Finding a happy hour in Denver isn’t hard. Finding one that’s actually enjoyable, well that’s another story. Many Denverites will settle for a place near their office, but sometimes, you just want something special. Our list has been curated to help you hit the spots that have great deals and unique offerings. We also took atmosphere, crowd-size and service into account so you can really have the happiest hour (or two).
You might wind up walking past Corridor 44 in Larimer Square, since it blends in a little with other local restaurants, but if you love champagne, this is the best happy hour in Denver for you. From 3-6 pm, M-F, Corridor 44 offers $4 champagne cocktails. And we’re not talking the cheap stuff, either. With classics like the Kir Royale and modern twists like Grape Bubble Yum, Corridor 44 really has a champagne cocktail for everyone. The décor is a bit posh, but not overly so, and you’ll always be able to find a seat for happy hour.
Hapa is known as a great date-night place, but the happy hour menu is by far the best sushi happy hour in Denver. Drinks range from $3.50 flasks of sake to $4.25 Mango Gin Ginger, and the happy hour menu is delightfully full of traditional starters and rolls for half their typical prices. Hapa has a few locations, but almost all of them start to fill up around 5:30 for dinner. Hit happy hour between 2:30 and 5:30, and you won’t regret it.
If casual is your thing, Illegal Pete’s is sure to please. Like Hapa, IP’s has a few locations, but they all boast some of the longest happy hours in Denver. With drink specials from 3-8 pm, and 11 pm – 1 am, IP’s is a contender for some of the best deals around. Their happy hour features $4 margaritas, $8 Coors pitchers, and free chips and salsa with a drink. Pair your margarita with a burrito, taco or bowl, and you’ll be in for a great night. Don’t forget the queso. If you’re into quiet, IP’s isn’t the best place because no matter the location, there’s always some rock n’ roll on the radio, so stay away if you want a quiet place to spend your happy hour.
Panzano’s happy hour is legendary among Denver foodies. Because the restaurant is a bit pricey, it usually flies under the radar for deal-seekers. But every day, from 2:30-6, Panzano features a happy hour with $5 drinks, $4 drafts, and a sampling of the restaurant’s best menu items for relatively low prices. These include pesto gnocchi for $7, mushroom crepes with truffle oil for $6, and olive plates for $5. Panzano’s happy hour is also perfect for an after-work date that impresses but doesn’t leave your wallet empty.