Denver >Bars & Clubs > Celtic Tavern
1801 Blake St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.752778 -104.996692
Neighborhoods: Northwest Denver, LoDo, Union Station
Nothing special, but not terrible – I don't find this to be some down to earth Irish bar. It's more like your typical Lodo trendy place. Overall, it's OK, nothing great about it, but nothing too bad about it. The staff is friendly and they usually make strong drinks, so that's good. Otherwise, it's just a typical Lodo bar.
Best Pub in Denver, I think! – The Celtic Tavern is the best bar in downtown denver. Only located a block from Bar Alley in LODO, it is the perfect place to get into the hub bub of the downtown scene without having to deal with the sexually charged frat boys usually found at LODOs. Authentic Irish with a scandinavian twist...they care sbout what they serve and how they serve it. Having Murphy's Stout just goes to show how much they want to stay true to their roots (as it is brewed in Ireland and Guiness served in the U.S. comes from Canada). Food is yummy and the service is great! Bartender's are quick, they can pour a great stout or serve a wide variety of shots. Servers are Hot and attentice. What more can you ask for.
Best Service & Damn Good Burgers – My boyfriend & I & a friend went to this bar, randomly, while in Denver to see Social Distortion. We were looking for a good Irish Pub & found it! We had the best service from all bartenders. The friend & I ordered food. I got a burger ordered medium-rare, and it was like a steak on a bun it was so good. The friend got the fish & chips which he had only good things to say about. The drinks were poured strong & the prices were right. I have told everyone & their dog about the awesome burger that I had & we would all definately go back if we're ever in Denver again.
Lively spirits are served with a thick brogue at this Irish-style pub. – In Short
With all its Irish authenticity, the Celtic Tavern might as well be smack dab in the middle of Belfast. This place is relaxing and friendly, and the staff knows the difference between single- and double-malt scotch. People come here for power lunches or to retire in the leather couches for conversation. There's no Guinness here, but the extensive collection of scotches and other ales more than makes up for the lack of the black brew.
Saturday nights at the Celtic Tavern translates into the Andrew James Band. A lot of rock-n-roll and blues by a band with personality. They keep the dancers dancing, the conversation lively, and the establishment packed. If you are in LoDo on a Saturday night and you aren't at the Celtic Tavern, then you missed it.
Irish Bar? – An Irish bar that does not serve Harp's? Yeah, right.
I tried the Donegal fish & chips($10.95)...all chips. Fish was lightly battered, as advertised, but was thin and chewy.
Compared to New York and Boston Irish bars, this place does not measure up. And don't wait until the last minute to use the restroom(s), which are located after going down a long fight of stairs and down two hallways,you may not make it. Reminds me of the Bruce Willis dungeon scene in "Pulp Fiction"
Cider!! – The Celtic Tavern has really great cider...so good, I can't remember the name of it! I thought the food was great for Irish fare. I'd definitely go back!
Irish through and through – Vicenzo has obviously not been to Dublin recently, or he would recognize the ambience. The Irish owners brought over the bar from Ireland! Great food and service, but laid back atmosphere. A great place to relax and hang out with friends.
Great Bar!! – The Celtic Tavern is fun and an excellent atomsphere if you just want to have fun. The service is wonderful as well. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a good time.
A few helpful hints: – I was in the Celtic Tavern recently, on a Sunday night.
Here's a few helpful hints:
1) No Guinness? Shameful.
2) When pouring a stout, there's really no rush; anyone that drinks stout knows this.
3) Referring to # 2, NEVER send a pint of stout to a customer with 2" of foam sitting on top. You can imagine how customers might feel paying $4.50 for a "pint" when all they get is 14 ounces (or less). FILL THE BLOODY JAR!
My experience was only so-so; this was a Sunday night - I could count the number of customers on two hands, so "we're busy" is not an excuse. (What is the service like when you ARE busy)?
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