The 9th Door

1808 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
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  • Mon-Thu 4:30pm-10:30pm, Fri 4:30pm-2am, Sat 5:30pm-2am, Sun 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$$, $$$$
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
When the 9th Door opened in 2005, veteran chef Michael Wahaltere was called in as a consultant, and he created a menu of Spanish favorites, meant to be mixed and matched and made into a meal. To go with this inviting lineup, the cavernous spot was decked out in coppery hues and dark woods, with a plush red banquette along the wall and a bed in the middle of the dining room, gimmicky enough to make you feel like you've entered some adult theme park. The decor remains; the chef does not. Today's board keeps a lot of the original Wahaltere creations; the menu is divided between hot and cold tapas, all of which combine such traditional ingredients as olives, ham and Manchego and goat cheeses, with varying levels of complexity and success. The best time to stop by this restaurant is during happy hour, when the bites and beverages are a steal.

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  • 9th Door opens second spot in the Beauvallon
    1 year ago by Cafe Society

    The fifth time could be a charm for the 9th Door, an offshoot of the LoDo tapas spot that just opened in a transformed space in the Beauvallon that's already been home to four other restaurants. See also: A second 9th Door will open...

  • A second 9th Door will open in the Beauvallon
    2 years ago by Lori Midson

    There are those who swear that the Beauvallon is cursed -- that there may be no worse location to open a restaurant or bar -- but Bill Kennedy, along with his business partners Dan Woodward and John Wang, are betting that the Beauva...

  • Review preview: The 9th Door
    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    A couple of weeks back, I was feeling particularly nostalgic for the Iberian peninsula, where I once wandered winding streets, ambling from tapas bar to tapas bar until I'd eaten enough to make a full dinner. It was a perfect way to...

  • The 9th Door offers a tamer version of Spain's tapas scene
    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    Two short pours of beer get you a free plate of tapas at El Tigre, a dark, dungeon-like bar crammed into the heart of Madrid. The place is always packed, with people jostling each other as they order a drink from one of the bartende...

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