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Last Stand Tavern – Golden

Last Stand Tavern

After my hike to the Lower Crater Lakes I was looking for a fun place to stop for a bite and found it at the Last Stand Tavern. If you are headed to the East Portal of the James Peak Wilderness to hike from Denver or Boulder, you will usually take the long and winding Colorado 72. The Last Stand Tavern is one of two restaurants as you get closer to top of the pass.

The Last Stand Tavern was built in 1965 and features a patio with beautiful views of the surrounding areas. It has been a few different style restaurants but is currently styled as a Pittsburgh themed sports bar, right down to the Primanti Style sandwiches.

The main entrance to the one story Last Stand Tavern with bunting under an awning by the front door.
The Last Stand Tavern on Coal Creek Canyon Road

One of the first things that I noticed when I walked in the door was the collection of classic beer cans behind the bar and around the walls. If you have ever heard of a beer, I am sure it was on display. It was pretty amazing seeing all of the old fashioned style of cans and all of the old brands that I hadn’t heard of in years.

The wall behind the bar at the Last Stand Tavern is lined top to bottom and side to side with old and classic beer cans.
The wall of cans at the Last Stand Tavern

The Food

Now for the important part…The Food! I came in on a Friday and on Friday’s the Last Stand Tavern has a fish fry special. I couldn’t pass up my favorite two words, Fry and Special, so I ordered one.

The golden, hand-battered cod was delicious and came with a side of fries and tartar sauce. The fish was really good and just what I was looking for after a long day of hiking.

Three fish filets and a bed of fries is the special at the Last Stand Tavern.
The Fish Fry special at the Last Stand Tavern

The atmosphere in the Last Stand was so much fun as well. From the bartender, the owner, and the people sitting around the bar, we all sat around and talked and it was a really pleasant and enjoyable stop for lunch. They even have live music on occasions! So if you find yourself traveling Coal Creek Canyon Road, or if you are Steelers fan looking for a great place to watch a game, give the Last Stand Tavern a shot!

Finding Last Stand

The Last Stand is a bit of an enigma. It is technically in Golden, but also in Boulder County. It doesn’t really seem like it is close to either of those places but who am I to judge! The restaurant is located at 32138 Co-72 in Golden.

I have added this restaurant and all of the restaurants I have been to on my interactive map that you can find here. If you have a suggestion for a restaurant or any comments feel free to email me at or you can follow me on any of the below social media platforms. Bon Appetit!

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