Roadside Oases

The Best Biker Bars for Denver Daytrippers


Little Bear Saloon

28075 CO Hwy 74

Evergreen, CO

Mon: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Tue-Thur, Sun: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

As authentic as it gets, Little Bear Saloon and Restaurant is a slice of living history in the Rocky Mountain region. Home to legendary live music and entertainment for more than 40 years, Little Bear has the reputation of being Colorado’s rowdiest mountain bar. Featuring menu favorites like “Rocky Mountain Natural Meats” bison burgers, homemade pizza and weekly specials that will beat any deal this side of the Front Range, plus live entertainment Tuesday–Sunday.

Spot Bar and Grill

111 N. Rubey Dr.

Golden, CO

11 a.m.–2 a.m.

The Spot Bar & Grill in Golden (the younger brother to its downtown Denver locale) packs a punch with an open patio and homemade weekend-only breakfast burritos. Features live music every weekend. All-day everyday specials include $3 domestic drafts, $2 Coors Banquet and $3.50 well spirits. Burger Mondays include $6 Pub Cheeseburgers with homemade pub chips.

Switchback Smokehouse

26220 Highway 74

Kittredge, CO

11 a.m.–9 p.m.

If you love BBQ, this is the place! Located near Evergreen and Idledale in Bear Creek Canyon, the Switchback Smokehouse specializes in smoked goodness: From their famous Bay of Pigs sandwich and the Devil’s Elbow meal to their legendary house-smoked wings, you won’t be disappointed! This is by far the best BBQ I’ve ever had, and their fried pickles … everything is amazing! Stop in for live music on the patio every Sunday from 2–5 p.m. Be sure to put the Switchback Smokehouse on your next ride destination!

About the Author:  Sherry Schuessler and her husband Michael are avid bikers who love their Sunday road trips.