Beer and wings: Given Denver’s sports-bar obsession, it’s easy to find this heavenly duo around town (just check out 5280’s March issue for a wing roundup). But nothing’s better than encountering both on a happy-hour menu.

The Q Worldly Barbeque in Cherry Creek does it right: 50-cent wings and $1 to $2 beers. No, the beers on special are not our beloved Colorado microbrews, but you won’t care once you bite into the lightly seasoned, just-tender-enough wings.

Here, it’s all about sauce options. Q provides the basic wings, but you pick-and-choose from the sophisticated sauce bar. I suggest the Asian Saki—a light, tangy sauce—or anything  of the slightly spicy varieties, like the Alabama White, which offers enough kick for my (overly) sensitive taste buds. (Of course, if you’re not a spice wimp like me, try hotter varieties like the Mango Habañero or Smoked Chipotle.)

Wash down your grub with a Coors Light while you sit at the good-sized granite bar. The atmosphere is laid-back, with a mix of college students and middle-aged patrons stopping by for genuine, slow-smoked BBQ. Relax as the bartender refills your glass to the tune of blues music pumping from the speakers. (For live blues, stop by Wednesday through Saturday around 8 p.m.)

You’ll find yourself slowly unwinding, giving in to the Southern hospitality and, of course, the perfect food-and-booze pairing.

Bonus: Stop by when the weather warms up and grab a seat on the below-street-level patio.

Happy hour runs every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and features $0.50 wings, $1 PBR, $2 Coors and Coors Light, $2.50 well drinks, and $3 house wine.

2817 E. Third Ave., 303-399-7227

Daliah Singer
Daliah Singer
Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at