Portland's Thirsty Lion Finds Home in Denver

Portland, Oregon-based Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is excited to announce that its first Denver location, at 1605 Wynkoop St. in the One Union Station building, will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, April 29. 

A ribbon cutting will take place at 10:45 a.m. to celebrate the official grand opening to the public. The first restaurant in the Union Station redevelopment to open, Thirsty Lion will serve lunch happy hour and dinner. The gastropub features 8,393 square feet of interior seating, handcrafted food, 52 beers on tap, and more than 2,000 square feet of prime downtown patio space for enjoying the Colorado sunshine.

“We are extremely excited to open our newest location in the Union Station neighborhood,” says Thirsty Lion CEO John Plew. “Thirsty Lion is the perfect fit for this neighborhood, and we look forward to providing Denver with great service, a diverse menu, [and] local quality ingredients, not to mention a great selection of local craft beer.”

Thirsty Lion’s mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy great food, beers, cocktails, and wine.

Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of multi-cultural cuisines with an emphasis on local ingredients, bold flavors, and scratch recipes. A seasonal fresh sheet will focus on the changing season’s offerings, featuring ingredients such as fresh seafood, quality meats, and local vegetables and fruits. 

The bar will feature 52 beers on tap, 28 of which are from Colorado, offering a beer on hand for every plate and every palate. The gastropub also features craft cocktails that use combinations of fresh fruit purees, juices, and premium liquors, as well as 25 different wines by the glass.

“At Thirsty Lion, we work hard to combine quality ingredients and scratch recipes to create menu items that satisfy the foodie in all of us,” says Thirsty Lion Executive Chef Keith Castro. “The flavor profiles are complex, yet blend well in their simplistic approach to create craveable food [and] an intense desire for more.”

Thirsty Lion’s gastropub incorporates a variety of interior design features, including custom-made chandeliers and wall sconces, with an open exhibition kitchen. A centerpiece bar creates a sense of community in the space ,and there are three Nana Walls that open up to give the space an open air feel on nice days. The outdoor patio can hold 110 people, and is surrounded by a dancing water feature and aspen trees, making it a perfect outdoor destination for sunny days.

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