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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 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 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 Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Larger place, with a quality and comfortable feel. Nice out door seating and drinking area, as well a multiple bar areas in side. Didnt realize it was a chain upon visiting and staying a while, so thats gotta be a good thing.

Decent place for a bite or quality draft. On the less seedy and touristy side of 16th. Not a must visit destination, but served the purpose of an easy and enjoyable enough brew stop, upon getting to downtown Denver. More interesting spots were sought out afterwords

Billolick, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Dogbrick, Dec 09, 2009
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 yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

yemenmocha, Sep 26, 2014
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 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 bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bulldogg915, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +5%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BillRoth, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%

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 champ103
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

champ103, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 Todd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Todd, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
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 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 timlyon
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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 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 vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

vfgccp, Feb 09, 2014
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.