From their beers to their entertainments, the owners of Renegade Publik House like to do things their own way. They brew their own craft beers, some of which—the imperial red IPA Scarlet Letter, for instance—can only be found at their bar. They pair their unique drafts with thin-crust, grilled pizzas that eschew traditional ingredients such as sauce in favor of combinations like the Baked Potato, a crust sporting a blend of crispy Yukon gold potatoes, pork belly, and chevre. They even refuse to hang a single television on their walls to distract from the social interaction within their pub. Instead, they entertain with a robust music selection and shelves full of once-banned books such as Farenheit 451, Clockwork Orange, and I Was in Reno When That Cherry Tree Was Felled: The Autobiography of George Washington.
The cooks at Pete's Patio Bar craft creative versions of traditional pub favorites. There are shrimp po'boy sliders, for instance, and a surf-and-turf burger with grilled shrimp and slaw. At brunch, you can settle the eternal sweet-vs.-savory conundrum with bacon pancake dippers, a trio of deep-fried bacon strips coated in pancake batter.
Local brews and cocktails complement the edibles, all of which can be enjoyed while watching the day’s biggest games on flat-screen TVs throughout the dining area. Other entertainment offerings throughout the week include karaoke, poker tournaments, and live music. When the weather is nice, most of the fun takes place on a roomy patio, where you can also play darts and cornhole, the game where you inspect ears of corn for holes left by aliens.
Two brothers named Storm and Jeff built The Pour House Pub as an homage to their favorite Boston bar—but their tribute to Beantown didn't stop there. Each day, their chefs top pizzas with creamy New England clam chowder. Both Boston and Colorado sports memorabilia provide a backdrop for the culinary action—inside you'll find a framed Bruins jersey and a framed Rockies equipment manager polo on the red brick walls. That is, when you're not dining on the umbrella-equipped outdoor patio.
In addition to blending Denver and Boston sports fixtures, the staff prepares wings slathered in 12 different sauces, from buffalo and barbecue to Thai curry and mango habanero. While bartenders dole out suds from 17 taps, televisions display the athletic prowess of teams such as the Red Sox and the Denver Nuggets.
To see all of the patrons at Watering Bowl, you can't just look around the bar. You also have to peek under the tables, where dogs of all sizes hang out next to their owners. But Watering Bowl isn't just a dog-friendly bar. It's also a dog playground, with a full fenced in, 7,000-square-foot dog park attached to the building. Of course, the bar has amenities for its human guests as well. They can sit at the bar and socialize over one of 12 available craft beers or grab a table inside to eat pulled pork sandwiches and artisan pizzas. The bar also hosts many events, whether supporting local dog rescues or celebrating milestones in a dog's life, such as his birthday or the day he finally rescues the treat from that kong.
Some of the dishes at Polished Tavern aren't the easiest to pronounce, but even saying your own name can be tough with a mouthful of pierogi. The lively Lawrence Street stop cooks up authentic Polish cuisine, including those traditional treats stuffed with potatoes and cheese, feta and spinach, and other tasty tandems. Entrees arrive at tables in the form of grilled homemade kielbasa, which includes two pieces of smoked Polish sausage and a sauerkraut salad. In addition to its food, the Tavern offers 30 flavors of infused vodka, and keeps bottles cold with 16 ice bars so guests don't have to drag their refrigerators from home.
A sister restaurant to the popular pub-grub and microbrew spot CityGrille, citypub specializes in treating guests to zesty Southwestern cuisine and hulking half-pound burgers. 16 draft beers pair with mac and cheese and beef burritos smothered with special green chili. And just as mouths are sated on this diverse spread, eyes can feast on visual entertainment during nightly events such as trivia, bingo, billiards, and competitive eye-rolling.