Denver >Food & Dining > Shelby's Bar & Grill
519 18th St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.746054 -104.988265
Neighborhoods: Northwest Denver, Central Business District, Central Business District (CBD)
Good lunch spot – I work close to Shelby's and about once or twice a month some of us go there for a burger. Their swiss and mushroom burger is one of the best I've had., and I've never heard anyone complain about their food. The atmosphere is a little divey, so if you don't like divey, you might not like the place. Lunchtime waitresses are very friendly and very good at their job. I have not been there after work, so cannot speak to that, but recommend the place for lunch.
good cheap drinks – I LOVE this bar. My Friends and I go to Shelby's for happy hour all the time. They have an early happy hour and even a late night happy hour. You can't go wrong with 2 for 1 beers and double tall drinks. I usually have around 6 beers during happy hour for under $10 ( I live within walking distance). It's hard to find a family owned business these days. Most places downtown are owned by major corporations. BTW Ben is not the owner.
Great place to get no service – I would love to be able to tell you about the food or drink at Shelby's, but our group experience there didn't allow any. We walked in to find a fairly empty establishment early on a Friday evening and claimed a table. After several attempts at getting the bartenders attention, and failing, we returned to the table to wait, and wait, and wait for a waitress to notice. Little good that did.
Upon making use of their facilities before leaving the place, we discovered them to be unsanitary and, well, a little scary.
To top it all off, as we walked out the door, the bartender had the nerve to say, "Thanks for coming in! Hope to see you again soon!"
Great Place for Limited Bartender – Look at all the other reviews. It evidently is the night bartender that makes the experience so "unique." He either owns the place, is the son of the owner, or the owner has no clue as to marketing. Stay out of here!!!
Not safe for girls – Went here with my girlfriends a while back. Ran across these reviews just now and have to write to agree. This place is rough, and not a place for women. The bartender is a putz.
bad bartender ben – I don't know how this place stays in business. I was in the other night and Ben the bartender insulted me and my friends. We'll take our business elsewhere in the future.
An embarrassment to Denver – This bar is an embarrassment to Denver. It is unfortunate that Shelby's is in a great location. Numerous people equate the bar keep's rudeness to all people who live in the mile high city.
Feels Like We're Family – My finace and I frequently go to Shelby's, and always have a good time. This is the type of bar that attracts EVERYONE. Business folks - getting off of work, bike messengers - finishing their route, locals - grabbing a beer, hotel patrons - looking for a comfy place to get a bite... you name it, they'll be there. The family that owns the place always welcomes us and are friendly, but not overbearing.
For us, it's the perfect place to kick back, have some good food, people watch and have a good time. It's far from the club scene, and that's why we love it.
ABSOLUTLY NOT A BAD OR PREJUDICE BAR- ONLY REAL FUN TIMES – This place is a great diamond in the ruff. Good home cooked food, cheap prices for downtown and service with some sass. That good old fashioned ribbing that gives dives some of their charm. At this joint you won't get away with being a zero, being cheap or to drunk without hearing about it. This way you know when you come here it's just respectful locals who don't want to deal with any of the usual downtown meathead scene! So sorry if you received bad service, sounds like you got caught in an oversight, these people that work at this spot are real and real nice. Everyone I know agrees.
insulting bartender – Was in about a week ago and the bartender was insulting another customer and basically calling her a loose woman in front of her date. I was embarrassed for her and wondered what the deal was.
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