Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
Having visited Rock Bottom's Chicago pub a few days earlier a visit to the Denver establishment was a must. I know Rock bottom are a chain and tend to be a bit on the corporate side but being a visitor from the UK i've only visited the Chicago and Denver pubs and i've enjoyed both.
We were seated very quickly and the servers and staff were friendly and informative, when we told our server we'd been to Rock bottom in Chicago he gave us an history of the Denver branch.
To try as many beers as i could i had a beer sampler which included Bottoms Up Kolsch, Buffalo Gold, 16th Street Wheat, Falcon Pale Ale, Red Rocks Red, Molly's Titanic Brown Ale and a North Star Stout. I particularly enjoyed the 16th Street Wheat and Falcon Pale Ale. The food here was excellent and fairly good value for money. well worth a visit if in Denver.
06-20-2009 15:01:31 | More by Clembo1957
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-12-2008 22:32:53 | More by scoobybrew
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-24-2004 22:59:56 | More by slander
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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.
06-14-2003 10:41:51 | More by Mitchster
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.