Westword Best Of Denver Reader’s Choice

The Highland Tap and Burger is honored to win three Best Of Denver Westword Readers Choice Awards.

-Best Late-Afternoon Happy Hour

-Best French Fries

-Best Sports Bar for Food and Drink  

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10 of Denver’s Best Gluten-Free-Friendly Restaurants

Highland Tap & Burger -This casual LoHi spot is great not only for catching a game on one of the many TVs, but also gluten-free dining options. Try one of the signature burgers on a gluten-free bun, and enjoy it with a side of fries. Both the regular and duck-fat fries are cooked in a separate fryer to prevent cross-contamination with breaded items.

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-Eater Denver


Hot Off the Grill: 8 Must-Try Burgers Around Denver


HTB Chili Cheeseburger at Highland Tap and Burger
Want some meat to go with that meat? Consider it done at this ever-hopping LoHi hangout. Accompanied by American cheese, the chili that graces this game-time winner is chock-full of beef and beans, spiked in turn with Left Hand milk stout and ancho peppers. Don’t discount the dough either: co-owner Juan Padro tells us that Boulder’s Breadworks bakes the rolls exclusively for them, based on a slider-bun recipe customized for Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Catering (not to mention Top Chef fame). “I said, ‘Those are delicious; can you make them regular size?’ And as far as I know we’re the only place using them.” -ZAGAT

The Happiest Hour: Denver’s Best Bar Food


..Highland Tap & Burger is the quintessential neighborhood joint where everyone knows everyone else and the staff welcomes people by name. They host parties, events, football, and even a running club on Wednesday evenings. In a few short years they have become a cornerstone of the Lower Highlands neighborhood. Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, they have a killer happy hour. Running Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:30 pm...

Don’t Miss: The Maple Sour Cocktail ($5) and any of the $3 drafts. Don’t Miss food items include the Hand Cut Fries ($4), the Pulled Pork Sliders ($2.50 each) and the Polidori Sausage Sldiers ($2.50 each)

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-Megan Barber, 303 Magazine

Denver’s 10 Best Bars to Eat Bar Food and Watch NFL

NFL Bars: These are Denver's 10 Best Bars to Eat Bar Food and Watch NFL For Every Type of Fan Highland Tap and Burger is a classic sports bar for the eccentric fan in LoHi. Try the HTB nachos that are covered a Milk Stout chili con queso or the Stranahan’s barrel smoked chicken wings.

- Eater Denver

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Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews

Highland Tap & Burger (HTB) is a great local joint to grab a gourmet burger and craft beer with a comfortable atmosphere for families, friendly gatherings, and football watching. Gourmet burger is not something you come across often at your local pub but HTB cleverly planned the pub atmosphere but without having to compromise great food.

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The 8 Best Chicken Wings In Denver


The Colorado man has two hands: one hand to hold a pint of some of the state's finest brew, and the other one holding a delicious bite of food. To help you decide which food to hold, here're the raddest spots in town to get your mitts on some fresh wings. They're so good you'll use both hands.Highland Tap & Burger:  This Highland neighborhood standby offers their Stranahan's Barrel Smoked Wings with a homemade tap sauce. Be sure to pair it with one of their many craft brews on tap.


Drinkers Thirsty for Colorado’s Best Unite at HTB

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Denver’s Highland Tap & Burger (HTB) contends that with world class breweries and distilleries right here in Colorado, why would you go any further outside of the beautiful state of Colorado to find your brews, wines, and spirits. Showcasing the best of made right in Denver’s backyard or in the case of the Infinite Monkey Theorem, right in Denver’s back alley, Highland Tap & Burger (HTB) offers its thirsty guests an approachable, laid back atmosphere for taking in some fine locally made Colorado beverage of their choice.....

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Westword Best of Denver 2013

westword best of Highland Tap & Burger isn't just a sports bar � but you wouldn't know that on game day, when this LoHi spot is packed with hat boys and bros cheering and jeering whatever's playing on the many TVs, drinking beers, taking occasional smoke breaks on the patio, and stuffing their faces with the great food that comes out of the kitchen. When they opened the place three years ago, the owners applied a fine-dining sensibility to a pub-like menu, and they've held to those standards. The result is Denver's best burger, offered in a variety of styles with toppings both plain (white cheddar) and fancy (truffle aioli), as well as impressive root-beer pulled-pork sandwiches, meatball sliders and incredible homemade chips.


Westword Best of Denver 2013

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Even in this era of carbonated mojito spheres, caviar bubbles and beet cheesecake, the hamburger remains America's favorite food, and burger fans — of which you are undoubtedly one — are insanely opinionated about what the consummate burger should look and taste like. Highland Tap & Burger gets to the meat of the matter, serving its plump, char-grilled patties every which way: from classically naked to blanketed with cheese to whimsically fancified with feather-light shavings of foie gras. The beef, all Angus and 100 percent natural, is judiciously seasoned, cooked to temperature (if you want your beef to be bloody-red squish, the kitchen is happy to oblige), and the buns — white, whole wheat or gluten-free — are soft but sturdy. Tear into it, make a mess, and dribble 'til the cows come home. Even in this era of carbonated mojito spheres, caviar bubbles and beet cheesecake, the hamburger remains America's favorite food, and burger fans — of which you are undoubtedly one — are insanely opinionated about what the consummate burger should look and taste like. Highland Tap & Burger gets to the meat of the matter, serving its plump, char-grilled patties every which way: from classically naked to blanketed with cheese to whimsically fancified with feather-light shavings of foie gras. The beef, all Angus and 100 percent natural, is judiciously seasoned, cooked to temperature (if you want your beef to be bloody-red squish, the kitchen is happy to oblige), and the buns — white, whole wheat or gluten-free — are soft but sturdy. Tear into it, make a mess, and dribble 'til the cows come home.



5280 | Top of the Town | Best Burger | Editors Choice


No matter how culinary-chic Denver's food scene becomes, there's always room for a good ol' burger. Highland Tap's seven varieties range from traditional (lettuce, tomato, onion, and American cheese) to creative. We typically opt for the latter, specifically the Shroom Luvas with foie gras. This hot-off-the-grill favorite (it was named people's choice for best burger at the 2011 Denver Burger Battle) comes layered with house-made seasoning, sautéed mushrooms, Emmenthaler cheese, and truffle aïoli, all loaded on a bakery-soft bun.

Top Bars For Foodies In Denver


For the discerning palate, an ideal night out on the town must include a delectable food menu as well as signature cocktails and lively ambiance. Some of the most creative, original and gourmet options you can find for both food and drink nationwide are within our city limits. The bars and restaurants listed...Highland Tap & Burger.. are not only local hot spots but also have been named by celebrities as some their favorite food destinations as well.


-CBS Denver

Denver Food Guys - Peoples Choice - Denver Burger Bracket

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“A dripping, sloppy, but ultimately wildly delicious mess.” “The burger was cooked perfectly, the fried onion ring added saltiness and crunch, while the two different meats and the fried egg added something damn near an umami flavor.”

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“Their burger patty is big and meaty, cooked perfectly for a juicy burger. Yeah it can get messy and saucy, but sometimes you’ve gotta get dirty to enjoy a great burger.”

“The bun at HTB just melts in your mouth after each bite, and combined with the fresh toppings and cheese, it’s no wonder why this places is crushing the burger scene in Denver.” “When the bun has a shiny glare to it and you can see the cheese and toppings oozing out the sides, you know that the burger will be gone in only a few minutes.”

-Denver Food Guys

Shroom service! Love the Highland Tap & Burger


THANK YOU for recognizing this restaurant. I work a few blocks away at another restaurant (hamburgers are not on our menu) and my co-workers and I LOVE this place. Sometimes a customer "asks what are you eating?" I offer one bite and hear "give me half". NO WAY!!! ........Shroom Luva's MY FAV!!!!


Top 5 Reasons To Go To Happy Hour


Highland Tap & Burger offers 60 beers with a focus on local Colorado craft breweries. In fact, 19 of the 20 beers on tap are local brews. You can find artisan pub fare like Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders or Sweet Potato Chips on their Happy Hour food menu. When it comes to their drink menu, you can’t go wrong with half off bottles of wine or a $5 Cucumber Collins to name a few! 

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Best Place to Day Drink


Best Place to Day Drink: Mile High loves its patios, and Highland Tap & Burger has a fantastic one, plus tasty burgers that'll pair nicely with the booze.


Westword Best Of Denver 2013

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Highland Tap & Burger was honored in 3 categories by Westword Magazine's Best of Denver 2013

-Best Burger

-Best Sports Bar for Food and Drink 

-Reader's Choice for Best Veggie Burger

Denver Life Magazine - Wedding Issue

Highland Tap & Burger Featured in the Spring/Summer Wedding Issue 


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Moscow Mule Revisited as the Denver Donkey

Article by: Creative Culinary

I received an invitation last month to attend the launch party for, the newest edition of the multi-city online magazine about imbibing in the United States. Along with fresh and original content about the drinking culture in the Mile-High City, Drink Denver features a searchable directory of the city’s best bars, a calendar of drink-related events, a happy hour finder and a location-aware mobile site.    More than just an online presence with daily articles and posts, Drink Denver (@DrinkDenver) brings the city’s nightlife to the user. The location-aware mobile site — compatible with just about every smartphone — will find all the happy hours and drink specials available nearby, or in any chosen neighborhood. With the app, a user can quickly search for upcoming events, read articles about a specific bar or scene and even call a taxi for those times they want help getting home.

The launch party was scheduled to be held at Highland Tap & Burger (@HighlandTapDen) in the Highlands neighborhood that is situated just southeast of downtown Denver; in the past couple of years this older neighborhood has seen a burst of growth and renewal and now it’s where all the cool kids hang out.  ...
I knew from the original invitation that Highland Tap & Burger would be serving what they call the ‘Denver Donkey.’ It’s a fabulous take on the Moscow Mule but with a bit more sass. The Moscow Mule became popular during the 1950′s when our country was on a vodka craze. Invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and Jack Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer), the men decided one night to join two of their products with a splash of lime and the rest is history.

That Moscow attribution is simply a reflection of the notion that vodka is a Russian product. No more. The vodka used for this cocktail is Spring 44 Honey Vodka from Spring 44 Distilling, Inc (@Spring44spirits) in Loveland, CO. I had a lovely conversation with one of their owners who agreed to have a bottle of this fabulous vodka on site at the Highland Tap & Brew for me to pickup and that luck was doubled when the folks at Highland Tap & Brew gave me two of the gorgeous copper mugs they had engraved especially for this cocktail. I tried one onsite and was completely hooked. Line and sinker.

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Highland Tap & Burger hosts 2nd Annual LoHi Music Fest - August 4th

Join us on Saturday, August 4th as we host the 2nd annual Lohi Music Festival with a Denver style "Luau" theme!  We will be blocking off the street for you to enjoy a great lineup of live music, a traditional pig roast, art and a fantastic beer selection right in front of the Tap!

For tickets and more information, please visit the official website:

Come out and join us in your fancy island attire!

Featured Music acts:
The Motet, Particle featuring Michael Kang (of The String Cheese Incident), Air Dubai, The Heavy Pets, Euforquestra,

Dubskin, Filthy Children, Rob Drabkin, Human Agency,  Bryan Benner, and more!

Charitable proceeds will go to the Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Montessori School in Northwest Denver.


Be sure to sign up for our HTB newsletter to get special promo codes for tickets to this event!   SIGN UP HERE.


“Oh, Highland Tap and Burger, how we love your happy hour”




Read the Westword/ Cafe Society Review:

....The happy hour menu at Highland Tap and Burger is downright stellar, offering just about everything a hungry happy hour reveler could hope for. The grilled burgers are some of the best we've had in Denver; they're large and juicy, loaded with melted American cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, and served with hand cut French fries for a mere $7. Truth be told, the whole grilled artichoke disappeared just as quickly, and we highly recommend saving some of the accompanying truffled lemon aioli to pair with your fries. We also appreciated the mozzarella sticks, a fancy upgrade from what we're used to. And, in fact, we liked them so much that we opted for a second order of the tempura-fried planks.


We are sharing this traffic advisory with everyone so you can try to avoid 15th Street Bridge!  From Downtown, we advise you take 20th Street, to Central St., take a right on 18th St. up the hill to connect to 32nd!  

Here is a link to our location on: Google Maps

Or give us a call:  (720) 287-4493



DENVER – On Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will demolish the northern half of the existing 15th Street bridge over I-25 as part of a safety and mobility project on I-25. As a result, there will be a full closure of both northbound and southbound I-25 as well as 15th Street for two evenings.

Major delays are expected and alternate routes are strongly advised.

“This is our first major milestone of the project that will bring improvements to I-25, 15th Street and Central Street,” said CDOT Project Engineer Kevin Ryburn. “The work is being conducted over the weekend to allow crews to take advantage of the longer work hours needed to complete the bridge demolition.”
To complete the work, the following lane closures will be in place, weather permitting:

·         On Saturday, March 24th, one lane of northbound and southbound I-25 between I-70 and Speer Boulevard will be closed starting at 7 p.m. with a second lane closing at 9 p.m. All lanes of I-25 will close at 11 p.m. and reopen by 10 a.m. on Sunday. In addition, 15th Street over I-25 will be closed from 11 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. on Sunday.

·         On Sunday, March 25th one lane of northbound and southbound I-25 between I-70 and Speer Boulevard will be closed starting at 7 p.m. with a second lane closing at 9 p.m. All lanes of I-25 will close at 11 p.m. and reopen by 5:30 a.m. on Monday. In addition, 15th Street over I-25 will be closed from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5:30 a.m. on Monday.
The following detour routes will be place over the weekend. Major delays are possible and alternate routes are strongly advised.

·         Southbound I-25: Exit onto westbound I-70 and take I-70 to Federal Boulevard. Travel south on Federal Boulevard to Speer Boulevard and then south on Speer Boulevard to I-25.

·         Northbound I-25: Exit onto northbound Speer Boulevard and take Speer Boulevard to Federal Boulevard. Then travel north on Federal Boulevard to I-70. Take I-70 east to I-25.

·         15th Street:  Eastbound 15th Street thru traffic will be detoured on Zuni Street to Speer Boulevard and westbound 15th Street thru traffic will be detoured on Wewatta Street to Speer Boulevard.  Local and business access will be allowed on 15th Street to Central Street for eastbound traffic and to Platte Street for westbound traffic.
Uniform traffic control will be in place throughout the detour routes to help guide motorists and to monitor the flow of traffic during the closure. CDOT would like to remind motorists
to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”
The remainder of the 15th Street bridge over I-25 will be demolished and replaced later this year as crews construct the bridge from north to south. As a result, 15th Street will remain open through the majority of the project with one lane open in each direction. Traffic may be realigned to the south or north depending on the phase of construction. Additional full closures of 15th Street as well as I-25 during the overnight hours will be necessary for girder installation, bridge deck work and the future bridge demolition. Information will be released as construction progresses.

     The bridge demolition is part of a safety and mobility project on I-25 between approximately 20th Street and Speer Boulevard that replaces the 15th Street bridge over I-25 and adds auxiliary lanes on southbound I-25 just south of 20th Street to just south of Speer Boulevard to help eliminate the weaving at the on and off-ramps on I-25.
In addition, various vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle improvements will be made on Central Street, including constructing of a 10-foot bicycle/pedestrian path from 16th Street to 20th Street and adding additional on-street parking on the west side of Central Street north of 17th Street. The City and County of Denver is funding the improvements along Central Street.
        Hamon Contractors, Inc. is the contractor for this $11.7 million project that will continue through late 2013 or early 2014.

St. Patty’s Day at the Tap

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It's that time of year again to bring your kilts, clovers and your lucky charm to celebrate St. Patty's Day at the Tap! It's on a Saturday this year, so we'll be opening the doors at 10 AM and we'll not only have our full brunch menu, but we'll also have a hearty Irish menu available all day:

Corned Beef and Cabbage
with White Cheddar Colecannon Potatoes, Whole Grain Ale Mustard Cream sauce, dried currant and soda bread
Home Made Guinness Irish Stew
Fish And Chips

You can't have corned beef and cabbage without washing it down with a Guinness! So we've come up with some great drink specials, too:
$4 Jameson's
$3 Deep Eddy shots
$4 Deep Eddy drinks
$3 New Belgium Pints (1554 Black Ale & Dig Pale Ale)
$5 Guinness Pints
So bring your friends & family and celebrate the Irish in you!
Lots of SWAG T-Shirts, Buttons and Hats!
NCAA Basketball Tourney on the TV's All Day Long 


March Madness at The Tap


Watch the Madness from start to finish at the Highland Tap
From Conference Championship Week to the Sunday selection show to the Championship Games !

March Madness Drink Specials:
$3 Deep Eddy shots
$4 Deep Eddy drinks
(Featuring the John Daly - Deep Eddy Sweet Tea & Lemonade)
$3 New Belgium Pints (1554 Black Ale & Dig Pale Ale)

The Tap is doing 2 NCAA Tourney Pools
both online!
You Must start a acct
1) $10 Pool bring your money to HTB after signing up!
password: htb
Top 5 scores Pay out:
1st place 50% payout of total pot
2nd Place 20%
3rd Place 15%
4th Place 10%
5th Place 5%
Pool 2 FREE pool sponsored by New Belgium
password: nbhtb

1st Place Patagonia Jacket
2nd Place Loaded Back Pack
March Madness Drink Specials during every game
$3 Deep Eddy shots
$4 Deep Eddy drinks
(Featuring the John Daly - Deep Eddy Sweet Tea & Lemonade)
$3 New Belgium Pints (1554 Black Ale & Dig Pale Ale)

Spread the word anyone can join!

Bring your friends and family to the tap and watch all your favorite teams!!

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Highland Tap & Burger: bonacquisti wine company blog


This first thing you’ll notice about Highland Tap & Burger (2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver) is that it is not, in fact, a wine bar. Perhaps it’s the name, the endless flatscreens showcasing the Broncos, Nuggets or Avs (and Red Sox) or the 20 beers on tap that gives this little factoid away.
That hasn’t stopped co-owner Katie O’Shea from becoming quite the wine aficionado. In fact, she’s an executive sommelier and has put together a small but thoughtful wine list (that usually includes a Bonacquisti selection) at the burger joint that’s become one of the most popular spots in the Highland neighborhood since opening in the fall of 2010.
“One of the things that was really important to me about this restaurant was we didn’t want to, No. 1., alienate women,” O’Shea says. “We didn’t want to be thought of as a sports bar, that freezer-to-fire connotation. We have really fresh food here, and to go along with that … we wanted to have a nice little wine list.”
-excerpt from Bonacquisti Wine Company Blog

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Denver’s Ten Best Burgers

Westword Magazine CafeSociety Blog  by Laura Shunk

Highland Tap & Burger
How do we love the burgers at Highland Tap & Burger? Let us count the ways. There's the shroom luva's burger, topped with Ementhaler cheese and sauteed mushrooms. There's a bacon and white-cheddar cheeseburger that's exactly what a bacon cheeseburger should be. There's the towering Tap burger, which includes root beer-pulled pork and an onion ring. And if you're feeling really spendy, you can even have your burger topped with a little foie gras. No matter what you order, though, prepare for mouthgasm. This place really does the burger -- any burger -- right.

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Highland Tap & Burger Good Food, Good Times!

As if having one of the top 3 burgers in Denver (as voted at the Denver Burger Battle and my personal opinion), one of the best selections of local artisinal flavor on tap, and being centrally located in one of Denver’s hottest new neighborhoods (LOHI) wasn’t enough, the multifaceted bar/eatery is tapping into one of Denver’s prime entertainments – live music. Style Denver will continue to post more updates about food and music to the Tap.


Highland Tap & Burger Adds Music to their Menu

This summer, Highland Tap & Burger started adding live music and impromtu jam sessions to keep things lively at their restaurant in the Lower Highlands! What used to be just a regular Wednesday night, has turned into a beer drinking and crowd bouncing crowd with one of Denver's hottest new bands- The GS Trio featuring Garret Sayers of the Motet.  Over the past few months the Tap has also brought impromptu jam sessions to the Lohi locals including members of bands such as SOJA and O.A.R.!  Going into the winter months, the Tap has featured live music regularly on Wednesday nights.  Be sure to check the event calendar online for music listings and updates and save the date for November 23rd for a Thanksgiving Eve Party with the GS Trio!

Check out this article from Style Denver about music at the Tap:

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HTB starts new wellness program with Vitruvian Fitness

Highland Tap & Burger has implemented a new 12 week wellness program in conjunction with Johnson & Wales University and Vitruvian Fitness.

Each weekday Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 10:00am the HTB staff will enjoy a challenging work out at Vitruvian Fitness.  At 4:00pm each day John Collado a Johnson & Wales intern & HTB chef will cook a free healthy and well balanced meal  for our staff.  This is a great example of a highland community partnership at work that benefits the well being of the Highland Tap staff!  

For more information regarding  Vitruvian Fitness please visit their website:  http:/

Yelp Denver Review Restaurant Highland Tap and Burger


Review Excerpt -  "The thing I really like about Highland Tap and Burger is that the couple behind the business are so involved in the Denver community - whether that means hosting music festivals, craft beer nights for ladies, or even participating in fun events like the GABF. The other thing I like is that these people really embrace Colorado beer. I hate when I go to a restaurant and ask about Colorado beers to be told someone has Coors Light. Well, sure that's a Colorado beer, but there's so much more out there and Highland Tap really appreciates that and tries to promote it."

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Tiffany N.

Denver, CO

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"When I met up with a group of friends at Highland Tap a few weeks ago, we quickly ordered a round of drinks and the barrel-smoked chicken wings and Modus Hoperandi mac and cheese. The kitchen had smoked the wings, then glazed them with a lightly sweet, caramely sauce; excellent on their own, they were even better after a dunk in the chunky, pungent housemade blue-cheese dressing. The mac and cheese was another atypical take on a traditional dish. Shells had been tossed in a slightly sharp and creamy sauce of Fontina, aged white cheddar and parmesan that was spiked with the Modus Hoperandi IPA; then they were dusted with breadcrumbs and baked. The mix satisfied nostalgic cravings for classic macaroni and cheese while also adding depth and character."

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 I've been letting this review stew for a bit, sitting at a four star just because I didn't think anything could be better than my lover, Park Burger. For Highland's benefit, I'm glad I waited because I found myself waking suddenly in the middle of the night craving their mushroom burger. Holy crap, it's amazing.

When I went, the place was relatively empty, which is a function of it being unknown to the majority. It won't be for long, so make your pilgrimage now! There is a wide selection of beers to compliment those delicious burgers. The fries are also very helpful in soaking up that juicy burger goodness.

Park Burger - you have serious competition. I now have a hard choice to make when it comes to picking beef induced high caloric intake. Thank you for that Highland.

Steve S.

Denver, CO

Denver Daily News Town Talk Crafty Ladies Beer Club

Denver Daily News TOWN TALK

Crafty Ladies Beer Club: Today is the first monthly meeting of the Crafty Ladies Craft Beer Club at Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 West 32nd Ave.
The Crafty Ladies meet at Highland Tap and Burger on the first Tuesday of the month to talk about beer with like-minded ladies and learn everything there is to know about beer, from the chemistry involved in making beer to flavor profiles and even beer and food parings. 
Each month, there will be a quest presenter who will talk about beer related topics. 
This month’s guest presenter is Kelly Tretter from New Belgium Brewing Company. She is a microbiologist and all around beer expert.

For more information, visit

Denver Daily News Town Talk online article: Crafty Ladies Beer club

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RR Blog 2/26/11 Link : Onion Rings, Fine Beer and a Great Burger 

Article about Highland Tap and Burger in 303 Magazine Sex Issue

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Westword Chef and Tell with Eli Odell

Click Here:  Eli Odell, exec chef of Highland Tap and Burger, on what he learned from Matt Selby, and what might happen if you wear chile-pepper pants in his kitchen

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Channel 7 New in Town: Gabby’s Food Finds

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Dining Out Denver Post

Dining Out: Highland Tap & Burger

Good vibe magnified by lively room, creative eats 

By William Porter
The Denver Post

Denver's Highland district doesn't lack for restaurants that have earned their popularity — its jumping scene is the envy of dozens of Mile High neighborhoods… New to the mix is Highland Tap & Burger, which sits in a converted, one-story red brick building at 2219 W. 32nd Ave…

…it is decidedly a place for a raucous good time in a sprawling room, a wide range of brewed beverages, and an ambitious menu presided over by a top-drawer chef, Elijah Odell, and a friendly, attentive staff.

The emphasis is on locally sourced food, an idea that is fine and fashionable, although some restaurateurs publicly wonder whether this notion of sustainability is in itself sustainable. We shall see.

A tender short-rib sandwich boasted deep, dark flavors, thanks to a long braising in Cutthroat porter. Bright top notes were delivered with fresh horseradish and celery root slaw, a rewarding variation on traditional cole slaw.

Other artisanal touches appear on other sandwiches.

The Mother Earth is a black-bean veggie patty with radish sprouts, roma tomatoes and whole-grain ale mustard aioli. The Rocky Mountain arrives with Rosen Colorado ground lamb, Haystack Mountain goat cheese, tomato mint relish and wild baby arugula….

….the onion rings and fried zucchini were minor miracles. They arrived in a light, almost feathery batter — the color of goldenrod and with the proper crunch. Onion rings are a side dish that too often get treated as an afterthought. Here they shine.

About the beverages. While wine and cocktails are served, the restaurant's great pride is in its beer and ale list. Sixty varieties are available, with 18 Colorado microbrews on tap. Highland Tap has worked closely with local breweries to develop the list.

Kudos for this, however: For all the flowing suds, this is a family-friendly place. There is a kid's menu offering an entree, drink and scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for $6. Whoever penned the menu has some experience with the booster- seat set: Offerings include burger and fries, mac-and-cheese, chicken tenders and buttered noodles. No tantrums there.

Odell is a trained chef whose resume includes some serious rooms, including Vesta Dipping Grill and Vail's Game Creek. He and his partners have put together a room with an inviting glow for the outside world, complete with a patio whose stylish, gas-fueled fireplace can warm diners even on winter evenings.

Highland Tap & Burger is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Read more:Dining Out: Highland Tap & Burger - The Denver Post

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Channel 9 Best of Metromix 2010

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Gabby Gourmet Review

Highland Tap & Burger is a place not to miss. It is great!!! On 32nd between Zuni and Tejon this burger bar is fabulous. .An outdoor fire pit blazes on the patio, the bar area is super and there is a separate area for more dining.  The place is not quiet-but so much fun. The food is great, service too. Beer and wine and cocktails are priced so well, and the food rocks. We had the best chicken wings-smoked and not fried with great sauce, and a whole artichoke as well as mac and cheese. All were terrific—and then we had the lamb burger, the burger with mushrooms and more, the chop salad, and the chicken sandwich—all come with mounds of fries and great buns. We also had sides of duck fat fries and terrific onion rings. We loved it all!!! Get on by.

-Gabby Gourmet Blog

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Denver 2 Night Review

On these lovely autumn weekends, watching the game with a lively crowd can be the recipe for the perfect day. Often, though, an attempt to do so can result with you immersed in a sea of drunk, sweaty individuals yelling obscenities at the TV and wiping their greasy bar food fingers on the closest thing to them. Fret not, for the recently opened Highland Tap and Burger, serves as the perfect football oasis for you and your friends.

Located at 2219 West 32nd Ave. on the edge of the Highlands and Downtown, this bar is close enough for any football junkie. The space is open, sunny and clean with roll up glass garage doors for warm fall afternoons. The TV’s are large (an understatement) and plentiful. The staff even labels each TV at the beginning of the day, so you know which games are playing on which.

The crowd is friendly and high energy, and strangers become friends fast. If you are a beer lover, you have a plethora of over 20 beers on tap and 60 beers in all to choose from, many of which are brewed right here in Colorado. If you are more concerned with your pocket, they offer cold Coors Lights for a mere $2.00.

If you came to eat, then the options are plentiful and fresh. They boast a reasonably priced menu with everything from rich IPA macaroni and cheese to fresh mixed greens salads. A personal favorite is their grilled artichoke accented with a truffle aioli, but the highlight of the menu is their plethora of signature burgers. They have all the fixings; from pulled pork to beef to vegetarian, with all ingredients coming from local Colorado farms and ranchers.

Next time you are ready to watch a game, but would prefer something a little different, try out Highland Tap and Burger. This sunny oasis will fill your stomach, wet your palette, and satisfy your football appetite.

review by Molly Gregorson

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Yelp Review

If asked a year ago what Highlands needed, I would have responded with a neighborhood sports bar with quality food and a diverse selection of local craft brews. The owners hit the nail on the head. I prefer eating at a restaurant a few times prior to writing a review to make sure I can give a fair representation of the overall service. I was pleasantly surprised every time I went with the quality of food that came out of the kitchen. The mushroom burger was cooked to perfection (pink in the middle) and the fries we hot, crispy and not too greasy. The serving size is perfect, not too small that it leaves me wanting more and not too big as to put me in a food coma. They offer Odell's Cut-Throat Porter and Left-Hands Milk Stout on Nitro along with about 18 other local selections. The beer tastes so much better on nitro. The only other place I've seen this is at the Odell's brewery. I would go twice a week for this trait alone. A worry that I had was that it would have the pretentious feeling that Wash Park Tavern has. But true to the neighborhood, the service and overall feeling was laid back and welcoming. Almost as if you were in a friend backyard. The bartender even remember my name when I came back (exactly what I'm looking for in a neighborhood spot).

Overall consensus, exceptional food and service. It's a place you can go to watch your favorite sports team, relax on the patio or just enjoy a great burger and beer with some familiar faces!

Reviewed by Bryan M 

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Urban Spoon Review

Opening weekend speaks volumes about both staff presence and owners' commitment. Without a POS system and sporting less than ideal tables and table coverings, the owners were incredibly attentive and apologetic, and spent time with each patron to explain the vision of the venue. After (unknowingly) crashing the "family and friends" soft opening on Friday, I was welcomed to the bar with open arms, and tended to by more than one attentive bartender. The beer list was very Colorado friendly, but had select imports that give the list an interesting, experimental edge. Unlike some "beer halls" the list was absolutely approachable, and still had the Colorado staple (Coors Light) for the long Sunday afternoons of beer drinking.

I went back to watch the Broncos game, then the Rockies game on Sunday. The food menu offered was not their complete menu, but had unique items, (Chicken wings smoked with used Stranahans whiskey barrels) that had great flavor profiles that were, again, very approachable. I had the Tap Burger which has everything but the kitchen sink (Burger, cheddar, pulled pork, onion ring and an optional(not really) fried egg). The sandwich was absolutely delicious, not overly greasy, and served on good bread. Nothing overly fancy, and the beers kept on coming.

Overall, an approachable, affordable eatery that successfully mixes fine dining flavors with a laid-back atmosphere and Colorado libations.