There are breweries everywhere in Denver. There are over 70 of them and it’s growing every month so it would be fair to say you don’t have to wander far for a good beer. But maybe you don’t want to limit yourself to just one brewery or maybe you and your friends can’t make a decision on which brewery to spend the afternoon.

There isn’t anything wrong with a little variety. In fact, we encourage you to go after variety when it comes to craft beer. In and around Denver there are a number of great beer bars that are serving not only the best local beer but the best special beers from across the country.

The list below includes the best beer bars to pour your own, beer bars that brew their own beer and the best late-night spots to name just a few categories.

First Draft Taproom & Kitchen

Where: 1309 26th St., Denver
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Lowdown: Located in RiNo, First Draft brought the first self-pour system to Denver. Walking in the door you will receive a pour card and will be able to pick your own glass. From there you are free to pour as little or as much as you want from over 40 taps. The beer is both local and out of the state – if your friends aren’t into beer there is also wine and cider selections. The kitchen also provides small shareable plates to munch on as you make your way through the tap list.

Stanley Beer Hall on 25001 Dallas St.

Where: 2501 Dallas St. #100, Aurora
Hours: Monday – Tuesday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Lowdown: Just to the East of Denver – located in the Stanley Marketplace is the Stanley Beer Hall. This is a self-pour system that gives you options that vary from light to dark to nitro beers. If your friends aren’t into the beer scene it also has self-pour cocktails – which can be dangerous. Enjoy the drinks inside or outside under the lights of the patio.

Goed Zuur on 2801 Welton St.

Where: 2801 Welton St., Denver
Hours: Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 3 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Lowdown: The state of Colorado has long been home to some of the best sour beers in the country so it was only natural that a beer bar dedicated to sour beers would open in Denver. If you’ve never had a sour beer or are looking for the unusual, Goed Zuur serves it and the staff can walk you through the process. It also features a large menu of charcuterie sure to pair well with any of the beers – it’s a full sour experience.

Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery

Where: 4700 Cherry Creek S Dr., Denver
Hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

The Lowdown: Bull & Bush feels like walking into an Old School London pub. There is a certain atmosphere to it that can’t be fully explained – you have to experience it. On tap, you will find well over 10 beers from the brewery itself along with other local favorites such as Comrade and Bierstadt Lagerhaus and even beers brought in from Belgium. Keep an eye out as well – it’s not unusual for them to break out special kegs that you won’t get anywhere else.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Where: 1700 Vine St., Denver
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

The Lowdown: The majority of the beers on tap are from Mountain Pub’s award-winning brewery but you can always find a variety of guest beers on tap. The pub is dedicated to great beers and augmenting that with the best mix of pub food around. While it’s worth a visit any time of year – make sure to stop by during Stout Month in February for the best of what there is to offer.