1000 Osage Street
Denver, CO 80204
Live Music: Yes
Hours: Monday—Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday—Sunday 5pm-10pm
Type of Bar: Saloon
What to Drink: Buffalo Bill Cody Cocktail
Why You Should Go: Western saloon with colorful history including Teddy Roosevelt (always fun), and great Western lore.
The Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, CO, was opened as a saloon and restaurant in 1893. The place is like a museum to Denver's wild west past, mostly due to its founder, Henry Zietz.
The Buckhorn features an extensive collection of stuffed and mounted animals Henry killed in the early 20th century on his many hunts, some with Teddy Roosevelt. You can also see Henry's rifle and gun collection, and the various memorabilia collected over 100 plus years in Denver.
The saloon upstairs has served five presidents and numerous celebrities. Of note were regulars Buffalo Bill Cody, who drank the same cocktail so often they put it on the menu and still serve it today. They also serve rocky mountain oysters, which you need to try if you stop by, it's tradition.