Rackhouse Pub

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Rackhouse PubRackhouse Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

208 S Kalamath St
Denver, Colorado, 80223-1813
United States

(720) 570-7824

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Reviews by Domingo:
Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is one of those places that popped up a few months ago and is making a strong run at the more established beer stops in the area. For anyone who remembers it, this is in the old "Heavenly Daze" building.
The first thing you'll notice is that the Rackhouse is pretty large. There's a long bar at the entrance, about a half dozen high-top bar tables, 3-4 normal tables, and 12 or so booths.
Looks a whole lot like a normal bar with a small stage. One odd thing is that even though there are a fair number of tables/booths - it almost feels like they're not maximizing the space they have. A little bit of shuffling around would probably free up 20% more room without making it any more crowded.
Food consists of gourmet pizza options, sandwiches, burgers, and chili. There's no deep fryer, so they instead have things like baked wings, mac & cheese, and vegetables to replace french fries. Honestly, it's a nice change of pace. There are a ton of great burger/fries places after all. The food's good and the portions are large.
The beer menu is pretty stellar. No garbage taking up space here! There are taps from Odell, Bristol, Breckenridge, Ska, Great Divide, Left Hand, New Belgium, Avery, Flying Dog, Dry Dock, and more.
Along with the "typical" beers from those brewers, you'll find rarities like the NB Lips of Faith line, Breckenridge 471 series, Odell small batch brews, and even one of a kind offerings like the Avery Czar aged in Stranahan whiskey barrels. Speaking of which, the Rackhouse is affiliated with Stranahan's and it's readily available as well.
Prices are reasonable, and they have a sampler for $8 that'll net you 1/3 pints for 4 beers. Those 4 can be anything you like - so it's quite the deal and is a great way to try lots of beers without getting tipsy.
Service is nothing special, but it has gotten better. If there's an area that could improve, that's the one.
While there's nothing really near the place right now, in a few years there's a decent chance that the Broadway/Santa Fe area will fill in and this place will be in a seriously prime location. For now, you really have to be headed here to end up at the Rackhouse.

The Rackhouse is doing lots of things right and very few wrong. The service is a tiny bit spotty, and the layout is odd...but those are honestly minor gripes.

The location is unusual, but forward-thinking and still extremely convenient for anyone driving through Denver.

EDIT: Recently they've added lots of new parking, service has improved, and they've refined their menu a bit, too. This has become one of my most consistent stops in the area. Avoid it like the plague on the 1st Friday of every month (Santa Fe Art Walk = massive crowds of non-regulars) but otherwise I'd say the Rackhouse is as good of a spot as any in Denver. Plus, this area IS starting to fill-in already.
Ignore my previous scoring (I don't tinker with old review numbers) and keep in mind that the Rackhouse is one of the top 3 spots in the Denver area for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Taperwookie
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spoony
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Finally made it over to the Rackhouse a few days ago...

A-The place is tucked into a distillery near the highway and the railroad tracks, which makes for a slightly industrial setting, but it is no different than any number of brew pubs around town, and the restaurant is clean and big.

Q-The Rackhouse offers a solid selection of good brews with a decent tap list that includes some bigger Colorado and out-of-state names and some lesser-known/harder-to-find locals.

Ser-The low spot for me was service. Our waiter was friendly, but did not seem to know much about the beer he was slinging. We also waited a long time to get our first round (after ordering), and the food service was spotty all night (appetizers came out instantly, entrees came out late...).

Sel-The selection is pretty decent, though it is nothing spectacular compared with the competition. The tap list leans heavily on Colorado brews, which is fine since there are so many good ones, but if you want something from out-of-state, the choices are more limited. Their special events sound pretty intriguing.

F-The food is typical pub fare, but it is well-executed and tasty. The specialty is mac and cheese (served in measuring cups), and they do some nice twists on the traditional style, e.g., chili mac. My sandwich was tasty and the side salad was fresh and crisp. The pizzas sound tasty, as well, although I can't vouch for them.

O-I will definitely consider adding the Rackhouse into my regular rotation. The place offers good food, a good beer list, and pretty good value. I can also write off one night of bad service if they improve the next time.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Rackhouse Pub is located several blocks away from anything else of interest. Inside, it's a comfortable, slightly up-scale pub. A long bar with a couple TVs on the wall, a bunch of small tables with chairs, and all very dimly lit.

It's attached to Stranahans whiskey distillery so obviously there is an emphasis on whiskey but there is also a great selection of beer on tap. It's mostly Colorado beers and that is no bad thing. It should also be noted that a lot of these beers are small batch, limited availability, in other words, not Fat Tire.

Service is friendly and prompt. I don't know the name of the server but she was friendly and sincere.

The food was surprisingly good for a pub. I had a very good burger and delicious baked potato wedges.

Overall a worthy place to visit in Denver for great beer and food.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nestled inside the Stranahans Distillery is a very nice pub...

Great burgers with a wonderful selection of Colorado brews. Nothing fancy or over the top (~20 taps), but better then the average bar (think Old C's). Highly recommend to cure your burger hankerings. Burgers rage from $10 for basic to $16 for fancy. Full menu is also offered, but seemed a bit pricy.

Service was average for Colorado too. Quality was spot on for the menu prices. Brews however we not served in proper glassware in case this bothers you...

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Rackhouse is another favorite, and it's not too far from my house...double bonus! In the "basement" of Stanahan's distillery, this gem is almost literally hidden, but still a hopping place. It's almost always pretty crowded, but rightfully so. The food is spectacular (mac n cheese is freaking amazing), and the service is pretty good. They have about 15(?) taps which feature mostly Colorado brews - a cool idea for a Colorado distillery. Of course, there's the whiskey; they have a great selection with tons of vintages and varieties. I've taken both friends my age and my parents, and the atmosphere has suited both very well. Check out the tour of the distillery if you can; very informative and fun.

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Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by this pub during a recent trip to Denver. Connected to the Stranahan Distillery, this place offers a large selection of whiskey, bourbon scotch and other liquors as well as selection of 12-15 CO beers on draft at all times.

When I was visiting the distillery was closed but the back room in the Rackhouse has a bunch of large windows with views of the equipment. The inside of the pub is very dark with a long bar with ample seating and a large dinning area with plenty of tables. The walls are lined with old oak barrels and the shelves behind the bar are filled with bottles and bottles of different liquors. I really enjoyed the vibe of this place and it contributed to my great experience.

The bartender(who's name I can't recall) was really cool and did a great job recommending spirits and beers to everyone and actually remembered everyone's name sitting at the bar after only being told once. Impressive. He was very knowledgeable and friendly letting me sample whatever I wanted before deciding on what to order.

I'm conflicted on how rate the selection here. As mentioned above, they have about 12-15 beers, all but one brewed in CO, but they had a crazy selection of spirits including the whiskey made next door at Stranahans. They had a few things from Avery, Great Divide, Left Hand, Wynkoop, etc. but the coolest part was being able to drink Stranahans Whiskey side by side with Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter that was aged in Stranahan whiskey barrels. Wee pours of the house whiskey were only $3! I didn't eat anything here but the food looked good.

Overall, I loved this place. They offer flights of beers, serve great whiskey from next door, has an excellent selection of spirits, a great vibe and excellent service. I highly recommend visiting this place. Make sure you bring a DD!!!

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Photo of brewdenver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Whiskey barrels everywhere and plenty of room. This is a really nice place from the moment you walk in. The quality of service and food was exceptional. Not only do the servers know their beers but they also know their whiskeys. They have a large selection of beers on tap roughly 20. What is even better is they are all local breweries. They have a nice food. Not all of it is your typical bar fair food. So that makes it even better. Price is good overall. On the plus side you can do a tour of the distillery while you are there. For all those beer and whiskey lovers it's a very nice bonus.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Rackhouse Pub is attached to Stranahan's distillery so you can get a tour at specified times. They have a very good selection of Colorado micros on tap and usually one out of state offering. The beers are things you might not find anywhere else like black fox or upslope or just crazy barrel aged stuff from CO locals. I'd imagine they probably get cool beers because they supply cool barrels. The street tacos are delicious and two got two dollars on Thursdays. The staff is cool and prices are very reasonable especially during happy hour.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

After a tour of Stranahan's distillery, we stopped in to check this place out, and to have some beer baked mac'n' cheese. YUM!
The old Heavenly Daze brewery got a great overhaul. This place is whisky influenced and rightfully so. Not quaint, but comfortable atmosphere. The high ceilings give it an impersonal side, though. Still quite inviting.
Service was great, the bartenders talked to us about the place, whisky and beer. About 20 beer selections on tap, all but one from CO. Some macro bottles or cans, I didn't check or cared. Food is basic, but very good. Nothing special aside of a salmon anti-hero.
Hard place to find, but easy once you know where it is.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been here a couple of times now. Staff is friendly and happy to pour samples from the 20 taps. Say hello to Scott or Kayley.

Tucked away of the interstate in a not too great, somewhat industrial neighborhood. Don't be deterred.

Burgers, wings, salads, heros and ribs on the menu. But the best thing on the menu is the half bird - rosemary and roasted garlik boned out chicken, served on wilted greens with a small side of kikin' mac and cheese.

Tried the La Folie and Modus Hoperandi. Will go back for a whiskey barrel aged beer (They are adjacent to Stranahans Distilery.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place opened in my neighborhood a while back, and after a few visits, I'd thought I'd share my thoughts. This place has a pretty cool atmosphere, with a decor heavily inspired by the Stranahan's distillery next door. The service has always been great on my visits, though I've heard otherwise from friends who have visited. The food here ranged from decent bar food (the $2 pulled pork sliders on tuesday nights) to culinary genius (the mussels--the best I've had). Mostly standard bar food, but very well done. The tap list features approximately 20 Colorado beers, most of which are fairly standard, although occasionally rare treats pop up: Avery The Beast, Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout and Stranhan's aged versions of Avery's The Czar and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Overall, I'd recommend this place for a relaxed meal and a few nice pints (esp. at happy hour, when all beers are a dollar off), and I consider it to be a fine new addition to the Denver beer scene.

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Rackhouse Pub in Denver, CO
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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