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Bull & Bush Brewery

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Bull & Bush BreweryBull & Bush Brewery
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
46 Beers
280 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 65
Visits: 109
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 109
Photo of jwhancher
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Came here the Sunday after GABF mostly to try their award winning Turnip the Beets. Walked through the main bar area which seemed quite nice. No seating for four plus a baby so we sat out on the patio in the sun.

The service we had was horrible. Not sure if it was the girl's first day or not, but she really didn't have a clue. Among her mistakes, she messed up my brother's entre order and didn't know what a cask beer was until I informed her it was listed on the beer menu. When my cask beer did arrive, it was beyond flat and the head had completely subsided to the point where I easily lost a few ounces of beer to the pint glass. It was such a shame. Plus, she often took a very, very long time to check back in with us.

Ordered a burger with fries and a side of chili. Came out a little cold as it felt like it was sitting in the kitchen too long - probably because our server forgot about it. Burger still didn't taste all that but the chili was quite good.

Prices were on the high side. They didn't take AHA cards for any kinds of discount.

Overall, I was greatly disappointed as it was my first time there and I really wanted to like this place as my brother talked some good things about it. I'll honestly have second thoughts on coming again the next time I'm in Denver. (1,290 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is difficult to find. It's a low set-back building among a group of large apartment-type buildings. The roads in the area are not a neat grid pattern, which contributed to our confusion as we drove past probably 5 or 6 times before finally finding the destination. We entered into a large dining room with a bar along the back side. Decor was dark wood and English pub despite the large number of TVs for sports lovers. We were seated outside, as the dinner rush was finishing up. The atmosphere was loud and the crowd was young college/recent grad types. Menu selection was English pub fare and service was rather slow. They had a large number of different styles on tap, as well as a vintage cellar to choose from. The two beers I had were not particularly impressive (buttery notes). A bit far of a drive for us to make a standard date destination, especially considering our mediocre experience. (910 characters)

Photo of paulheuts
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I tried two beers here. The "Man Beer" was a pretty good representation of an English IPA. The summer ale was not impressive at all. Food was also mediocre. Other people rave about the atmosphere but the interior actually lacks character and very tacky. It was stuffy inside, could use more ventilation for sure. However, they do have a very extensive collection of whisky. There are many more nicer beer establishments in Denver. Do not recommend this place. One of my least favorite brew pubs in the area. (507 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I had a few beers here with my Dad while on vacation. The atmosphere inside is very divey. Shaky chairs, old bar, carpet that is older than me, and probably has not been clean in that same amount of time. To say the bar area is dark is an under statement. I can barely see my hand in front of my face. The patio outside is great though.

The service is nondescript. Give them your order, and they bring beer. Nothing to complicated, I did not have food, but seems pretty much pub grub.

The house beer selection goes from pils to stout. The ESB I had was below average at best, tasted like nail polish and vinegar, as was the pils. A decent amber ale, and I enjoyed the brown. I originally thought they had cask beers because some of the tap handles looked like a hand pull. Though that was not the case. A bit disappointing for me. An extensive selection of aged bottles to choose from as well. JW Lees, Drie Fonteinen, that sort of thing. All at premium cost, but the draughts are all reasonable.

Overall a laid back divey place. The house beers are not bad, just not great. Not something I would go out of my way for, especially in this town. Though a very nice relaxing time spent with Pops, and I can't beat that. (1,220 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Bull & Bush sits in southeast Denver but not too far out of the way if you're beer hunting. Though I typically enjoy British style pubs, I wasn't much impressed with the vibe of the place. On one hand it's a sports bar...large TV's all over. On the other hand it's dark (too dark) and laid back. Not sure what they're shooting for because the two themes seems to clash with each other and for some reason didn't work well with me.

The beers for the most part were good. I greatly enjoyed Gargamel and Man Beer, but the others were so-so. They had five regulars and one specialty (Gargamel) on draft. Though I didn't partake, I did appreciate seeing a cellar list, and I wish more brewpubs had something like this available.

The service and food were good. We ordered shrimp tacos...maybe too spicy for our taste, but the rest of the menu looked appetizing. They also have a cool retail "closet" with tons of shirts, logoed glasses, etc. for purchase.

Bull & Bush is a good place, but I'm not so sure I'd revisit unless I happen to be right in the area. Being the highest rated brewpub in the Denver area, I believe I was expecting more. Go for Man Beer if you must have it at the source. (1,191 characters)

Photo of benito
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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. (1,540 characters)

Photo of frazbri
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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. (1,297 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Interesting late night stop on a recent trip to Denver...

Clearly a well-traveled and time-tested brewpub, but it just felt a little dusty and archaic on the inside. I only had a chance to sample the RIS but, despite its rating, was damn near impossible to finish.

It's probably worth another look in the future, but first impressions were not great. Very dead on the Thursday of GABF. (387 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Made a trip to Denver just to visit. Pretty easy to find from I-25 and good amount of parking around. The building is like an old English Inn and decorated similarly inside. Plenty of seating around with a log bar in the main room. We sat on the stage where they had the fire going, nice touch. We walked around the place and there was a great patio that no one was sitting at but it was warm enough that someone could.

The beer selection was good but may have something to do with the season. They had their usual beers Pilsner, Pale, IPA, ESB, Red, Brown and Stout. There was a dunkleweizen as well that I don’t think was on their normal line up but was part of their tasters. They also had three seasonal Imp Stout, Barleywine and Lambic which were all above 11%. Of the regulars, the ESB and the IPA (Man Beer) were pretty good. There was a theme of all the beers that maybe they shared with the yeast. They all had a buttery taste and seemed that they were not aged log enough. Of the bigger beers, the Lambic was just down bad, the Imp Stout was super chocolate and the Barleywine was excellent. Maybe if they would have bottled and aged it…maybe, maybe not.

The food was typical English cuisine. Fish n Chips and the like, but my wife had the Green Chili Soup which was pretty good. We had some nachos as well and they were below average. The staff was knowledgeable enough but not exactly friendly. The prices were a little steep for what we got. The premium beers I don’t think were priced right and their were some food options that seem to be high but maybe that is me.

Overall it was a good visit but not sure if I would travel just for B&B again. I would like to go again though. (1,698 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

The interior atmosphere (and exterior) of the Bull & Bush are something that will remain with you long after your visit. If you'd prefer more sunlight, there is also covered outdoors patio seating w/ table service as well. What a great building and patrons for some memorable times imbibing with friends.

Always a solid selection of brews, with a range from OK to excellent.

A little something for everyone. When I come here we are typicaly meeting friends for a meal and I've always been happy with their food also but the bigger meals can get a bit more pricy. The new kitchen did not change the interior at all, so I assume the back of the house is running smoother now that the remodel is finished.

Bull & Bush is a Denver landmark restaurant & brewery. You don't stay around for 43 years by not doing many different things right. (838 characters)

Photo of roan22
3.75/5  rDev -9%

A long Uber ride from downtown. This place reminds me of Rock Bottom KOP + the former Blue Ox Brauhaus. The bartender at Falling Rock recommended we go here. Bill gives the food a 5, I didn't eat here. I had the Pilsener and Bill had the Man Beer. It was okay, atmosphere was a little weird to me. (302 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (616 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Great building, and very comfy decor. Plenty of indoor tables, as well as an outdoor patio with a jumbo screen that was plenty warm in December. A comfy set of couches inside as well. Quality seemed pretty good, a few rough edges, dirty silverware and other small things, but not enough to seriously ding it. Service was great, waiter stopped by several times, well spaced to make sure everything was ok, but not too much to feel rushed in any way. Selection of beer was lacking when I went. They only had 2 tap lines, and 3 of their beers in bottle, but this was explained as a ongoing overhaul to establish 42 taps. Food was varied, but beer a bit thin for what I would expect a brewpub that bottles to carry. Food was great, reasonably priced, quick to arrive, and no real issues. Definitely brewpub-esque food. Overall, a good place I'd love to try again when they had their other taps running. (898 characters)

Photo of nathi
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

After having had an incredibly bad experience at this place a few years back, I had no intention of ever returning (still haven't eaten there since). Having tried a few of their beers at GABF a year or so ago, I decided to stop by for a couple of beers last week. For the most part, the standard lineup was average, although a few of their special beers (funky cougar, legend of the liquid brain, royal oil, yuel fuel) were very good to excellent. As I mentioned earlier, I did not try the food (it was pretty good years ago), but the menu looked good. Pretty good ambience, and a nice place to have a couple beers. (615 characters)

Photo of dkoehler42
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Bull and Bush in Colorado is definately something you want to try, even if you're only around for a short while. They have about 6 beers on tap and rotate them around depending on the season. However, every beer is a quality brew. The food is okay, but my coworker and I found the rolls for the hamburgers to be rather hard at the corners. But then again, I could have gone anywhere for a burger. I wanted to try the beer, which was recommended by a local.

Getting to the Bull and Bush is easy. It's just off I-25, turn onto Coloado road, and turn on Cherry Creek. (565 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had dinner and a couple of beers after arriving in town on business. While the inside has a much better vibe (particularly on a hot summer day as it's dark and cool) I choose to sit outside. The patio is OK, overlooking a parking lot, but with overhead fans and some breeze. The service was the best aspect of my visit. My waitperson was knowledgeable about the beers, knew the menu, and was attentive, but not ominpresent. The beer was the most disappointing. I had the two IPA, neither of which I'd recommend (both were fair). Didn't look at the bottle menu, but there were only ten taps, all in-house brews. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. (656 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We went here with a group and they were very accommodating and found us a nice table. I liked that they had plenty of seating and space available. We went on a Friday night and had no trouble getting seated and getting service.

The menu was varied there were a few fru-fru foods on there like Kobe beef. But the quality of the food was great. I had the au-jous sandwich with jalapeno cream cheese, mmm that was spectacular. I thought the waitress was accomodating, my sister-in-law had special dietary requests and the wait-staff had no problem whatsoever.

The beers were enjoyable, I liked the selection. Parking was a bit of an issue, the lot is free and it fills, but you can park on the street.

Great restaurant! (722 characters)

Photo of deg
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A nice little place in Denver. I stopped here while on a business trip. I tried two of their beers, the Stonehenge Porter and their brown (I forget what they called it). Both were tasty and drinkable examples of their kind. Service was prompt and friendly. Despite it being a busy night I was able to find parking and get a table. The food was decent, standard pub grub. I didn't see anyone smoking in here, I wonder if they went non-smoking or if the local government banned it? I also noticed the place cleared out fast for a Friday night. At about ten PM or so when my colleague and I left, I didn't see too many people in the place. But, I would gladly stop by here again for a drink and a burger. (701 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on 4/28/09 at noon, reviewed from notes, located in a cool area near a nice long river in the Cherry Creek part of Denver, dark inside with old wooden furniture and fixtures but it is fitting, walk in and are greeted by a neat area with lots of accessories for sale including several different shirts coming in various colors and multiple kinds of glassware, awards hanging from the walls all over the place, ten taps with all their beers, three of those were seasonals, an IPA, coffee stout, and barleywine, had those as well as Man Beer was impressed for the most part with the beers, this would be a neat place to lounge with friends at night and have a beer, lots of history in this place and has been going since 1971, met the brewer and he was a nice guy as well, nachos, fish and chips, and sandwiches looked good but we did not eat anything, place had awesome root beer, tank room and brew house are in separate buildings behind the pub and rather small but they seem to get the job done, nice local hangout, I am bummed I missed their famous beer Legend of the Liquid Brain but I am sure I will be able to try it one day (1,137 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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. (628 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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. (1,686 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place during my current visit to Denver. The vibe of this place is pretty cool with indoor and outdoor seating options. Very dark inside with a long bar and lots of dark wood accents. Plenty of seating and a hallway that leads to the semi-outdoor seating. This are has all of the tanks behind a glass wall which is a nice touch. Much brighter(obviously) than the indoor part and a better place to enjoy your experience.

The service was decent here but nothing out of the ordinary. They seemed to know what was available but our server wasn't terribly knowledgeable about beer. She did make sure that our glasses were full which was nice.

The selection of beer is very impressive because they brew a large variety of styles, make their own root beer(amazing) an have an insane vintage beer list. Their beers are hit and miss but I was able to get an '02 La Folie for $33!!! This was just the tip of the iceberg. Vintage lambic from 3 Fonteinen, Boon and Oude Beersel. In addition, they had oldr vintages of several De Dolle beers, JW Lees and some other nice rarities. These beers were slightly expensive but pretty reasonable considering the rarity. Just awesome! (1,181 characters)

Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -2.9%

One of Denver's oldest establishments, a traditional English-style pub with good food and beer made right there on premises. Spend an evening here and you'll be back for sure. They have a good number of beers on tap at all times, though they do tend to run out of some now and then. But there's always something good to be had here, and they are offering some new brews now that the expansion is complete. (408 characters)

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Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.