Falling Rock Tap House

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97
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400 Ratings
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
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
200
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
5.91%
 
 
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Reviews by Domingo:
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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 button 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.

EDIT: Kind of funny that I wrote this review 10+ years ago. The place is pretty much the same as it was in 2006, too. The vibe hasn't changed much at all and the staff is like 90% the same as it was then, too. I've grown used to the surly staff and generally thing they're good folks, though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zimm421
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of B_B
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Zach122
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Love the beer selection there, usually have really good beers there, as well has some hard to find beers, they usually have Pliny on tap, or at least something from Russian River. Service isn't the best and the food is mediocre at best, basic bar food. The main reason to go is for the beer, they have a great list of taps, and bottles/cans.

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Photo of brights
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pros: had Pliny the elder on tap outside of California. That was a nice surprise.
Cons: had Pliny the younger on tap last weekend and next weekend but I'm missing both because I'm only here for 2 days

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Photo of msumike89
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
4.4 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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