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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Based on:
475 Beers
3,117 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 44
Visits: 77
Avg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 77
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I spent a fair amount of time here during GABF this year, especially with my hotel less than one block away. The pub is on teh corner of a pedestrian thoroughfare in the center of dowtown Denver. Upon walking in you can see that they sell bombers and lots of t-shirts and other merchandise. You are greeted by a host/hostess, but on every occasion this trip I went straight to the bar area. The bar area is to the back/left of the entrance. There are also several tables and booths to the right of the entrance.
The bar is a typical rectangle with about 15-20 stools. There are several high table/stool areas around the bar for hanging with a few pints or grabbing a bite to eat. Copper Brewing equipment is visible both behind and above the main bar area. The tap list was intense this week. My understanding is the lineup was specifically for GABF. There was 15-20 taps with 2-3 casks flowing. Wide range of styles from oatmeal stout, cask pale ale, IPA, and several others. Every brew I had was enjoyable I especially liked the kick'n chicken bourbon stout which I sample on draft and cask. The flavors were much more bourbon and vanilla on cask. QUite good. I ate a pulled pork sandwich the first day prior to walking to the fest. The fries were great and the sandwich came with coleslaw on top of the pulled por. Pretty cool and tasty I think. AS I stated, you can buy bombers of some brews, growlers of all and actually sixtles, quarter and half barrels at the bar. Never really seen that before but I dig it!
I had visited this pub in my pre-BA days several years ago, not during GABF, I remember service being terrible and leaving without ordering a meal due to very slow, service at an uncrowded time where it seemed we wer kind of blown off by the staff . Only reason I drop the service score is that experience. It happened so I gotta take it into account. This most recent trip service was very good. A must stop if in town for GABF as it is closest pub to the convention center and offers very good beers for good prices.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was the best RB out of the three I have visited so far. The restaurant was spacious and filled on both visits. One visit my wife and I ate lunch, while the other we had a pint at the bar between shopping jaunts on 16th Street. The beers were good, much better than other RBs. The waiter was very friendly and seemed to understand the beer styles while he described the offerings. The food was also better than expected, especially the Titans Toothpicks and the Chicken Fried Chicken (yes chicken, not steak!). I was disappointed I could not purchase a bomber to bring home since it was a Sunday and supposedly you can't buy bottles to go on Sunday. I didn't argue since it wasn't the bars fault. Nice souvenir shop, and there is also outside dining. I wasn't interested in eating outside as those free-ride buses pass every two minutes. Definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere was cozy, with enough room that even when there were alot of people, I didn't have to yell at my girlfriend. I didn't notice any smoke in the non-smoking section we were in. I have to say the best thing about this brewery is the service. Our server was the best waiter I've ever had the pleasure to meet. He was informative about the beers, he took pride in his job, he was courteous, quick, and he bent backwards to please us (I always ask to only get 3 beers at a time whenever I order a sampler, so the others don't sit around while I take notes...many brewpubs have an issue with this, and this Rock Bottom normally doesn't do this, but our server organized it, considering he knew I was a beer fanatic). The food was very good with an excellent selection of many styles of cuisine, although on the higher end of price. You can find the menu on the website. They offer foods brewed with their beer, such as their triple stout cheesecake and Jambalaya with Red Ale rice. The wings and caesar salad went good with the brews. They have a mug club with rewards depending on your number of visits. The beers were average to good, with Molly's Brown being the most memorable, but I may be a bit biased because our server sneaked me a free pint glass with the Molly's Brown logo on it.

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Photo of marc77
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Although Rock Bottom is a chain, each brewer is given some leeway with brewing, and the beer is better than that of many brewpubs. No flaws and well balanced all around. This particular Rock Bottom exhibits a restaurant atmosphere and certainly isn't cozy, but the service both at the bars and table are very friendly and prompt. The pale ale exhibits a nice balance of citrusy hops and a solid malt backbone, and the dry stout is a fine example. There are two selections available on cask. The IPA on cask was excellent and perhaps cask conditioning would augment the otherwise insipid brown ale. There are two bars, towards the back is a huge flatscreen TV perfect for watching K State lose to Colorado : ( and several pool tables as well. Overall Rock Bottom Denver is a good place to hang out, drink tasty beer and perhaps watch a game. The food is very tasty and quite creative (typical fusion cuisine), and is reflected in the fairly high price. The wood fired pizza remains my favorite. A recommended stop in Denver that's right on the way to Falling Rock.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.