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Great Restaurants to Avoid During Happy Hour

Great happy hours can be one of the most wonderful things in the world, but in Denver, some places get too packed and a little too cozy for the 4-7 time slot. Denver happy hour tends to come with few rules, but one of them is that you shouldn’t have to wait over an hour just to enjoy a cheaper drink or food. Even if you’ve heard so much about a place, we recommend checking out the following places during off-hours instead of happy hour.

Work and Class

With a hip, minimalist interior and a Latin fusion menu, Work & Class located at 2500 Larimer Street is one of the most popular restaurants at 5 pm in Denver. We’re not exaggerating: any time between opening and 8 pm will be around an hour wait just to be seated. Instead of waiting, head down the street to one of the other bars on Larimer and check back around 9 pm for a quieter vibe (this doesn’t really apply on Fridays or Saturdays, but that’s true for most places).


Linger located at 2020 W. 30th Ave might be known for its former history as a mortuary, but the restaurant is also home to a popular happy and dinner hour. Reopening at 5:30 for dinner, Linger is typically filled to the brim until around 8 or 9 pm. Instead of enduring a long wait, walk down to Avanti and grab some cocktails on the rooftop patio. Linger is a great spot for a date, so if you want to impress, make reservations on OpenTable before you go.

Blake Street Vault

If loud is what you’re looking for, Blake Street Vault located at 1526 Blake Street will bring it. Despite having great happy hour deals, you might wind up with a long wait at the bar and shouting at your friends just to be heard. This oft-overlooked bank-turned-bar is a great place for a late night drink or to gather during a sports game, but it’s not necessarily the best during the happiest hour. Instead, head a few doors over to the quieter Hapa Sushi for some great deals on drinks and sushi rolls.


Sputnik located at 3 S. Broadway is a total package with tasty food and a wonderful selection of drinks, but come 5 pm, the place fills up for hours until the rush is over around 10 pm. The restaurant is open all day, though, so stop by during less busy hours for a great meal. If you need food immediately, head over to the Walnut Room or Go Fish sushi.

Is there a great restaurant that you avoid during happy hour in Denver? Let us know in the comments!

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