Falling Rock Tap House

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

195 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
373
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: 195 | Ratings: 373
Reviews by spoony:
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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Photo of GregTuttle7
1/5  rDev -77.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Horrible experience. Quintessential try too hard beer hipsters. Beyond cliche. The Jonestown of beer bars.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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 Can_has_beer
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Akeah
4.27/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Nhmp105
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 jrsaffert
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dub_deuce22
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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 WesM63
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of kristyn14
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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

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 Daileyg13
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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 kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of cutsw
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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