Handlebar Grill

★★★☆☆
  • 305 S Downing St

    Denver, CO 80209

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  • 303-778-6761

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Nice bar but sometimes when I go in there I feel some weird energy. Its hard to explain. The fried mushrooms are great and a must try if you check this place out.

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★★★★★

Nice bar but sometimes when I go in there I feel some weird energy. Its hard to explain. The fried mushrooms are great and a must try if you check this place out.

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We took another Chance! My wife and I went to the Handlebar a year ago, when it was the Downing Grill, for St. Pat's after being served hogwash in another bar, that was inedible. The corned beef special was fantastic! We've eaten there

3
★★★★★

We took another Chance! My wife and I went to the Handlebar a year ago, when it was the Downing Grill, for St. Pat's after being served hogwash in another bar, that was inedible. The corned beef special was fantastic! We've eaten there

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Closed and is re-opening soon under a new name/ownership. Too bad - Handlebar was a great local hangout.

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★☆☆☆☆

Closed and is re-opening soon under a new name/ownership. Too bad - Handlebar was a great local hangout.

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One of my favorite neighborhood hangouts. Great for eats after spending the day at Wash Park. The sandwiches are excellent - my favorite being the Chicken Tuscano (can't go wrong with roasted red peppers and mozerella). My friends say the green chili is really good (but spicy).

Service is excellent. Quick and friendly.

Only problem is the parking lot is really small, so carpool or ride your bike (bike rack is on the west side of the parking lot by Abo's).

4
★★★★☆

One of my favorite neighborhood hangouts. Great for eats after spending the day at Wash Park. The sandwiches are excellent - my favorite being the Chicken Tuscano (can't go wrong with roasted red peppers and mozerella). My friends say the green chili is really good (but spicy).

Service is excellent. Quick and friendly.

Only problem is the parking lot is really small, so carpool or ride your bike (bike rack is on the west side of the parking lot by Abo's).

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This is one of my favorite places for a yummy, casual meal. The burgers are great, buffalo meat is available, and I love the side salads that come with the sandwiches. I haven't had a thing on the menu I didn't like, and the prices are reasonable. It's a great place to meet friends, it's close to Wash Park and Cherry Creek.

5
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite places for a yummy, casual meal. The burgers are great, buffalo meat is available, and I love the side salads that come with the sandwiches. I haven't had a thing on the menu I didn't like, and the prices are reasonable. It's a great place to meet friends, it's close to Wash Park and Cherry Creek.

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Overall Handlebar Grill is a nice restaurant to go to if you want a good burger and some fries. It is nothing amazing but the atmosphere is nice. A local favorite by many.

4
★★★★☆

Overall Handlebar Grill is a nice restaurant to go to if you want a good burger and some fries. It is nothing amazing but the atmosphere is nice. A local favorite by many.

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Great place to hit after running / biking / playing in Wash Park whether you're looking to grab a beer or a bite to eat. Prices are reasonable - the service prompt - the atmosphere casual. The parking lot is on the small side but plenty of street parking can be found on Downing.

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★★★★☆

Great place to hit after running / biking / playing in Wash Park whether you're looking to grab a beer or a bite to eat. Prices are reasonable - the service prompt - the atmosphere casual. The parking lot is on the small side but plenty of street parking can be found on Downing.

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We've been going here off and on over the years, especially during July, when we would always be assured of watching the Tour de France while eating. We checked the schedule before we left home to make sure it was on, but when we got to the restaurant it wasn't on any of the televisions. We had to ask the waitress twice to change the channel, then they only changed it on one of the TVs. Apparently it was more important to watch a Cheers rerun and some NASCAR race. What happened to this place? The prices have gone up and the service is just plain bad. They got my order wrong. I also saw several other patrons having to "manage" the wait staff, going up to them to ask for the checks, etc. Our waitress preferred to sit at a table talking with her friends than doing her job. Also: a 12 oz Guinness is $4.50? What was once a charming restaurant for cycling enthusiasts is now nothing better than a below average, overpriced diner. The cycling theme is limited to the decor. We're never going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We've been going here off and on over the years, especially during July, when we would always be assured of watching the Tour de France while eating. We checked the schedule before we left home to make sure it was on, but when we got to the restaurant it wasn't on any of the televisions. We had to ask the waitress twice to change the channel, then they only changed it on one of the TVs. Apparently it was more important to watch a Cheers rerun and some NASCAR race. What happened to this place? The prices have gone up and the service is just plain bad. They got my order wrong. I also saw several other patrons having to "manage" the wait staff, going up to them to ask for the checks, etc. Our waitress preferred to sit at a table talking with her friends than doing her job. Also: a 12 oz Guinness is $4.50? What was once a charming restaurant for cycling enthusiasts is now nothing better than a below average, overpriced diner. The cycling theme is limited to the decor. We're never going back.

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I live down the street from Handle Bar and Grill and while I will admit the food is great, I dont think customer service is a part of the training. Its almost routine. I went in there about 3 months ago and we were seated promptly. The waitress took our orders rather quick but once she was done with that we didnt see her again until she dropped of the check seeing that our drinks were empty and had been for at least 15 minutes. Someone else brought out the food.We went in there today and it was almost a repeat of the last time. We were seated promptly and our orders were taken rather quick and again someone else brought out the food and our waitress showed up at the end to drop off the check without ever asking how the food was or if we wanted refills. Keep in mind it wasnt very busy at all. There were maybe 6 or 7 tables seated and they had at least 4 waitresses working. I notice that the parking lot doesnt get as full as it use to and with the way the customer service is I now understand why. Maybe instead of spending money putting a new spiffy sign on the corner they should instead use that money teaching the waitstaff how to be a little more service oriented. Afterall they are not entitled to a tip simply because they wait tables, they still have to earn it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I live down the street from Handle Bar and Grill and while I will admit the food is great, I dont think customer service is a part of the training. Its almost routine. I went in there about 3 months ago and we were seated promptly. The waitress took our orders rather quick but once she was done with that we didnt see her again until she dropped of the check seeing that our drinks were empty and had been for at least 15 minutes. Someone else brought out the food.We went in there today and it was almost a repeat of the last time. We were seated promptly and our orders were taken rather quick and again someone else brought out the food and our waitress showed up at the end to drop off the check without ever asking how the food was or if we wanted refills. Keep in mind it wasnt very busy at all. There were maybe 6 or 7 tables seated and they had at least 4 waitresses working. I notice that the parking lot doesnt get as full as it use to and with the way the customer service is I now understand why. Maybe instead of spending money putting a new spiffy sign on the corner they should instead use that money teaching the waitstaff how to be a little more service oriented. Afterall they are not entitled to a tip simply because they wait tables, they still have to earn it.

Pros: Great food, original decor

Cons: bad service, small parking lot

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This is my closest neighborhood restaurant, and one my husband and I enjoy walking to on a regular basis. The food is consistently good -- in fact, often very good. For a "bar", this place has an ambitious menu and executes it well. There is something for everyone here. Health nuts: try the southwest salad or Portabello mushroom burger. Regular Joes: check out the meatloaf or burgers and don't skip the onion rings. We even splurged for dessert last week and has a scrumptious, decadent bread pudding -- tasty! But, I have to agree with many of the other reviewers here that the service is not always up to par. I understand the casual vibe thing, and that is all fine and well to a point, but when my server is sitting at the bar chatting with the bartender while I am waiting for a drink refill, that's just poor service. Often, we have to flag someone down -- generally other than our server -- because our server doesn't stop by again after the food comes. We've come to accept this as "just the way Handle Bar is" because we still genuinely like the place and the food. But I'm not sure I'd be as forgiving if this was someplace other than right down the street.

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★★★☆☆

This is my closest neighborhood restaurant, and one my husband and I enjoy walking to on a regular basis. The food is consistently good -- in fact, often very good. For a "bar", this place has an ambitious menu and executes it well. There is something for everyone here. Health nuts: try the southwest salad or Portabello mushroom burger. Regular Joes: check out the meatloaf or burgers and don't skip the onion rings. We even splurged for dessert last week and has a scrumptious, decadent bread pudding -- tasty! But, I have to agree with many of the other reviewers here that the service is not always up to par. I understand the casual vibe thing, and that is all fine and well to a point, but when my server is sitting at the bar chatting with the bartender while I am waiting for a drink refill, that's just poor service. Often, we have to flag someone down -- generally other than our server -- because our server doesn't stop by again after the food comes. We've come to accept this as "just the way Handle Bar is" because we still genuinely like the place and the food. But I'm not sure I'd be as forgiving if this was someplace other than right down the street.

Pros: Very good food, way beyond most "bar" offerings

Cons: Service can be too casual at times

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I eat out probably 3-4 times a week and can handle lots of problems with service. I usually tend to even give the server the benefit of the doubt... not tonight. Tad was our server and he was downright horrible. The evening started out alright. We walked in and were seated promptly. We placed our orders and our drinks were out right away... then it all fell apart.
Tad dropped our check before we were finished eating and any time he was at the table it was without providing us an opportunity to ask for anything else or see how we were doing... just breezing past and grabbing dishes without stopping. My beer sat empty for 20 minutes before we finally decided to leave... and we had planned on a couple more.
I watched as Tad dropped checks on a number of tables that were still eating, and at 9:50 seated a table and told them that they needed to order right away because the kitchen was closing.
The whole thing was LAME. I wouldn't recommend The Handle Bar and Grill to anyone.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I eat out probably 3-4 times a week and can handle lots of problems with service. I usually tend to even give the server the benefit of the doubt... not tonight. Tad was our server and he was downright horrible. The evening started out alright. We walked in and were seated promptly. We placed our orders and our drinks were out right away... then it all fell apart.
Tad dropped our check before we were finished eating and any time he was at the table it was without providing us an opportunity to ask for anything else or see how we were doing... just breezing past and grabbing dishes without stopping. My beer sat empty for 20 minutes before we finally decided to leave... and we had planned on a couple more.
I watched as Tad dropped checks on a number of tables that were still eating, and at 9:50 seated a table and told them that they needed to order right away because the kitchen was closing.
The whole thing was LAME. I wouldn't recommend The Handle Bar and Grill to anyone.

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I have been in a few times . They have a carribean theme to there menu. Not really that tasty.And the service the last time we were was horrible. We will not be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been in a few times . They have a carribean theme to there menu. Not really that tasty.And the service the last time we were was horrible. We will not be going back.

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The Handlebar is a great deal in one of the most comfortable atmospheres around. The food is amazing and the serving size is quite large. I have never had a meal and still felt hungry after eating. After going there several times, I've found that the burgers are always a good pick, tasting as good as any burger I've had in Denver. The Nachos are a feast in themselves. They pile them high on a pizza pan loaded with everything for a reasonable price. I once stopped in for lunch on Saturday to find that they have a full brunch menu that they serve from 8am until 1pm. After the meal, I HIGHLY recommend the Hammer head hash concoction they serve. I was suprised to see comments about negative service. The servers are casual and easy to talk to while getting things done promptly. Overall, definitely a great restaurant find.

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★★★★★

The Handlebar is a great deal in one of the most comfortable atmospheres around. The food is amazing and the serving size is quite large. I have never had a meal and still felt hungry after eating. After going there several times, I've found that the burgers are always a good pick, tasting as good as any burger I've had in Denver. The Nachos are a feast in themselves. They pile them high on a pizza pan loaded with everything for a reasonable price. I once stopped in for lunch on Saturday to find that they have a full brunch menu that they serve from 8am until 1pm. After the meal, I HIGHLY recommend the Hammer head hash concoction they serve. I was suprised to see comments about negative service. The servers are casual and easy to talk to while getting things done promptly. Overall, definitely a great restaurant find.

Pros: Serving Size, Food Quality, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking, Overpriced Sides, Kids Meal Prices

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Their buffalo meatloaf is amazing along with the mashed potatos, fries and fish n chips!

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★★★★☆

Their buffalo meatloaf is amazing along with the mashed potatos, fries and fish n chips!

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My husband and I were ignored by the waitress Jan 2 We went in for breakfast; were seated immediately by the manager; noone else in the place. We waited 5 minutes until a waitress appeared at the back. She looked at me, went back to kitchen. TAnother couple came in (seated themselves), waitress came out, saw them, waved, then went to other side of seating area and brought them water. She passed us and my husband said "can we get some coffee please and an iced tea?" his tone indicated we'd been waiting. She brought our drinks with the other couples, she 'slammed' my tea on the table, took their order, then went the back way to the kitchen. We left. We eat out at least 5 times a week, and will not be back nor recommend places where the service is lacking, and first seated, first served, is ignored.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were ignored by the waitress Jan 2 We went in for breakfast; were seated immediately by the manager; noone else in the place. We waited 5 minutes until a waitress appeared at the back. She looked at me, went back to kitchen. TAnother couple came in (seated themselves), waitress came out, saw them, waved, then went to other side of seating area and brought them water. She passed us and my husband said "can we get some coffee please and an iced tea?" his tone indicated we'd been waiting. She brought our drinks with the other couples, she 'slammed' my tea on the table, took their order, then went the back way to the kitchen. We left. We eat out at least 5 times a week, and will not be back nor recommend places where the service is lacking, and first seated, first served, is ignored.

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The Handlebar Grill looks and feels like a sports bar but the food is better than any sports bar I've ever been too. I always start with the hot artichoke dip. The best in town!!! Very creamy and comes with breads and vegetables to dip. It's an appetizer but it's a meal in itself so share so you can enjoy there other fine fare.
The salads are creative and healthy. The sandwiches range from the regular to a more healthy buffalo burger. It's hard to go wrong at this eats by Washington Park.

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★★★★★

The Handlebar Grill looks and feels like a sports bar but the food is better than any sports bar I've ever been too. I always start with the hot artichoke dip. The best in town!!! Very creamy and comes with breads and vegetables to dip. It's an appetizer but it's a meal in itself so share so you can enjoy there other fine fare.
The salads are creative and healthy. The sandwiches range from the regular to a more healthy buffalo burger. It's hard to go wrong at this eats by Washington Park.

Pros: food first rate, not smoky, service

Cons: parking, little noisy

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The Kokapelli is still the best! Cooked to order and done just right. Always had a good meal here but the Kokapelli is the one for me. Good Onion Rings but not very many for the price. They'd get rich and I'd get fat if they delivered.

2
★★★★★

The Kokapelli is still the best! Cooked to order and done just right. Always had a good meal here but the Kokapelli is the one for me. Good Onion Rings but not very many for the price. They'd get rich and I'd get fat if they delivered.

 

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