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BA SCORE
97
world-class

197 Reviews
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
fallingrocktaphouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
390
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
6.14%
 
 
Taps:
92
Bottles/Cans:
130
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 390
Reviews by Domingo:
Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been in Denver for 4 years, so I guess it's about time I finally review the FRTH.
When you walk in, your beer geek inner self will likely freak out a little. There are bottles lining all of the walls. Literally hundreds of them. I glanced around just to see what they had and it's rather amazing. I'm not sure if EVERY beer was represented, but I found stuff as obscure as Kloster Andechs, an ancient Ballantine Ale bottle, and even an original looking Sam Adams.
There's also a gigantic wall of old taps containing retired brews, seasonals, or just items they didn't have at the time.
Its' fun to just look around, but on to the beer/food, right?
There's a normal sized bar with about 60 taps behind it, 10-12 booths, a lounge area, a patio (with 3 tables), and a downstairs with more booth seating.
At each booth there's a food menu, and a xeroxed beer sheet with the current offerings. This particular weekend there was no cask (there are usually a few offerings), but there were still roughly 100 total offerings at first glance. The first thing you'll notice is the Belgian selection is pretty large. The problem is, not all of the bottled items are actually available. Even with that said, there are still a ton that are.
We ended up trying the the New Belgium Eric's Ale (a lambic they're testing out), Maredsous 8, Paulaner Original, Ayinger Brau-Weiss, and a Lindeman Pomme. Just that alone is worth mentioning because how many other places would even carry 1-2 of those?
The waitstaff was adequate, but seemed a litte put off when we were choosing what we wanted. When I chose an item that was unavailable (Cantillon St. Lam.), it was like I'd asked for a Westy 12. If it's so unlikely to be available...maybe scratch it off the xerox beerlist printout? At the very least don't look at me like I'm crazy for asking for it. Maybe it was an off night, so I'll let it go.
Food's typical bar food, but is all hand prepped. The appetizers and snacks are excellent. Sandwiches/burgers are all fresh, and portions are good. The fried mushrooms are excellent. It's nice to see they're not just using the typical buttons mushrooms everyone else does.
Overall a kick-ass place...but not perfect. I'm not sure if I didn't look like a good tipper or if my pronunciation was off. I'll definitely go back, though. It's worth it for the beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NJB145
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of coones14
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of zotzot
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

Photo of Beervana
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

OK, I'll admit, I went here expecting to hate this place. But, surprise, I ended up having a good time here during my Denver beer tour.

Place is smaller than I expected, but was able to snag a seat at the long bar. Service was great, the bartender was friendly enough and really hustled to service the crowd - able to answer a quick question or two and crack a smile as well (a rarity in beer geek bars nowadays). Of course, the selection is pretty impressive.

Yes, there are lot of insufferable beer geeks here, but I managed to avoid beer discussions with them.

Enjoyed a RR Blind Pig and a local IPA that was quite tasty. Had a cup of green chili that was surprisingly good too.

Finally - a beer bar that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of JoeMans
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TooGood
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of lemmy187
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

I was a little disappointed after reading all the reviews. It's a cool beer bar for sure, nice patio as well. The service wasn't good at all. Their "cellar" list hasn't been updated since 9/15. Still a cool place to stop in Denver but nothing mind blowing b

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Photo of JustinSparks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of aasher
3.01/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of cadaugherty
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
4.4 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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