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Where to Drink This Week: Cooper Lounge

November 18th, 2014 Posted by Cocktails, Denver, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

cooper-logoCooper Lounge is one of the most sophisticated bars in Denver.  Located in Union Station, it is actually hidden from plain site.  It is a small space tucked away and is somewhat hidden by the railing wrapping around the second story.  Cooper Lounge acts as a lounge area for the Crawford Hotel, but it is also open to the public.

The public can enjoy the feel of this swanky 1930’s style bar anytime.  Walk ins are welcome from the desk on the South side of the Great Hall near Amtrak.  The concierge will then escort you to the second floor when seating is available at Cooper Lounge.  You may have to wait for seating, as space is limited, but the high end drinks, knowledgeable bar tenders and beautiful views of downtown and Union Station make it worth it.

Enjoy an extensive wine list or cocktails such as:

Timeless Old Fashioned with Peach Street Straight Bourbon served over muddled sugar, orange twist, and lemon twist with angostura bitters.

Coloradier with Breckenridge Bourbon stirred with Breckenridge Bitters and Sweet Vermouth, served with an orange twist.

Palisaide Sour with Peach Street Pear Eu de Vie, Egg Whites, Lemon Juice, and Simple Syrup, shaken and finished with Black Walnut Bitters.

Cooper Lounge is located at 1701 Wynkoop St. (second story) Denver 80202. 720-460-3738.

Monday-Sunday 11am-midnight

Reservations may be booked up to two weeks in advance for parties of 20 guests or less. For reservations, please call 720-460-3738. The Cooper Lounge reservation line is live from 9 am to 11 pm daily.

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Where to Drink This Week: The Lobby

October 14th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Cocktails, Denver, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

TheLobbyLogo_New_FNL-2(1)The Lobby has been serving up playful eats and serious drinks to Denver for over 14 years.  The Lobby is located in the Ballpark neighborhood in the beautiful Victorian Paris Hotel building that was originally built in 1891.  If the food and drinks at The Lobby aren’t enough, the old fashioned, beautiful decoration and amenities true to the origins of the building will leave you impressed.

The Lobby is a Colorado family owned business that supports other Colorado businesses, distilleries and breweries.  The Lobby offers a rotating selection highlighting some of Colorado’s best brews.  Happy hour at The Lobby is Tuesday-Saturday from 3-6:30pm and Friday and Saturdays from 9-11pm and includes $1 mimosa flutes, $5 sangria and house wines, $2 off crafted cocktails, $4 premium wells, $3-4 Colorado drafts and 20% off menu selections.

On draft this week at The Lobby are brews from 19 local breweries along the front range.  Stop by this week for a drink, some food and to enjoy the beautiful craftsmanship at The Lobby.

The Lobby is located at 2191 Arapahoe St. Denver 80205. 303-997-9911.

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm

Friday 11am-11pm

Saturday 9am-11pm

Sunday 9am-3pm

Colorado brews on tap at The Lobby, photo courtesy of

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The Lobby's building, photo courtesy of

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Where to Drink This Week: Punch King’s Grand Finale

June 24th, 2014 Posted by Cocktails, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Punch KingsIf you were lucky enough to attend or know what Cochon 555 is, you will know how excited to be that Cochon 555 is partnering with Breckenridge Brewery to present the Punch King’s Grand Finale.  On Sunday June 29th, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, 10 of the nation’s best bar tenders will compete to prepare award winning punches made with Breckenridge Bourbon.

Punch King’s Grand Finale will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe says, “This will be the most notable punch-themed celebration to hit the country since prohibition was lifted in 1933!”  Of course pairing the punch for this event will be 500+ pounds of heritage pig made into delicious eats by chef Rich Byers from The Corner Office, Jeff Bolton of Katchina, Jason Brumm of Second Home and Jae Lee of The Curtis.

Tickets for Punch King’s Grand Finale are $55 for general admission and $100 for VIP.  The event is held June 29th from 4-8pm MST.

The official host for Punch King’s Grand Finale in Denver is:

The Curtis Hotel

1405 Curtis St. Denver 80202


Where to Drink This Week: Ste. Ellie

June 3rd, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Cocktails, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Ste EllieSte. Ellie is a sister bar to the wildly popular and successful Colt & Gray.  You have probably heard of the hot drinking spots Colt & Gray and Williams & Graham, but Ste. Ellie is still flying under the radar around Denver.  Ste. Ellie has a similar concept of these 2 establishments: classic and creative cocktails done extremely well paired with a delicious food menu.

One of the reasons Ste. Ellie seems tucked away in Denver is because it actually is.  Ste. Ellie is located in the downstairs of Colt & Gray.  Kevin Burke is the genius behind the bar at Ste. Ellie and the chefs putting out delicious, reasonably priced food at Ste. Ellie are Kyle Foster and Nelson Perkins.

Information about the menu isn’t easy to find, so the best idea is just to head do

wn to Ste. Ellie and see what the fuss is about yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.  Both the chefs and bar tender make the experience of coming here worth it.

Ste. Ellie is located under Colt & Gray at 1553 Platte St. Denver 80202. 303-477-1447


Tuesday-Thursday: 6pm-12am

Friday and Saturday: 6pm-1am

Sunday: 6pm-12am

Where to Drink This Week: Old Major

April 29th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Chefs, Cocktails, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

old majorOld Major is known for it’s farm to table, nose to tail menu.  They have an in house butchery program, cure in house, use local ingredients when possible and have sustainable seafood.  The building Old Major is in used to be a skating rink, but they have turned it into a beautiful, American style restaurant.

Needless to say Old Major has received much attention anold majord awards locally and nationally, including one of America’s best restaurants by Thrillist, restaurant of the year by Eater Denver and one of 12 hottest brunches across America by Zagat.  Old Major also offers an awesome happy hour menu 7 days a week with $5 cocktails including the Moscow Mule with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer or the Blood Orange Bee’s Knees with gin, lemon juice, honey and sparkling blood orange.  Happy hour also includes $6 wine glasses and $2 off draft beers.


Toques and 'TailsYou can taste some creations from Old Major chef Justin Brunson and bar manager Ryan Conklin at the Toques and Tails event on May 22 from 6-9pm. This event involves 8 different restaurants from Denver, and is a friendly judged competition based on food and drink pairings from each participating restaurant.  Guests at the event will be able to try samples from all chefs and bar tenders and have a say on the people’s choice vote for best dish, best cocktail and best dish and cocktail pairing.  Tickets are available now for this event, and the event also raises money for Share our Strength No Kid Hungry program.

Old Major is located at 3316 Tejon St. Denver 80211. Phone number: 720.420.0622

Dinner 7 days a week 5-10pm

Happy hour 7 days a week 3-6pm

Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-2pm

Where to Drink This Week: Central Bistro and Bar

April 22nd, 2014 Posted by Beer, Chefs, Cocktails, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey, Wine No Comment yet

Central BistroCentral Bistro and Bar is considered a true American restaurant with fine food in a relaxed, home feel environment.  Central Bistro and Bar has a vintage feel to it with a high end menu at affordable prices.  For example, you can enjoy unique American spins like chicken fried chicken oysters, lemon cured foie gras, lobster tail cioppinno, sofrito skirt steak, caramelized Brussels Sprouts or decadent chocolate fraiche cake and nutella waffle.

This week enjoy the beautiful weather during Central’s happy hour Wednesday-Friday from 4:30-6pm.  Enjoy 40% off bottled wines, $5 select wines by the glass, $3 draft beers and $5 specialty cocktails.  If you’re looking for something special, Central offers, in their words, “weird” cocktail concoctions, barrel aged cocktails and whiskey flights.

Central Bistro and Bar is a featured restaurant in Toques and Tails competition on May 22.  This is a fun competition between 8 restaurants in Denver that are judged on 1 dish and 1 beverage.  Chef Mat Selby and bar manager James Menkal will be representing Central Bistro and Bar.  Guests at the event will be able to walk around the venue trying the food and cocktails from each restaurant.  Tickets to Toques and Tails are available now, and the event is on from 6-9pm Thursday May 22.  This event benefits the charity Share Our Strength.

Central Bistro and Bar is located at 1691 Central St. Denver 80211

Lunch: Wednesday-Friday 11am-2pm

Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 4:30-10pm

Friday-Saturday 4:30-10:30pm

Sunday 4:30-8pm

Sunday brunch: 10am-2pm

Happy Hour: Wednesday-Friday 4:30-6pm

Where to Drink this week: The Corner Office

April 15th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Chefs, Cocktails, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

the-corner-office-logoThe Corner Office and Martini Bar is located in downtown Denver next to the Denver Center for Performing Arts and offers an outstanding drink menu and delicious global food pairings.  The Corner Office has won numerous awards for their cuisine and drinks, including Open Table’s 2014 Diner’s Choice Award.

The cocktails are hand crafted with house made ingredients, and happy hour includes $5-6 cocktails, $3 Colorado brewed beers and $5 wine glasses.  The cocktails delicately pair unique flavor combinations together like basil, lemon and raw sugar in the Rye me a River or blood orange liqueur, pomegranate, vanilla and lime in the Carousel.  The happy hour menu includes unique bites such as Koren style wings, duck poutine, veggie burger and saffron risotto fritters.

Taste more from The Corner Office at the Toques and Tails culinary event 6-9pm MST on May 22.  Toques and Tails is a friendly competitive competition between some of Denver’s best chefs and bar tenders.  Representing The Corner Office will be executive chef Rich Byers and Bar Manager Ben Anderson.  At the event, guests will have the opportunity to taste the food and drinks the chefs and bar tenders come up with from 8 of Denver’s best restaurants.  To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

The Corner Office is located at 1401 Curtis St. Denver 80202

Breakfast: M-F 6-11am

Lunch: M-F 11-3pm

Happy Hour: Every day 3-6pm; 9-11pm

Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3pm-10pm

Dinner Friday and Saturday: 3pm-11pm

Where to Drink this Week: Crave Dessert Bar and Lounge

April 8th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Champagne, Cocktails, Culinary Connectors, Denver, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

According to Denver Westword, “Crave makes getting buzzed on caffeine and liquored up at the same time seem downright classy.”  Westword gave Crave “Best Hot Booze” for Denver 2014.  Located downtown by the Colorado Convention Center, crave offers a unique blend of savory, bitter, hand crafted, sweet and everything in between.

Crave offers brunch/lunch options and is also vibrant at night to pair homemade sweets with hand crafted cocktails.  Crave offers anything you crave with sweets from alcohol to coffee, and sometimes the two mixed together like the Irish coffee.

On the savory side, dinner and snack options like meat/cheese plates, bacon wrapped pheasant or brie and fig ravioli.  If you want something sweet and sassy, try the chocolate trio, Guinness chocolate cake or Rocky Mountain Semifreddo.

Crave offers an assortment of wine, beer, champagne, cocktails, non-alcohol drinks and hot coffee, so anytime of the day or night you are bound to find something you are “craving” for.

Crave is located at 891 14th St. Denver, CO 80202.


Tuesday-Sunday 11am-close

Lunch hours: 11am-4pm

Dinner hours: 4pm-close

Brunch is Saturday and Sundays 11am-2pm.


Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver: Epernay

April 1st, 2014 Posted by Champagne, Chefs, Cocktails, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Wine No Comment yet

Restaurant Tours DenverOne of the stops of Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver is the contemporary sushi bar Epernay.  Epernay is a unique concept that focuses on raw sushi and hot sous-vide items with an Asian flair mixed with European influences.  Chef Nick Shankland brings his diverse background in cooking to combine flavor and cooking styles unlike anywhere else.  A must try from the menu is Chef Nick’s banana bread pudding.

Choose to drink at Epernay this week and you won’t be disappointed.  They have an extensive wine and cocktail list, and they have the largest champagne menu in Colorado.  Epernay was also voted best lounge of the year for 2014 by the Night Club Hall of Fame.

Happy hour prices are 1/2 off wine and champagne glasses, $5 cocktails, hot sake is 2 for 1, and there are discounts on the appetizers.

Restaurant Tour DenverCulinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver offer an inside look into some of the top restaurants in town, like Epernay.  Top restaurant tours offer sample bites from the chef, sometimes creations not on the menu, drinks to pair the tastings, and the opportunity to hear the chef/owner’s passion and expertise.

Epernay is located at 1080 14th St. Denver, CO 80202.

Hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 4-11pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am, Sunday 4-11pm.

Where to drink this week: Atticus

March 25th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Cocktails, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey, Wine No Comment yet

AtticusAtticus is the newest restaurant addition from the restaurant group Table to Tavern that specializes in local Colorado brews, distilleries and a comfort food menu.  Other restaurants from Table to Tavern include Boone’s Tavern, Handlebar Tavern and Table 6.

Atticus opened in November 2013, and is located off Evans Ave. near the University of Denver.  Atticus has a beautiful interior, and a friendly neighborhood hangout atmosphere.  The menu offers breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner.  Happy hour $1 off draft and specialty beers, $2 off wine glasses, $5 for 1/2 order of mussles and frites and $5 for board with 2 meats and 2 cheeses.

Atticus offers unique comfort food dishes including grilled hanger steak made with cherry whiskey butter and pork belly Brussels sprouts and potatoes, herb crusted quail or coffee and coriander crusted local lamb.  Atticus offers distinctive drinks from some of Denver’s best breweries and distilleries.  Coffee lovers should try from Atticus Denver’s Leopold Brother’s French Press coffee liquor.  For a fruity, herbal spirit, try the award winning Leopold’s Three Pins.  Craving a root beer float?  Atticus has you (or the kids) covered for this rare treat.

Atticus is located at 1115 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80210.

Atticus is open Monday-Saturday 7am-11pm, Sunday 7am-2pm.

Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm.