There’s a question that plagues Denverites as they hustle through town during the workday: who are these people that can leisure over happy hour in the middle of the afternoon? Chances are you can’t escape your job until 5 or 6 at the earliest, and by then some of the best specials are already over. But fear not – here we’ve got a list of 10 spots where you can take in a post work beverage or two and still get a deal until 7 p.m. Even better, there is legitimate food to be had at each, though not necessarily part of a happy hour promo. So come for the booze and stay for a meal.
Happy hour starts: Daily at 3 p.m. || Beer is definitely the name of the game at Freshcraft, with some 20 tap handles and a bottle list numbering around 100. Selections rotate out often, but standard drafts go for $4 during this time. There's $1 off snacks like pretzel bites and Southern-fried pickles, too.
Happy hour starts: Daily at 4 p.m. || You’ve got your bargains on draft and bottled beer, wells, wine, and even a PBR and Jameson combo for $6 at this neighborhood spot. You absolutely won’t regret tacking on an order of homemade tater tots if you seek some sustenance.
Happy hour starts: Daily at 4 p.m. || As a wine bar, Lala’s has plenty of offerings to help you unwind. The situation during happy hour is you pay $5 for any glass of wine that’s regularly $10 or under, and half-off anything above. Peroni drafts and bites like bacon-wrapped dates or pork and lamb meatballs are in the mix.
Happy hour starts: Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m. || Happy hour at RiNo small-plates specialist The Populist involves gin or vodka with house-made tonic, Pimm’s cups, three wine choices, and other beverages. If you need a snack, there’s salt-and-vinegar popcorn, plus yellow lentil hummus.
Happy hour starts: Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. || Need a taste of Spain? Head out along Colfax to Solera, where you’ll find awesome red or white sangria, beer bombers, and wine, plus cured meats, cheeses, and modern tapas.
Happy hour starts: Daily at 3 p.m. || Venture down South Broadway and you’ll stumble upon hipster haven Sputnik. The features here are $2 Lost Lakes and PBRs, $3 wells, and all wine for $5. Hand-dipped corn dogs and Cheez-It-topped mac and cheese are the way to go for #EEEEEATS.
Happy hour starts: Daily at 2 p.m. || This modern Mexican kitchen doesn’t play around – happy hour is a five-hour affair every night. This leaves you plenty of time to consume various margarita flavors, cerveza, and small plates ranging from a squash-blossom quesadilla to chicken tinga tacos.