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Falling Rock Tap House

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BA SCORE
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world-class

189 Reviews
Reviews: 189
Visits: 346
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 92
Bottles: 130
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 189 | Visits: 346
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A staple in Denver. Has a bit of a hole-in-the-wall feel to it but the tap list is excellent and the bottle list is also great. Location is also very good being steps from Coors Field and within a short walk of many other Denver beer spots. (242 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Sixth visit here over a decade of time and the first when it wasn't packed. Daydrinkers, I guess, but everyone was friendly and knowledgeable about all the beers but especially the tiny local (almost nano) breweries they had on draft. Really liked the idea of 10 fast rotating special/seasonal brews of their copious taps are listed separately on an obvious chalkboard. The regular list does not disappoint. (407 characters)

Photo of RayReed522
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Here March 25th, 2015.

Had Parabola on tap here for the first time.

They also had Prairie Bomb, Tweak, Alpine Hoppy Birthday, Alpine Ale, and Alpine Duet on tap. (163 characters)

Photo of IPAFan521
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dan is one of the best out there!!!! Stayed in Denver for 3 days and my only 2 nights there were spent here. Pliny and Blind Pig on tap were the highlights, but many other favorites were on as well. (200 characters)

Photo of frozen-1984
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place because I know the owner and most of the staff. Always a great selection of over 80 beers on tap with some cask options. Food is just good pub grub. Greasy fried and perfect . (195 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you happen upon this place you are one lucky person. One of the best pubs in the USA. Great beer selection. I got to buy a PNC from Firestone Walker here and the owner even autographed the box for me; he was one the brewers who came up with this PNC beer.
Fun place place to be in the heart of Denver, serves great food and has a huge selection of brews to choose from. This place makes Denver one of the beer capitals of the World. (435 characters)

Photo of durlta
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Wow. Quite the place. Tons of taps and a pretty serious bottle list. Had a great night there and a pretty tasty lunch the next day. Check this place out for sure. (162 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Indeed, the beer selection here is incredible. Quite a variety of beers from all corners of the United States. I get the impression that beers move in and out of here pretty quickly, as a few beers I requested were no longer available despite being on the board and/or menu.

The bartender was happy to offer me samples and patient enough to let me make my mind up. He made a few suggestions that weren't that useful, but that's cool.

I'll just once again emphasize how great the beer selection is. Craft beer galore. The prices are about what you'd expect for Denver, which is to say $6 a pour and up, so the drinking won't come cheap.

I'd suggest visiting early afternoon on a weekday, the place will be pretty wide open and you'll probably get better service. (767 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

the atmosphere and beer selection are impressive, food menu not so much. Come here when the Rockies are on a roadtrip, or in the offseason. We got seats at the bar, and I ended up sitting next to a fellow Virginia Tech alum, a Denver resident but originally from VA Beach, and it was fun to have the annual Do I or Dont I watch the Hokies football conversation. (363 characters)

Photo of bsinger45
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

One of the best beer selections in the city - unmissable if you're only in town for a day or two. Very patient, friendly staff. The food is almost entirely freezer-to-fryer, and is largely unimpressive. Fortunately, it's walking distance from a number of quality eateries. Plan accordingly! (290 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped here on my first night in Denver for a friend’s birthday. Huge list of brews on tap and in bottles. Anything from Bruery anniversary beers to Eclipse variants to Gueuze. Make sure to check out the bottle list inside as there are a lot of big rarities on there. Unfrotunately, they had gotten cleaned out after GABF but the bottle list included Hommage, LP Gueuze, LP Kriek, other Cantillon, lots of Bruery beers, etc. If you’re going big, then things get a little pricey (Fruet was $70 a bottle, Cuir was $58). They have Pliny and Blind Pig on tap, but it’s not on the tap list so be sure to check that out. Easily the best beer bar I have ever been to, but bottles really are on the pricey side. Gets busy so make sure to find a seat early. Had a chicken sandwich and it was decent pub food. Definitely recommended. (830 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: I didn't spend too much time inside but seem like a pretty standard beer paraphernalia decorated bar with some rock/mountain things thrown in. I did enjoy the spacious outdoor patio.

Quality: good beers on tap, certainly not the highest quality taplist I have seen but certainly worth talking about.

Service: very good and helpful service, they did go slightly out of their way to make sure I was being taken care of.

Selection: very wide variety of options. I did get the chance at a pint of Pliny the Elder, so no complaints there. Seemed to have a good variety of mid to high quality options

Food: decent bar fare. nothing too great.

Overall: certainly a place to stop in denver no matter how long you are there for, should be one of the first stops. (771 characters)

Photo of kjb32812
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best craft beer bar I have been to when it comes to offerings on tap. The place itself is nothing special but that wall of taps is something to behold. Add in the knowledgeable staff and their caring, informative demeanor and you have a winner. I didn't get any food, but I would have to guess that most go here for the beer selection. Highly recommend. (365 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

My company had our annual sales meeting here in Denver. We always have a variety of activities planned at these meetings, and one of the choices was a Brewery Tour. Needless to say, I signed up for the brewery tour. This was our last stop of the day (2nd stop).

This place was by far and away the best stop of the day. We were directed to the downstairs area, which was reminiscent of a Belgian Beer house or something. It was in the basement, but had pool tables and dart boards and seemed like the perfect place to throw down pint after pint.

The selection was incredible. They had about 60 taps on hand and all looked delicious, with focus on Colorado craft beers. I cant remember which ones we had, but they tasted fresh and cold and delicious.

I highly recommend this place. Right in the middle of downtown and definitely worth a stop. (845 characters)

Photo of drned
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Guided by a local parking attendant, we found this unassuming taphouse sports 92 taps with the best of the west. Great attention from the bar keep with knowledge and guidance. And the patrons are just as friendly and personable. Great experience from wandering around looking for great beer. . (293 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of UtahRascally
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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). (1,982 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (497 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Beercules13
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (673 characters)

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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. (467 characters)

Photo of andholio
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
2.8/5  rDev -36.2%
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. (472 characters)

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
97 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.