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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
87
very good

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.61%
Active Beers: 420
Beer Ratings: 2,806
Beer Avg: 3.7
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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Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Stopped in for lunch while in Denver.

Your standard upperscale chain type brewpub. The interior is clean and inviting. The place was packed so when took up a high boy in the bar.

There beers were standard offerings, nothing to bold or creative. They had 6 or 8 beers on draft and one on cask. I settled on the Mad Cow milk stout which is a brew master offering.

The waiter told me it was the best beer they were offering at that time. It was not real flavorful and rather thin. Just okay, my local brew pub puts out better brews, though it is not fair to slam them too bad as I had only one pint.

The menu was very creative and many of the items sounded downright tasty. I had the alder smoked salmon fish and chips which was quite tasty. The wife had a soup and homemade kettle chips.

The food was very good. I have the feeling most of the people who come here are there for the food.

Overall a real good restaurant that offers okay beer.

tpd975, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +5%

I spent several nights here during the GABF. There were always interesting people to talk to and the beer is pretty good. The food is excellent. We had everything from appetizers to steaks and didn't find anything that was less than good (and mostly excellent). The beer selection is fair for a brewpub and the quality tended to be on the (B+) side. Joining the mug club is free and you get a 20 oz pour instead of the standard pint. Overall, if I lived near this place, it would be a regular hangout. There are other great places in the area, but this one has something for everyone.

barefootbrewer, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

My wife and I stopped here for lunch on the Friday during our recent trip to the GABF. The interior is similar to just about every other Rock Bottom that I've been to - comfortable, clean and lots of wood decor; very long bar with a large bar seating area. What always strikes me when we come here during the GABF is the variety of beer selection; all of which are of very good quality. I also enjoyed seeing several cask selections; one of which I enjoyed on this occasion (the cask amber was really good). The staff was friendly and very fast.

Once again, this experience at Rock Bottom was a good one. I've always been impressed with the consistency and quality of this national chain. The do well in their niche and haven't disappointed me yet.

scoobybrew, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

You walk in and feel as if you are in a neighborhood bar, though the decor is a bit like a chain restaurant. Nevertheless it is open and inviting, clean but not sterile, warm and welcoming. The music is not too loud, and the TVs are few enough not to be distracting.

Service people are well trained - they are friendly in a sincere fashion, quick and alert. Food is pretty good and reasonably priced. Their beer - even if it not all of it is brewed right on premises (I saw some kegs being delivered to the restaurant in the morning) is very good and has a brewpub sincerity to it. Quality of the brews ranges from above average to darned good. So what if this is a chain.

Cyberkedi, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

This was the first time visiting a Rock Bottom (in Denver or elsewhere). I was close to the hotel, had some time on a Monday afternoon, so said why not.
Good atmosphere, its a chain restaurant with its own beer, so you know what to expect. Bright, open, clean. I found a corner spot to watch football and a good view of the whole place. Small selection (6), but a good variety of styles. All beers I saw were fresh, served in appropriate glassware, maybe served a bit too cold - but that is pretty minor compared to some placed I have been.
Attentive and knowledgable server who offered the current specialty Happy Pils (Beer of the Day - $2.50). Also tried the Molly Brown and Red Rocks, unfortunatley the Falcon Pale had just been emptied. Looking on the board, it seems they have lots of interesting seasonals (and the release date).
The Titan Toothpicks appetizer was good, nothing spectacular on the rest of the menu, but it all looked good.
I filled out an online survey and got a free appetizer voucher for next time, I will be back and will sign up for the Mug Club too.
Very similar to the Brewster chain here, prices are way better than I am used to paying.

BigBry, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of frazbri
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Rock Bottom was my first stop in Denver before the GABF.

This Rock Bottom looks very similar to the other RB locations I've been to. (glassed in brewhouse, exposed ductwork,...) If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The only real issue I had with this place was service. We were seated out on the patio and forgotten. We were served eventually, but things remained slow. I think we saw our server three times: taking the order, bringing the drinks, and bringing the check. (a 4th time if you count bring back the change) Everything else was fine.

frazbri, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

BeerBelcher, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of marksto
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

marksto, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Rhialistic
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

Rhialistic, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of EricP
4.38/5  rDev +15%

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.

EricP, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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."

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

woodychandler, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Xadoor
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Xadoor, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Jason, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of benito
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

benito, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Visited during GABF 2005

Downtown Denver amongst all the action. I thought the beer was average to slightly above average, but most of my group disagreed and thought the beer was a little subpar. They were very happy to try some experimentation with the beers from what I saw and I rather enjoyed the beers I tried.

Food was decent. The place is huge and extremely well designed and decorated with 2 full sized bars (one up front and one in back...they have DIFFERENT beers so check both) and pool tables in the back.

I was there during lunchtime and it was positively swamped, but the crowd died after lunch and it was much easier to get a beer.

Jredner, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of NVbeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Dropped by for dinner on my first night in Denver. This place was easy to get to along the 16th Street mall thanks to the free public transit. The decor is typical dark wood and brass, with a brewing setup enclosed within the center of the room. There was no wait on a tuesday night. The beer selection, while not bad, was nothing special ranging from light lager to a brewmasters special, a chocolate stout. The IPA and Brown ale were tasty but nothing mindblowing. The food was quite good and was complimented by the beers served. I would recommend this as a stop when in Denver, but go early in the evening as some of the people on the street get questionable as the night goes on.

NVbeer, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Little 'store' section in front with bombers and even kegs to go.. hmm wonder if the bellhop would help me carry one to the hotel room.
Big L-shaped bar, framed with a big chalkboard, and a giant big screen tv hanging from wires on either end. Brewing equipment takes up 2 floors and can be seen through glass windows behind the bar.
Standard Rock Bottom menu, good staff - friendly and knowledgable, although they could have been quicker.
Atmosphere was a little more to the restaurant side with white linens, but they were tempered by the chalkboard with Homer Simpson quotes.
About 10 beers on tap, plus 2 casks, and a root beer. Barleywine, Double Down Brown, Flat foot ale, and a hefe amoung others.
For $3.95 on Tuesday nights you get a beer and pint glass, then refills are only $2.

mschofield, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

I spent quite a bit of time at this Rock Bottom during GABF week in September 2004. It was conveniently located near the convention center and our hotels, and they had a lot of extra beers on tap for GABF week. There were something like 20 beers on tap or cask, which was apparently double the usual number.

This is a pretty large brewpub/bar/restaurant, and there is even some seating outside. You enter from the street into a restaurant area to your left as you walk toward the bar, and then you turn right along the long bar, and there are booths and high tables, until you come to yet another dining area on the left and the right, and there is finally yet another enclosed dining area straight ahead, and another one off to the left in back. In the front areas and in the bar area there are many TVs on which to watch sports. And the front has large glass windows looking out onto the pedestrian mall. Near the entrance you can purchase bombers of their beer, or you can buy growlers (very low priced) at the bar.

I found the waiters and waitresses to be competent. Some new more than others about the beers, but all gave good service, even when it was very busy and crowded with lots of beer geeks attending the GABF.

The beers varied in quality from above average to very very good (the whiskey barrel aged oatmeal stout was incredibly good!). And as I mentioned, there were plenty on tap this week to keep us happy on multiple visits.

We ate there a couple of times, and I found the food to be good to very good, with a very decent selection of items. There were some nicely ecclectic food items in addition to more standard pub fare.

This was definitely the best Rock Bottom that I have visited (not that I have visited a huge number of them -- maybe four?), and that is not surprising considering this was Rock Bottom's city of origin. Overall, I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Denver.

UncleJimbo, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Located right on the 16th Street Mall, this place has location going for it, alright. Lots of outside seating, the building is more set back from the pedestrian street than many others. Seems smaller than the other Rock Bottoms I've been to, I'd call this one at 6,000 square feet including the "brewhouse" (the mash tun, kettles, and fermenters are labelled with giant white letters) in the middle. The bar is a relatively short one to the left of the main entrance, you really have to weave through table traffic to get to it. I went back for dinner with some people, my burger was a little dry and standard.The beers I tried included a pretty pedestrian Brown Porter and a nice fruity Barleywine.

ADR, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Rock Bottom served as our central haunt during the GABF, more out of convenience than anything else although they did kick their beer selection up sizably for the weekend...
Hell, I don't know where to begin. Okay, 6 regular taps (Light, Gold, Pale Ale, Copper, Wheat, Brown), 8 Specialty taps that I heard were brought in for the event from other Rock Bottom locations (Octo, Impy, Barleywine, Wit, Porter, ESB, Bourbon Oatmeal Stout, Cider), 2 casks (IPA, Brown), and then 3 more (Weizen, Cask Bourbon Oatmeal Stout, Barrel Aged Pale Ale). I think that's 19 in all. Sick!!
The Wit was dry, kind of wah with no great flavor, and the Cask Bourbon Oatmeal Stout was really nice, but the Barrel Aged Pale Ale was just outstanding. Once I found it, I pretty much stuck with it for the duration.
It's a pretty big place overall. The bar seats a dozen with 3 islands and a handful of booths at your back. The bar back is mostly slightly stained glass windows, with serving tanks behind them in a room and fermenters above the bar visible behind large windows. And in the center of this large somewhat industrial space lies a small room with mash tuns. It's a pleasant room overall. Alternating yellow ochre and muted red walls with orange pillars. Exposed ducts overhead, plants and growlers lining the sills, large pictures of desert scenes, wooden booths with green lowers, checkerboard patterned tiling, large windows with blinds making up one whole wall, and an open kitchen to the rear.
In the far back, they've got a small party room and a large back bar area with 5 pool tables, a corner for bands to set up, TV's, Phil's golf game, and a 12 seat bar with half a dozen taps. It's a good space.
We did a sit down meal after the first night GABF. The place was packed and maddening, but service held their own. I did the spicy chili, nicely done with steak and ground beef. Undoubtably, the most solid of the (now) 3 Rock Bottom locations I've seen.

slander, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

sulldaddy, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

Gavage, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Mitchster, Jun 14, 2003
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.