Historic Bars In Denver

Denver, Colorado is rich in history, a legacy built straight out of tales from the Wild West, one based on riches brought down from the mountains west of Denver. Gold and silver rushes shaped Denver in the late 1800s, and a rogue mining spirit can still be found in some of the historic bars in Denver. Barhop through these landmark locations, and in most of them, you’ll still feel the spirit of gunslingers and miners and Western characters.


Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage Street, Denver • 303.534.9505
The Buckhorn Exchange earns its title as the most historic bar in Denver, given it was founded in 1893 and has the distinction of owning liquor license Number One in the state of Colorado. The building is designated as a historic landmark, and five U.S. presidents have dined at the Buckhorn Exchange. Well-known for its 575-piece taxidermy collection that dot the walls of this Denver bar and restaurant and for its “rocky mountain oysters,” the Buckhorn Exchange is an iconic Colorado bar.


My Brother’s Bar
2376 15th Street, Denver • 303.455.9991
My Brother’s Bar enjoys the distinction of being the oldest bar in Denver to serve liquor on the same site. Classical music, outstanding hamburgers, and nearby Confluence Park near downtown Denver are all reasons to visit this Denver bar. Better make note of the address, though, because there’s no signage out front.


Cruise Room – Oxford Hotel
1600 17th Street, Downtown Denver • 303.628.5400
Located in the historic Oxford Hotel, which was built in 1891, the Cruise Room opened in 1933, the day after prohibition was repealed. The décor was patterned after a 1930s bar aboard the Queen Mary and represents art deco at its finest. Sophistication, a free jukebox, and outstanding martinis are the strengths of this Denver bar.


El Chapultepec
1962 Market Street, LoDo Denver • 303.295.9126
Before LoDo was LoDo, this famous Denver jazz bar was packed with people coming to listen to jazz greats. No cover, no minimum, El Chapultepec is the place in Denver to listen to jazz.


Buffalo Rose Saloon
119 Washington Street, Golden • 303.278.6800
It’s worth a trip to Golden, a town just outside of the Denver city limits, to visit the Buffalo Rose Saloon and check out the classic Western back bar. Step inside, and you’ll think you just stepped into the 1800s, into the Wild West.


Ship’s Tavern – Brown Palace Hotel
321 17th Street, Downtown Denver • 303.297.3111
Wood, antiques, and elegance define the Ship’s Tavern, a Denver bar located inside the historic Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver.


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