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Falling Rock Tap House

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

196 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1919 Blake St
Denver, Colorado, 80202-1229
United States

(303) 293-8338 | map
www.fallingrocktaphouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
382
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
Taps:
92
Bottles/Cans:
130
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 382
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is a legendary beer bar. I have heard lots about this place. Lets see how it goes...

As I walk up I see a TON of people out front. Loud music, and crowd. Did I just walk into a party/frat bar? The answer is NO. It is a breast cancer benefit. That is awesome. As I walk in, it becomes much less crazy than outside. The White Album was playing at a reasonable level, next come Roy Orbison. Again, really cool. A bar goes along the right, with a large patio outside, and I think an area downstairs. Dark wood abound. The wonderful tap wall covers the entire right hand side.

The service is decent, but with a bit of attitude. I asked what was on cask, the bartender said he did not know cause everything rotates so much. Throws me a menu, which lacked any reference to cask. I point that out, and he just scoffs, I guess I am not having any cask beer. The bar tenders do know the beer to a T. There are plenty of regulars, and they pay a little more attention to them than everyone else. Which is fine, just a little annoying. Lots of cool patrons that are always up for a chat as well.

Tons of beer. I can't list all of them. Highlights on tap, Bruery Coton, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig. A lot of local beers as well. Odell, Avery, Great Divide. There is a hole book dedicated to Belgian bottles. Fullers Vintage Ale, that goes all the way back to 97 (the first year). Thomas Hardy that goes back to 94. An awesome selection. Several Russian River "sours" in bottles. Quality seemed fine from what I had, but I can't imagine that they have a lot of turn over on some things?

This place is really cool. What I find even more impressing than the selection, is the fact that there is no light filler. A must visit.

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Photo of JoeMans
4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TooGood
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of lemmy187
4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of aasher
3.01/5  rDev -31.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of cadaugherty
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of GregTuttle7
1/5  rDev -77.2%
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 -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of timzim
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Akeah
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Nhmp105
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of jrsaffert
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dub_deuce22
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SStein
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Went there for the Pliny The Younger tapping. Everything was well organized. There was a good selection of beer, and everything was priced reasonably. Had the hummus plate and the chile cheese fries, both were very good.

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Photo of WesM63
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of kristyn14
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of tmac
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
97 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.
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