• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    Death & Co.'s David Kaplan Visits Denver to Promote His New Craft Cocktail Book

    On Monday night, RiNo Yacht Club hosted David Kaplan, owner of legendary craft cocktail bar Death & Co., who made Denver a stop on a 15-city tour to promote his new mixology how-to book. Kaplan's book, named after his bar in Manhattan's East Village, was published in October and, at 320 pages, conta ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    New Solera bar manager Myles Fischer revitalizes cocktail program

    Sometimes, the journey is worth the reward. You want the destination to be like it is in the brochure. You want a return on your investment. You may find yourself in a remote part of town, thinking, "Where the heck am I?" What good thing could possibly be out here? See also: Chef and Tell with Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Rio on the Rocks: Baseball fans will get a taste of Rio Grande margs this season

    Opening day is less than a month away, and sports fans are licking their lips over the promise of a new season. And some margs from Rio on the Rocks, a ballpark branch of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, the homegrown chain that got its start in Fort Collins 27 years ago, and is known for its legendar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Finding an island rhythm with mojitos at Cuba Cuba

    A recent trip to Puerto Rico, aka America's funky Latin cousin, inspired me to take a crack at the drinks of the Caribbean. Especially the mojito, the drink of Cuba -- aka America's brother-in-law who never gets invited to the baby showers. At Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar in the Golden Triangle, owner Kris ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Coming of age with 21 drinks: A Long Island Iced Tea too far at Drakes Haus

    Its very name strikes fear into the hearts of men and women: Long Island Iced Tea. Five syllables that are shorthand for blackouts, poor decisions and even poorer drinks. It's the patron cocktail of lounge lizards, spring breakers and people who have had two already. As cocktails like the martini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Colorado represents at Tales of the Cocktail

    Tales of the Cocktail is a yearly gathering of bartenders, distillers and spirits professionals that takes place in New Orleans every July. It features seminars, competitions and a ton of parties, and finishes with a gala awards ceremony that recognizes the world's best in our industry. I attended m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Jimmy Zanon on summer spirits, beer cocktails and the bar at Jax Glendale -- recipe included!

    Jimmy Zanon has been with the Big Red F family for fourteen years now: He was at the Jax in LoDo for almost six years, bartending, serving and managing, and then spent almost seven years at Lola, where he took over the bar program. Now he's moved on to the brand-new Jax Glendale, where he seized the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    The ten best spots for margaritas in Denver

    July 24 is National Tequila Day, a manufactured American holiday for a Mexican spirit. Bring on the margaritas! Denver is full of bars and restaurants that specialize in all kinds of margaritas: sickly-sweet or clean and bright, made with mix or fresh-squeezed juice, purist or inventive, frozen or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Chad Michael George of Williams & Graham on spirits and summer cocktails -- recipe included!

    Chad Michael George is part of the formula behind the fawned-over cocktails at Williams & Graham. An award-winning Certified Sommelier and graduate of the prestigious BAR 5-Day program, he left Linger a little over a month ago to pursue his passion for the craft cocktail at Williams & Graham. That ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013
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    June 20, 2013

    Coming of age with 21 drinks: A bone-dry martini at the Cruise Room

    What was your first cocktail? Ever since Cro-Magnon man decided to mix his pond water with Noilly Prat, mankind has sought to mix beverages with other, different beverages. And ever since I turned 21, I've been thrust into the dazzling, intricate and occasionally fussy world of Denver booze. So now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Reader: Go ahead and slam daiquiris, but leave old-fashioneds alone

    "There is a thin line between self-indulgence and being a dickhead, a line that any bartender could draw for you." That's how Jenn Wohletz started Friday's piece "five cocktails only a dickhead could love," and dozens of commenters -- bartenders included -- thought she definitely crossed that line w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Who's a dickhead? Barman Sean Kenyon's response to Jenn Wohletz's cocktail grievances

    On Friday, Jenn Wohletz served up "Five cocktails only a dickhead would order." Shaken, not stirred, Cafe Society contributor Sean Kenyon offers this response: Dear Jenn Wohletz: You don't know us You are not one of us You do not speak for us I woke up Friday morning and, as is my routine, I check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Five cocktails only a dickhead would order

    There is a thin line between self-indulgence and being a dickhead, a line that any bartender could draw for you. On especially busy nights at any watering hole, there is always at least one person who decides to order some outdated or ridiculous beverage that takes up valuable bartender time, makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Chipotle is now pouring premium Patron margaritas

    Drinking your lunch got easier at Chipotle yesterday, when the homegrown Colorado chain introduced premium PatrĂ³n margaritas in all 900 of its U.S. restaurants (out of 1,450 Chipotle locations total). Although margaritas were on the menu before this, they were made with a standard mix, and Mark Cru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Photos: Gather mixes craft cocktails inspired by local start-ups

    Not every work environment has cocktails on-site, but if your office is at Galvanize, that's one of the amenities. Galvanize, the startup-tech common workspace in the Golden Triangle, has Gather to thank for that. Gather, the on-site cafe overseen by ChoLon chef-owner Lon Symensma, is mixing up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    A semi-lackluster happy-hour experience at Tamayo

    Happy Place: Tamayo, 1400 Larimer Street, 720-946-1433. The Hours: Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The Deals: $3.50 beer specials; $5 specialty cocktails; $3 small plates. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Reader: Randy Layman pours out some love for the cocktail scene

    Do you want a shot of attitude with that beer? Laura Shunk's interview with Adam Hodak, the Green Russell bartender who doesn't think bartenders should be pretentious, hit a few people in their funny bones, not to mention wallets lightened by the cost of craft cocktails. The comments keep flowing o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Bartending superstar Jim Meehan descends upon the Mile High City next week

    We might all be Manhattan and martini connoisseurs now, but not even ten years ago, properly made classic cocktails were a lot more difficult to find not just in Denver, but in any city. And cocktail bars -- at least the trendy cocktail bars that keep proliferating today -- were virtually non-exist ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Pizzeria Basta will roll out cocktails next week

    Changes have been at the works at Pizzeria Basta, the Boulder-based restaurant that has served Napolitano-inspired -- but American-sourced -- pizzas paired to a wine and beer list for the past two years. A couple of months ago, chef/owner Kelly Whitaker rolled out a menu of housemade pastas to suppl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Local deals on National Margarita Day

    Happy National Margarita Day!​It's National Margarita Day, and although that's not an official holiday, several local restaurants are getting into the celebration with specials today. Among the party places:

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    February 22, 2012

    Celebrate National Margarita Day with one of Denver's five best

    Yesterday may have been a day of indulgence for those of you who used Mardi Gras as an excuse to stuff yourself with pancakes and get sloshed on Hurricanes. But if you're still going strong, you'll want to know that today is probably the best arbitrary hedonistic holiday of the whole year. That's ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    At Pinche Taqueria, an irreverent cocktail program complements the food

    As Kevin Morrison drew up plans for Pinche Taqueria, a brick-and-mortar version of his Pinche Tacos food truck, he gave a lot of thought to how to best use his newly acquired liquor license, creating a beverage board that would embody the cheeky nature of his brand.

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    January 4, 2012

    Beer cocktail enthusiasts launch

    We've seen a lot of beer cocktails make best-beverage lists over the past year, and they range in complexity from a glorified michelada -- a classic Mexican blend of lime juice and lager -- to the Naughty Girl Scout, a drink on the list at Euclid Hall that uses a variety of spirits plus Left Hand mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Ask the bartender: What's up with Colorado winning so many contests?

    I just returned from a week in Manhattan (New York, not Kansas), where I worked at the BAR 5-day program. The BAR 5-day is a masters'-level spirits and mixology course taught by six men -- F. Paul Pacult, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, David Wondrich, Doug Frost and Dale Degroff -- who are icons in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Five Denver bartenders mix up vodka cocktails you can make at home

    Kevin BurkeThe Gypsy Cocktail by Kevin Burke.​Vodka has been the most popular spirit in America since the 1970s, and there's no sign of it slowing down. As outlined in "Clear Thinking," this week's cover story about Spring44, vodka's popularity keeps growing year after year, expanding into a m ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Meet Marnie Ward, creator of the Tree Line and winner of the Colorado Cocktail Contest

    Mark MangerMarnie Ward mixes her winning drinki at the Colorado Cocktail Contest.​What does Colorado taste like? Sunshine and cherries and whiskey, according to Marnie Ward, who created "Tree Line," the winner of the inaugural Colorado Cocktail Contest. "I love to go to the farmers' markets th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Green Tea Mint Julep and Cupp O Spring at Row 14

    ​I stopped by Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar, the stylish new restaurant in the Spire whose bar is stashed behind floor-to-ceiling, chain-link drapes, just before the Kentucky Derby -- which was why the bartender's suggestion of a Green Tea Mint Julep ($10) seemed like a sacrilege. Some things, lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Under Larimer Square: why TAG | RAW BAR works and Green Russell doesn't

    Mark MangerTAG | RAW BAR thrives in a basement spot under Larimer Square.​The basement is a hot place to be right now. Last year, two of Denver's top restaurateurs picked up underground spots in Larimer Square, opening unique concepts right at the edge of LoDo. The first was Green Russell, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Margs Taco Bistro now pouring in LoDo

    Margs Taco Bistro.​Margs Taco Bistro, which opened last Friday at 1519 Wynkoop Street, is small and sleek, with a kitchen that specializes in "world tacos" -- offering Caprese, Asian and Moroccan variations on the Mexican staple. "We think there was a real need for something like this on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Does La Loma make Denver's best white-trash margarita?

    Original is good... strawberry is better.​We tasted a lot of house margaritas in preparation for our Best of Denver 2011 issue, and the marg at El Camino was hands down the Best House Margarita, as well as one of the most simple, true to the classic roots of this Mexican cocktail. At most Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Top five martinis in Denver -- good, better, Best!

    ​We sipped our way through many martinis in our search for the best, and you know what we learned? Any bar can ice down three ounces of vodka or gin and pour it in an up glass" and CALL it a martini -- and many do -- but there are very few that do the classic version of the cocktail right. A c ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Reader: Skip the Big Gulp for a sotol margarita at Lola

    Enter here for one of Lola's sotol margaritas..​Sean Kenyon is back from one of his many trips as this state's premier alcohol ambassador, pulling together the final details of the Colorado Cocktail Contest and offering some advice about making margaritas -- just in time for the warmer weather ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Denver is not Margaritaville

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Happy National Margarita Day: Here are five great places to celebrate

    ​Fun fact: Today is National Margarita Day. And while February seems like a strange month to celebrate tequila mixed with lime (the margarita tastes like summer to us), we'll happily use this as an excuse to suck down one (or three) of the cocktails, especially since today's weather is almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Keep it simple, bartenders!

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Ask the Bartender: What's the ideal Colorado cocktail?

    Sean Kenyon mixes it up.​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Ask the bartender: More on martinis

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour -- both drinks, and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    James Lee leaves the Bitter Bar and Big Red F for a restaurant in Salida

    James Lee and Dave Query​The explosion of cocktail culture in Colorado was ignited by a legion of talented bartenders working to prove that their craft is more than mixing rum and Cokes; it's creating drinks that reflect their deep understanding of spirits. And few bartenders have done more t ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2010
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    April 29, 2010
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    November 16, 2009

    Sean Kenyon raises the B.A.R. at Domaine De Canton competition

    Nancy LevineSean Kenyon takes top spot at Domaine De Canton competition​ Last night Domaine de Canton and brand ambassador Bryan Dayton of Frasca hosted the semifinalist round of the Domaine de Canton bartender competition at TAG. Beyond bragging rights, the winner of the competition won a tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Staffing Up: More ideas for Mojitos

    ​ Both readers and restaurateurs had a lot of suggestions for what to do with the former home of Mojitos -- which isn't surprising, considering that this spot at 1120 East Sixth Avenue is a good location just begging for a good operator to go into it. And while I've already reported the new ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 24, 2009
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    August 13, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Ann Whitley of the Rio Grande

    Nancy Levine​ On Saturday, August 15, the Rio Grande will celebrate ten years of pouring on the fun -- and pouring out the booze -- in LoDo. This homegrown chain is a margarita powerhouse; with only six restaurants, the Rio Grande restaurant group claims to be the largest seller of Jose Cuervo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Taste of the Nation mixologists shake, stir and pour for a good cause

    Lori MidsonHoney smoked peach cocktail from TAG's Jared Boller At last night's Taste of the Nation event at Mile High Station, nine Colorado mixologists muddled, shook, stirred, poured, begged, stole and offered bribes to the throngs of charitable party-goers who voted with dollar bills and tokens ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 21, 2009
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    May 11, 2009

    Party down with Bob Schaffer's margarita

    Did you miss this weekend's Cinco de Mayo festivities in Civic Center Park? You can still get a taste of them by picking up a bottle of Coyote Gold Premium Margarita -- the margarita that former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer's wife, Maureen, is marketing along with her Fort Collins business par ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Colorado Bartenders Guild hosts first cocktail competition

    For Colorado bartenders, taxes aren't the only thing due on April 15. That's also the deadline for submitting recipes to the first cocktail competition of the year organized by the Colorado Bartenders Guild (COBG). And I'll be helping to judge the results at 6 p.m. April 26 at Trios Enoteca, along w ... More >>

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