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Drink of the Week

Maker's Mark and Coke

Ready for some monkey business? Follow the brightly painted arrows on Colfax past Kitty's and right into Dulcinea's 100th Monkey, Denver's newest jazz venue. This no-frills dark den fills up nightly with the town's hipper cats, who lounge on comfortable couches and listen to live jazz; Colfax regulars, who make this street the pumping artery it is, line the bar. In keeping with its locale, Dulcinea's does not make frou-frou drinks: The bartenders pour the basics, and they pour them stiff. The daily happy hour, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., offers $2 Fat Tire beers and two-for-one well drinks. But we went for the Maker's Mark and Coke ($5) -- served on the rocks, of course, and mostly bourbon, with a minimal shot of Coke. Opened just over two months ago, Dulcinea's is the third gem in the hippie-bar triple crown created by the Bianchi brothers, owners of Sancho's Broken Arrow and Quixote's True Blue. Although Dulcinea's complete moniker combines Don Quixote's lady with a quote from Jerry Garcia, the owners don't want the bar to get a philosophical reputation. "Sancho's is a thinking bar," says Dulcinea's bartender. "We're a drinking bar."

 
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