This trendy yet unpretentious local institution was Denver's first brewpub, and now its owner, John Hickenlooper, is Colorado's governor. Different crowds frequent its pool-hall, cabaret, and dining-room levels—with the younger crowd on the top floor enjoying drinks and bar snacks during happy hour or down in the lower cabaret level for improv or live music, and families and urban professionals dining on the main level. Try the terrific buffalo meatloaf or venison served
over mashed potatoes with fried onions. Wash it down with one of the Wynkoop's trademark microbrews—try either the exemplary Railyard Ale or the spicy chili beer.