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Falling Rock Tap House

Falling Rock Tap HouseFalling Rock Tap House

Taps: 92 / Bottles: 130
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

220 Ratings
Ratings: 220
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1919 Blake St
Denver, Colorado, 80202-1229
United States
phone: (303) 293-8338

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fallingrocktap

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glass_house

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

My review might be a bit skewed since I was at Falling Rock during the Craft Brewers Conference, but I wish we had more places like this in Ohio. The layout is spacious enough, nice and open, easy to move around, and plenty of seating. It was a gorgeous day so we sat outside. The service was overall excellent. As busy as it was, we never had to wait long for a round.

The selection was stellar, as our first 3 rounds were Pliny The Elder, Double Jack, and Blind Pig IPA. Toward the end of the night, we were surprised with an appearance by Ken Grossman and a menu of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America series. Right time right place I guess. The prices lean toward the high side, but I suppose that's to be expected at a place like this. My only complaint is the lack of suitable glassware. I was surprised a place that clearly puts forth the effort to have such a great craft selection would serve some of the best beers in the country in shaker pints. Oh well, it was fantastic nonetheless.

04-14-2014 18:17:18 | More by glass_house
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UtahRascally

Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Excellent selection of Colorado beer, select US taps mostly from the west, and Belgium beers. Largest collection of bottles from around the world I've seen. Very reasonably priced. Knowledgable staff. Great tap house. Highly recommended if visiting Denver. Located centrally to other breweries and restaurants.

03-09-2014 07:17:28 | More by UtahRascally
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spoony

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $

A-Falling Rock is located in the heart of the bar/club/ball park area of downtown Denver. It has a slightly funky parking lot-ish patio that isn't exactly a quaint sidewalk cafe in Europe, but gets the job done. Inside, the place could be a beer bar in any city in America. It has beer paraphernalia on the walls and that slightly dark, dingy feel that lets you know this isn't TGI Fridays.

Q-The beer selection here is done right. They have top-end Colorado brews on tap and in the bottle, a good assortment of high-end American craft, and a smattering of well-known imports (bottle and draft) to fill things out. On any give day, you might find Pliny or Blind Pig or Petrus Aged Pale on tap. Ain't nothing wrong with that. (Their special events are good too).

Ser-The food and beer service is a little suspect. I have never encountered the rude service that people sometimes mention when discussing Falling Rock. On the contrary, the staff has been friendly each time I have visited, but I cannot fully endorse the servers. Sometimes beer and food come slowly or incorrectly prepared, and the waitstaff doesn't know all that much about the beers they are serving.

Sel-The breadth of beers available is quite good. The tap list covers a broad variety of styles and while it Colorado-centric, the Falling Rock does a good job of spreading the styles out. The bottle list, likewise, is good (if Colorado-focused) and covers a good variety of beer styles and breweries.

F-The food here is marginal. If you set your expectations at "bar food" level, you won't be disappointed, but compared to other beer-centric options in town, Falling Rock could step it up here. For example, my lunch has been a touch on the greasy side on multiple occasions, but the food is edible, if not gourmet.

V-I think the price of beer here is very reasonable, if not cheap for the downtown location. The prices for food, likewise are pretty good (although, as noted above, the food is not high-end).

10-30-2013 03:45:25 | More by spoony
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Amazing selection of beers on tap. Some notable brews:

RR Blind Pig, RR Pliny the Elder, Stone ENjoy By 11.12.13

The beer was fresh, the selection was mind blowing. I had a Johnny Cash burger and it was fantastic, cooked perfectly. The fries were amazing, too.

This place is right by Coors Field, so if you're a Rockies fan and a Denver local, this is the spot to hit before a game. I would go here everyday if I lived in Denver, and subsequently I would be broke as hell.

Highly recommend it

10-28-2013 01:25:05 | More by xVERITAS
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dirtylou

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Note: rating almost certainly influenced by GABF-week experiences

I knew all about Falling Rock - almost everyone I know who is familiar with it has had more negative things to say than positive. I guess I just don't get that - I thought this place was great.

The outside (front, street-facing) massive patio is a great place to hang. The interior shows some age and grit, but whatever. Yes, the bartenders were as surly as advertised but it was a clear shit show in there.

The tap selection was absolutely fantastic, but it was the Friday of GABF so I'm not sure what it's like on a normal day, but the selection of Crooked Stave, Russian River, and Colorado goodies was beyond sufficient to occupy 5 hours.

Didn't really eat much other than a few baskets of fried belly filler.

10-20-2013 21:20:01 | More by dirtylou
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$

I guess there's enough good word about this superstar beer retreat, but I'd throw in my two bits. Was on Beer Safari with a few friends at GABF a few years ago, and made the pilgrimage. I probably coulda stayed there through the entire trip and not been bored or bummed with any beer. Could not have been better people or better beer. Had the pleasure of meeting/speaking with Don Younger. Just having a beer...no more no less. It has a quiet charm despite the crowds at times. I felt like I was relaxing at my local comfy bar, but Santa came by and did a heavenly tap take over.
Can't imagine a trip back to Denver now without a stop at FR. It is just one the special hyped places that actually out does the hype.

10-04-2013 02:40:45 | More by BillRoth
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Beercules13

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$

If visiting the Denver area make sure to stop at falling rock. Stopped by here once before the Rockies/dodgers game and immediately after. Huge selection and varieties of beer I'm talking hundreds of taps (not all currently in use of course) lots of great local beers along with a ton of other great beers from throughout the country alongside a full bar for weirdos who don't want beer. Food was good, a lot of bar type food but really enjoyable. Service was solid both bartenders were super knowledgable and easy going. I picked they're brain a bit about some of the local breweries and they were really helpful. This place is amazing for anybody looking for a good drink

10-03-2013 17:24:04 | More by Beercules13
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Great location, great vibe, great beer, good food. Lots of beers on tap with a particularly strong showing of locally crafted brews. Plus you can usually find Pliny the Elder on tap here. Knowledgeable staff that are friendly (most of the time). The patio area out front is nice and usually very happening. There are tons of great craft bars in Denver, and Falling Rock is probably the most well known. Bottom line this is a "must" if you love beer and are in Denver.

09-17-2013 03:35:57 | More by GetTheYayo
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andholio

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Great beer selection. Finally got to try "pliney the elder", awesome brew! Only complaint ordered i the hell wings and they were about as hot as Mc nuggets. Great place! Overall good food and great beer selection. Definitely a must if in Denver.

09-15-2013 23:45:17 | More by andholio
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$

Selection of beers on tap is outstanding, probably the best in Denver.

However, that's where the positives end

-Service is awful. Most of the time you're greeted by an arrogant bartender who looks like he just fell off a boxcar. Why do they hire these people?
-Food is disgusting. I mean it. Don't even bother.
-Taps need to be cleaned. I've gone here to get Pliny the Elder a few times and it always tastes off.

LoDo is just a terrible area of town, go somewhere else.

07-28-2013 01:50:38 | More by hoppytobehere
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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
98 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.