Best of 2012: Neighborhood Bar: East
A cute and friendly wait staff, a dozen big TV screens, $3 margaritas and $4 martinis might be enough to attract a pretty good crowd. But there's more at Holy Cow. The industrial-style watering hole and second-time Best Of winner offers a full line of sandwiches and "cowsadillas" for business meet-ups and casual after-work cocktails. Also, happy hour is a generous four hours, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., there's a smoking area outside, and the food is fresh. Brothers and co-owners Heath and Chuck Schafer are natives and appreciate Colorado-produced food, including bread that arrives three times a week from Blue Point Bakery in Denver. Still in doubt? Ask Eric Allen, one of Holy Cow's regulars. "I like the service. The attitude is fun," he says. "I very highly recommend it." — Pam Zubeck
Your pick for Best Neighborhood Bar on the east side, Holy Cow offers generous happy hours, plus poker, karaoke and live country and rock music nights past regular lunch and dinner service. The three-patty bacon and cheese Holy Cow burger ($15) almost says it all.