Top 5 OG Bars and Restaurants of Denver

In a city where new restaurants and bars are prevalent, we think it’s important to remember some of the OG’s and recognize them for the historic landmarks that they are. What better time to show off your knowledge than the holidays, when your family and friends are in town? There are many throughout Denver, but we thought we’d point out some of our favorites in the Centennial club.

 Very unassuming, once you try one of their burgers, you won’t forget it.

Very unassuming, once you try one of their burgers, you won’t forget it.

  1. My Brother’s Bar: Did you know, that My Brother’s Bar opened under the name Highland House in 1873? It is also known for being frequented by Jack Kerouac? They also serve a mean burger and have a pretty impressive beer selection.

 Full of awesome Denver history and awesome ambiance, definitely a place you won’t want to miss.

Full of awesome Denver history and awesome ambiance, definitely a place you won’t want to miss.

2.The Cruise Room: What about how the Cruise Room in the Oxford hotel is one of Denver’s oldest watering holes? It was opened just one day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933 and was originally known for it’s martinis. Today, if you go, you’ve got to try their popular cocktail, the “Red Widow,” a concoction of St. Germain, peach vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, jalapeno, raspberries and champagne. It tastes better than it may sound!

 Have dinner with friends…and animals. Maybe double check with your vegetarian friends before you bring them here!

Have dinner with friends…and animals. Maybe double check with your vegetarian friends before you bring them here!

3. The Buckhorn Exchange: The Buckhorn exchange over at 10th and Osage opened in 1893 and was the first restaurant to receive a liquor license. The restaurant has served at least five of our US Presidents in it’s 125+ years of business including, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Eisenhower. If you go- don’t forget to check out all of the taxidermy on the walls, although it will be hard to miss!

 Easy to walk right by it on Colfax, but if you’re looking for a quiet dive in the middle of the city, this is it!

Easy to walk right by it on Colfax, but if you’re looking for a quiet dive in the middle of the city, this is it!

4. The Nob Hill Inn: Ever wandered off Colfax and stumbled into the Nob Hill Inn? This old Denver dive, like many of the older bars, likes to claim Kerouac, but one of its more frequent visitors was Bob Dylan. Probably not your go-to spot for a good glass of wine, but they have a decent whiskey selection and a good ol’ American beer.

 The music makes this place. We may have been seen on the dance floor shaking a tambourine or two…

The music makes this place. We may have been seen on the dance floor shaking a tambourine or two…

5. El Chapultepec: This is one of my personal favorites. El Chapultapec opened in 1933 and is also said to have been frequented by Kerouac. Apparently, Kerouac liked it because there was never a cover and there was always live music. This still stands true! They are also still a cash bar. What do they say - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?