People love going to bars because it’s a fun way to spend time with friends and unwind after a long day at work. Denver has a rich and varied bar scene where you can find all the drinks, from killer cocktails to world-class local beers. Many bars have some form of musical entertainment from jazz to rock that allows patrons to let their hair down for a while. If you live in Denver, here are a few of the most popular and nicest bars to visit.
- Bar Helix
There is plenty of atmosphere in the RiNo lounge or Bar Helix to give you a buzz even before you even sample the drinks. With its bubble-patterned back panel, the bar glitters and pops like Champagne while the back room is dark and cozy with gold-flecked crimson walls. The bar team always produces cocktails with an element of surprise and at any given time you can choose from as many as 5 different variants of the classic Negroni, including a crystal decanter for a group of four people.
- Williams & Graham
If you are familiar with Denver, one drinking destination that you will have heard of is Williams & Graham. Located behind what could be the world’s smallest book store, this amazing bar not only serves seasonal cocktails to blow your mind with ingredients like sweet-potato syrup and sesame oil but will also prepare any special request you may have, so don’t hesitate to ask.
- Death & Co Denver
One of New York’s most celebrated bars has opened its second home in Denver located in the lobby of The Ramble Hotel that provides an appropriately grand backdrop for this sophisticated watering hole. Elaborate chandeliers that hang from high ceilings are reflected in enormous arched mirrors behind the bar while sumptuously upholstered sofas and armchairs fill the rest of the window-lined room. A second-floor rooftop terrace in The Garden, lush with green foliage, offers stunning views of downtown Denver. This is Denver’s gateway to the glamour bar scene and locals in this staunchly casual town are just beginning to get used to easing into a plush chair with a client or companion worth splurging on. Watch the beautiful people go by while you indulge your senses with an exquisite cocktail from the bar.
- The Family Jones Spirit House
The knockout décor of this charming bar features photo albums with quaint ‘family’ pictures that make it suitable for a special date night while at the same time being approachable enough to meet friends for a good time. Cocktails are inspired by culinary verve that includes herbs, spices, and fresh produce to add zing and texture to drinks. Try the signature creamy avocado and passion fruit daiquiri, Thief in the Garden with bright carrot, turmeric, rye, and ginger or Heat of the Moment with savory black pepper syrup, arbol-chile tincture, and yellow bell pepper juice.
- Luster Pearl Denver
Luster Pearl in the lively RiNo Art District is Denver’s own version of the bar that launched an entertainment district. Grab a cold one and bask in the warm glow of a cozy fire on chilly nights. The owners, Lustre and Clive, made Denver their new home because they found it young, pretty laid back, and yet sophisticated. The bartenders at Luster Pearl create inspired cocktails from the classics to modern versions with great names like Dirty Barbados, Whiskey Daisy, Mezcal Margarita, and Macey in Disguise. They hold super fun events all year round as well as during the festive season, major sports events, and fun tournaments and parties.