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Falling Rock Tap HouseFalling Rock Tap House

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(303) 293-8338 | map

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Reviews by mkorpal:
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

So, after many years of living in Colorado, I finally made it into the famous Falling Rock (in my defense, I was underage for most of it). All I can tell you is that it's like being a kid in a candy store. They have a very impressive tap selection with a huge bottle selection to boot. Every single tap flows with high quality beer. If your looking for bud light, this is not the place for you.

Atmosphere: There are over 20,000 bottles and tap handles covering just about every square inch of the walls of this place. It is actually a little intimidating. Other than that, it is a very typical bar, with little lighting and a very old feel to it. I wouldn't say it was in fact dirty, but it sure made you feel that way.

Service: The service was a lot better that what i expected based on previous reviews. My best friend and myself sat at a booth next to the bar. It took a few minutes for the staff to find us, but when they did, they took good care of us. I wish I could have gotten out servers name, but I didn't. She was awesome. Very knowledgeable, and quick. She was able to pair us up with beers based on what we had been ordering and she did a very good job at that. She also brought us a few samples to try before we dove into full pints.

Selection: It's incredible. Over 60 taps with a ton of bottles. A beer for just about every occasion.

Food: It was actually not bad. I had the blackened bacon cheeseburger, which was very good.

Value: The beer is world class, so the prices tend to be quite high.

Some things they need to improve on...
The website hasn't been updated in forever. If they could spend just a few minutes every week updating the beer list and the menu, that would be nice.
Their beer menus are quite disappointing. They were out of quite a few on the list and they had beers that never showed up. What they should do is update it quickly, and put a small review of each beer on there and maybe even BA's rating. I know that would take more than one piece of paper, but it would be very nice.

All in all, it's the best beer bar in the rocky mountain west, and probably top ten in the county.

Beers we had on this visit...

Oskar Blues Old Chub
New Belgium's Erics Ale
Avery 15th Aneversery Ale
Victories Golden Monkey

My Friend
Spaten Optimator
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
Urthel Hop-It
Duchesse De Bourgogne

all on tap

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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
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