These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Colorado

It’s not always the largest cities and college towns that are getting ‘Colorado drunk’ the most.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as info-tainment. Don’t freak out.

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Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Especially in Colorado, which is 10th in the nation in terms of the amount of beer and spirits every year. You guys drink 2.76 gallons of beer a year (or 30 beers a year each).

Many, many of you crush that many Coors Lights in the parking lot before a single Bronco game. So that means there are lots of you guys getting hammered, and a majority of the state isn’t drinking much at all.

But they sure do in these cities below.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

So, hold our beers and watch this. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Colorado:

  1. Aspen (Photos)
  2. Salida (Photos)
  3. Denver (Photos)
  4. Edgewater (Photos)
  5. Durango (Photos)
  6. Estes Park (Photos)
  7. Carbondale (Photos)
  8. Englewood (Photos)
  9. Avon (Photos)
  10. Golden (Photos)

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What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.


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1. Aspen

The gang at Escobar, Aspen, CO. From their Facebook page

Population: 6,607
Divorce rate: 18%
Bars per capita: 2nd in CO
Liquor stores per capita: 2nd

Based on the data and number of raw tweets coming from the Aspen location, per capita, it sounds like the people there are all having a really, really good time.

First off, the divorce rate is through the roof. And when you mix in booze, things tend to get fuzzy, relationship wise.

But this isn’t a post about people divorcing. It’s a post about how much people drink, and based on the data, Aspen drinks A LOT.

It wasn’t even close. It was Aspen by a landslide and then everyone else below.

2. Salida

The gang at Victoria Tavern, Salida, CO. From their Facebook page

Population: 5,284
Divorce rate: 21.5%
Bars per capita: 7th
Liquor stores per capita: 7th

There are more divorcees in Salida than anywhere else in Colorado. And there are quite a few watering holes here too.

Per capita, Salida is in the top 10 in both bars and liquor stores. And there are two small breweries here: Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub and Amicas Pizza and Microbrewery.

So when you’re looking at per capita consumption, it’s hard to beat little Salida.

Salida is tucked away on Route 50 west of Pueblo at the base of the mountains.

3. Denver

The gang at Occidental, Denver, CO. From their Facebook page

Population: 604,356
Divorce rate: 12.5%
Bars per capita: 12th
Liquor stores per capita: 21st

Obviously, there are lots and lots of people getting hammered in Denver every night of the week. But when you measure it per capita, the booze per person ratio isn’t as high here as it is in some of the smaller communities.

There are 40 or so breweries in Denver proper, which is really impressive. And the number of drunk Tweets was the highest in the state, which is also appropriate.

This was a good one:

“Dear Denver, I am drunk. Thank you. #GABF2015”

4. Edgewater

The gang at Sloans, Edgewater, CO. From their Facebook page

Population: 5,183
Divorce rate: 15.5%
Bars per capita: 17th
Liquor stores per capita: 12th

Edgewater is a blue collar area just outside of Denver. This number of bars and liquor stores is in the top 10% in the state, per capita. And the divorce rate is the 11th highest in Colorado.

Which means lots and lots of drinking here.

Edgewater is home to Joyride Brewing Company,

5. Durango

El Rancho Tavern, Durango, CO. Google Maps

Population: 16,936
Divorce rate: 12%
Bars per capita: 7th in CO
Liquor stores per capita: 4th

Being a touristy town, Durango has more than its fair share of booze related activities. Durango actually has more restaurants per capita than Denver does, and many of those along Main Avenue in downtown Durango are selling liquor.

There weren’t as many drunk Tweets coming from the Durango area as expected, but this one is a keeper:

“who from back home can dive my ferrets out to me in durango? I’ll pay for your gas & you can chill for a few days & get stoned and drunk.”

There are also 5 breweries in Durango.

6. Estes Park

Mountain Munchies Tiki Bar, Estes Park, CO. Google Maps

Population: 5,901
Divorce rate: 11%
Bars per capita: 3rd in CO
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd

If it wasn’t for the really low divorce rate, Estes Park would have ranked a lot higher on this list.

Of course, a big part of the reason so many people drink here is because it’s a year-round resort town. Who doesn’t get popped every night on vacation?

Estes Park is home to Lumpy Ridge Brewing and Estes Park Brewery, and of course, home to the famous Stanley Hotel. Lots of people would have to drink themselves to sleep to stay there.

7. Carbondale

Carbondale Beer Works, Carbondale, CO. Google Maps

Population: 6,428
Divorce rate: 17.8%
Bars per capita: 20th
Liquor stores per capita: 19th

One of Carbondale’s nicknames is “The Ultimate Rocky Mountain Hideout.” There sure are plenty of bars in this little town where one could hide out and throw back lots of booze.

The divorce rate in this tiny place is the 5th highest in Colorado, a sure sign that alcohol is prominent in this community. Plus, there are two breweries here – The Roaring Fork Beer Company and Carbondale Beer Work – and the Marble Distilling Co.

8. Englewood

Mirage, Englewood, CO. Google Maps

Population: 30,565
Divorce rate: 16.6%
Bars per capita: 25th
Liquor stores per capita: 15th

Just outside of Denver proper is Englewood, a medium size, middle class city with one of the highest divorce rates in the state, and plenty of bars and liquor stores in the area.

Englewood is home to The Brew On Broadway.

9. Avon

Bob’s Place, Avon, CO. Google Maps

Population: 6,383
Divorce rate: 11.5%
Bars per capita: 5th in CO
Liquor stores per capita: 10th

Avon is another wealthier ski town with many bars and liquor stores per person. However, Avon’s divorce rate is actually right at the state’s average.

Bravo to Avon couples; you’ve proven that despite having a high number of boozy distractions, you can still hold your marriages together.

10. Golden

Coors Brewery, Golden, CO. Wikipedia

Population: 19,393
Divorce rate: 10.4%
Liquor stores per capita: 24th in CA
Bars per capita: 15th

Of course, Golden makes sense, since it’s the birth place of Coors, the 7th largest beer maker in the world (and the best tasting beer as well). The facility there is now called MillerCoors, and it’s the largest of its kind in the world. There are actually 6 other breweries here, too.

And 1 in 10 people is already divorced in Golden.

We’re not saying that the bigger cities in Colorado aren’t having lots of alcohol fueled nights. We’re just making an assumption that, while there are thousands of people in the bigger cities which are getting plowed every night, there are tens of thousands of people in some of the bigger cities that are content with a quiet night in with the cat.

How boring.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Colorado where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote about the most redneck cities in Colorado in case you didn’t read it. Click here to see that story.

Desktop users: Here’s a complete chart with the top 100 drunkest cities in Colorado, along with their divorce rates:

City Divorce Rate Rank
aspen 18.00% 1
salida 21.51% 2
denver 12.47% 3
edgewater 15.53% 4
durango 12.01% 5
estes_park 11.04% 6
carbondale 17.81% 7
englewood 16.65% 8
avon 11.49% 9
golden 10.46% 10
alamosa 13.98% 11
vail 8.68% 12
manitou_springs 14.61% 13
wheat_ridge 18.13% 14
steamboat_springs 9.04% 15
lone_tree 10.63% 17
montrose 13.99% 18
cortez 11.28% 19
evergreen 10.41% 20
grand_junction 14.18% 21
littleton 14.79% 22
glenwood_springs 10.47% 23
greenwood_village 8.07% 24
monument 6.59% 25
trinidad 11.74% 26
fort_lupton 15.05% 27
louisville 11.35% 27
berthoud 11.81% 29
loveland 12.44% 30
colorado_springs 13.06% 31
lakewood 14.29% 32
boulder 8.23% 33
pueblo 15.11% 34
edwards 10.63% 35
lafayette 12.96% 36
gunnison 6.59% 37
delta 11.08% 38
la_junta 17.12% 39
westminster 13.02% 40
fort_collins 9.04% 41
sterling 14.99% 42
longmont 12.23% 43
lamar 10.86% 44
brush 14.81% 45
eagle 7.10% 46
craig 11.20% 47
arvada 13.11% 48
aurora 12.49% 49
rifle 8.46% 50
wellington 12.14% 51
fruita 9.22% 52
greeley 11.59% 53
northglenn 12.26% 54
parker 10.29% 55
clifton 14.93% 55
federal_heights 16.33% 57
dove_valley 18.36% 58
stratmoor 17.46% 59
gypsum 11.72% 60
windsor 9.17% 61
commerce_city 10.55% 62
frederick 11.67% 63
castle_rock 10.62% 64
berkley 14.01% 64
erie 7.14% 66
derby 13.75% 67
cimarron_hills 13.58% 68
pueblo_west 11.81% 69
sherrelwood 13.17% 70
fountain 11.06% 71
brighton 10.69% 72
firestone 10.58% 73
dakota_ridge 12.41% 74
centennial 10.15% 75
milliken 6.30% 76
ken_caryl 11.61% 77
thornton 10.95% 78
stonegate 11.39% 79
orchard_mesa 11.18% 80
columbine 11.18% 81
evans 8.89% 82
welby 10.68% 83
castle_pines 8.54% 84
applewood 10.83% 85
highlands_ranch 9.46% 86
johnstown 8.07% 86
superior 5.68% 88
gunbarrel 10.57% 89
redlands 9.94% 90
fairmount 9.85% 91
fruitvale 9.78% 92
security-widefield 9.64% 93
cherry_creek 8.18% 94
cherry_hills_village 4.76% 95
the_pinery 7.44% 96
gleneagle 7.03% 97
roxborough_park 6.63% 98
woodmoor 5.33% 99
black_forest 5.00% 100