I am safe in assuming that most of us truly love living here in Denver, and oh how the newly renovated Union Station shows off our lovely home and its history.
The Docket Committee recently explored the food and drink offerings at Terminal Bar within the Great Hall of Union Station. This boisterous bar sits in the old ticket box of the station in a dimly lit but socially vibrant room on the Wynkoop side of the Great Hall. It turned out to be the perfect location for our unusually minimal group for this meeting.
The visit was my first since the renovation of Union Station. As you enter, you might feel like you are stepping into old 19th century Denver—I mean, when did anyone last hang out in a train station? The whole aura combines Old West charm with modern food and drink, transportation by light rail and Amtrak, and even serves as a community gathering space. It’s quite a magnificent centerpiece of lower downtown.
Terminal Bar itself is a fun meet-up or hangout spot with delicious food and drink options.
Terminal Bar focuses on Colorado local products to a great extent. Colorado craft beers from Avery, Left Hand, Great Divide and other local brewers are available in IPAs, stouts, or any style you crave. Some from our group raved about the local wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem. With a name that cool, you know it’s top-notch wine.
Terminal Bar’s food was bar-style, and simple—brats, burgers, fries and salads. However, after one taste you won’t feel like you are eating at a bar. Our group sampled a variety from the intentionally minimal menu. The Old School Burger with bacon and cheese melts in your mouth. The spicy Elk Jalapeno Cheddar Brat packed a punch and had us talking. The fries were delicious. We couldn’t stay off the Belgium-style frites with the malt-like “Acme seasoning.” The menu offers a veggie burger and a salad for meatless options.
Terminal Bar is a great place to meet up for a quick drink or snack before a night out in LoDo. In the spring, there is no doubt the atmosphere and location will make Terminal Bar popular with Rockies fans between the game and the light rail home. The small restaurant is probably too loud for all but the most casual of business meetings, but it’s not meant for that. It’s a place to get together with old friends, to take out-of-town guests, and to share a laugh over some great American food and drink.
Enjoy Terminal Bar at 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202. The Great Hall of Denver Union Station. 720-460-3701.