Blake Street Tavern

Bar, Eatery

2301 Blake Street
Unit 1
Denver, Colorado, 80205-2199
United States

(303) 675-0505 | map

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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Atmosphere - looks like most of the reviews of this place are outdated. BST is at the same location, but has expanded the space. Huge, open seating and bar area, game room and several areas designated for watch parties (Tailgate Room, Board Room). Many alumni groups hold watch parties for their college teams and many NFL fan bases do the same, so the vibe is really fun!
Quality - decent beer and food offerings, but other than a few, I wouldn't make this a must stop.
Service - considering how busy the place was, service was very good; quick and attentive!
Selection - I'd say 15- 20 on tap, with the majority being some standard Colorado offerings, such as New Belgium and Odell's, along with the fizzy yellow water; bottles and cans were more of the same, mixed with some Flying Dog, but they did have Lagunitas Sucks!
Food - standard pub fare; we were watching football and having beers, so we were sharing aps, so can't speak to the entrees, but nothing sounded great.
Overall - for a sports bar, this place is great! For a destination for craft beer fans...there are way better options in the area.

Nov 08, 2015
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Floydster from California

2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Stumbled upon this place while visiting the Stranahan's distillery right next door, did not plan on going here but went in for a quick beer, walk in and see what you would expect from a standard pub or older sports bar, depressing to still see Flying Dog stuff everywhere like murals, posters, accessories, empty bottles, etc. this was especially sad for me because Gonzo was the brew that got me into craft beer and this is where it all started, now it is gone unfortunately, six different Flying Dog taps though and they were all the standards that are available in six packs, other taps were macros pretty much, pretty sure our bartender already had a few beers by the time we got there around noon on a Monday, only two people and ourselves in the whole place, prices were average for pints but why pay nearly the same amount for a pint when you can buy a sixer of the same amount for a few dollars more, probably would never go back here with all the other great stuff in town,

May 09, 2009
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had a bit of extra time on my last trip to Denver, so thought I would check out a couple places I haven't been before.
This is attached to the Flying Dog Brewery and has most of their beers on tap. I went down thru the restaurant area to have a seat at the bar and watch some sports on the small TVS. It is a fairly large spot, with a separate games room with shuffleboard and other video games. Several Flying Dog logos were painted on the walls. It was mid afternoon, so fairly quiet, service was attentive without being annoying. I think 12 taps with 6 Flying Dog beers. On special were Double Dog and Gonzo - $3 for small glasses, both very tastey. No food this time. Happy Hour prices were great.

Apr 27, 2008
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

So, as stated before, this place is connected to the brewery, in a round-about way (they share the restrooms). It's a sports bar cousin, I suspect to attract the overflow from the Rockies' games...if they actually overflow. (perhaps to drown sorrows). Anyway, they have most of the FlyDog brews on tap, and some others as well; macros and some distant domestic (nothing else local).
I find it hard to go here, just because the Falling Rock is just down the street and the Flying Dog tap room is about 25 steps away. Not to mention the Great Divide tap room is blocks away, with free tastings. Still, if this place were somewhere else it would be solid.

Aug 03, 2007
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is like the house organ for Flying Dog and used to be directly connected to the brewery. Now, it is run as a separate enterprise. The doorway opened right onto the maitre dÂ’ station with a set of restaurant seats off to the left. To get to the bar, I descended a flight of steps, navigated a sea of restaurant seating with booths off to the far left, and arrived at the relatively short bar all of the way aft. The kitchen was off to the left with the washrooms off to the right, through a doorway. To the extreme right was a game room with a couple of video games and a shuffleboard table. Above the bar was the name of the place, writ large in stainless steel. The Ralph Steadman Flying Dog logos were painted on a lot of the walls. There was a separate lounge area with leather sofas and chairs on the upper level, far right. I actually ate here, subsisting on a burger and fries, washed down with a Flying Dog IPA. Yum yum.

Oct 24, 2006
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SidSales from England

4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to Blake St whilst on holiday from the UK. My wife wanted to try the beers from Flying Dog.

This is what in the UK we would call a brewery tap for Flying Dog Brewery. I asked to buy a T shirt but the brewery part is closed at weekends.

The was a game going on at Coors Field so the pub was not that busy at the time we were there. If we had been to the game they offerd a free beer if you brought your ticket stub in.

A sporting bar with pictures of the doggy style beers adorning the walls. 8 beers were on the menu of which I tried 6.

I tried In Heat Wheat, Doggie Style Pale, Snake Dog IPA, Road Dog Porter, Heller Hound Bock and Tire Bite Golden.
We all agreed the Pale Ale and Porter were the best.

Jul 02, 2005
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slander from New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Having pit stopped at Breckenridge for a quick beer, we had fallen a bit behind. Everyone was well into fooding by the time we arrived at Blake Street...
A dozen or so tables line the raised seating areas on both sides of the room and another dozen and a half booths and tables rest below in the center pit with the bar lying beyond this to the rear of the room. It's a 12 seat "L" shaped bar with a side room off of it with a pool table and a pair of Phil's golf games. The room has blue and yellow walls with sizable painted reproductions of the wonderful Ralph Steadman artwork that adorn the Flying Dog labels and large black & white framed photographs of old stadiums and ball parks (Ebbets Field, Yankee Stadium, Fenway, Forbes, Wrigley, Bakerbowl, The Pologrounds).
21 taps, 7 of which are the Flying Dog beers made in the backyard, the Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale, Guinness, Harp, Bass, Boddingtons, Stella, and assorted wah. 2 dozen plus bottles, all macros, maltos and NA's. We ordered some food, mostly your standard pub grub, apps and the like, and then I headed out back to take in the Flying Dog brewery tour. Ellis showed us around the place and then led us into "Stranahan's", Colorado's only micro distillery. We got to sample the Whiskey. It's nice. "Is this commercially available?", you ask. No, not for another year and a half. It's aging, you see. Both tours were impressive but it's getting time to head on again, so I return to our table to find that "someone" (whose Colorado BA name shall remain unstated) woofed the rest of my motz sticks (And he stole a pint glass, too? Negative Karma Points abound!!!)
The place used to be owned and run by Flying Dog but they now just serve as the landlord so they can focus on making beer. I've got 5 words for you... "Fresh Road Dog Scottish Porter".

Nov 05, 2004
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited this bar during the recent 2004 BA pub crawl on Friday afternoon.
The bar space is rented from the Flying Dog brewery located in the back. Flying Dog used to run the bar but decided to focus on the beer making aspects more.
The place doesnt look like much from outside but indoors it is rather cool. There are some tables and chairs close to the door along with a pool table. Then a set of stairs leads downwards to the remaining tables and chairs and a series of booths on the side walls. There is also a rectangular bar of about 15-20 stools. The area was slightly dimly lit around 4:30 ish when we arrived. Ceilings show exposed ventilation ducts which I always like.
Several TVs on the walls for sports etc.
Fun mix of tunes play as we ate some appetizers and enjoyed a few DOggie Style Pale Ales. The beer selection inlcuded all brands from Flying Dog and many of the usual suspects at a pub. Food was mostly brew pub fare and the cheese fries were tasty, would have had some other food but someone else snagged it all. The service was great with a friendly waitress who was also cute IMHO. SHe was very helpful and if/when she didnt know beer questions she would find out and get back to our table.
Went on a brewery tour with Ellis and had a good time. Much larger facility than expected. WE also got to check out the newly formed Colorado Whisky distillery. Quite a good setup going there. The whisky was nice for being only 4 years young. Hope to see some in CT in 1.5 years when it is commercially avaialable.

Overall a good place to stop. Good and fresh beer is hard to turn up and the overall experience was positive for sure. Not sure what the place is like on a fri/sat evening though.

Oct 05, 2004
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WaywardSeaman from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

There's an interesting story behind my visit here...I was in town for the 2001 Great American Beer Festival, and figured that I wouldn't have time to visit Flying Dog, what with all the other things already on my plate. Anyway, as I was standing in line at one of the ticket windows at Coors Field, I overhead a guy in the crowd offering tickets to anyone who could use them. I quickly jumped out of line and was given two tickets, with the instructions that I make a new friend and treat them to the other ticket.

I was a bit hungover after the previous night's session, and in no mood to stand around trying to find another loner to give the extra ticket to, so I pocketed it and walked on in. The game quickly turned into a complete blowout, however, so I decided to leave the stadium and walk a few blocks up to Flying Dog for lunch.

The bar looks like what most people's vision of a biker bar would be, and the service did nothing to disprove that notion. The beer and food were average, though I must say that it took longer than expected to get waited on and longer than expected for my order to arrive. Suffice to say that I was a bit disappointed with the place, seeing as their bottled beers are pretty decent and distributed over a good portion of the country.

As I walked back toward Coors Field, I listened to the radio broadcast that was being carried over the outside speakers, and discovered that the game was actually close again. So I gladly pulled the extra ticket out of my pocket and walked back through the turnstiles, just in time to see Tony Gwynn receive a standing ovation for getting one of the last hits of his career.

In summary, don't go out of your way to visit Flying Dog. There are plenty of other things to in Denver when you're hungover, like enjoying a couple beers at Falling Rock or Wynkoop.

Aug 24, 2003
Blake Street Tavern in Denver, CO
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 14 ratings