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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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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: 456
Beer Ratings: 2,742
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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Photo of Rhialistic
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.

Rhialistic, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of GeraldJackson12
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

GeraldJackson12, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Clembo1957
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.

Clembo1957, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of EricP
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.

EricP, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
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.

scoobybrew, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of bsm80x
4.25/5  rDev +11%

bsm80x, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Sheehan50
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Sheehan50, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of slander
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.

slander, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
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.

Mitchster, Jun 14, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Ludy, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of divineaudio
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
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

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 UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

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 benito
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

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 barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Gavage, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

portia99, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JHendu, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of marksto
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Czap
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Rock Bottom consistantly has the same styles throughout the country, but each style varies from restaurant to restaurant depending on the brewer's inspiration. I like that. It sort of makes up a bit for being a chain. The food is always good and they do have some more interesting things on the menu, not your normal chain pub fare. Once again a notch on the positive side. I guess my reccuring theme here is that Rock Bottom seems to go out of their way to avoid seeming like a chain, which is probably why they are as popular amoung the beer geeks as they are. The Denver location is, in my opinion, better than the Downtown Chicago restaurant. The atmosphere is nicer, better view and the dining area seems much more roomy and flows a lot better. The beers are good, nothing great, but nothing poor. I suggest a flight since some of the styles change from season to season. I find RB's hoppier ales seem to be some of their better brews and I have had a couple of their stouts that just didn't do it for me. Good place to go in downtown Denver where, surprisingly to me, there are not as many places to find good beer as I thought there would be.

Czap, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%

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
Photo of Hibernator
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%

This Rock Bottom location is huge and spacious. Located on busy 16th Street, we decided to stop by for a couple of drinks before heading to a Denver Nuggets game.

The place was packed, which is to be expected at 5 PM on a Friday. Tons of TV's all over the place that showcased March Madness games.

Rock Bottom offered about 15 drafts with a great deal of styles represented. They had a Barleywine, Porter, IPA, Kolsch, Wheat, Oatmeal & Milk Stouts, German Alt, Irish Red, Pilsner, Dubbel, etc. They also had two cask beers too.

Probably the best Rock Bottom that I've been to and I would say this place is a viable option for some craft beers if you're the area (the location is great and it's easy to find), but there is something about the sterile atmosphere that detracts from the overall experience for me.

Hibernator, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

I've been going here since they opened up back in the 90's. I'm guessing that Rock Bottom is one of the first "chain" brewpubs.

This place gets very crowded after work and on weekends. Especially when the weather is nice. Despite the crowds, service is good. I haven't had a bad experience yet.

Inside the place feels a bit like a chain restaurant. A little too sterile and corporatist for my tastes. That doesn't really bother me much since the food is good and the beers are above average. I'm a big fan of their IPA. The food menu isn't particularly daring, but there is nice variety to be had.

Overall, this is a nice place to go. Rock Bottom gets bonus points for being right down the street from where I work. Not a bad deal in my book.

Rayek, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
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