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Pints Pub

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Pints PubPints Pub
BA SCORE
87
very good

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 55
Beer Avg: 3.43
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

211 West 13th Avenue
Denver, Colorado, 80204
United States
phone: (303) 534-7570

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Reviews by dhartogs:
Photo of dhartogs
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

As a whisky geek I was told to come here for their fantastic selection of Single Malts. Turns out they brew their own beer and serve it on Cask. Great UK style beers, well done. While it's not my favorite style, they do an excellent job. Food was better than OK, but the cozy atmosphere by the bar, lack of big screens and amazing whisky selection more than made up for it. I went here twice in one week while on business. First night by my self on a Monday night, very slow night but I was treated well by the staff. It looks like they do have growlers to go as of Nov. 2011.

dhartogs, May 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

this place is awesome, super traditional feeling english pub with a cozy atmosphere and all their own brews, many pouring right from the beer engine. tons and tons of displayed single malt whiskeys too, gives an old world class to the place. great service too, bartender ben could not have been any more enjoyable to hang out with. the food i has was wonderful, best lamb skewers ever, and prices were really really fair. the beer was all good, the esb was outstanding, and others show a lot of promise and are enticing me to go back. this is a great winter bar, warm inside and old world feeling. the stuff is all handcrafted and done really well. it feels cut from the same cloth as bull and bush, but is unique in its own way, much more intimate i think. not sure how i have overlooked this place as long as i have lived in denver!

StonedTrippin, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +4.7%

I'm a big fan of this place. It's an English pub that makes its own beer and cider, and they've got a gigantic scotch list as well for those that prefer that. Food's very good, atmosphere is good and beer is good. What's not to like?

dcscientist, Sep 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

yemenmocha, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of sidewaysscott
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Cool little place. Tons of whiskey and a great feel for a British pub. Def recommended.

sidewaysscott, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

drdiesel9483, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Caleb, Feb 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

bulldogg915, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of spdyfire83
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

This is definitely not a beer geek place, but nonetheless a very fun place to check out! It has an old English feels to it, even though it's located in the Golden Triangle of Denver. The bar is an especially friendly sitting area, but the "hidden" seats throughout are quite fun as well.

The beer selection is nothing amazing, but they brew some darn tasty after-work beers. I wouldn't drag a beer nerd here as my first choice, but if that chap enjoyed a shot with his brew...then this would be the first place to go. If I recall correctly, Pints Pub has the largest selection of scotch this side of the Atlantic...period.

Wait staff/bartender(s) were very friendly and knowledgeable about everything available for consumption.

I've never had a full-blown meal here, but the food looks delish. And the apps are quite tasty as well.

spdyfire83, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of tbern007
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Located on 13th in Denver. Park across the street for free otherwise you pay anywhere else. Outside and in this place is decorated with brick, stone, dark woods, a couple of red phone booths - typical British style pub decorations. The London Times is at the front door to read. Bar to the right, restaurant seating to the left and up the stairs at the front. Bathrooms are actually upstairs- kind of inconvenient. This place has typical UK beer offerings, they brew a typical selection, and offer a couple of cask coniditioned beers. You can see through a plexiglass window in the floor of the bar to the storage cellar where beer kegs and casks are resting. Food here was pretty good. Good selection. Great scotch selection and very descriptive scotch menu. The service was average - nobody here seemed too much interested in going above what was expected of them. For a Friday night, not too busy. Maybe that's why. The servers seemed a bit like they would rather be somewhere else. Overall a good stop. I'd try more of their beer selection and food next time.

tbern007, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +6%

After a weekend at the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines in Vail coming out of the mountains, still wanting to keep the beery weekend alive, this place seemed to be the perfect stop. British-style ales with British food (aka, no American pub grub... which we were burned out on)... it couldn't have sounded more perfect.

Easy to find... look for the Union Jack flag outside and the red phone booth. There was plenty of parking around the building.

On a snowy, cold Sunday afternoon we stopped in around 2pm. It wasn't busy but it wasn't dead either, which I took as a good sign of quality and local support. I loved the vibe, British signage, not cheeky or "chain feeling" ... it felt like a pub, brick outside, two stories... small bar with more Single Malt Scotches then you can handle. As for the beer, two beers on cask, another on nitro plus a handful more on tap (plus Strongbow); it was a solid selection. I opted for the IPA on cask and bangers & mash for lunch. My fiancée had a Strongbow (still burned out on beer from the weekend) and a pork roast for lunch. The food was great. I loved it. I forgot how much I love bangers and mash. The pork roast was money too!

As for my beer, it was a fruity, mildly hoppy IPA... it was a British IPA all the way. I've had better and I have had worse. It got the job done but I wasn't really in the mood for another beer.

Our waitress was attentive. A lady next to us asked some questions about the beer and she struggled to answer them. However, she was smart enough to give her samplers. The bartender checked on us a few times as well and he was very nice. I have no issues with the service.

The next time I am in Denver this place will not be on my shortlist to visit... unless, of course, I am really in the mood for a British ale and some bangers & mash. All in all, it is a good "themed" brewpub and worth checking out if you like British-style ales (and food).

bditty187, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.86/5  rDev +1%

I hadn't been to Pints in years. The last time was in the mid 90s, when they were known for their huge single malt selection (which they still have) and hadn't started brewing.

The place is smaller than I remembered. Taking a left at the front door leads to a modest seating area for diners. A quick right turn at the door takes you into a small bar area. The bar has 10 or so seats, plus a handful of tables. The visual highlight is the 100+ bottles of scotch hanging upside down over the bartender's head. Lots of wood and dark painted walls covered with placards for their beers makes up the rest of the decor. The cozy feel is very English Pub and doesn't have the forced corporate feel that you get at big chains. A lone small TV tucked away at the end of the bar was showing baseball. A sports bar this isn't, thank goodness.

I can't comment on the food, as I didn't have any. But the Brown Ale I had on cask was very nice. Also, the bartender was quite cool and knew his beer and scotch. Prices were quite reasonable. If I'd had more time, I would have sampled more beers.

Pints is close to home for me. I'm glad I finally made it back in.

Rayek, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +1%

This is a nice British style brewpub. It is fairly small, and that gives this place a nice worn in pub feel. A small patio outside, and a small room downstairs. The bar holds about seven people. There is also an area upstairs. Homey and cozy. There is nothing wrong with the service. They seem to know a lot more about the whiskey (which they have over 250 bottles of) than they do the beer though.

They have a good selection of beers. Two on cask. An IPA and a brown ale. A Scottish Ale, ESB, and another brown on tap, and a stout. They also make a couple of German and American beers as well. The beer is nothing outstanding, but still very enjoyable. I did not eat, but everything seemed rather standard.

Overall, a nice place to relax and have a few pints. It is just simple, and there is nothing wrong with that. A nice meld of a British brewpub and a whiskey bar. Check it out.

champ103, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Transcribed from notes taken on Sa, 01 Aug 2009.

How, if they have been here since 1993, have I never been in this place in all of my visits to Denver?!? I loved it from the minute that I stepped in the door.

Located at the corner of 13th Avenue and Cherokee, it looked like a modified castle in the shadow of CJ and Bail Bond Strip Row. I was absolutely awestruck by its two-story layout and spent my time just wandering through, a pint of cask- conditioned ale in hand, sadly not taking enough notes. I was met by some friends shortly thereafter and we left before I could complete my mission. Rest assured that it will be my first stop on my next visit.

woodychandler, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Clembo1957
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

I'm English, typically the first Brewpub i go to on my first visit to Denver is an English theme pub! It wasn't intentional, i normally avoid theme bars like the plague (or swine flu) but Pints was the nearest to our hotel and first on my planned route around Denver.

The English theme was a bit Kitsch and came across as rather twee, i don't know whose idea of an english pub it was based on but living in England it seems like an Americans idea of what an English village pub would be like, complete with Red Phone box.

The beer was good know and on a quiet Saturday lunchtime the bar tender had plenty of time to chat and was friendly and informative. The beer was good and i was impressed by the selection of 250+ Whisky's. I had a pint of Airedale Pale Ale and a Lancer IPA. We didn't eat here but the food passing by looked appetising. A good start to the day.

Clembo1957, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of southdenverhoo
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%

like an earlier poster I wanted to like this place.

Perhaps a little kitschy english pub knock off, the most dramatic thing isn't the beer lineup--although 2 cask hand pulls and 7-8 regular draft taps makes an impression--it's the hundreds of Scotch bottles upside down circling the bar in double or triple rows...there must be hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of whisky in here.

I had the Lancer IPA, my wife the Dark Star brown ale, from the hand pull. These were OK, the brown malty with a slight hop presence, the IPA quite bitter (in the english style as opposed to the Columbus/Chinook assault American palates are now used to), with definite flavor and aroma hop presence as well. Maybe, as an earlier poster wrote, a little tired. But nothing sort of structurally wrong (well, a slight diacetyl in the brown which is acceptible IIRC under the guidelines, just not my favorite thing).

But then we turned to tasters from the keg beers, the Scotch Ale for me (Gael Force, IIRC) and the lager for my wife. Uh oh. There is something weird and funky going on with these. Sour plus cidery plus, what is that--a little vinegar? I've really never tasted either an amber lager or a Scotch ale remotely like these. It's like a lambic lager

It seems odd that the same brewer could make the cask IPA, which, though maybe tired, had nothing really wrong with it, and these two keg beers. Maybe it's a dirty line, and he tastes in the cellar and doesn't taste upstairs, gets diverted by those amazing Scotches? Don't know...

Seeing other good reviews I have to assume that maybe they have an on-again/off-again infection problem. I'll say this positive: the service was great and I'll try it again, and I've only marked it down to 2.0 for quality, because the cask conditioned beers would probably merit a 3.5, but the keg beers were no better than 1.0 to me. How do you grade selection when they have two cask ales and 8 keg beers but the keg beers are bad? I guess it's very good selection but bad quality, so that's how I scored it

I'd definitely come back for the whisky though.

southdenverhoo, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
2.75/5  rDev -28%

I really wanted to like this place. It looks cool and fun and British in a pleasantly kitchy way. They even have copies of the London Times available by the front door. They have an almost unbelievable selection of single-malt scotches at the bar, a nice looking lineup of house-made brews and a decent selection of outside beers, including some nice regional selections. The service is cheerful, if not terribly professional.

The problem is that the beers are odd and the food is uninspired. The house-made beers aim to recreate a good British pub beer. They almost succeed, but there are some odd house tastes that I have never experienced in the real thing in England - the ales have a strange raspberry character, the pilsner has a nauseating barnyard earthiness, and all the beers, even the good ones, have a powerful sourness.

The food is entirely pedestrian. For example, we ordered the Ploughman's lunch and it looked like it was assembled from ingredients bought straight from the grocery store. The bangers & mash were not much better. The "crisps," or fresh-made potato chips, were merely adequate.

This place was a net disappointment.

Seanibus, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

The Pints Pub is fantastic! The atmosphere is great, along the lines of an English Garfields, with the really cool insular knick-knacks lining the walls, up to even having the Sunday edition of the Times for patrons to read. It's more old country than I've let on, though, with some very nice woodwork and great chairs (I enjoyed having arms on them).

The quality is very good, everything was clean and the set up was nice.

The service was friendly, I was helped by both the barman (whom I think may be a manager or even owner, but I'm not sure) and a server. It did start to get crowded and I was left alone a bit longer than I like (once for a beer and once for the check), but everything else was good. They made great recommendations for both the beer and the food.

The selection was good; the food menu not as great as I would have liked, but the beer menu made up for it with a wide selection, some of which are nitro and even cask. The single malt whiskey selection is second to none, as well, if that's your thing.

The food was good. The burger was done just fine and the fries (shoe-string style with the skins still on parts) were excellent. I also tried the raspberry trifle and it was freakin' awesome.

JamesS, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Stopped in for the first time while guests were in town and we explored downtown Denver. Wow, what a great place...I'm kicking myself for having never heeded the advice of many to give them a try. This is a great British-style pub located amid all the action in downtown Denver. A bit south of LoDo (lower downtown) where Falling Rock, Rockies baseball, and the convention center are located. A few short steps away from the Museum and civic center.

Upon entering, I was greeted with a small hostess station and the side of a bar that must have had 200+ different whiskeys available. We were seated promptly for a late lunch and presented with food menus and a whiskey menu. Food was typical pub food with a strong bent toward english chow. I think the priciest shot of whiskey was something like $400 (could have been $700, can't remember now). We were seated in a booth in the room behind the bar. i think there is additional seating upstairs, but I didn't poke my head up to see. Decor was very european, with space/design use being more tall than spread out. Lunch came with a condiment tray (relish tray) with various interesting toppings. The food was great, my beer spot on and delicious, and the atmosphere cheery. A new favorite that now looms large on my radar anytime I need a bite to eat downtown.

mentor, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%

After happy hour on 16th Street, we decided to swing by here on our second (and last) day in Denver. It's within a one block distance to the Denver Art Museum, so if in the neighborhood, stop by. Old brick building with 4-5 tables on the patio outside. Very "British pub" feeling inside, with tons of that kitschy English garb decoration on the walls. Cool but a bit tacky. Service was good, it was an old guy behind the counter pulling pints, and one woman waitress. The bar is a sight to behold, as it has a couple hundred whisk(e)y bottles suspended upside down from the ceiling. Some of the drams were priced at $700+. Impressive. The beers? Not so much. They were decent, but nothing special. I tried the house beer, the Dark Star Ale on cask. It was smooth drinking, but didn't make me want to have another. It was fun to stop by and see the bottles and the atmosphere, but unless you are at the DAM, don't go "too" far out of your way for this place. Unless you're like us, who want to have a drink everywhere just to say you did.

morebeergood, Jul 15, 2008
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

Phil, and his bullshit. You knoooow, since he's become a made beer man, it's like he doesn't know me no mo'. All my calls are immediately kicked to voice mail, or worse yet, his admin assistant. No time to play, he's always in long meetings at the office (Mug's), and most disgracefully, he just has no time for project Baker (bad form). Hell, my car doesn't even reek anymore. I found him on Bass row, I tell 'ya, and I can put him back there, as evident by all the time I had him do at the AB table at the GABF. Celebrate Cherry what? Mule Kick Oatmeal hmmn? To be fair, you really can't talk smack about 'em unless you've gone sampled their wares, which we did, and now we can, and will. And now our session one run's done, so what to do 'cept to slum it out on the town for a few hours between Saturday sessions. Terribly timed how the rain's picking up, lovely, lovely, and Phil, he has no concept of what "just a couple of blocks away" actually means...

It's a funny English thing with a big red phone box beacon out front. Bar to the right, and seating areas to the left, nearly a dozen tables around the front fireplace and more upstairs there. We opted for the perch seating, 9 tables some of which we shoved together and then bailed on when service didn't service to snuff. Beige walls, dark wood, mounted lamps and chandeliers, good muralage, another red phone box, brewery signage and your usual English pubbiness pieces. Round, round, round the bend, a curved bar on the inside wall seating about a dozen and a side room holding about a dozen raised tables around bar billiard tables. A funny square glass piece in the floor there looks below to the beer cellar.

6 house beers across a tower of 4 taps on the bar (Phone Box Amber, Airedale Pale Ale, Alchemy ESB, Gael Force Ale), and a pair of handpumps on the end (Dark Star Ale & Lancer IPA). The Phone Box Amber was eh, light and that's about all; the Airedale Pale Ale, an APA, was bland and had just a slight hop presence; the Alchemy ESB was nicely malty with a bit of sweetness, on nitro; the Gael Force Ale was dark and creamy, with some coffee chocolate notes; the cask Dark Star Ale, an English Brown, was malty and pleasant; and the cask Lancer IPA had nothing to it whatsoever. The Alchemy ESB & cask Dark Star Ale were the best of 'em, but overall, they were just so so.

Also upwards of a dozen and a half bottled beers, a mix of imports which after the Fullers 3 (ESB, London Pride & Porter), trend downhill (Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Newcastle, Boddingtons, Harp, Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, Stella, Amstel Light), a few micros (Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale, Left Hand Haystack Wheat, Anchor Steam), a cider (Strongbow) and an N/A (Kaliber).

Oh, and an absolutely mad collection of single malts, a sea of shimmering bottles suspended upside down dangling above the bar, 250 of them give or take. Broken out by region on a 14 page menu, most of it's from the Highland region, and then Island region, Lowlands, Cambeltown region, and a handful of Non Caledonian selections from Ireland, New Zealand, Wales, Canada, and US (San Fransisco, Oregon, Denver). Some very rare selections here, priced accordingly no doubt. They claim to hold the largest selection of single malts this side of Edinburgh, maybe it's so, don't know.

A decent distraction but the prospect of food and the second Saturday session has us on the move again.

slander, Mar 27, 2008
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2.85/5  rDev -25.4%

Visited this place whilst on holiday from the UK. The first night I tried to visit - the place was closed. Monday night 3 Sept 07.

Went back the next day and to be honest I wish I hadn't bothered. OK, the place is quite English but there was nobody else in the pub. This tells me there is something very average about htis place.

As for beers, Dark Star and Lancer were the cask ales. Both were tired, poor quality and tasted as if they had been in the line for a while. Someone should also tell them to put more ingredients in - like hops.

The beers on keg tap were:-

Phonebox Amber
Airedale Pale
Alchemy ESB
Gael Force

On the plus side there were over 250 whiskys for sale - I have never seen so many optics before in one pub.

Sorry guys, but this is the worst place I have visited in my 4 trips to the USA in terms of beer quality.

SidSales, Oct 23, 2007
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

We visited this spot after the Saturday afternoon session of GABF. That is why I wont review any of the beers. The pub is a few blocks SW of the capitol building and is a short walk from the convention center. Easy to find due to the Union Jack flying outside. Walking in there is a small half oval bar with about 12 stools. Scores of scotch bottles hang from the ceiling and two handpumps are clearly visible. To the right there are some table and chair combos scattered around, mostly on the perimeter of the room. To the left is another room more for dining with a fire place and more table chair set ups. Overall the place is a little cramped. The upstairs is some more table chair setups and also the location of the bathrooms. There are 3-5 house beers with two on cask. I had the dark ale and thought it was a little bland but my palate was shot. Decor is very English, and there is a map where folks from across the pond can mark their home towns and villages. Food is pub grub and some english items. I had a cesar salad and split some chili cheese fries. Both were pretty good. Service was friendly but I had to obtain silverware for our entire group myself (14 people). Not a big deal, but the food was on the tables for most already. This is a decent little place and if you like scotch probably a must see, but if going for beer or experience dont go too far out of the way.

sulldaddy, Oct 21, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

I just happened on this little pub on my way to the Denver Art Museum. I notice the sign in front of the pub said they make their own beer and it is served on cask. After a few hours at the DAM I stopped in for some food and a few pints. It a small house divided in the middle by stairs leading to the bathrooms. On the right is a small bar with lots and lots of whiskeys hanging from the ceiling. The left side holds tables for dinning. I chose the bar.

They have 6 beers, 2 cask and 1 nitro, along with 260 single malt whiskies. As you would imagine they are all British styles of beer using British hops and Marris Otter malts. They we smooth drinking nice session beers but I didn't get the great depth of flavor that I usually taste in beers made with Marris Otter malt. It might have been the house yeast but there was a very similar flavor to the different beers I tasted and I would have liked a bit more contrast.

I ordered one of the "wimpy" hamburgers with mushrooms and Swiss that came with fries and was pretty tasty. All the beers were served in well warn American pint gasses but the guy beside me had a dimple mug with his name on it that they kept refilling.

The bartender was very informative and gave me a little intro to cask beer when I ordered one. He even showed me the glass plate in the floor where you can see the casks of beer in the cellar. This was a fun little pub and a great place to stop for a pint.

rhoadsrage, May 14, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%

I've been in the Denver area for five years but only recently made it over to Pints.
The first thing you'll notice is that it's got a very authentic look to it. Reminds me of a few pubs I saw in London. There's even an ATM in a British phone booth (err...phone box as they call it).
Everything is coated in nice wood and has a nice polished luster.
We were greeted by a manager who was very friendly and chatted with us a little bit. With each order he was always happy to offer feedback and a quick rundown of what they had.
What about the beer, right? They had 2 cask "real" ales (IPA, and a brown ale), as well as an amber lager, Scottish ale, nitro esb, and a pale ale.
I tried the Scottish ale which was pretty solid, but a little underwhelming in the malt department. I followed that up with the cask IPA, which was excellent. My wife got the cask brown ale and ESB, both of which were wonderful. I definitely think I'll be getting those two next time myself. They also offer about a dozen "typical" euro imports like Stella Artois, Bass, Guinness, etc. as well.
We arrived after normal dinner hours, so they were only offering cheese/crackers, wings, and wimpy burgers. We didn't order any food, but everything sounded good, especially the appetizers.
One thing to really note about Pints is the whiskey selection. I'm not a whiskey connoisseur, but anyone who is would be in heaven. They have literally about 100 selections and an excellent display of bottles above the bar. It's somewhat lost on me, but I understand the appeal.
This is a fun place and the atmosphere makes it.
Next time I'll have to see what the food is like.
As it stands, it's a little out of the way, but worth dropping in.
Beers are only $3.50 each, so that alone can be worth the trip.

Domingo, Apr 30, 2007
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Pints Pub in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.