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Located at 2201 Larimer St in the Historic Ballpark Neighborhood, Whiskey Bar is located in one of Denver’s oldest and most storied districts.  Larimer St was named afterGeneral William H Larimer who lead a group of pioneers from Kansas to Denver in 1858. 

Initially there were multiple cities on both sides of the South Platte River. Seeing that there were other ways besides gold claims to get rich in the Pike's Peak region, Major General William H. Larimer acquired the land on the eastern side of the Platte River, laid out a city, and named it after territorial governor James Denver. There were other towns in the same location, and disagreements soon broke out over what the area was to be called. As legend has it, eventually a bargain was struck for the price of a barrel of whiskey, and Denver became the official name of the settlement.

Whiskey Bar occupies the first floor of the Thorndyke/Burlington Hotel Building. The Thorndyke building permit dates back to 1890. In 1901, the building was renamed the Burlington Hotel. Frank Edbrooke, the second licensed architect in Denver, designed the Burlington. Edbrooke also designed Denver’s famous Oxford Hotel and Brown Palace Hotel.

Like many historic areas, the Ballpark Neighborhood and its flagship hotel, the Burlington, saw their share of hard times. After subsisting as a convenience store, pharmacy and flop house in what was once considered a “shady part of town”, the hotel sat empty and neglected for many years. In the 1990’s the building was purchased and so began it’s revitalization.

Thorndykes Coffee Shop (after the Burlington’s original moniker) was opened in 1999 in what is now Whiskey Bar’s main bar room. You can still view the antique coffee cup sign hanging overhead, originally hung on the front of another coffee shop on Larimer St…and no it’s not for sale. The upper floors of the Burlington were converted into apartments.  Red Shift framing did it’s business downstairs and Gallery Rouge resided on the main floor in what is now the game room.  In 2003, Thorndykes was purchased and started it’s transformation into Whiskey Bar.  Red Shift and Gallery Rouge moved nearby and Whiskey Bar took over the entire space to become what you see today.

 "Someplace Different in Denver. If you are a whiskey pro, join the tour! This place has a great "local" atmosphere that you can't find anywhere else in Denver, especially Downtown. Great staff and they have over 190 different whiskies plus all the other good stuff at reasonable prices and Great Happy Hours...$3.00 U-Call-Its."


"Definetly beats all the other bars in the lodo area as it has more whiskey than you can imagine and free foosball. The whiskey tour is a challenge and a lot easier to find parking at Whiskey than there is at other... "

"Jumpin' Joint. Cassidy and Kerouak would be regulars at this joint! What a great find! This place is so unique for a Denver bar. I loved the friendly atmosphere and great people. Get outta LoDo Baby - check it out!"
"This is a great local bar.  No food service, but the atmosphere is just  relaxing.. It is brick with ceiling fans.  They have a great happy hour from 4-7 everyday with a u- call- it menu of drinks for $3, which includes all draft  beers (Colorado Craft Beers, too). Exceptional service. Spin the wheel and you might get a free drink after happy hour.  It looks like a cantina. We love the extensive beer taps that are cold."
"Laid back neighborhood bar. Pub quiz some nights. Thoughtful bartenders. Great selection of whiskey. Reasonable happy hour deals. Highly recommended."
"Favorite bar in Denver,  didn't know about it till I moved into a loft above it. All the staff is great and know how to pour a proper whiskey drink at a good price. Much better bar then some of the surrounding bars."



Updated 11 days ago
Map of Whiskey Bar

  2201 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205
  (303) 297-0303
  www.whiskeybardenver.com
Mon-Sun 4p-Close
Sat-Sun 12-close
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Tap List - 10


Breckenridge Agave Wheat   
Breckenridge Brewery  ·  Littleton, CO
16 oz : $5.00
Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of our wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile.
American Wheat Beer
4.2% ABV  ·  19 IBU

Great Divide Orabelle   
Great Divide Brewery  ·  Denver, CO
ORABELLE is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye. This Belgian-Style Tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale.
Belgian Tripel
8.3% ABV  ·  15 IBU

Great Divide Titan   
Great Divide Brewery  ·  Denver, CO
16 oz : $5.00
A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.
American IPA
7.1% ABV  ·  65 IBU

Great Divide Whitewater   
Great Divide Brewery  ·  Denver, CO
16 oz : $5.00
The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued.
White IPA
4.9% ABV  ·  35 IBU

Guinness Draught    Nitro  
St. James Gate (Guinness)  ·  Dublin, Ireland
16 oz : $5.00
Is made from water, barley, roast malt extract, hops, and brewer’s yeast. An old and firm favourite.
Irish Stout
4.2% ABV  ·  40 IBU

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale   
Left Hand Brewing Company  ·  Longmont, CO
16 oz : $5.00
This amber ale is the perfect balance between malt and hops. A great session beer.
Strong Bitter
5.3% ABV  ·  27 IBU

Odell 90 Shilling Ale   
Odell Brewing Co.  ·  Fort Collins, CO
16 oz : $5.00
An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale.
American Amber Ale
5.3% ABV  ·  27 IBU

Shiner Bock   
Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner)  ·  Shiner, TX
16 oz : $4.50
Shiner Bock is a distinctive, rich, full-flavored, deep amber-colored beer with an inviting smooth taste without excessive bitterness.
Vienna Lager
4.4% ABV  ·  13 IBU

Steamworks Colorado Kolsch   
Steamworks Brewing Co.  ·  Durango, CO
16 oz : $5.00
An award winning light and crisp Kölsch bier with a hint of sweetness. This quenching ale is a perfect outdoor companion
Kölsch
4.9% ABV  ·  17 IBU

Wynkoop B3k Schwarzbier   
Wynkoop Brewing Company  ·  Denver, CO
16 oz : $5.00
A dark, German-style lager with balanced roasted, smooth malt flavors and mild bitterness.
Schwarzbier
5.3% ABV

Spirits - 358


(R1)1 Rye Whiskey   
Rl 1 Rye whiskey  ·  United States
$8.00
American Rye Whiskey
180° (90%)

1792 Ridgemont Reserve   
Barton Distillery  ·  Bardstown, KY
$6.00
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93.7° (46.85%)

3 Hundred Days Centennial Wheat   
3 Hundred Days Distilling  ·  United States
$7.00

A.D. Laws 4 Grain Straight Bourbon   
Laws Whiskey House  ·  United States
Batch: 1
$11.00
Our flagship whiskey is crafted from all four of the “American mother grains”: corn, wheat, barley and rye. There aren’t many four grain bourbons on the market as they are very difficult to make. We utilize a stepped cooking process — each grain variety requires a different cooking temperature to maximize its flavor and character. The grain requiring the most heat is milled in and cooked first; the temperature is then lowered gradually as we add the smaller flavor grains, and then complete the cooking process with the malts. This painstaking, 6.5 hour, labor-intensive process is critical to capturing the character and quality of each grain. During aging, we strive to create harmony between this complex whiskey and the vanilla and caramel notes from the newly charred, American white oak barrels to create a classic bourbon with Colorado character.

A.D. Laws Rye   
A.D. Laws  ·  United States
$14.00
One of our most popular whiskeys, Secale Rye is distinctive and unapologetic. Made with 100% Colorado grains (95% rye and 5% barley), and bottled at 100 proof, this true Colorado whiskey packs a punch. Rich flavors and layered complexity refine its characteristic regional terroir.
American Rye Whiskey
100° (50%)








Ardmore Quarter Cask   
Ardmore Distillery
$9.00





Baker's   
$10.00
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
7 yr
107° (53.5%)










Black Bull | 12yr   
George Ballantine & Son Ltd
$10.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
100° (50%)


Blanton's Single-Barrel   
Buffalo Trace Distillery  ·  Frankfort, KY
$11.00
Type: Bourbon Whiskey Recipe: Corn - Rye - Malted Barley Mash Type: Sour Still Proof: 70% Alcohol by Volume - 140 proof Entry Proof: 62.5% Alcohol by Volume - 125 proof Warehouse: H Barrel Type: White Oak Maker: Independent Stave Staves: 6 month air dry Treatment: #4 Char Filtration: Chill Filtered Bottle Proof: 46.5% Alcohol by Volume - 93 proof Color: Reddish Amber Color Tasting Notes: Nose: A spicy aroma of Dried Citrus and Orange Peels with a hint of Caramel and Vanilla. Palate Entry: Full and soft, marked by a mix of Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Orange, and Cloves. Finish: Balanced with Vanilla, Honey, and Citrus. Best Served: Straight, on ice, or used in a premium cocktail.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
10 yr
93° (46.5%)

Blonde Whiskey   
Asheville Distilling  ·  United States
$7.00
American Whiskey
80° (40%)

Booker's   
$12.00
MASTER DISTILLER NOTES “Maw Maw’s batch was named for my Great Grandmother who played an important role in my dad’s life. The aroma for this batch is rich with hints of vanilla and toasted nuts, and the taste is well balanced with a warmth which moves to a clean, long finish.” Fred Noe Aged 6 years 7 months and 3 days 128 Proof
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
7 yr
126.7° (63.35%)


Bowmore 12 Year Old   
Bowmore Distillery  ·  Islay, Scotland
$10.00


Bowmore Dorus Mor Bourbon Fill 10yr   
Bowmore Distillery  ·  Islay, Scotland
$18.00
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
10 yr
111.8° (55.9%)

Breckenridge Bourbon   
Breckenridge Distillery  ·  United States
$8.00
Deep honey-amber hue with warm, pronounced aromas of under-ripe banana and brown sugar, with spicy notes of white pepper and toasted sesame. Light body with warm texture and long sweet oak, vanilla finish with a touch of bitterness to balance. Reminiscent of a slice of toasted rye bread with honey drizzled on it. We mash, ferment and distill a lot of Bourbon in house. Our Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys also consists of Barrels selected from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana chosen for their unique qualities, heritage, and ability to marry in our blend, always made from a high-rye mash bill.



Buchanan 12 Yr   
$8.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
160° (80%)

Buchanan 18 Yr   
$16.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
160° (80%)

Buffalo Trace   
Buffalo Trace Distillery  ·  Frankfort, KY
$5.00

Bulleit Bourbon   
Bulleit Distillery  ·  Louisville, KY
$6.00
Medium amber in color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. Mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak, and nutmeg. Finish is long, dry, and satiny with a light toffee flavor.

Bulleit Bourbon 10 year old   
Bulleit Distillery  ·  Louisville, KY
$7.00
Deep russet in color, rich oaky aromas. Consistently smooth taste with vanilla, dried fruit, and a long, smoky finish.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
182.4° (91.2%)

Bulleit Rye   
Bulleit Distillery  ·  Louisville, KY
$6.00
Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice. Finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.












Caribou Crossing Single Barrel | Xyr   
Sazerac Company  ·  Metairie, LA
$10.00
Canadian Whiskey
80° (40%)

Cask Islay   
A.D. Rattray  ·  United Kingdom
$10.00


Chivas Regal 18 Year Old (Rare Old)   
Chivas Brothers
$18.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
18 yr
80° (40%)


Classic Cask 40 Yr   
Classic Cask  ·  Scotland
$70.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
160° (80%)

Clontarf Clontarf Classic (Black Label)   
Midleton Distillery  ·  Midleton, Ireland
$6.00

Colkegan   
Santa Fe Spirits  ·  United States
$9.00

Collingwood Rye 21 Year Old   
Collingwood Distillery  ·  Canada
$12.00












Corner Creek   
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers  ·  United States
$6.00


Cragganmore 21 Year Old   
Cragganmore Distillery
$22.00


Crown Royal Black | Xyr   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
$7.00
Canadian Whiskey
90° (45%)

Crown Royal Cask No. 16 | Xyr   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
$15.00
Canadian Whiskey
80° (40%)

Crown Royal Maple   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
$7.00

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
$8.00

Crown Royal Reserve   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
$10.00
Canadian Whiskey
80° (40%)




Dalmore | 15yr   
Dalmore Distillery
$15.00



Dancing Pines Bourbon   
Dancing Pines  ·  United States
$8.00

Deer Hammer   
Deer Hammer  ·  United States
$9.00
American Whiskey
80° (40%)


Dewar's 12 Year Old   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
$10.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
12 yr
80° (40%)

Dewar's 15 Year Old   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
$9.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
15 yr
86° (43%)

Dewar's 18 Year Old   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
$14.00
Blended Scotch Whisky
18 yr
86° (43%)

Dewar's Signature   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
$34.00

Dewars White Label   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
$5.00

Diageo Crown Royal   
Diageo United Kingdom  ·  London, United Kingdom
$6.00
TASTING NOTES NOSE: Rich and robust, with slight hints of vanilla and fruit. PALATE: Delicately smooth and creamy with hints of oak and the sweet flavor of vanilla. FINISH: Long and lingering.

On Deck - 2


Oskar Blues Aged Old Chub   
Oskar Blues Brewery  ·  Lyons, CO
A rich, dessert-esque beer with a strong caramel component that is designed to go down smooth.
Wee Heavy
8.0% ABV  ·  65 IBU

Stone Delicious IPA   
Stone Brewing Co.  ·  Escondido, CA
This intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA.
American IPA
7.7% ABV  ·  80 IBU