The Horse

Appaloosa Grill a.k.a “The Horse” is an American/World traditional restaurant and live music venue on the 16th Street Mall in the downtown Denver business district. The Horse was originally the vision of the current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and was established in April 2001. In July 2005, Oakhurst band members/employees Johnny James Qualley & Adam Hill purchased the restaurant and have since sold interest to other employees; Mark Kline (Bar Manager), Matte Copeland (AGM), Guy Faulkner (Talent Buyer) and Tracy Gonzales (Controller).

Appaloosa Grill is proud to serve fresh, high quality all natural proteins and uses organic produce when and wherever possible. Everything is made from scratch, right down to the ketchup! Chef John J. Daly III has created a menu that features a wide variety of comfort foods as well as a large selection of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options. The Grill boasts two happy hours daily and the kitchen is open until 1:30am nightly.

As Denver continues to grow so does The Horse! In 2007 the restaurant underwent a $750K renovation and expansion which provided additional dining area and major upgrades to the stage, lights and sound system which dramatically improved the free nightly talent offerings. The renovations were essential to The Horse becoming what it is today including the ability to draw in more national bands and musicians as well as a space to host large, private parties.

Appaloosa Grill is available for you 365 days a year and is conveniently located along Denver’s free Mall shuttle service which serves as the “backbone” of downtown Denver. The following landmarks are located within three blocks or less from the corner of 16th Street and Welton; Colorado Convention Center, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver Pavilions, Paramount Theater, Light Rail and 14 downtown hotels.

Chef John J. Daly has created an American Menu that has Something for Everyone

Chef John J. DalyChef John Daly brings inventive gastropub fare to Denver’s 16th Street Mall. A Maine native, Chef John brings his extensive seafood knowledge and experience from progressive kitchens around the country to Appaloosa Grill. In this kitchen everything is made from scratch, even the ketchup. Stop in for a taste of Check John’s reinvented comfort food classics and inventive Colorado-inspired specials.