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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 402
Beer Ratings: 2,200
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1001 16th Street
phone: (303) 534-7616
(Place added by: marc77)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Visited during GABF 2005
Downtown Denver amongst all the action. I thought the beer was average to slightly above average, but most of my group disagreed and thought the beer was a little subpar. They were very happy to try some experimentation with the beers from what I saw and I rather enjoyed the beers I tried.
Food was decent. The place is huge and extremely well designed and decorated with 2 full sized bars (one up front and one in back...they have DIFFERENT beers so check both) and pool tables in the back.
I was there during lunchtime and it was positively swamped, but the crowd died after lunch and it was much easier to get a beer.
01-18-2006 12:32:40 |
More by Jredner
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Dropped by for dinner on my first night in Denver. This place was easy to get to along the 16th Street mall thanks to the free public transit. The decor is typical dark wood and brass, with a brewing setup enclosed within the center of the room. There was no wait on a tuesday night. The beer selection, while not bad, was nothing special ranging from light lager to a brewmasters special, a chocolate stout. The IPA and Brown ale were tasty but nothing mindblowing. The food was quite good and was complimented by the beers served. I would recommend this as a stop when in Denver, but go early in the evening as some of the people on the street get questionable as the night goes on.
06-04-2005 07:14:25 |
More by NVbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Little 'store' section in front with bombers and even kegs to go.. hmm wonder if the bellhop would help me carry one to the hotel room.
Big L-shaped bar, framed with a big chalkboard, and a giant big screen tv hanging from wires on either end. Brewing equipment takes up 2 floors and can be seen through glass windows behind the bar.
Standard Rock Bottom menu, good staff - friendly and knowledgable, although they could have been quicker.
Atmosphere was a little more to the restaurant side with white linens, but they were tempered by the chalkboard with Homer Simpson quotes.
About 10 beers on tap, plus 2 casks, and a root beer. Barleywine, Double Down Brown, Flat foot ale, and a hefe amoung others.
For $3.95 on Tuesday nights you get a beer and pint glass, then refills are only $2.
03-07-2005 23:43:39 |
More by mschofield
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I spent quite a bit of time at this Rock Bottom during GABF week in September 2004. It was conveniently located near the convention center and our hotels, and they had a lot of extra beers on tap for GABF week. There were something like 20 beers on tap or cask, which was apparently double the usual number.
This is a pretty large brewpub/bar/restaurant, and there is even some seating outside. You enter from the street into a restaurant area to your left as you walk toward the bar, and then you turn right along the long bar, and there are booths and high tables, until you come to yet another dining area on the left and the right, and there is finally yet another enclosed dining area straight ahead, and another one off to the left in back. In the front areas and in the bar area there are many TVs on which to watch sports. And the front has large glass windows looking out onto the pedestrian mall. Near the entrance you can purchase bombers of their beer, or you can buy growlers (very low priced) at the bar.
I found the waiters and waitresses to be competent. Some new more than others about the beers, but all gave good service, even when it was very busy and crowded with lots of beer geeks attending the GABF.
The beers varied in quality from above average to very very good (the whiskey barrel aged oatmeal stout was incredibly good!). And as I mentioned, there were plenty on tap this week to keep us happy on multiple visits.
We ate there a couple of times, and I found the food to be good to very good, with a very decent selection of items. There were some nicely ecclectic food items in addition to more standard pub fare.
This was definitely the best Rock Bottom that I have visited (not that I have visited a huge number of them -- maybe four?), and that is not surprising considering this was Rock Bottom's city of origin. Overall, I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Denver.
12-17-2004 04:15:02 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Located right on the 16th Street Mall, this place has location going for it, alright. Lots of outside seating, the building is more set back from the pedestrian street than many others. Seems smaller than the other Rock Bottoms I've been to, I'd call this one at 6,000 square feet including the "brewhouse" (the mash tun, kettles, and fermenters are labelled with giant white letters) in the middle. The bar is a relatively short one to the left of the main entrance, you really have to weave through table traffic to get to it. I went back for dinner with some people, my burger was a little dry and standard.The beers I tried included a pretty pedestrian Brown Porter and a nice fruity Barleywine.
11-08-2004 16:54:16 |
More by ADR
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Rock Bottom served as our central haunt during the GABF, more out of convenience than anything else although they did kick their beer selection up sizably for the weekend...
Hell, I don't know where to begin. Okay, 6 regular taps (Light, Gold, Pale Ale, Copper, Wheat, Brown), 8 Specialty taps that I heard were brought in for the event from other Rock Bottom locations (Octo, Impy, Barleywine, Wit, Porter, ESB, Bourbon Oatmeal Stout, Cider), 2 casks (IPA, Brown), and then 3 more (Weizen, Cask Bourbon Oatmeal Stout, Barrel Aged Pale Ale). I think that's 19 in all. Sick!!
The Wit was dry, kind of wah with no great flavor, and the Cask Bourbon Oatmeal Stout was really nice, but the Barrel Aged Pale Ale was just outstanding. Once I found it, I pretty much stuck with it for the duration.
It's a pretty big place overall. The bar seats a dozen with 3 islands and a handful of booths at your back. The bar back is mostly slightly stained glass windows, with serving tanks behind them in a room and fermenters above the bar visible behind large windows. And in the center of this large somewhat industrial space lies a small room with mash tuns. It's a pleasant room overall. Alternating yellow ochre and muted red walls with orange pillars. Exposed ducts overhead, plants and growlers lining the sills, large pictures of desert scenes, wooden booths with green lowers, checkerboard patterned tiling, large windows with blinds making up one whole wall, and an open kitchen to the rear.
In the far back, they've got a small party room and a large back bar area with 5 pool tables, a corner for bands to set up, TV's, Phil's golf game, and a 12 seat bar with half a dozen taps. It's a good space.
We did a sit down meal after the first night GABF. The place was packed and maddening, but service held their own. I did the spicy chili, nicely done with steak and ground beef. Undoubtably, the most solid of the (now) 3 Rock Bottom locations I've seen.
10-24-2004 22:59:56 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I spent a fair amount of time here during GABF this year, especially with my hotel less than one block away. The pub is on teh corner of a pedestrian thoroughfare in the center of dowtown Denver. Upon walking in you can see that they sell bombers and lots of t-shirts and other merchandise. You are greeted by a host/hostess, but on every occasion this trip I went straight to the bar area. The bar area is to the back/left of the entrance. There are also several tables and booths to the right of the entrance.
The bar is a typical rectangle with about 15-20 stools. There are several high table/stool areas around the bar for hanging with a few pints or grabbing a bite to eat. Copper Brewing equipment is visible both behind and above the main bar area. The tap list was intense this week. My understanding is the lineup was specifically for GABF. There was 15-20 taps with 2-3 casks flowing. Wide range of styles from oatmeal stout, cask pale ale, IPA, and several others. Every brew I had was enjoyable I especially liked the kick'n chicken bourbon stout which I sample on draft and cask. The flavors were much more bourbon and vanilla on cask. QUite good. I ate a pulled pork sandwich the first day prior to walking to the fest. The fries were great and the sandwich came with coleslaw on top of the pulled por. Pretty cool and tasty I think. AS I stated, you can buy bombers of some brews, growlers of all and actually sixtles, quarter and half barrels at the bar. Never really seen that before but I dig it!
I had visited this pub in my pre-BA days several years ago, not during GABF, I remember service being terrible and leaving without ordering a meal due to very slow, service at an uncrowded time where it seemed we wer kind of blown off by the staff . Only reason I drop the service score is that experience. It happened so I gotta take it into account. This most recent trip service was very good. A must stop if in town for GABF as it is closest pub to the convention center and offers very good beers for good prices.
10-13-2004 02:52:29 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This was the best RB out of the three I have visited so far. The restaurant was spacious and filled on both visits. One visit my wife and I ate lunch, while the other we had a pint at the bar between shopping jaunts on 16th Street. The beers were good, much better than other RBs. The waiter was very friendly and seemed to understand the beer styles while he described the offerings. The food was also better than expected, especially the Titans Toothpicks and the Chicken Fried Chicken (yes chicken, not steak!). I was disappointed I could not purchase a bomber to bring home since it was a Sunday and supposedly you can't buy bottles to go on Sunday. I didn't argue since it wasn't the bars fault. Nice souvenir shop, and there is also outside dining. I wasn't interested in eating outside as those free-ride buses pass every two minutes. Definitely worth a stop.
08-13-2003 02:08:51 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere was cozy, with enough room that even when there were alot of people, I didn't have to yell at my girlfriend. I didn't notice any smoke in the non-smoking section we were in. I have to say the best thing about this brewery is the service. Our server was the best waiter I've ever had the pleasure to meet. He was informative about the beers, he took pride in his job, he was courteous, quick, and he bent backwards to please us (I always ask to only get 3 beers at a time whenever I order a sampler, so the others don't sit around while I take notes...many brewpubs have an issue with this, and this Rock Bottom normally doesn't do this, but our server organized it, considering he knew I was a beer fanatic). The food was very good with an excellent selection of many styles of cuisine, although on the higher end of price. You can find the menu on the website. They offer foods brewed with their beer, such as their triple stout cheesecake and Jambalaya with Red Ale rice. The wings and caesar salad went good with the brews. They have a mug club with rewards depending on your number of visits. The beers were average to good, with Molly's Brown being the most memorable, but I may be a bit biased because our server sneaked me a free pint glass with the Molly's Brown logo on it.
06-14-2003 10:41:51 |
More by Mitchster
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Although Rock Bottom is a chain, each brewer is given some leeway with brewing, and the beer is better than that of many brewpubs. No flaws and well balanced all around. This particular Rock Bottom exhibits a restaurant atmosphere and certainly isn't cozy, but the service both at the bars and table are very friendly and prompt. The pale ale exhibits a nice balance of citrusy hops and a solid malt backbone, and the dry stout is a fine example. There are two selections available on cask. The IPA on cask was excellent and perhaps cask conditioning would augment the otherwise insipid brown ale. There are two bars, towards the back is a huge flatscreen TV perfect for watching K State lose to Colorado : ( and several pool tables as well. Overall Rock Bottom Denver is a good place to hang out, drink tasty beer and perhaps watch a game. The food is very tasty and quite creative (typical fusion cuisine), and is reflected in the fairly high price. The wood fired pizza remains my favorite. A recommended stop in Denver that's right on the way to Falling Rock.
10-13-2002 09:30:58 |
More by marc77
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