530 E. 19th Ave.
Denver, 80203
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  • Sunday through Wednesday 5 p.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking
Retrograde shouldn't work, but it does. First, you'll have to find Frozen Matter and stride through the ice cream shop confidently toward the walk-in cooler without being distracted by the desserts or deterred by the fact that you're walking into a refrigerator. You'll find yourself in a dim, chilly room lit by purple lights and chock-full of mid-mod accents like doughnut-shaped lamps, horsehair barstools and a barback straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The menu is equally weird: When was the last time you had a drink made with whiskey, herbal liqueur and chocolate bitters? But it all comes together: Retrograde is equal parts fun, glam, off-the-rails crazy and welcoming (and if you're from Chicago, there's a special treat for you — ask your bartender).

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