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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
87
very good

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.62%
Active Beers: 455
Beer Ratings: 2,684
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1001 16th Street
Denver, Colorado, 80265
United States
phone: (303) 534-7616

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rbdenver

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(Place added by: marc77)
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Todd, Oct 12, 2013
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Larger place, with a quality and comfortable feel. Nice out door seating and drinking area, as well a multiple bar areas in side. Didnt realize it was a chain upon visiting and staying a while, so thats gotta be a good thing.

Decent place for a bite or quality draft. On the less seedy and touristy side of 16th. Not a must visit destination, but served the purpose of an easy and enjoyable enough brew stop, upon getting to downtown Denver. More interesting spots were sought out afterwords

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Stopped in here when I arrived in Denver. Nice little place with typical mountain west decor of wood, stone, and brick. Nice big bar, some fermenters above. Helpful and friendly service, had 3 samplers with decent enough beer. Bartender didn’t charge me for any of those which was nice. Got some steak tacos and they were OK but obviously frozen chain food quality. Overall worth stopping in but no need to go out of your way.

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Visit 6/22/2013, 3:00-4:00pm

After two days of work at the the AIA Expo (at the nearby Convention Center), my co-worker and I needed a beer ASAP! This Rock Bottom (only the second one I've been to, the other being in Portland, OR) is easy to find, as it anchors a corner of the 16th Street mall at Curtis St. Outside there's a spacious and well-shaded patio; inside is darker and cooler on a sunny and very warm day, a pair of dining rooms and a stretch of TV-laced bartop. A glass-enclosed brewhouse divides the space, with an array of fermenting tanks presiding over the bar space. At mid-afternoon on a Saturday the space looked to be less than half-full, although many had chosen outdoor seating in lieu of indoor confinement. Tall ceiling, warm wall colors, wood galore - has the feel of an old and well-worn pub despite being in a fairly modern building.

What drew me/us to RB was the proximity to the convention and, also, the promise of free beer. Yes, FREE - the Colorado AIA chapter had handed out a limited number of coasters hyping the "crafted exclusively for the 2013 AIA National Convention" helles bock called "Building Bock" (clever, get it?). DS & I each ordered a pint of this malty 6.6%abv special and chilled to some baseball and golf on the tubes. Whether it was the hot weather and exhaustion or not, that beer was delicious! Satisfying maltiness, good spice, drier finish. It was good enough that we had two apiece. I also was able to try the rotating IPA ("Wimpy" - a Belgian white), the unnamed German Hefeweizen and the Liquid Sun Saison. All very solid options.

I counted 15 beers on the menu, including a rotating IPA, a rotating "Dark", and 2 casks. Pints are priced at $5.25-5.50, growlers (refills around $10 - a very good deal) and kegs available, too.

Our server, Sonya, was friendly and attentive, offering the samples willing (no charge, either...) and apologizing for bringing me a second Bock when I'd said I wanted to "think about" my choice (she offered to return with something else, but the Bock was plenty good!). She pointed out a group of brewers chatting nearby, including brewmaster John McClure, but I wasn't able to get to him before he left. Oh well, I'd have just said I enjoyed his beer and that we were glad to have visited, I suppose...

A good stop when in downtown Denver... I'd probably return next time I'm in the city.

msubulldog25, Jun 26, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

i had no idea that this was a chain before visiting, but now it kind of makes sense. the denver location has a nicer, upscale atmosphere inside that almost makes me feel like i'm not classy enough to be there. open ceilings, fancy light fixtures, and not too loud even though the place is packed and has music playing over the radio.

tons of menu options - i went with the brewery club sandwich and a side of mac and cheese, both of which were fantastic. seriously one of the best sandwiches i have ever had. i think there were 5 beers on tap, but i only had one - the mad cow milk stout - listed as the specialty dark. it was pretty darn good too (see my review).

our server was friendly and knowledgable despite refusing to serve one of our party over an expired id. can't really blame them for sticking to the policy though.

i did find it to be on the pricey side, but it was worth the visit. highly recommended if you're in denver and looking for great food and beer.

divineaudio, Aug 23, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

I'll toss out a general disclaimer that this isn't my favorite place to go hang out with beer geeks because, well, there aren't too many beer geeks that frequent Rock Bottom. More often than not, I'm visiting this establishment as a result of happy hour with co-workers (usually catering to a wide variety of drinkers).

With that said...the location of this Rock Bottom is awesome. Right in the heart of downtown Denver on the 16 Street Mall. Centrally located it is easy to meet up with folks or even grab a beer before heading to the Performing Arts Center to watch theater or a musical (my wife loves that and I love beer - so we compromise!).

The selection here is ever-changing as they are always introducing new releases/seasonals for folks to try. Their regular beers are nothing to write home about, but they aren't bad while their one-offs are kind of hit-or-miss. Sometimes they really surprise me with a good hop bomb or barrel-aged stout.

The service is always friendly and prompt (i.e. chain restaurant), but that's what has made them successful - stick with what you're good at. Usually, the wait staff is decently knowledgeable about the offerings, but at times it can be less the par.

The variety of food here is quite amazing, but...again...that's because it is a chain. They had good apps as well as pub grub to go along with a proper Mug Club pour and they even recently introduced the "pour-it-yourself" taps at a couple of seating spots within the bar.

spdyfire83, Jul 06, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

I live near a Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA but heard this was the first one and they sample new menu items at this one. Went here with two co-workers. I thought the beer was just OK, I like the one by me better, but I had a Saisson, which was good, an IPA, which was just OK, and a red ale that wasn't meh. Food was good but not great. As it's right on the 16th St. Mall it gets pretty crowded, we had a wait of about 15 minutes and we got there early. I'd go to Wynkoop and others before this place but over all it's solid.

dhartogs, May 11, 2011
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
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