Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

1605 Wynkoop St, Denver
(303) 623-0316

Recent Reviews

OpenTable Diner

Great little spot! Food is always good & it’s located in a fun area.


We eat here whenever we're going to Ball Arena. It gets quite loud when there's an Avs game, but the energy makes it a lot of fun. The food is always delicious! Biggest issue is that they seem to be quite short staffed, and that hasn't gotten better over the last year. They could really use an extra server or two and an extra bartender. It's not cool to get your first drink at the same time your meal arrives.


Food and service were great! We were having a wonderful time until some nimrod manager changed the tv we were watching from the Avalanche to a Celtics game. Really? What kind of person does that in a restaurant less than a mile from where the Avalanche play? My wife was staring hard at him trying to make him understand what a rude thing he was doing.

Aprilmarie L.

Okay so patio was closed early so they made us take a takeout order now I appreciate the very fancy beautiful cute ding dong at the door took our order still wasn't right when we got it said 20 minutes I kept coming in every 5 minutes after 15 cuz well we know they're 20 minutes is not a real one and when I get my order things are not right I work too hard for my money especially when I spend $50 on a dinner and they're just going to brush me off right on thirsty Lion how thirsty are you

Stephen W.

Service was almost the worst I've ever seen. At the bar at least. We were overlooked 5 times as we settled in. No greeting or acknowledgment at all and avoided eye contact. I'm very forgiving as I've been in the bar industry for 26 years and own a restaurant and I still bartend at my establishment. My gf and I ordered drinks at the bar and were asked if we were dining as we ordered bevs... we were never asked for a food order and had to be standing fully dressed in jackets and sunglasses to close out which took 20 mins... a 3rd tender arrived and clocked is as we ordered. All employees were more engaging w each other and their phones than the 6 customers at a approximate 30ish customer horseshoe bar. We subsequently spent $200 at a neighboring bar with better customer service. And had far less than we intended.


The waitress was rude and unprofessional. Told us to hurry up with the order cause she has a lot of other people waiting. Food wasn’t good as well. We ordered medium rare ribeye and got totally burned steak instead. We asked for redo but the waitress told us that it’s the way it should look like and the next one will be the same. Then we asked for a burger instead. But in the end of the day we got charged for the steak AND the burger! Even though we didn’t eat steak at all! Would not recommend and definitely won’t be back again. Wasting time and money!

Jillian B.

My partner and I came here for lunch yesterday right before taking the shuttle to Red Rocks. Since it was earlier in the day, they had an incredible happy hour that consisted of getting a free Appetizer with a drink purchase! We chose to get the pretzel and calamari as apps and then split a gastropub burger as well. Pretzel: great flavor and size! Dipping sauces were decent, I'm always a s***** for beer cheese. 5/5 Calamari: was actually a LOT better than I was expecting, and paired well with both sauces. 4/5 Gastropub burger: the blend of all the different flavors really worked well together, especially with the maple bacon. The ciabatta bun was a nice twist. 5/5 The service was also super friendly, and they were understanding of us needing to catch the bus so they expedited our food. Would DEFINITELY recommend!

Jon S.

Stuck in between a 3 and 4. This was a very nice restaurant to be at after the bronco game. Good vibe, kinda pricy, clean bathrooms (awesome to have after a game), and excellent service. Connor, our waiter, was very friendly and attentive. So why less than 4 stars? I decided to treat myself to a ribeye medium rare. It looks like they got it right when I cut into it. But it lacked flavor, very bland, so and was surprisingly chewy. Signs that the steak was cooked while cold. For the price, I would've expected better, at least a little better. I tried my friend's Kim chi fried rice and it was just overly spicy. But I will say the drinks are good.

Ayumi Fielden

It's right next to union station. We got a table on Sunday lunch time really quickly.The food was okay. I had fish and chips. The beer batter was super thick and I got full eating half of the plate. My husband had a burger. It was pretty good. Great selection of beer. Good service. I can't complain.


The food and atmosphere was good. Service was a little slow, with a few things missed in our initial order, while we never received one appetizer after we reminded the waitress, we still had a good time and enjoyed everything!

Chad S.

Went with a group of friends, order drinks and wine, drinks had a soap taste to them, wine seemed watered down. Then ordered a bottle of wine and server brought it to the table already uncorked and again tasted watered down, super suspect. Ordered appetizers to share and food was hit or miss. On positive note service was good. Wouldn't recommend.


Food quality was excellent. Happy hour cocktails were very weak. Specialty cocktails were very good. Service was very friendly but we had to wait 20 minutes to reorder drinks. Place was barely half full.

OpenTable Diner

Loved the cauliflower! The fish and chips were very fresh and a great margarita to honwith it.

Jenny T.

My friend and I had happy hour here as we waited for our bus to Red Rocks. We were seated immediately upon arrival even though it was busy, they had plenty of space. Food & drinks: For food, we ordered the chicken tenders, fries and the giant pretzel. All of the items were good and very well worth the happy hour price. It filled us up nicely before our concert. For drinks, we ordered a moscow mule and a cosmo. Both cocktails were pretty standard. They were made adequately. Service: Service was friendly. They were busy so we didn't see our server a whole lot, which is fine. Our order was taken quickly and our food & drinks came as they were ready. TL;DR - nice happy hour spot for sure by the bus and train station


Food was so delicious and was also affordable. Waitress was fantastic! Location is great and atmosphere was great for watching baseball game.

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Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0316