smoke free. Back in Virginia a night at a pub means you will go home smelling like a dirty ash tray.)

I will make it a point to go back to Bull & Bush when I return to Denver.

davidt, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

So I've had B&B beers many times in the past, at beer fests and at Falling Rock. Somehow I had never made it down here. Stopped by after visiting the cherry creek farmers market. The location was not at all what I expected - this is back in a mostly residential district - nice pub looking building. Main bar area is fairly dark - looks like a nice old style pub, long bar. All the brewing equipment is in the back. We sat on the patio - a nice large covered area off of the dining room. Samplers were in quantities of 3 beers, and they had enough on tap to do 3 different samplers. All the beers were better than average, with some being very nice. Food we tried was good - I had the fish and chips and the wife had fish tacos. I'll definitely be back to try more of the food, and have larger samples of the well made beers.

rowew, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of session1979
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I was introduced to the B&B beers at the 2007 Colorado Strong Ale Fest where they stole the show, allow me to recreate the scene.

Early April 2007, a cold day in the town of Boulder, CO. Its late afternoon and we were approx 12 sample tastings into the day so we were feeling pretty good. We decide to try and grab a table so we can have a quick snack and recharge for a few minutes. On the way to the table we grab one more sample, The Royal Oil. We sat down and take in the aroma, fantastic, huge, bourbon, lovely amazing but will the taste support it? YES! and YES again. This beer stole the show.

I made my first visit to the pub a couple weeks ago and it was very impressive. First off the beer selection is fantastic but more importantly my wife loved the atmosphere and the expansive menu. Men, this is saying something as she is 7 months pregnant and hard to please. The Friday special is all you can eat fish and chips which was great. A few others got the burgers and green chili and everyone loved their meal. A true diamond in the rough, this place is my new favorite pub. Thanks!

session1979, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

This place was very cool. The inside is very old school english pub but there is a much more modern outside sitting area as well. It was a nice day so we sat outside. According to the menu they had Kobe beef but the prices hinted otherwise. Anything less than 100 bucks isn't Kobe. The regular "Bull" burger I ordered was very good. I sampled 6 of their beers and found nearly all of them to be very good. The server even brought me a free draft root beer that they make on premises. The beers were all quite cheap as well; 3 bucks for regular and 2.25 for the special. My only complaint was that many of the beers were similar.

drseamus, May 26, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Bull and Bush is one of my favorite places to drink beer in Denver. That is mostly based upon the quality of the beers that they brew. My favorites are the Man beer and the Man-Man DIPA. The place is styled after an English pub with a really cool copper bar. The service is good and so is the food. They have a "Growler Tuesday" where you can get refills for $6. They also have a growler club where you can get your 10th growler free. The patio is nice but the last time I went they had the heaters on and it was like 70 degrees outside.

ArrogantB, May 25, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +1%

I visited Bull & Bush almost a year ago now, on the eve of the "Denver Smoke Out". I stopped in for lunch. That evening they were going to have a special on shots - served from their classic ashtrays "because we don't need'em any more"...wow.

I thought it was a little hard to find. The place isn't huge. A handful of the tables were occupied and judging by the conversation i'd say that they were regulars. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. There were 5-7 house brews up. I had the Man-Man Beer, which was a Double IPA and it was REALLY GOOD.
I also ordered a steak meal which was huge and cooked to perfection. I also bought one of their "What's Yours?" pint glasses (crack me up).

I'd like to get back to Denver-Boulder again, possible for the GABF, and when i do i hope to make it back to B&B as well.

jjayjaye, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

I'd never heard of the place until I saw it on BA. In kind of an odd spot, so it's easy to never know it exists until you look for it!
Looks very much like a cross between a British pub and a German beerhall.
Wood and "old memorabilia" style decor. Has a long bar with tankards hanging a lot like a German hall does. 6-7 taps are in the back with a variety of brews. It's a little crowded, but that's not a bad thing. Very laid back atmosphere make this place a great hang-out. The layout seems like it makes it a little more packed in than it should've been, though.
On to the beer, right? The night we were there, they had Justice and Man Beer (2 IPA's using different hops), an Amber, a Stout, a Dunkel-Weiss, a Pils, an English Brown, a Saison, a hoppy Barleywine, a pumpkin ale, and a peppermint spiced Winter Warmer called "Yule Fuel." We split all but the Amber, Pils, Man Beer, and Brown. Every beer we had was great, too. The Yule Fuel was shockingly the favorite just because it was so unusual. It might be a little too sweet for some, but it was so different it'll grow on you. I plan on going back for a growler in the next few weeks.
Food's good. Kobe burgers are only $1 more than normal ones and the fish and chips are shockingly REALLY good. Instead of giving you overpriced Gordon's fillets, the fish tastes fresh and is only lightly breaded. It's still pub food, but it's a good version of it.
Service was good, although the waitress seemed very concerned that we wouldn't like some of the beers. I think she was just likely used to macro drinkers sending things back! Either way, it's appreciated that someone offers you a free sample to try regardless of how much of a beer fan you might be.
It's not really the cheapest of places to spend an evening, but with GREAT beer and solid enough morsels, I think I might have a new back up to the downtown beer hubs.

EDIT: As I've moved to the eastern 'burbs, the B&B has become my pub of choice and I find myself here almost every week. I should also mention that they have AMAZING weekend brunch offerings that aren't very expensive to boot. There's something wonderful about having chicken & eggs with a brown ale on a Sunday morning.

EDIT2: Starting in 2009 I've noticed that the B&B has really started catering to the beer geek crowd a bit more. Lots of release parties, more rotating offerings, and generally I'd say the beers have been consistently made better, too. Whenever people come in from out of town, this is where I take them, often even over the downtown spots.

Domingo, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of biking4beer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

This place is in my backyard. I'm not sure why I don't go more. They have a great selection of beers and definitely are experimental with the brews.

They had a jazz band when I went on Sunday night. It put everyone in a good mood, and caused me to taste more beers than I should have considering I had to go to work the next day. I tried a seaonsal beer with a very banana like flavoring. It was sort of like a saison. A oily double IPA that was close to a Barleywine (they had a barleywine on tap too, but I didn't try that). A imperial stout, and a couple of other IPAs. I know there were several more to choose from.

I had a hard time choosing from the expansive menu, and our waitress was accomdating. Nout outstanding service, but good.

Like I said, I over indulged, so I spent some money in the gift shop. When I sobbered up the next day, I still was happy with my purchase. I'll be going to this place more often.

biking4beer, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -1%

This was another very convenient location for me as a public transit patron. The # 11 bus put me about a half-block away, but given the fact that the building, and by extension, the front door are set back from the road, I almost walked past it. As I entered, there was a short vestibule with a glass cabinet on the right hand side that was filled with awards and memorabilia. Proceeding down a short flight of stairs, there was a room with all of their logo gear, including growlers, along the left wall. Speaking of their logo, it depicts a pair of babies, a boy and a girl, peering into their diapers with the caption, “What’s yours?” Ha!

Continuing aft, the restaurant area was off to the right, with a number of tables and chairs flanked by booths on one side and high stools on the other. Finally, all of the way to the left was the bar with its seamed, riveted copper top; a heavy wooden rail held in place by brass couplings; and mug club mugs overhead. Behind the left end of the bar was an English-style dartboard. The whole place had a veddy English pub atmosphere. I would also like to mention their great looking waitstaff. A really eye-catching bunch. Dark wood was the name of the game here, from the wood beams in the overhead, to the paneling throughout. It kind of went with the stygian lighting. The washrooms were between the gift shop and the bar and featured chalkboards for the graffiti minded patrons. Through a doorway aft, on the right-hand side, was a separate restaurant area with the serving tanks visible in the back. They also had a covered patio area back on this side. Their beers were all serviceable, but The Man IPA was the winner for this man.

woodychandler, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of dlloyd4114
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

I tried the Triple ale, very good and an Octoberfest (i think, we had already had few when we got there) and it was very good as well. We were there on a Monday night and it was rib night, they were outstanding but the sides were standard fare. I loved the atmosphere, it was befitting of a place that serves Man Beer. They have a lot on tap and judging by how busy they were and how long they have been in business they will still be there the next time in Denver. I am going back to sample more brews!

dlloyd4114, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Was this place a German restaurant and pseudo-English pub in a previous life? That is what it looks like inside and out. We ventured out after the GABF for their brunch ... really good eats. Eggs and Enchiladas were awesome. The staff was friendly and on top of their game.

As for the beer ... Justice IPA was good and Liquid Brain IMP Stout was awesome. Their ESB tasted like there was a little rubbing alcohol in it and their pseudo-lambic tasted like floor polish. So the beers are hit or miss but they get point for their selection.

Certainly worth a visit ... just ask for a taste before you order a pint.

Jason, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of thanatos2948
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

First off the architecture from the outside looks like I should be somewhere in England about 1850. There is an outdoor deck visible from the parking lot that works great on cool summer nights. Stepping inside you quickly notice the dark, woodsy feel of the place, instantly comfortable. Sitting at the back of the bar able to look out over the dining room is the place to be. Lots of nice touches, the bar top being one of my favorites. Usually about 12 pub brews on tap. The best in my opinion being the Justice IPA. Great service, low-key, authentic pub atmosphere.

thanatos2948, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

The Bull and Bush kind of pops out at you where you might least expect it, buried amidst an area full of upscale business offices and situated near Cherry Creek. The building itself is something to behold in this environment, with a heavy wood framed Tudorish appearance. Venturing inside does not disappoint, this place serves a heavy dose of English Pub with a side order of TV’s and sports bar. Interior is filled with lots of dark wood, dim lighting, and an inviting bar plopped down front and center. Lots of interesting and peculiar signage hung about as well. Crowd is quite a mix, consisting of trendy business types, friendly locals, and newcomers like myself.

Beer list is quite impressive, on the order of 12-14 house beers on tap on both days I visited. Styles range from English to experimental American, I offer no complaints on any I’ve tried, from tasty IPA’s to delicious bocks. Food is mostly standard pub fare, though all done pretty well, for instance you can get a regular, kobe, or bison burger with any fixins you can imagine. Fries are homemade and darn tasty. Service on both of my visits has been quite good, and servers were well acquainted with the beer list. I didn’t think the TV’s interfered with the atmosphere at all, the ‘Bull is one of those places where you feel pretty comfortable walking in and planting yourself on a barstool for a while.

mikeys01, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Went there today for lunch. Boy it was scorcher 100+! Nice & cool inside. Dark wood paneled interiors & wood/leather allover the place. Decor is not over the top & could pass for an brit pub, no problem (except you get fantastic table service & food!) . Had vintage beer ( Avery 2003 salvation ), wine & single malt special

Quality of the ales & food were stellar. I Had the double man, rye bock & tower esb. All were tasty...


Mind blowing service, this & the beer means I will come again & again!

9 different beers on tap ( they have cask some times ). It ran the gamut from pils, saison, double ipa & rye bock to the usual suspects

Food was great, loved the blackend hailibut tacos & the green chille/mash taters were good too. Next time, kobe beef cheeseburger I think.

Having said that the food was a tad pricey (this is cherry creek, a pretty pricey little neighborhood near denver university) but that is just FYI, I will still go back with anticipation of the total experience

russpowell, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.2/5  rDev +4%

When I went to this place I was always reminded of The Prancing Pony in The Lord of the Rings. It's a dark place that shelters out the light. Lots of dark wood work. The beer tasted good and the food was good, too. It's a great place to go and hang out for a little while. You can sit and chat with someone for hours with out feeling like you have to leave. And it doesn't get too crowded and loud, which is nice. It's a great little brew pub with good food. Excellent for dinner or lunch. Try their red ale, it's good stuff.

dwarvenspirits, May 26, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

An English pub with unfortunate splashes of American sports bar. Nice leather seating, some couches and a nice patio. Large wooden beams are exposed on the ceiling making it appear older than it is. Nice selection of scotch, beer and whiskey.
The TVs are loud when sports are on and takes away from the intimacy.
Food was very good, nice selection of english and american food, good service, friendly staff.
Fairly good location, just off a main street (Colorado Blvd.), but far enough away from traffic.
Pricing is decent, especially on 'special' nights. The Man Beer was 2.75/pint and is very good. They also had a special on scotch that night, but, hey, I like beer.

Mebuzzard, May 17, 2006
Photo of benito
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

For its architecture alone, Bull and Bush is worth a visit: the building, white and brown, resembling a medieval inn, stands alone amongst the high rises and tract suburbs of Glendale (near Cherry Creek in Denver) and is a refreshing aberration in the landscape. Inside, the dimly lit and cavernous dining room offers an ambience to match the unique exterior. Were it not for the ubiquitous televisions, it would be easy to think that I'd walked into 18th century London. Interestingly, there are at least two other brewpubs in the Denver area (Pints and Cheshire Cat) that go for the same, "authentic British pub" feel. They both could learn a lot from Bull and Bush.

On both of my visits last week, the service was friendly and fast. They were excited to share samples of the eleven brews on tap even though they didn't have a comprehensive sample platter. The food was standard pub fare and tasted like standard pub fare, and the beers ran the gamut from exceptional (The Tower ESB) to interesting (Man Beer) to flavorless (Big Ben Brown).

Overall, this is a refreshingly different brewpub that gets a lot of legs from its atmosphere and staff. It's rare that those things can cover up for average beer, but Bull and Bush manages to pull it off. I'll happily stop here to check things out from now on whenever I'm in Denver.

On a separate note...their Bull and Bush paraphanalia is creatively designed and catchy ("the beer you've been practicing for"). Many another brewpub would benefit from finding out who did B&B's artwork.

benito, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of NVbeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

We took the short drive out of downtown to the Cherry Creek area to enjoy lunch. The drive was well worth it as this was a great establishment. The outside and inside both reflect a european flair with seating available in the bar area or away from the bar seperated by a doorway. The food seleciton was above the usual pubfare, again having a european flair. The beer selection was quite nice, with some specials on tap, most likely due to it being GABF week, but my wife enjoyed a IPA while I had an ESB, and to end we split a double brown ale..quite tasty that would have gone well with desert. When in the denver area, definatly take a ride to the bull and bush..

NVbeer, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

As I start this review, I am thinking "Man (Beer), I really cannot say enough about this place", but I will try to keep it simple.

When you walk in, your eyes do have to adjust just a bit, as it usually is a bit on the darker side. The place as a real English pub feel to it with lots of dark wood abound. The tables and chairs even feel like you could be in an English pub. There is a great little nook where you can sit at the bar and actually face outward--not many seats there, but it is a great spot!!

Okay, the beer--THE BEER!! I think they had different taps when I was there from one day until about 5 days later--I KNOW they had a different beer on one of the hand pumps. Man Beer on cask (yeh, that is the name of a beer) is fabulous!! The Justice IPA I thought was even more kick A$$ than it was as a cask ale, but that may just be me. While I was there, it was Christmas in July and their Brown was aged in burbon oak and was created as a 'double' version--it was WAY better than the JW Lees they had from i think 2001, which was also aged, but in port--not that I should compare, but heck, why not--they made one better!!

Anyway, the pilsner was quite nice as was the stout. I would just say try anything and you will not be disappointed. I think they had 15 different beers of their own on tap--quite an impressive array and I really could not find fault with any of them!!

During my two weeks there, I was there three times. Oh--just should mention they have lots-o-single malts as well--BONUS!!

I almost forgot twoimportant things...the food is decent for bar food and the service was top notch--they really took care of me, since I was there by myself!!

gueuzegeek, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev -1%

When I pulled into the parking lot, it looked like it was a pub pulled out of england. A warning though, the parking lot is really poorly designed, very narrow, and the parking spaces were too close together. The menu said it was suppose to be a recreation, and I think they did a good job. Has a really nice english pub feel, dimly lit, with lots of wood trimming, tables, and chairs. Everything was neat and clean. Large menu of food and single malt scotches.

The service was also good. The server went beyond what a normal server would do, like splitting up a reuben sandwich into 2 plates. She did forget a pint of beer, and it wasn't even busy.

The food was good, but I have grips on the preparation. For something with an english theme, their fish and chips looked like it was battered and then smothered in bread crumbs. I was hoping for a smooth beer batter, like you get in england. Also the chips were disappointing. They were almost shoestring like, extremely thin. I was expecting those thick cut chips, like you get in england. Maybe I'm just too picky.

They had a large selection of beers, something for everyone, a few IPA, more mainstream ones for the wussies, and even a barley wine. They were all good, but none of the four beers I tried were excellent or very good. They do have some good specials, and I would definitely head back there to try some more beer.

dauss, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of nathi
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A great comfortable bar. Dark with no deck, but if thats what you are in the mood for, it is great. Gets crowded and the staff can be stretched thin, but they are always friendly. Food is ok, but at least cheap during happy hour when appitizers are half price. The beer is usualy excellent and their is often a pretty good selection with the occasional superb guest beer from Belgium or England. They will usualy have a beer on the pull, most often the IPA or Bitter. The special coors beer is a decent pilsner, but is available at a few other places (like the Falling Rock), and is over priced. They do let their selection get thin pretty often which is my biggest gripe, they need to brew more. On rare occasion have quality problems, but not the norm.

EDIT 8/2004: THEY PUT IN A DECK! YAAAA!
Also, the beer quality and selection have really improved, they pretty much always have a beer or most often 2 on the hand pull. They are really pulling things together again after a lapse for a few years.

nathi, Oct 22, 2002
Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.