• Brent Jones

Live Like a Local at Sloan’s Lake

So, you’ve moved to Denver and Sloan’s Lake is ‘home’. You’re a local, now what? Denver’s culinary options are nationally recognized, but living at The Julian offers local, walkable favorites at your front door. Whether meeting for happy hour, watching the Broncos game, sipping craft beer, live like a Sloan’s Lake local at these neighborhood favorites:


1. Sloans Bar and Grille - $$ - 5850 West 25th Avenue

Established in 2004, Sloan’s Bar and Grille was designed and built on the belief that every neighborhood deserves a gathering place for friends, family and neighbors. A true reflection of its community, local materials and tradesmen were used in the design and construction of Sloan’s. Interesting architectural objects and furniture rescued from other local establishments add genuine Colorado-character. The marble bar top and back bar cornice, as well as most of the doors, came from the old Columbia Bank building at Colfax and Wadsworth. The booths are pews from the Synagogue at 17th and Gaylord, and the chairs are from the libraries and courtrooms of the City of Denver. Historical photos of Sloan’s Lake neighborhood pepper Sloan’s Bar and Grille, offering insight to the area’s past.

Sloan’s serves up comfort food with a side of nostalgia in a vintage-style tavern with nightly specials, happy hour, live music, karaoke and trivia nights. Before you visit, check their online calendar for what’s happening this week at Sloan’s Bar and Grille

2. Skyline Pub - $ - 2045 Sheridan Boulevard

Skyline Pub, formerly The Cooler, opened under new ownership in 2016. Reclaimed wood paneling cut to resemble the bar’s namesake, the Denver skyline. Open for lunch, dinner and late-night bites, Skyline Pub is a Sloan’s Lake staple for the work-week as well as weekend breaks — and it’s one of the locals’ favorite sports bars.

In addition to exceptional lake and city-views, Skyline Pub offers a dynamic smattering of both food and drink specials throughout the week and infuse their own liquor (Pst, try the pineapple mango infusion). Taco Tuesdays and Wing Thursdays are popular Skyline nights, too.


1. Tap & Burger - $$ - 1565 N. Raleigh

Tap & Burger at Sloan’s Lake is an upscale burger restaurant with sister locations in the Highlands and Denver Tech Center. Craft beer and cocktails, gourmet burgers and the 360 flat screen TV’s surrounding this pub easily make it any sports fan’s seasonal digs to catch the game.

Tap & Burger’s team of owners passionately believe in the power of neighborhood restaurants to unite communities, and their Tap & Burger pubs show it. They have developed strong ties to the local business and non-profit communities, and take an active role in supporting both. Not just “a sports bar done RIGHT,” Tap & Burger prides itself on being a community-based business that reflects values of connection to place, quality of product and customer care. Everything on the menu is prepared in-house to ensure that each item is made with the highest standards of quality. Most ingredients are sources from local farmers and merchants to support, build and grow the Colorado community.

2. Billy Sims BBQ - $$ - 2001 Sheridan Boulevard

Billy Sims BBQ is a homegrown, counter-serve barbecue chain founded by former NFL Rookie of the Year, Billy Sims, and his business partner, Jeff Jackson. Together, their Texan and Kansas City roots make for an extensive selection of BBQ foods including “The Heisman,” a sandwich piled high with bologna, hot link and topped with brisket or pulled pork, and the “Triple 20 Sandwich,” a tasty pulled pork sandwich drenched in Billy’s Secret Sauce. Billy Sims BBQ smokes their meats daily, so you can count on consistently delicious BBQ.


1. Joyride Brewing - $ - 2501 Sheridan Boulevard

Joyride Brewing Company’s six door garage and waterfront views feature a brewery that emphasizes the unbeatable location. Joyride’s newly built rooftop patio is a must-go for dog owners, and their wide range of beers – from their Antelope Amber Ale to the Edgewater IPA – make it easy to discern why this is one of the best breweries in Denver.

Joyride partners with the best of the best of Denver’s food trucks. Instead of having to pick from one truck, pick up appetizers at all of them! Check Joyrides online calendar for scheduled vendors, weekly specials, entertainment and their eclectic selection of craft brews.

2. Little Machine - $ - 2924 West 20th Avenue

Nearby to Sloan’s Lake is Little Machine Beer, which is located near the Lower Highlands, right by Mile High Stadium. Little Machine opened in 2015 and has prided itself on being ‘Denver’s Raddest Brewery.’ The brewery offers two dog-friendly patios for beer lovers and their four-legged best friends, and features art works of local artists throughout the bar. Little Machine’s digs offer a mechanical, steampunk vibe. There are many reasons this brewery has taken home awards from the legendary Great American Beer Festivals and the World Beer Cup, but the most important reason is best served chilled, by the pint. Bonus brews: Seedstock Brewery, Hogshead Brewery, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.


1. Balance. Yoga. Barre. Denver - 1525 Raleigh Street

Founded in 2013, Balance.Yoga.Barre. is a rapidly-expanding wellness company with a commitment to creating and developing a well-designed workout program incorporating the principles of yoga, ballet and pilates. Their philosophy is simple: Exercise is a basic need for all humans, regardless of age, fitness level or health goals.

Balance.Yoga.Barre. offers hot vinyasa flow, hot pilates, and unique barre classes all in one location. Although the Sloan’s Lake location is newer among the many Denver fitness options, members are already hooked, posting raving reviews online. The wide variety of class times and schedule offerings, unique blend of workouts and flows, and their knowledgeable, encouraging instructors bode well for this growing wellness studio.

2. F45 Training Sloan’s Lake - 1525 Raleigh Street #120

F45 Training is another wellness brand sweeping the nation. F45 Training provides 45-minute small group sessions comprised of functional full-body workouts that target improvement of energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. F45 is designed with efficiency in mind and estimates that clients on average burn up to 750 calories per each 45-minute session.

The Sloan’s Lake studio is located the same plaza as Balance.Yoga.Barre, meaning you’ve got options to alternate BYB’s core and flow workouts with F45’s high-intensity interval training workouts.


1. Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe - $ - 5126 West 29th Avenue

Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe opened for business in 2010, and has been serving some of the best biscuits in Denver. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Seth Rubin decided to open Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe out of hunger for the true, Southern buttermilk biscuits he grew up with. Rise & Shine is a petite, brick-lined staple featuring house-baked biscuit sandwiches, plus coffee & craft beer on tap.

Check Rise & Shine’s website for their ever-changing Biscuit of the Day creations.

2. GB Fish and Chips - $$ - 2175 Sheridan Boulevard

Get Battered Fish and Chips serves arguable the best fish and chips on this side of The Pond, while introducing other English specialties such as bangers and mash, pork pies, shepherd’s pies, pasties and more.

Owner Alex Stokeld started GB Fish and Chips in May 2007 after years of pining for a ‘chippie' in his hometown of Denver. Stokeld spent most childhood summers growing up in England visiting family and, naturally, he fell in love with fish and chips, especially in places like Brighton, Lowestoft and Whitby.

Knowing it’s impossible to recreate the ambiance of English cities like Whitby with it’s water-side atmosphere, fishing boats, the Abbey, and smell of the sea, Alex decided instead to decorate the place with things he enjoys like football (American soccer), darts, boxing, good music, and The Denver Broncos.

GB Fish and Chips makes all of their English specialties in-house from scratch - including stuffing the bangers. Alex’s father, Andrew, has been making bangers (traditional English pork sausages) and meat pies ever since he came to the states in 1963. Serving the best English fare this side of The Pond, Alex knew he had to bring set up shop in Denver.

Interested in more information about The Julian or Sloan's Lake? Contact our sales team today.

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