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Denver Dives

Exploring Some of Denver's Favorite Dive Bars

Article by Sarah Katz

Photography by Poppy and Co. by Kelsey Huffer

Originally published in Cherry Creek Lifestyle

While many Denverite’s head to the mountains on the weekends, there is still a passion for the laid-back bar scene. Riddled throughout the city, one can find themselves walking into one of the many, slightly dingy but character filled dive bars. The Denver dive bar scene is filled with great music, delicious snacks and some unique decorations you won’t find elsewhere.

Embassy Tavern

Whether you’re in the mood for a post-Hop Alley dessert beer or are looking for a local late-night spot, Embassy Tavern certainly should be considered as your next go-to setting. The pinball machines, twinkle lights and bright-red neon sign bring a nostalgic warmth that only a few locations in Denver organically provide. To the rest of the bar’s dismay, you can tailor the night to your group’s favorite songs with their digital jukebox. Their menu features your favorite drinkable beers alongside a menu of cocktails, ciders, seltzers and sours. Be sure to grab some alien-themed merchandise on your way out the door as a conversation starter for the next time you run into an Embassy Tavern local.

Don’s Club Tavern

Often sporting a line of eager patrons waiting to get in, Don’s Club Tavern is a well-loved establishment. Despite the busy atmosphere, this Capitol Hill gem is guaranteed to make you feel right at home, especially if you’re a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. During football season, you can join the fandom on Sundays with Don’s opening early when the Chiefs play. Make sure to join their Facebook page dedicated to their watch parties to find out more. No matter the season or your sports allegiances, you should head over to Don’s to grab a pool stick and settle in near the pool table or head to the booths in the back and chat with friends old and new.


With Herb’s, you get the comfort of a dive bar with the passion of live music in Denver’s LODO neighborhood. As a Denver staple since 1933, the bar’s roots remain the same with a focus on music and delicious drinks. Their April calendar is filled with opportunities to listen to jazz, bring your best to a jam session or groove to some oldies.

Dive Inn

You probably don’t often say that you went to a Dive bar in Denver and drank your beer in the captain’s seat of a boat. At Dive Inn, you can say that and more while playing pool, ping-pong and cornhole or enjoying the sun on their dog-friendly patio. Located in the Platt Park neighborhood, it is a few steps away from some delicious eats including their neighbor, Cluck Chicken.

PS Lounge

PS Lounge makes every day feel like Valentine’s Day with every woman getting a free rose as they walk in the door. The bar gives a vintage feel with leather booths and floral carpet. The walls are covered in pictures of old movies, famous musicians and photos of previous patrons enjoying their night. Sticking with the theme, the bar is cash only so make sure to plan ahead. Head over to PS Lounge for a date night, or ladies' night or stop in as you head down Colfax for some good conversation.

715 Club

A classic light-up sign that says “The 715 Cocktails” with an arrow pointing down at the bar welcomes you in from the streets of the Five Points neighborhood. Once inside 715 Club, you’ll enjoy live music, DJs and delicious cocktails. Be sure to check their Instagram to get caught up on what live music they’re featuring each month. You can indulge in their proximity to Famous Original J’s pizza which is right outside on the bar’s patio open during the day and for a late-night slice.