Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 441
Beer Ratings: 2,621
Beer Avg: 3.73
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3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I visited Rock Bottom after a late-night arrival in Denver. I was by myself and I sat at the bar, which was rather crowded for a Wednesday night. Decor was modern, with lots of outdoor seating on the 16th St pedestrian mall. I had 2 beers - the Red Rocks and the Molly's Titanic Brown Ale, which were both OK, but not outstanding. I had the jambalaya, which struck me as old and overpriced. Wait-staff was busy, and not much different than the staff at a non-brewing sit-down restaurant. Overall I wasn't too impressed with the place from a beer perspective, but I was impressed with the ambience and clientele. Slightly better than other Rock Bottoms I've visited.
10-13-2007 16:07:43 | More by BeerBelcher
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for a brew and a bite before the Thursday evening GABF session. I've been to a few other Rock Bottoms and I liked this one better than others.
Main reason was for the beer selection. In addition to the 5 or so beers they have year round, they had a very large selection of seasonals and specialties. They numbered about a dozen, and included a lot of variety in styles and a cask selection as well. Not sure if this was just related to the GABF weekend or if they have that number and variety year around, but I was impressed. I had a hefeweizen which was tasty and authentic. Food was reasonably priced and of good quality, and service was pleasant.
Overall, for a chain brewpub I thought this a pretty good place and an improvement over other locations. Worth a visit when in town.
10-12-2007 15:35:28 | More by marksto
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is probably the place I frequent most often in Denver. Not necessarily because they have the best beer in town or anything, but it's just so dang consistant! And, I normally favor non-chain places to chain places, but Rock Bottom has it RIGHT.
Always excellent service, every single time. Always tasty food, every single time! And the beer, well it's always worth trying!
I love the Mug Club. Get yourself a card and start getting a bigger amount of beer for the same price as a pint (4-6 oz more beer?). Also, after 5 visits you get to pick out a pint glass, after 10 visits you get a hat, and i have yet to achieve the Growler cooler for 25 visits.
Unlike so many other places in Denver, i have not sat 5 minutes with an empty glass or an order untaken, even on the busiest nights. The servers are VERY attentive and personable yet not intrusive and know how to treat patrons to a good time. They can tell you a little about the beer, and if not, they'll find out for you.
Good beers to try are the Molly Brown, the Falcon Pale, and they always have some sort of interesting seasonal and a cask beer or two. The cask Falcon and cask Molly are GREAT too. I've also had a milk stout, cask Stout and a cask Porter up there, all solid offerings. One time i had an Imperial Red and it was excellent, probably the best offering i've had up here. Again, even if any one beer isn't to-die-for, there is usually a pretty huge selection and if you go once a month there's bound to be something new to try. I've never really had any beers there that i would call bad, that is for sure.
Their Rocktoberfest is decent- not as good as CB & Potts or Great Lakes Oktoberfest, but it's a nice change of pace from the sweet malty marzen styles. It's on the drier, crisper, lighter side.
The Titan Toothpicks appetizer and Chicken Fajitas are hands down my favorite things to get. My partner and i always split both things for a fun 2-course meal. I have had the smoked chicken enchiladas before and those are good, and so is the grilled Tuna sandwich...menu items are a tad pricy but are always pretty good.
Visit Rock Bottom in Denver (or Cleveland, that one is good too!) and i really don't think you'd regret it! Sign up for the Mug Club, too, because odds are, you'll be back.
09-28-2007 20:42:33 | More by Rhialistic
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
A quick stop in here along the Mall. Large place, with a sports bar all the way in back. The patio is rather large and on the Mall, good for summer days.
I had an entree and several beers. The selection was fair, but the quality of those selections leaves one wanting something with some flavor to it. The beers were, at best, average, and the didn't match with the food. Service was average, understaffed. It really wasn't crowded, either. A friend bought the sampler of beer; 6 samples for $8, not bad except two of the beers I could not finish.
If you need a beer and burger stop in, otherwise keep walking.
02-22-2007 03:20:44 | More by Mebuzzard
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went there while in Denver at the GABF. Had a party of 7 (with one being a small child). I was shocked at the number of styles they had and at the quality since this is a large chain. Really worth going to if your around the 16th street mall. Food was pretty good as well.
Of the beers we tried, everything was very good. Sorry, I should have written this before and I've forgotten the names but between the 3 beer drinkers, we had about 12 different beers and were happy with them all.
Overall, I would recommend this place.
12-21-2006 22:03:49 | More by EricP
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A business colleague and I hit Rock Bottom (pun intended) while at a seminar in Denver. Incredibly fun place to visit, eat, etc. The menu was varied and tasty, and included both the typical pub fare and a lot of other great options for the more sophisticated palate. The beer offerings were unique, both in terms of variety and quality. Not wanting to venture too far afield in the beer department, I had the Buffalo Gold Ale. Excellent. Others on tap included an amber lager, porter (nice to see porters included), and a couple of others--a red, I believe. In any case, the service was excellent and, while it was busy and bustling, we were able to carry-on a decent conversation amidst it all. I always know I'm in for a treat when I enter an establishment and the microbrewery equipment is clearly visible inside. Whether brewed on site or not, you get that impression. And the taste says "fresh."
12-16-2006 04:22:52 | More by tugdriver7
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My Rock Bottom Mug Club card has been on a touch-em-all tour for a while and I saw no reason to break that trend while visiting Denver. This location was right on the 16th Street Mall at the intersection with Curtis. They had a huge patio area that ran along 16th Street, but the entryway was closer to Curtis. There was a vestibule, as well as a long entryway that ended at the maitre d station. Turning left, there were a series of booths and high tables and chairs on the left and the brewhouse on the right. The bar was a light wood and ran about half of the length of the space. Behind the back bar were the Fermentation Vessels on the second floor and the Serving Tanks on the first floor. The kitchen was all of the way to the right, headed aft, just before the washrooms, which were brightly marked in neon, and The Back Bar. The Back Bar was actually a separate bar, with its own entryway, several pool tables, and more Fermentation Vessels and Serving Tanks behind the bar. Wow! On the occasion of my visit, they offered ten draft selections and one cask-conditioned. Not a bad lineup and they were all pretty good. My server was an amicable chap named Thad.
10-24-2006 22:15:09 | More by woodychandler
3.18/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Food is pretty much average but reasonably priced. They had a pretty good selection of beer, most likely because of the GABF weekend. Tried several different styles and they were all pretty good, but nothing really stood out. I would assume it gets most of its business just because of its central location right on the 16th street pedestrian mall. They do have a nice large covered patio which is a great place to be on a nice day. I would probably hit it for lunch a couple of times a week if I worked in downtown Denver, but I'd go somewhere else if looking to relax over a few end of day brews.
10-05-2006 13:53:12 | More by Xadoor
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have mixed feelings about brewpub chains, they beefed up the selection for GABF week but the beers were hit or miss. One of their bourbon aged was like mud ... literally like mud, the Milk Stout was good but their Falcon Pale Ale was not up to par.
Service was lacking in knowledge of not only the beer there but how to properly run tables. Temp help during a busy week?
Food is decent, sometimes good and sometimes not ... last visit the food was cold but we did not have enough time to get into complaining about it.
We always end up hitting here during the GABF, I am sure we'll be back ... but more out of convenience.
10-04-2006 04:08:35 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Who would have thought it? The best brewpub in LoDo is part of a chain!
Seriously though, Rock Bottom-Denver is great. First off, this place is huge--two big bars with lots of television sets. What otherwise might come off as a "big box restaurant" interior is made lively and inviting by the large windows that look out onto the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall...you can still remember that you're in Denver.
I sat at one of the bars and had two servers helping almost immediately. The beer selection was impressive--they had 13 beers available, some listed as part of their regular rotation and then a smaller "stash" list. Personally, I think this is a great idea; with a brewpub this big, it's great to be able to offer your mainstay styles along with a few specialty offerings for folks who know what they're looking for. Their Kick'n Chick'n Bourbon Stout (reviewed separately) was absolutely delicious, and they had a nice double IPA and a barleywine available as well.
With Falling Rock only a few blocks away, this may not be the first place I stop next time in downtown Denver, but it definitely will be the first brewpub I stop at next time I'm in the Front Range.
Fear not the chain! This place is well worth a visit--it's one of the most fun brewpubs in Colorado.
03-30-2006 17:16:42 | More by benito
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
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