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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 thirdeye11:
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This place is absolutely lined to the gills with beer bottles, tap handles, and beer memorabilia. A true beer geek's haven to put it plainly. There are a decent amount of TVs for sports watching, the place never gets overly crowded (even on the night of a Denver Nuggets playoff game), and the overall vibe is nice.

I'm still not sure what the word "quality" is referring to on here. Maybe it means the quality of the beers I had. Or maybe it's the quality of the service? No that's already mentioned in another category. Either way the beers were served at appropriate temperatures, in appropriate glassware, and I had a great time.

Service was pretty good overall. I did find myself looking the bartender's way a couple of times, but I think I got better service than most in there even though I didn't know them. They warmed up to my wife and I quickly when we started ordering some of the better beers as opposed to some other patrons here.

Selection is absolutely out of this world. When I was there they had Cantillon on tap, Racer X, Pliny the Elder, and the list goes on and on. One of the absolute best selections if not THE best I've seen at ANY beer bar ever. Lost Abbey bottle selections (even some rarities) and plenty of others I can't even remember now.

Food was good and adequate and I would order food there again, but nothing to write home about. I liked it and I'd say eating there shouldn't be hesitated on.

The price of things was well within reason for what we ordered. I inquired about the Isabelle Proximus they had listed on the menu, and he told me if I wanted him to check if they had more it was $59 a bottle. I don't know what retail on this guy was, but that seems absurd. Everything else was great. I think Pliny on tap was $6, Racer X at $6 or $7 and a near-pint pour of Cantillon for $9 are all well within reason.

A superb all-around beer establishment that no one who is a beer geek should miss if in Denver.

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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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