On the corner of 15th and Platte sits an unmarked brick building that houses the oldest existing bar in Denver, My Brother’s Bar. Its whimsical name is matched by its unique atmosphere, where classical musical plays overhead while patrons enjoy hearty sandwiches and craft beers.
Devoid of TVs and other tech that commonly fill bars today, My Brother’s Bar is the perfect location for friends new and old to gather for a top-tier good time.
Drinks began pouring in 1873 when the bar opened its doors as Highland House. In the century that followed, it would operate under many different names and owners while maintaining its status as a favorite to Denver locals and travelers. In the past, patrons might’ve passed through the doors of Whitey’s Restaurant, Platte Bar, or Paul’s Place.
Through these changes and still today, this bar has stayed true to its spirited simplicity and rooted a deep historical footprint in the city of Denver. It’s survived prohibition and hosted many famous faces as well.
Amongst its most well-known regulars were Beat writers Neal Cassidy and Jack Kerouac, who frequented the bar back when it was Paul’s Place. A short letter from Cassidy to a friend regarding an outstanding tab at the bar can be found outside the restroom.
In the 1970s the Karagas Brothers moved from Detroit to Denver and purchased Whitey’s Restaurant. Together, Jim and Angelou converted the space into My Brother’s Bar. Its playful name derives from an inside joke between the two of telling debt collectors to pass the bill off to the other.
The business was sold in 2017 to a long-time friend of the Karagas family, who’s not just kept the name but also the many traditions that make the bar special.
Dining and Drinking
My Brother’s Bar prides itself on having the best burgers in Denver, a title well earned over the decades of flipping and fixing this American classic. The most popular burger is the JCB, a jalapeno cream cheese burger. Their menu also boasts a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, snacks, and a la carte sides. A kid’s menu is available, along with vegan and vegetarian options.
Orders are available for pick-up, as well as delivery via Door Dash. Those dining in can also enjoy their meals in the outdoor patio area.
As one of the oldest bars in Denver, My Brother’s Bar has mastered making great drinks. Whether you’re enjoying one of their specialty cocktails, a glass of wine, or a brew off of their rotating craft beer list, their robust selection offers something for everyone.
One of the most loved traditions of My Brother’s Bar is its “Girl Scout Station,” where everyone’s favorite cookies are available for purchase during Girl Scout season. Stop in for a box of tagalongs, a tasty burger, and to experience this well-hidden relic of Denver history.
Address: 2376 15th Street, Denver CO 80202
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 am -10 pm, Fri-Sat: 11 am – 11 pm, Sun: closed