Top Taco | Showcase of the Best Tacos in Denver

Once a year when summer finally starts, Top Taco takes Denver as the largest taco and tequila festival. In its fifth year, over 60 local restaurants participate in serving up hundreds of their top tacos and cocktails to hungry Denverites. The event has grown into a large-scale taco and tequila extravaganza with two live music stages, lucha libre wresting, lounge areas, lots of giveaways from the booths and vendors, and some of the best chefs and mixologists in Denver. Be sure to scroll the gallery below.

A ticket provides guests unlimited tacos and drink samples, and there are over 50 brands of tequila and other spirits served straight and/or in cocktail form to get you every penny’s worth of your ticket price. There’s also plenty of water and other non-boozy beverages available to keep you in check, in fact, this festival wins for best water stations and tasting trays of any foodie festival I’ve been to. There were large coolers set up around the grounds full of ice and water bottles, and I never saw them run low. Everyone receives a tray upon entry, and they were properly sized, made of sturdy plastic, and had a great built in cup holder. These trays let you fit a few tacos, a cocktail, and a shot on your tray before retreating to eat.

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While we’ll get to the judge’s choice and people’s choice winners, we want to tell you which tacos and cocktails we thought were standouts! If you’re game for rabbit, you’ve got to try the rabbit taco with crunchy potato from Lola Coastal Mexican. I actually went back for another later in the night and one of their bright hibiscus margaritas. The Edge Steakhouse served a high-end steak taco with bacon that was so flavorful and juicy. Their thyme infused margarita was also one of our favorites because it had a nice balance of flavors and wasn’t overly sweet like many of the other drinks we tried. For Most Creative, Range served a Mediterranean style taco on a pita with taziki and radish. For the Traditional taco category our favorites were Adelitas Cocina, Comida, Que Bueno Suerte and Uno Mas Taqueria.

Now for the Judges and People’s Choice winners, and these may have been the best, but apparently we didn’t make it to the winning taco tables – there was just so much to do, and drink, and eat!! For Traditional Taco Los Dos Potrillos Mexican Restaurant took first place from the judges, but Adobo Food Truck won People’s Choice. Necio Latin Eatery won Judge’s Best Creative Taco and Dos Santos won their Best Vegetarian vote. The Top Cocktail winner was from Former Saint (inside Hyatt Regency), Los Chingones took second, and in third place was Los Dos Potrillos Mexican Restaurant (they also won best traditional taco).

Just like Top Taco festival, Denver has a ton of taco restaurants that deserve a visit. Tacos are cheap (usually), so go out and eat and find your favorites. Top Taco 2018 supported Denver Urban Scholars, a non-profit service organization, that partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to career and college.

Written by Tiffany Candelaria     Photos by Bridget Burnett

11 Things to Do In Denver This Weekend


THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH

 Ratio Beerworks' Air Guitar Throwdown

7 PM

Make a submission video of you shredding on the invisible axe and send it in through the event page. Winners of the submissions will get to compete against touring air musicians with local celebrity judges. If the invisible lime light isn’t for you still stop by the brewery to watch people going all out and to enjoy some beers. Plus, this is the official release of Major Nights Lime Gose beer. 

View the event page here. 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH

Channel 93.3 and Ultra5280 Present The Epilogues Farewell Show with support from South of France, Eros and The Eschaton and Flaural.  Come check out the farewell show of our good friends and amazing Denver staples The Epilogues. Go to our Instagram for a chance to win tickets!

7 PM // Summit Music Hall // $9.33-$35.00

FuckUp Nights @ Globe Hall
7:30 PM
4483 Logan St, Denver, Colorado 80216


FuckUp nights comes to the United States from its original home in Mexico City. It serves as a great opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs and hear them talk about their failures rather than their successes. Hear from Matt Selby the executive chef at Punch Bowl Social, Shauna Lott owner of the Long I Pie Shop and co-owners of the Knotty Tie Co. Jeremy Priest and Mark Johnson. Admission includes a PBR and there are Q & A portions after the speaker as well as an opportunity for networking.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH

Adult Prom With School House Kitchen and Libations

20$ Advance & 25$ Door

An adults-only prom to remind you why you forgot about high-school. To follow up the success of last years under the sea theme, the popular restaurant and bar announced this year’s theme will be “A Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Costumes are encouraged over formal wear but if you can make it both that would probably be ideal. Tickets are on sale now on School House‘s website and cost of admission will include all you can eat buffet, games and one glass of grown up punch.


The 3rd Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival 2016

This festival brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting party, offering attendees samples of Boulder's best beers.  The festival includes live music and food for purchase. 


Please note: a limited number of tickets are available.  The event sold out during sales for the previous fests.

GA tickets: $35

VIP: $50


Sleep Tight Colorado's 6th Annual 5K Pajama Jog

 City Park, starting at 8AM.

Support a great cause and appear in a costume for contest prizes!

The 5K is professionally timed and participants may choose to run, jog, or walk.

100% of the proceeds goes toward buying sleeping bags for Colorado’s homeless. Be a part of the action and sign up today online.


6th Annual Denver Pet Expo

August 20, 10AM to 5PM & August 21, 2016, 11AM to 4PM

Denver Merchandise Mart star Free Admission $5 Parking

Prize giveaways, adoption opportunities, rescue groups and a Petfinder.com adoption event, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm & flea preventatives, And much more! 

Bring Your Pet!

Red Bull Sound Selects: Presented By The Underground Music Showcase

Night Beats, Plum, and Colfax Speed Queen

3 Kings Tavern // RSVP HERE

Join our friends from The UMS and Red Bull for this awesome event. Best Part It Only Costs You $3 with RSVP


SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

Tequila, Taco and Cerveza Festival @ Mile High Station

2 PM

Emphasis on Tequila! This is a traveling event that showcases Mexican brews, international tequilas and local tacos. The tickets will open the doors to a tequila flight, games and a chihuahua race. Also included in the ticket is a branded shot glass and you can cast your vote for the El Hefe Taco Champ.

Get Tickets here


Hockey Dad w/ Muuy Biien & Slow Caves

Hi-Dive     
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209

Hockey Dad hails from Australia, and they've honed their sound surfing and skating, growing up in a small coastal town together. Influenced by surf punk and pop, and touring with bands such as Bass Drum of Death, Hockey Dad is a touring band you don't want to miss. 

$10-$12

Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM

This event is 18 and over


TheyShootn: Alchemy at Goodness w/DJ Low Key

Special guests DJ Morse Code (LA/Pools), DJ Harvey Dent (Baltimore), DJ RAYtard & RUMTUM!!! 
2 PM - 9 PM


@ The Meadowlark
2701 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado 80205

Don't miss a live art exhibit featuring Armando Geneyro, Blake Jackson, John Rehnstrom, Chris Haven, Victor Domingo & Meeg Conroy, prints & Goodness Polaroid Project posters, a contest for the freshest throwback jersey, happy hour from 2-5pm & more on The Meadowlark's magical patio! 

Join the e-mail list at DJLowKey.com before the party or wear a Goodness button/patch/tattoo to skip the $10 cover charge and get in for free.