Wynkoop Brewing Company
Bar & Grills
1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202
- Mon - Thu
11:00 am - 12:00 am
- Fri - Sat
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fax Number: (303) 297-2958
General InfoWhen Edward W. Wynkoop came here in 1858, this was Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. The governor of the territory, James Denver, named Wynkoop to be its first sheriff. A nice pay-back came when the city was organized here and Wynkoop proposed that it be named for the Kansas governor. In 1860, a local newspaper published these nice words about Ned Wynkoop (as he was called): "Ned is considered by his personal friends a warm and genial companion, true as steel." We like to think that the same could be said of the pub that bears his name. Ned Wynkoop was also an actor. In 1861, the Rocky Mountain News reviewed his performance at the Apollo: "His rendition of the Drunkard was given with most thrilling effect and in the scenes of delirium... he exhibited more than an ordinary histrionic ability." Let this be a lesson to us all. Wynkoop spent five years as an officer in the army, rising to the rank of colonel. In 1864, he was an unwilling party to an act of betrayal and treachery. In his own words: "I congregated some 500 friendly Cheyenne Indians together, assuring them the protection of the United States; the consequence of which was they were attacked by a large body of volunteer troops... and nearly 200 of their women, children and old men were brutally murdered. The infamous massacre of Sand Creek will not soon be forgotten." The Wynkoop Brewing Company, Colorado's oldest brew pub, was founded in 1988. It is housed in the glorious J. S. Brown Mercantile Building. The Mercantile Company was the most impressive of its time with hardwood floors, thick timber pillars and pressed tin ceilings. Miners, ranchers and city folks would walk these very floors looking for goods to furnish their frontier homes. The main floor, now the bar and restaurant, served as the original showroom in 1899. The second floor is the home of Wynkoop Billiards, considered by many to be the city's most elegant pool hall. There are 22 pool tables, two private pool rooms, several dart lanes and a bar serving all of the same refreshing beers you'll find downstairs. We hauled the backbar from across the creek where it was used in the original tasting room of the old Tivoli Brewery. You're more than welcome to take a look or shoot a game of pool at any time. The Mercantile Room was renovated into a banquet room a few years ago. It has high ceilings and expansive arched windows. The Mercantile Room is located next to the big vault door off the main bar and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Other private rooms throughout the building are nice for smaller groups and private parties. Give us a call if you'd like to set something up. Impulse Theater is Denver's longest running show! This wildly funny mix of comedy, theater and audience interaction plays to sold-out houses every Thursday, Friday and Saturday...
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Caterers, American, Bar & Grills
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
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We were part of a group that was there for a brewery tour and dinner. Totally disorganized, took well over 3 hours for this to take place. We had to practically beg for menus and silverware, then once the food was delivered 2 members of our party didn't get theirs. By the time they got it to the table, one person just took it in a box since we had been there so long by then. The food was good, but that's about all I can say for it. I'll not be back.
My brother and I visited the Wynkoop Brewery on our last trip to Denver. We only stopped in for a couple beers, however we ended coming back a couple hours later for more! Great beer, great service, great price. I will be moving to the area next year and plan on becoming a regular customer! THANKS!
Highly recommend both the beer varities and the mussels in a savory wine-garlic-butter - yummy sauce...Ask for extra bread. Also the Gorganzola soup is fantastic!
My husband and I went here for our first date back in 1997. The atmosphere, food and beer was great. After years of living in Chicago, we moved back and have gone here twice. The first time back in 2009 was a disappointment, but we decided to give it a second chance last November. The place smelled like decades of food, dirt and grime buried in the floor, cracks and crevices of the brewery. The food was such a disappointment. The flavors and the quality was just not there. It's amazing how much this place has declined. We won't be coming back here.
I took my wife here for her 30th birthday party. I called ahead to find that they do not take reservation on the weekends so we went down early to put our name on the list. When we arrived we were greated by a very friendly host stand and was told the wait would be an hour. This was perfect as our party was arriving an hour later. We waited for an hours an a half and went back to the host stand to be told that the GM had come into the wynkoop with his own private party and took the seating area that the host stand was reserving for us! They apologized and said they waould seat us as soon as possible. We had tickets to a show and became pressed for time. We checked back to find that the only tables available would break our party up over three booths. durinf our meal not a single person from managment came by to offer any apologizes for a ruined evening. I guess the GM was to busy with his own private party boosting his own ego to have any idea or care about what goes on his facility.
I took my wife here for her 30th birthday. So, they don't take reservations on the weekends and we were good consumers and made adjustments. We arrived and hour before our party was to arrive and was told that the wait was an hour, no problem. An hour and a half later I checked back with the host stand and was told that the GM of the Wynkoop came in with his own private party and took the seating area the host stand was reserving for us! We waited another 30 minutes only to have our party broken up over three tables. Not one person came by to apologize or offer and compensation for the horrible experiance, oh that's right the GM was to busy pushing around paying customers and feeding his own ego to care about anyone else.
Food: Excellent bar food at very good prices.
Service: Sub par, both nights.
Atmosphere/Layout: Great. A beautiful interior. VERY nice place and close to the Rockies stadium.
Beer: BAD! I was surprised. By far the worst beer I've ever had at any brew pub/brewery. I tried all, but one or two of the beers they have on tap (nearly a dozen). Their stout was okay and a few others were drinkable, but extremely unremarkable. Others were just god awful. Undrinkable. When I tell someone in my party a beer ""tastes like food"" when he asked how it was, you know you're in trouble.
The restaurant was extremely warm, the music was way to loud. The waitress didn't speak above a whisper, the fish and chips were very disappointing. Not worth the money. With all the other restaurants in the area you would be wise to try them instead.
While walking around LoDo and the 16th Street Mall, my husband & I happened upon this place. Being lovers of great and unique beers, we thought it was worth a try at least. Boy, were we blown away. The beer is great (some of the best we've had), and the food is really good too. We actually expected to pay alot more given the amount of beer and food we'd ordered, but were pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived. Service was great on a busy Saturday evening, and everyone seemed really friendly. I can't wait to get back to Denver to revisit this place!
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