Denver

The Best Singles Bars in Denver for Actually Meeting Someone

Head to these singles bars if you're looking for love-and a great drink.

American Bonded
American Bonded
American Bonded

Tis the season for love-although, mingling in hopes of finding The One is a year-round activity here. Now, we’re asking you to take the following list with a grain of salt. Not everyone’s Whiskey Row hookup is going to be your cup of riding into the sunset, and that’s okay. Denver is diverse in its on-the-prowl singles, and anyways, having questionable taste always builds a little character. The RiNo neighborhood is a heavy favorite here, which makes sense considering the throngs of people that wander its streets bar-hopping every night. The next time you’re feeling cute and confident, opt for somewhere listed below to dance, drink, or do whatever it is you do for your mating call. From ice shots at Federales to last call at Honor Farm, these are the spots you’ll want to test out those new pickup lines (we know you’ve been working really hard on them).

Gold Point
Gold Point
Gold Point

Gold Point

RiNo
The first search results for this bar call it a “hip, industrial hangout,” so you already know the vibe includes charcuterie selections and cocktails in coupe glasses or made with egg whites or garnished with a full rosemary sprig. And while the drinks are excellent, the atmosphere remains effortlessly and authentically cool. People who prefer a chill place to hangout and chat with the next table over-but who also have really good taste in cocktail bars-flock here.

Recess Beer Garden LoHi
Recess Beer Garden LoHi
Recess Beer Garden LoHi

Recess Beer Garden

LoHi
Combine a sprawling (dog-friendly) patio, tons of rotating taps, tasty pub grub, and games and you get LoHi’s favorite beer garden. Coincidentally, it’s also a perfect place to meet other beer connoisseurs looking to spend a sunny Saturday or cozy Friday night at a picnic table or fire pit. There’s also the added potential for your pup and theirs to hit it off, catapulting you into dog-parent love.

Federales Denver
Federales Denver
Federales Denver

Federales

RiNo
Okay, okay, just hear us out for a second. The crowd may tend to skew younger and you may have to be careful where you step as you hand over your ID. But this place does draw many from far and away and stays busy from first ice shot to last call. Maybe it’s just a single-night romance you’re after, but don’t discount the possibility of finding love; tequila always has the potential to make magic happen. Or disaster. But the thrill of finding out which is the best part.

The Meadowlark
The Meadowlark
The Meadowlark

Meadowlark

RiNo
It’s familiar, it’s comfortable (for lack of a better word), and it’s where seasoned weekend warriors know to end a good night out. The vibe here makes conversation easy and organic, especially if you’re commenting on the live music playing, and the bar setup means you’re probably cozying up to your neighbour for that next round. Time moves differently down here, so don’t be surprised if you get caught up in interesting conversation right until last call.

Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Wynkoop Brewing

Union Station
Perhaps you hope to meet your match over a friendly game of pool, or maybe as you lock eyes over fizzy mimosas. You have the chance to do both at Wynkoop, whether during weekend brunch or nightly revelry. In addition to a fine list of brews, the food here is definitely worth trying, even featuring an entire section dedicated to sharing-as long as you’ve gotten to that level of trust in your situationship.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Bierstadt Lagerhaus

Bierstadt Lagerhaus

RiNo
Sometimes, a little assistance-by way of giant Jenga or giant “beer” pong-can go a long way. And friendly competition could be the gateway to the purest kind of love. Bierstadt has the ice-cold liquid courage you need to challenge the cutie across the room to a pinball duel and, if things end amicably, you could even split a soft pretzel.

Honor Farm

LoDo
From the creators of The Electric Cure and Hell or High Water Tiki is another spot for those who are slightly out-there, haunting enthusiasts, sufficient weirdos, or just folks who know that the eclectic places are, obviously, the best hangs. Bond over your love of the paranormal or simply enjoy good cocktails and food that are coincidentally in the most haunted building in Downtown Denver.

Edgewater Beer Garden
Edgewater Beer Garden
Edgewater Beer Garden

Edgewater Beer Garden

Edgewater
Long, communal tables, 18 beers on tap (plus wine), more than 4,500 square feet of adult playground space, and snacks for sharing are all found here. The atmosphere is that of a backyard cookout or your buddy’s refurbished bar-laid-back, conversational, and always a good time. Whether you’re chatting up someone refilling at the bar or inviting the next table over to partake in your merriment, this beer garden is a prime spot for meeting people.

Triangle Bar

North Broadway
Cozy up in a secluded booth, warm your toes by the patio’s fire and heat lamps, or share laughs and cheers together at any of the live performances here. This sleek bar and lounge is LGBTQIA+ friendly and appears to be perfectly designed for intimate conversations and dance floor romance.

Avanti F&B
Avanti F&B
Avanti F&B

Avanti F&B

LoHi
Avanti is always buzzing and that’s a fact. Not only is it an excellent spot for drinks and a variety of tasty bites from happy hour to the wee hours of Saturday nights, but it’s also a singles’ playground. Whether you start or end here, this multi-level bar and eatery has a communal feel that makes it pretty tough to not interact with anyone as you place orders or look for a seat with those unparalleled Avanti city views.

American Bonded

Five Points
Recently reopened, American Bonded is once again a dancing, drinking, and delighting staple in the Denver bar scene. With a revamped craft cocktail assortment and food by Soi Kowboi’s Blake Blacksberg, there’s a refreshed sense of excitement as you head into the bar, to the dance floor, or upstairs to the rooftop patio overlooking Larimer Street. Chatting about how much you missed spending Friday nights here will make a great conversation starter.

Number Thirty Eight

RiNo
Are you sensing a pattern in this list along the lines of “chill and unpretentious”? The extensive tap list here (which features way more than just beer, by the way) means moving about the crowd in order to try different things, whereas the huge outdoor patio, stage, and volleyball pit are all designed with mingling in mind. This is an ideal spot to roll up with the whole crew, fan out, and work your flirtatious magic (if you’ve got it).

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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