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Falling Rock Tap House

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

195 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
371
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
6.12%
 
 
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: 195 | Ratings: 371
Reviews by brownbeer:
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I counted about 75 tap handles with Lost Abbey, Russian River, SKA, Stone, New Belgium. They had a great selection of bottles as well including vintage Bigfoot and Old Crusty from the '90s and rare one off 750's. The prices aren't bad for what you are getting. They admit they're jerks, so don't worry and the service and drink greatness. The atomsphere is great as well with thousands of empties and old tap handles. They can get busy so show up early.

This has to be one of the top ten bars in the country.

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Photo of timzim
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Can_has_beer
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Akeah
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Nhmp105
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
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 jrsaffert
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dub_deuce22
4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SStein
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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 WesM63
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of kristyn14
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of tmac
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of MLDucky
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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 Daileyg13
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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 kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of cutsw
4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

One of my go to's at GABF

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Photo of M_chav
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.72/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JaredSammy
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
97 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.