Bull & Bush Brewery

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Bull & Bush BreweryBull & Bush Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4700 Cherry Creek Dr S
Denver, Colorado, 80246
United States

(303) 759-0333 | map

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of jwhancher
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Came here the Sunday after GABF mostly to try their award winning Turnip the Beets. Walked through the main bar area which seemed quite nice. No seating for four plus a baby so we sat out on the patio in the sun.

The service we had was horrible. Not sure if it was the girl's first day or not, but she really didn't have a clue. Among her mistakes, she messed up my brother's entre order and didn't know what a cask beer was until I informed her it was listed on the beer menu. When my cask beer did arrive, it was beyond flat and the head had completely subsided to the point where I easily lost a few ounces of beer to the pint glass. It was such a shame. Plus, she often took a very, very long time to check back in with us.

Ordered a burger with fries and a side of chili. Came out a little cold as it felt like it was sitting in the kitchen too long - probably because our server forgot about it. Burger still didn't taste all that but the chili was quite good.

Prices were on the high side. They didn't take AHA cards for any kinds of discount.

Overall, I was greatly disappointed as it was my first time there and I really wanted to like this place as my brother talked some good things about it. I'll honestly have second thoughts on coming again the next time I'm in Denver.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of mentor
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is difficult to find. It's a low set-back building among a group of large apartment-type buildings. The roads in the area are not a neat grid pattern, which contributed to our confusion as we drove past probably 5 or 6 times before finally finding the destination. We entered into a large dining room with a bar along the back side. Decor was dark wood and English pub despite the large number of TVs for sports lovers. We were seated outside, as the dinner rush was finishing up. The atmosphere was loud and the crowd was young college/recent grad types. Menu selection was English pub fare and service was rather slow. They had a large number of different styles on tap, as well as a vintage cellar to choose from. The two beers I had were not particularly impressive (buttery notes). A bit far of a drive for us to make a standard date destination, especially considering our mediocre experience.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of paulheuts
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I tried two beers here. The "Man Beer" was a pretty good representation of an English IPA. The summer ale was not impressive at all. Food was also mediocre. Other people rave about the atmosphere but the interior actually lacks character and very tacky. It was stuffy inside, could use more ventilation for sure. However, they do have a very extensive collection of whisky. There are many more nicer beer establishments in Denver. Do not recommend this place. One of my least favorite brew pubs in the area.

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Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I had a few beers here with my Dad while on vacation. The atmosphere inside is very divey. Shaky chairs, old bar, carpet that is older than me, and probably has not been clean in that same amount of time. To say the bar area is dark is an under statement. I can barely see my hand in front of my face. The patio outside is great though.

The service is nondescript. Give them your order, and they bring beer. Nothing to complicated, I did not have food, but seems pretty much pub grub.

The house beer selection goes from pils to stout. The ESB I had was below average at best, tasted like nail polish and vinegar, as was the pils. A decent amber ale, and I enjoyed the brown. I originally thought they had cask beers because some of the tap handles looked like a hand pull. Though that was not the case. A bit disappointing for me. An extensive selection of aged bottles to choose from as well. JW Lees, Drie Fonteinen, that sort of thing. All at premium cost, but the draughts are all reasonable.

Overall a laid back divey place. The house beers are not bad, just not great. Not something I would go out of my way for, especially in this town. Though a very nice relaxing time spent with Pops, and I can't beat that.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Bull & Bush sits in southeast Denver but not too far out of the way if you're beer hunting. Though I typically enjoy British style pubs, I wasn't much impressed with the vibe of the place. On one hand it's a sports bar...large TV's all over. On the other hand it's dark (too dark) and laid back. Not sure what they're shooting for because the two themes seems to clash with each other and for some reason didn't work well with me.

The beers for the most part were good. I greatly enjoyed Gargamel and Man Beer, but the others were so-so. They had five regulars and one specialty (Gargamel) on draft. Though I didn't partake, I did appreciate seeing a cellar list, and I wish more brewpubs had something like this available.

The service and food were good. We ordered shrimp tacos...maybe too spicy for our taste, but the rest of the menu looked appetizing. They also have a cool retail "closet" with tons of shirts, logoed glasses, etc. for purchase.

Bull & Bush is a good place, but I'm not so sure I'd revisit unless I happen to be right in the area. Being the highest rated brewpub in the Denver area, I believe I was expecting more. Go for Man Beer if you must have it at the source.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of benito
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

For its architecture alone, Bull and Bush is worth a visit: the building, white and brown, resembling a medieval inn, stands alone amongst the high rises and tract suburbs of Glendale (near Cherry Creek in Denver) and is a refreshing aberration in the landscape. Inside, the dimly lit and cavernous dining room offers an ambience to match the unique exterior. Were it not for the ubiquitous televisions, it would be easy to think that I'd walked into 18th century London. Interestingly, there are at least two other brewpubs in the Denver area (Pints and Cheshire Cat) that go for the same, "authentic British pub" feel. They both could learn a lot from Bull and Bush.

On both of my visits last week, the service was friendly and fast. They were excited to share samples of the eleven brews on tap even though they didn't have a comprehensive sample platter. The food was standard pub fare and tasted like standard pub fare, and the beers ran the gamut from exceptional (The Tower ESB) to interesting (Man Beer) to flavorless (Big Ben Brown).

Overall, this is a refreshingly different brewpub that gets a lot of legs from its atmosphere and staff. It's rare that those things can cover up for average beer, but Bull and Bush manages to pull it off. I'll happily stop here to check things out from now on whenever I'm in Denver.

On a separate note...their Bull and Bush paraphanalia is creatively designed and catchy ("the beer you've been practicing for"). Many another brewpub would benefit from finding out who did B&B's artwork.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of frazbri
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I visited the Bull & Bush the Saturday of the GABF. We met up with some of our new drinking buddies from the BA pub crawl.

The Bull & Bush has a very inviting British pub atmospheres. (or at least an American idealized Brit pub feel) There are plenty of flat screen televisions to show whatever games might be on, but this didn't drag the scene down to basic sportsbar level. The room was dimly lit and the volume level was at conversation friendly decibles.

The B&B's beer selection was more than adequate. They were out of a couple beers, including the Man Beer, but this wasn't shocking considering this was the last day of the GABF. The range of beers were what you'd expect at the average brew pub. The standout for me was the ESB. This beer beckoned me to sit at the bar and have a few pints.

The food is basic pub grub. Some of what we ordered was very good, some was just okay. I would eat here again, but it wasn't anything I'd rave about.

Our service was a bit of a mixed bag. I sat at the bar while waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. The barmaids were quick, friendly and helpful. We moved to a table to eat, and our server wasn't quite as sharp. He was friendly enough, but he moved in slow motion.

I enjoyed me visit to the Bull & Bush. It's a very comfortable place.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Interesting late night stop on a recent trip to Denver...

Clearly a well-traveled and time-tested brewpub, but it just felt a little dusty and archaic on the inside. I only had a chance to sample the RIS but, despite its rating, was damn near impossible to finish.

It's probably worth another look in the future, but first impressions were not great. Very dead on the Thursday of GABF.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.73/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Made a trip to Denver just to visit. Pretty easy to find from I-25 and good amount of parking around. The building is like an old English Inn and decorated similarly inside. Plenty of seating around with a log bar in the main room. We sat on the stage where they had the fire going, nice touch. We walked around the place and there was a great patio that no one was sitting at but it was warm enough that someone could.

The beer selection was good but may have something to do with the season. They had their usual beers Pilsner, Pale, IPA, ESB, Red, Brown and Stout. There was a dunkleweizen as well that I don’t think was on their normal line up but was part of their tasters. They also had three seasonal Imp Stout, Barleywine and Lambic which were all above 11%. Of the regulars, the ESB and the IPA (Man Beer) were pretty good. There was a theme of all the beers that maybe they shared with the yeast. They all had a buttery taste and seemed that they were not aged log enough. Of the bigger beers, the Lambic was just down bad, the Imp Stout was super chocolate and the Barleywine was excellent. Maybe if they would have bottled and aged it…maybe, maybe not.

The food was typical English cuisine. Fish n Chips and the like, but my wife had the Green Chili Soup which was pretty good. We had some nachos as well and they were below average. The staff was knowledgeable enough but not exactly friendly. The prices were a little steep for what we got. The premium beers I don’t think were priced right and their were some food options that seem to be high but maybe that is me.

Overall it was a good visit but not sure if I would travel just for B&B again. I would like to go again though.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.73/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

The interior atmosphere (and exterior) of the Bull & Bush are something that will remain with you long after your visit. If you'd prefer more sunlight, there is also covered outdoors patio seating w/ table service as well. What a great building and patrons for some memorable times imbibing with friends.

Always a solid selection of brews, with a range from OK to excellent.

A little something for everyone. When I come here we are typicaly meeting friends for a meal and I've always been happy with their food also but the bigger meals can get a bit more pricy. The new kitchen did not change the interior at all, so I assume the back of the house is running smoother now that the remodel is finished.

Bull & Bush is a Denver landmark restaurant & brewery. You don't stay around for 43 years by not doing many different things right.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
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