Find Your Inner German at Rhein Haus

Bocce and Bier

A building that Denverites remember well has become LoDo’s newest hang out bar and, well, it’s about time. Rhein Haus quietly opened almost a year ago and we are finally catching on. Let’s take a visit to this new old beer hall.

Some of us remember when this building on the corner of 14th and Market was an Old Chicago. It had a giant mural of a Colorado Avalanche player on the side. As LoDo became popular, Old Chicago got priced out. No more foosball in that dingy back room. We should mention not all Old Chicago’s are dingy — many fine OC’s exists around town, and we love each and every one. In fact, the Market Street Old Chicago opened in 1992 before LoDo was LoDo, and was one of Denver’s first tap houses before people even knew what craft beer was.

But that was then, and Rhein Haus is now. The group that owns the original and incredibly popular Rhein Haus in Seattle wanted to branch out, and Denver fit them perfectly. They took over the building and completely remodeled it, opening up the second floor. We didn’t even know there was a second floor! Completely decorated in beautiful dark wood and antique furnishings, Rhein Haus is a gorgeous stand out among Denver’s new tap houses.

Rhein Haus has a prominent unique feature when you walk in the door. There are not one, not two, but four Bocce courts — two downstairs and two upstairs. Italian Bocce at a German beer hall? Seems odd, but the folks at Rhein Haus insist Bocce is as German as it gets. Bocce is the Italian version of a German game called boules, a collective term for games in which bigger balls are thrown as close as possible to a smaller ball. The British term is bowls and the French term is petanque. The game is popular all over Europe and in many parts of the US. However, Americans are more familiar with term Bocce than boules. Easier for us Anglos to grasp.

As expected, Rhein Haus serves up a selection of German beers and dishes — however, there is so much more to be enjoyed here. The bar’s signature beer, the Rhein Haus Lager, is made by Prost Brewing just a few blocks away. The German beers here are diverse, so there is more than just wheaty Hefeweizens on tap. Beers include Veltins Pilsner, Bayreuther Zwick’l Kellerbier, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweiss, and Kulmbacher Eisbock, just to name a few. Rhein Haus is also the only place to serve Underberg, a unique German digestive from Rheinberg. The folks from Underberg even came to Denver to paint a special mural on the wall of the back bar. US and Colorado craft beers are also well represented on the menu.

For cocktails, the bar always offers one beer cocktail. For fall, that cocktail is the Vienna Summer, made with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, orange Stoli and St. Germain for a crisp drink that will allow summer to linger on into the fall. Other cocktails feature Colorado-distilled booze — The Feldman uses Dancing Pines Vodka along with Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur and Maraschino Liqueur. The cocktail has a eucalyptus scent and a botanical taste prefect for this time of year. 

The food menu begins with a selection of schnitzels, brats and wursts, but it should be noted that all meats are smoked and cured in house. There is also a pretzel platter with three different dipping sauces. Beyond the schnitzel, guests will find Roasted Beet Salad, Roasted Half Chicken, Trout and ground-in-house chuck burgers. There is even a vegetarian falafel.

The Happy Hour is from 3-6 PM daily and features $4 select drafts and house wines. There is also a $3.50-12 food menu with smaller but still delicious versions of kitchen favorites like Chicken Schnitzel Sliders, Mini-Brats and an $8 burger. The food menu is also available from 11 PM to 1 AM daily.

With the Convention Center and the Pepsi Center nearby and the football field down the way, Rhein Haus is the perfect pre- or post-event wind up and has plenty of room to handle large groups. There are 31 TVs for your sports viewing pleasure and the Bocce courts can be reserved in advance Sunday through Thursday. You cannot make Bocce reservations Friday and Saturday after 4 PM. Rhein Haus is located at 1415 Market Street.

Photos via Carrie Dow 


Tags: Beer, Food, Games, Spirits
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Behind the Bar: Trevor Schneider, US Reyka Vodka Ambassador

Behind the Bar: Trevor Schneider, US Reyka Vodka Ambassador

This installment of Behind the Bar is focused on Trevor Schneider, the US brand ambassador for the Icelandic Reyka Vodka....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 19, 2017
Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Can drinking wine actually be beneficial to your health? A professor of neuroscience at Yale may have found an answer....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 12, 2017
Thu
Apr 27
Sat
May 13
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 
Sat
May 13
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 
SPONSORED
Get Sophisticated Munchies at TAG on 420

Get Sophisticated Munchies at TAG on 420

TAG will take your favorite food cravings and make 'em, TAG-style!...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Apr 11, 2017
This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

A company called Forty Ounce Wines is now selling this warm-weather wine in forties, giving drinkers a whole new way to drink 'rose all day.'...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 10, 2017
The First Annual Red Rocks BBQ & Brewfest is Coming to Denver, April 22

The First Annual Red Rocks BBQ & Brewfest is Coming to Denver, April 22

With a plethora of beer festivals in Colorado, organizers need to find a niche in order to have any chance of ...read more ›

by Nathan Solheim Apr 10, 2017
Follow in Anthony Bourdain's Footsteps with 'Explore Parts Unknown'

Follow in Anthony Bourdain's Footsteps with 'Explore Parts Unknown'

Ever feel inspired by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's world travels? Wish you could trace his steps and go o...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 10, 2017
Help the The House that Beer Built by Drinking Beer

Help the The House that Beer Built by Drinking Beer

Enjoy tasty beers while helping the community....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Apr 10, 2017
Coffee Joins the Denver Passport Program

Coffee Joins the Denver Passport Program

The Fika Coffee Passport is available now....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Apr 10, 2017
Roca Patron Tequila Dinner at Del Frisco's

Roca Patron Tequila Dinner at Del Frisco's

The deliciousness starts at 6:30 PM....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Apr 10, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close