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Falling Rock Tap House

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

196 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
379
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
6.14%
 
 
Taps:
92
Bottles/Cans:
130
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Falling Rock Tap HouseFalling Rock Tap House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1919 Blake St
Denver, Colorado, 80202-1229
United States

(303) 293-8338 | map
www.fallingrocktaphouse.com

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 379
Photo of Vinithing
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

I was a little disappointed after reading all the reviews. It's a cool beer bar for sure, nice patio as well. The service wasn't good at all. Their "cellar" list hasn't been updated since 9/15. Still a cool place to stop in Denver but nothing mind blowing b

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Photo of timzim
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by on my drive back to Kansas City and almost had to stay the night. Was able to get Pliny the Elder on tap among other beers I don't see back home. Very nice and helpful staff, great environment.

Right when we were about to leave they were passing out menus for a stout festival - one of the several festivals they were having around that time - and saw lots of stouts that I've always wanted to try. Unfortunately I had to make that entire drive back to KC so I couldn't stick around.

I plan on coming back here any time I'm around Denver. I've suggested this place to friends and coworkers that are much more knowledgeable about beer and they absolutely loved it.

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Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Lately I've been steering clear of establishments that are understood to be institutions. Not that they're bad--quite the opposite, actually. You have to be good to become an institution. But these place tend to be busy, sometimes even replete with parking lot flaggers and hours-long waits. And while all that business is great for them, it makes it hard to really sink into the place. There's no intimacy. Size necessarily cheapens friendliness, and immense success erases much of the need to cultivate relationships with customers.

I stopped by Falling Rock in the mid afternoon on a Tuesday, so many of these concerns were moot. Still, the vibe was exceptional; erudite yet approachable, immense yet accessible.

The bar is super long. There's about 20 or so consistent taps and then another dozen rotators that follow a monthly gimmick (February is BA barley wines). Out of the 30+ plus taps, maybe half were rare or rare-ish, and several were downright hard to find, including aged BCBS Barleywine, several vintages of Dry Dock's Bligh's, one offs from CO and CA brewers, and Pliney the friggin' Elder, just sitting there like it's no huge deal.

The dining area is immense. There's the long, elevated bar, an expansive upstairs area with booths and high tops, and then an equally large downstairs with pool tables and other games.

The decor is pretty old school: woody, nicely lit, and a selection of beer signs rivaled only by the National Brewania Museum in Potosi, WI. The decor doesn't seem at all centrally planned--at no point did someone say "this is how this place is gonna look." I'm sure they adjust it afew months, and even the basement was as clean as could be, but overall it's got a spontaneous feel to it, an aesthetic ethos that avoids all senses of fakeness or pretense but is still well cultivated. And that pretty much sums up the place as a whole.

Oh--I almost forgot the best part! This place is literally a block away from Coors Field! I'm sure it gets crazy busy during games, and that will mitigate much of vibe (as it would literally anywhere), but this is easily the best ballpark bar I've ever seen.

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Photo of SStein
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Went there for the Pliny The Younger tapping. Everything was well organized. There was a good selection of beer, and everything was priced reasonably. Had the hummus plate and the chile cheese fries, both were very good.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I don't know how it gets much better than this place. Great pub vibe, lots of TVs, I've always experienced great service and the selection is outstanding. A pleasant surprise is the food is pretty good as well.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

this place is a true gem in denver!
i try to get here at least a few times a year and would go more but i live over an hour away
i used to work a few blocks from here and made it more regular stop
vibe is classic bar /pub
quality of beers is extraordinary !
service is solid although i try to avoid this place during home rockies games
servers are generally knowledgeable about the beers on tap and in bottle
selection of beers cannot be beat both on draft and in bottles rarities galore
food is classic pub grub but solid never had anything bad here
they also do events and tappings all the time
i get emails from them with alerts to happenings....just wish i could be there more often
great place!

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Photo of hoppiechic
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place! Always a must when in Denver. Has a very comfortable atmosphere/great service like you've been a hundred times even if it's only been a few. Amazing selection of beer and a lot to choose from. Love the anticipation of getting a chance at those rare & hard to get anywhere else beers. Highly recommend this place. It will always be in the top of my to do list for Denver trips.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of RayReed522
4.49/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of IPAFan521
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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 .

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Photo of ricknelson
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of durlta
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Wow. Quite the place. Tons of taps and a pretty serious bottle list that is likely out dated. Had a great night there and a pretty tasty lunch the next day. Check this place out for sure.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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Photo of roan22
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of bsinger45
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.71/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of kjb32812
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of drned
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
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. .

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Photo of glass_house
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of UtahRascally
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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).

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
97 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.