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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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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

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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 77
Photo of jihadFRANK
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

The beer was fine, but the food was terrible. I've stopped going to Rock Bottom because my food is never cooked properly, always overcooked. Although the selection of both beer and food are good, they don't know how to cook it.

Also, we had to wait long periods of time to order, receive drinks, and ultimately food as well.

I've been here twice, and won't go back.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On the plus side, I stayed at the Marriott across the street and got a few free beer on them. The place is a nice looking brewery/restaurant with a sports bar theme. The bartender pointed out the taps and said, "That's what we got." 8 taps isn't great but I later found out they had a much larger selection of their beers (which were decent but not great). Nobody knew about pairing food and beer but the chili was excellent so... Worth a trip for some decent beer and food, with a few idiots pretending that it's more than a job and not pretending that well.

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Photo of frazbri
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

As I walk in on a Sunday afternoon, I am greeted by the hostess and seated promptly. My server comes shortly after, and I order the sampler of all their beers, and a pulled pork sandwich for lunch. The sampler came out quick, and the server knew the styles and what was what. The food came out before I knew it. Overall very good service, and they seemed generally enthusiastic about their products.

As I get a chance to take in the atmosphere, I see it is a typical chain brewpub. A relatively long wood bar goes along the left, with brewing equipment displayed in glass on top of that. Lots of TV's surround the bar, and crappy FM radio hits are playing. There are some wood tables and booths, with a patio outside. It has that sterile chain restaurant feel to it. The food is decent. Nothing special about my pulled pork, and the coleslaw that topped the sandwich was not very good. Just average for what this place is.

On to the beer. There are 9 beers in all. The year round offerings are Kolsch, Gold, Wheat, Pale Ale, Red, and Brown. Not bad, but a little on the lighter side. They had a special summer IPA seasonal, a cask of the red, and a special stout. Pretty much by the books. The Kolsch and the IPA were my two favorites. Everything else was just watery and thin, or to much diacetyl.

Overall, just a little above average. A little better than what I was expecting to be honest. My score is probably lower than should be, but I am just not a fan of the cookie cutter brewpubs like this. Still, not a bad experience at all. I just don't like to be reminded of Applebees and Chilies while at a brewpub.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of NVbeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 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.

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Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here on the drive through Denver. The place is on a corner in downtown Denver and has a lot of light coming in. The fermenters are behind windows behind the bar which is nice for visual appeal. It does have a strange chain restaurant feel to it, but if you can get past that it can be enjoyable. The beer selection seemed pretty standard, but they did have some cool bottled offerings for purchase. The service was pretty standard and I could tell there were some regulars around. Overall, worth going to, but not going out of the way for.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This Rock Bottom location is in downtown Denver on 16th Street not too far from the Convention Center. Not sure what the parking options are as I was on foot the whole time I was in Denver.

The interior contains several dining areas and offers a view of the brewing equipment. The bar is located in the back of the establishment, and they display a few items of Rock Bottom memorabilia here and there. There is also a patio that is situated right off the sidewalk.

The beer selection contains around 10 taps, all of which are available in a sampler. They follow the same pattern as most other Rock Bottom locations - Kolsh, Wheat, Pale, Red, Brown, Stout. They do rotate one or two seasonals at any given time.

Service was decent on a weekday lunch. The server explained the beers on the sampler and was keeping up with the lunch crowd just fine.

The food at Rock Bottom is consistently above average. My burger was good, but suffered from being enjoyed the day after going to Cherry Cricket.

Overall Rock Bottom is worth a stop on a brewpub crawl through Denver, but I wouldn't necessarily put it at the top of the list.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I'll toss out a general disclaimer that this isn't my favorite place to go hang out with beer geeks because, well, there aren't too many beer geeks that frequent Rock Bottom. More often than not, I'm visiting this establishment as a result of happy hour with co-workers (usually catering to a wide variety of drinkers).

With that said...the location of this Rock Bottom is awesome. Right in the heart of downtown Denver on the 16 Street Mall. Centrally located it is easy to meet up with folks or even grab a beer before heading to the Performing Arts Center to watch theater or a musical (my wife loves that and I love beer - so we compromise!).

The selection here is ever-changing as they are always introducing new releases/seasonals for folks to try. Their regular beers are nothing to write home about, but they aren't bad while their one-offs are kind of hit-or-miss. Sometimes they really surprise me with a good hop bomb or barrel-aged stout.

The service is always friendly and prompt (i.e. chain restaurant), but that's what has made them successful - stick with what you're good at. Usually, the wait staff is decently knowledgeable about the offerings, but at times it can be less the par.

The variety of food here is quite amazing, but...again...that's because it is a chain. They had good apps as well as pub grub to go along with a proper Mug Club pour and they even recently introduced the "pour-it-yourself" taps at a couple of seating spots within the bar.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I live near a Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA but heard this was the first one and they sample new menu items at this one. Went here with two co-workers. I thought the beer was just OK, I like the one by me better, but I had a Saisson, which was good, an IPA, which was just OK, and a red ale that wasn't meh. Food was good but not great. As it's right on the 16th St. Mall it gets pretty crowded, we had a wait of about 15 minutes and we got there early. I'd go to Wynkoop and others before this place but over all it's solid.

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Photo of jt31914
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went to Rock Bottom the other day, it was a pretty cool place; the atmosphere was fun - very similar to the other Rock Bottom's I've been to. Our waiter was good, but wasn't extremely knowledgeable about beer.

The beer selection was solid with around 10 brews to choose from; the beer itself was decent, the hefeweizen, rocktoberfest, and brown ale were among my favorites (I got the 9 beer sampler), while the kolz weizen and pale ale were among the worst - the rye porter was also fairly weak.

The beer was decent but it was far too mild and lacked any complex or intriguing flavors. Rock Bottom is a pretty fun place with okay beer, but it would have been much better if the brewmaster went for more flavor (maybe like the Founders guys...).

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

In a recent trip to Denver, a work counter part thought this would be the perfect place to take me given my affinity for beer. We went on a Friday evening around 6-6:30ish. Given the time and day, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly we were seated. The atmosphere is typical chain decor, but was clean and the staff seemed friendly. The menu wasn't too overly brazen, but had some interesting items. I was extremely disappointed with my food (and that's an understatement) - wild rice, mushroom and chicken. The chicken was flavorless and wild rice and mushroom combo left a bit to be desired. My dining companion was impressed with the enchiladas though - so perhaps my selection was the poor choice.
The service was phenomenal - our waitress was attentive without being overbearing. At no time did we wait for drinks (be it alcohol or water) and she was extremely pleasant.
I got the Brewmaster's Smoked Porter. My initial plan was to try the Smoked Porter and then sample another beer or two from their menu as I hadn't been to a Rock Bottom before. That was the plan anyway - the Smoked Porter was fantastic and found myself sticking with that rather than branching out.
I am not sure that I would eat here again, but I would definitely be up to trying additional beers here.

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Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here when I arrived in Denver. Nice little place with typical mountain west decor of wood, stone, and brick. Nice big bar, some fermenters above. Helpful and friendly service, had 3 samplers with decent enough beer. Bartender didn’t charge me for any of those which was nice. Got some steak tacos and they were OK but obviously frozen chain food quality. Overall worth stopping in but no need to go out of your way.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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."

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

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.

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

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.

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