Between the very cold snap and Gretchen Kurtz's discussion of hot, hot spices in her review of Namaste India, we were about ready to book a passage to India last week. Instead, Cafe Society came up with a list of the ten best Indian restaurants in Denver. It inspired much heated discussion -- regard ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
We've all been out on bad dates -- but what's the worst? That question was asked in a funny Denver Yelp thread a while back, and participants responded with some doozies. We've illustrated our favorites and compiled them into a bad date top (bottom?) ten list -- one with a surprise happy ending! Cou ... More >>
Lose some, win some. Last August the original Bombay Bowl in Englewood closed rather than pay a rent increase, but the remaining Denver location was recently featured in the the New York Times. And despite the off-hour of our visit -- 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday -- business was steady at the fast-casual I ... More >>
Close to 300 new restaurants opened in the metro area last year -- and with that much action, perhaps it's not surprising that two of them are named Cebiche, and two of them are named Chinook. But the local dining scene also lost a surprising number of mainstays: the 29-year-old Pearl Street Grill, ... More >>
Bryan Dayton, owner of Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth (which is under construction after a fire there this spring), flew to Vegas this fall and outdid dozens of mixologists from around the country to bring home a big first prize: He was named GQ Bombay Sapphire's most inspired bartender in the country. ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe third time was the charm for Bryan Dayton, owner of Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth, which is currently being rebuilt after a spring fire: In his third national cocktail competition of the year, the bartender bested 47 other top-notch professionals from across the country to take h ... More >>
Café Society's obsession with the quest for a Colorado cocktail dates back to the day when Rich Grant of Visit Denver got a call from a reporter for a national magazine who was looking for the quintessential Colorado drink to include in a story about landmark libations. But while some towns ... More >>
Black Crown Lounge is looking good on South Broadway.The dining scene saw lots of action last month, including the opening of two new spots in the 500 block of East Colfax -- and the surprise closings of two Mark Tarbell restaurants in the Streets at SouthGlenn, including the one that served ... More >>
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 >>
With blue skies predicted for the next few days, there ain't no way First Friday won't be sprouting artwalkers like dandelions. Spring is here, the art is good and the art districts are alive with the breath of things to come. Here are a few of our First Friday picks.
Look on the bright side of fare increases and service changes... Denverites pay a lot of money to vacation abroad. With the new service reductions going into effect, overcrowded RTD buses will make the trip from Park Hill into downtown seem like an exotic adventure in Budapest or Mumbai. Belo ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
A Flickr photo.As spring rolls inexorably into summer, the wine starts flowing, the music starts playing and workshops on everything from soup to Asian cuisine start filling up. What will your week look like? Here's a taste of what's out there: Monday, May 10: Frasca presents its Monday Nig ... More >>
Bombay Bistro, the Indian restaurant at 1800 Broadway in Boulder, has figured out a way to take its business to the next level -- and give back to the community in the process. It's introduced its own line of frozen food based on some of Bombay's best sellers, including beef short ribs, ch ... More >>
Mark MangerFogo de Chao unleashed its love of meat on Denver in '09.Dozens of restaurants closed in the metro area over the past year, ranging from such old-timers as the Trail Dust Steak House, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Chez Jose to newcomers like XO, which both opened and closed in 2009. ... More >>
Mark MangerRatna and Macchendra Shrestha at Nepal Cuisine.Jason Sheehan just reviewed Nepal Cuisine, where he found more than enough momo to keep him warm through these upcoming winter months. On momo alone, Nepal Cuisine easily ranks among the top ten Indian and Nepalese restaurants in the ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayThis weekend, there was metal thrashing and apple bobbing at the Denver Creative Co-Op; Bombay chugging at DU; and a grand opening at Casselman's. You can see photos of all of them at westword.com/slideshow. And if you're more of the strongly worded type, jump to the Backbeat ... More >>
RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN MARCH:My Pizza Peel, 1645 Stout StreetFull Belly, 2779 Iris Street, Boulder Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Hi*Rise, 2162 Larimer StreetArvada Tavern, 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Barking Goat, 363 Village Square in Castle Rock (former Celtic Crossing) Sketch, ... More >>
The eight Oscars collected last night by Slumdog Millionaire during last night's 81st Academy Awards presentation didn't just reflect well on the Hollywood film community, which chose to reward an oddball tale chock-a-block with subtitles and set in the unlikely locale of Mumbai, India. It also rewa ... More >>
A report that suggests an aroma for CSU perfume -- the topic of today's blog "Colorado State University Smells Like... Deer and Locker Rooms?" -- wasn't only the unusual mention of this state we're in on National Public Radio yesterday. An unexpected local reference popped up in "Mumbai Attacks Offe ... More >>
Nothing to do? Allow us to help you fill your time. Today in Cafe Society: • A brief (100 year) history of Sixth Avenue -- including a stop at Little India (pictured). • Oodles of noodles are coming to town. • Cheer! We're not number three in binge-drinking. • Prices, not expectations, are ... More >>
Bollywood Meets Hollywood in Danny Boyle's latest.
Dev Pateal and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire. Last year's so-called Big Night at the Denver Film Festival featured Juno, a small-scale comedy about a pregnant teen that inspired the blog "Juno Lives Up to the Hype at the Starz Denver Film Festival" before becoming a left-field box-office suc ... More >>
Hmm... and folks say Denver's a cow town. So I’ve just returned from the startling, stunning and scintillating country of India with much food for thought – and no new music. When I left, I had visions of catching some cool Indian indies in some cavernous club that smelled vaguely of opium, cin ... More >>
What to play when you're taking in the Taj Majal? I love to travel, but I don’t do as much of it as I’d like. The last time I got on a plane was nearly a year ago, and that was just a brief trip to do some work for a client in the exotic destination of Tucson, Arizona. Whoopee. But next week, ... More >>
This Danish melodrama gives a hell of a lot more than a reception.
The Royal Peacock has everything to do with love.
Little India transports diners to another level. Just watch.
Artist's vision has a global spectrum
Keep your eye on the ball.
Exploring the Hindus and don'ts before the nuptials.
Have fun all night with Cirque De Siecle.
India's Rang Mahal won't get your goat, but it got our vote.
Bistro Adde Brewster