Enjoy the view at the City Park Golf Course Tavern
What: City Park Tavern
Where: 3181 23rd Avenue East
When: Open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
For more information: Visit cityofdenvergolf.com/city_park
About the place: City Park Tavern is nestled in the middle of the eighteen-hole City Park golf course, which reopened two years ago after extensive refurbishment as part of the city’s flood mitigation project. It serves as a clubhouse for golfers, with a lounge area and the Golf Shop sharing the building — but the stunning views of the Denver skyline make it a must-see for non-golfers, too.
The original clubhouse, which stood at the corner of York Street and East 26th Avenue, had arguably Denver’s best under-the-radar brunch patio. When the brunch scene exploded nearly a decade ago and there seemed to be a patio seat for ten Denver residents on the weekend, the patio at City Park Golf Course was always half empty and shaded.
The new City Park Tavern, which is operated by FLOG, a company that runs restaurants at four of the city’s golf courses, reopened in September 2020 in a brand new building higher up the slope City Park sits on. If you’ve ever stood on the park side of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and looked west, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from the view of City Park Tavern: a impressive expanse of mountains interrupted only by the horizon line.
This view attracted the community as well as golfers to the restaurant terrace. “Depending on the day or time, it could be 50% [non-golfers], especially when the weather is nicer,” explains deputy director Rita Pereira. When the patio is too hot, the air-conditioned restaurant, with its bay windows, offers the same view with more comfort.
You can’t be rushed at City Park Tavern. There are usually only two or three employees who manage the bar, dining room, terrace and take-out orders for golfers, who can take food on their carts. So sit back, take in the views and enjoy your well-boozed John Daly. If you want to (sort of) play some golf, you can also grab a few clubs and a can of beer and head to the driving range: it’s $6 for a small bucket, $11 for a medium, and $15 for a large .
What you are eating : City Park Tavern’s menu includes fairly standard well-done pub fare, with prices ranging from $5.95 (for a hot dog) to $15.95 (for steak treats with bearnaise), though in the winter, it also offers prime rib on Friday nights — a 12-ounce cut is $19.95. An extensive kids’ menu includes smaller portions of items like nachos, sliders, wings, and pasta ($6.95 to $7.95).
Regular menu options include classics like an Avocado BLT, Tuna Melt, and Turkey Rueben. The burger menu is extensive and the beef can be replaced with a chicken, turkey or vegetable patty. Salads including a Cobb and a Caesar are available, as is a Caesar wrap. The restaurant also does Mexican surprisingly well; the nachos, in particular, are a must to share as an appetizer.
From sunrise until 11:00 a.m., the restaurant serves a breakfast menu, with options like avocado toast, two types of eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes, and huevos rancheros, ranging from 6, $95 to $11.95.
City Park Tavern also has a full bar, including a beer menu with drafts from Denver Beer Co. and Coors, a selection of canned beers, and a cocktail menu with classics and golf-themed drinks like the Tee Time Spritz (Aperture aperitivo with sparkling wine and soda) and the John Daly (an Arnold Palmer made with Tito’s vodka).
Indoors or outdoors, sitting at City Park Tavern is a visual and tasty treat for locals, visitors and golfers.