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Nancy Levine

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    December 27, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​When I was at Urban Outfitters the other day, I spotted a book called Looks Like a Cock, with photos of dfferent items that look like, well, a cock. The sake holder pictured above was not in that book, but it could have been. Can you guess where I was drinking? Special bonus: An ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​My mom loves a good Old-Fashioned -- and this was the best I've ever tasted. It was so good I couldn't help but wonder if the altitude helps make this drink so special. Can you guess where I'm drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​Taking flash photos in bars will often piss people off -- and the drunk guy next to me definitely lost his patience as I tried to take the perfect shot of this bar. Which, in fact, made it the perfect shot. Needless to say, when you're drinking here, you're in close quarters. Can ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​We're heading toward the shortest day of the year, and the light hitting this Bloody Mary is the sun coming up over Denver just after 7 a.m. -- when the bar that poured it opens. Can you guess where I'm drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the we ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​The Christmas tree of rosemary almost pushed me over the edge -- but after I removed the greenery, I found this cocktail both festive and delicious. Can you guess where I'm drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eatin ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Tonight: TAG celebrates one year in business

    A Flickr photo.​Troy Atherton Guard opened TAG, his space at 1441 Larimer Street, one year ago, and tonight the restaurant will celebrate one year in business with an Anniversary Party. We've thought TAG was special from the start: Nancy Levine profiled its gin and tonic for a Drink of the W ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Nancy Levine​I'm often looking for a place for a nosh, an espresso and possibly a little hair of the dog. The first two are easy, but the dog hair is tough -- not because it's not available at a myriad of places, but because I don't want to be judged. At the place where the above pic was shot, ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​I can't believe I'm saying this, but as far as chain restaurants go, this one actually doesn't suck. True, the raspberry mojito was sweet enough for my 16-year-old niece, and the martinis were a little on the small side, but, hell, it's still more than I expected from a chain rest ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​The photo above comes from a great bar. My friend calls it a dive bar, but to me, it's just a bar-bar. It's not fancy, and it doesn't cater to hipster poseurs. Best of all, the bartender named Kathy was the nicest and best bartender I've ever had in a neighborhood bar. Can you g ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​Yes, I'm drinking a margarita, it's not the weekend and the sun is still out. Why should that be a surprise? But the margarita was surprisingly good, especially since my expectations were so low at this bar within a fast-casual restaurant. And the reason it was so good? They make ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​I know it's a horrible thing to say, but I can't stand going out with a man who orders a Cosmopolitan. Oh, whatever. You wouldn't fault me if I said I couldn't stand going out with a man who wears three-inch heels. Look, it's just not manly. Order a vodka and cranberry if you don' ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​A friend wanted to get a drink at a "New York" type of bar, and it took me all of 30 seconds to decide where I wanted to go. Not sure why I think of this place as a New York-ish bar...but it could be the windows. Or maybe it's the fantastic neuvo-retro cocktail menu. Can you g ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Coffee's not on today at Cafe Colorado

    Nancy Levine​If you count on Cafe Colorado, the storefront that opened last year at 287 Columbine Street, for your morning joint of java, you may need to look elsewhere this morning. The sign above is posted on the door; more ominous is a full voicemail box (at 303-377-8902) and another sign ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Nancy Levine​Yes, we Westworders love our charcuterie. And this plate, stripped down to the quintessential French style (the proprietor of this establishment would have it no other way), comes courtesy of a charcutier who graduated from Johnson and Wales. Can you guess where I'm eating? Spec ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​I thought I'd had the worst margarita ever -- until I took a sip of this one. I don't know why bars insist on using crappy sweet and sour mix. Hey, 1965 is calling and wants their shitty mixers back. That said, I do like their televisions for watching football games. Can you gue ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Randy Layman leaving Avenue Grill for Jonesy's

    ​First, Ryan Layman left Avenue Grill and moved across the street to Steuben's. Now comes word that after seven years at Avenue Grill, Randy Layman -- Ryan's twin brother -- is heading to Jonesy's EatBar to become bar manager there. Randy poured out his 'tending philosophy to Nancy Levine fo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​In the dead of winter, a sip of this delicious pineapple mojito was enough to transport me to sunny South America. Guess where I was drinking, and post your answer below. Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to any of the week's Where am I drinking/eating po ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Drinking?

    Nancy Levine​Very few mixed drinks include Scotch on their list of ingredients. That's convenient, since I don't really love Scotch -- but I do enjoy a good Blood and Sand, and this one was great. You shouldn't need coaching to answer this: Where was I drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who gi ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​The night before Thanksgiving is always a busy night for bars. After all, when your biggest mental challenge the next day will be choosing between pumpkin or apple pie, a hangover doesn't seem like a big deal. So my friend decided shotgunning beers and dancing till closing sounded ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Dan Aykroyd rocks Lincoln's Road House

    Nancy LevineHe's a Soul Man!​ On Friday night, I went to Lincoln's Road House to see Dear Marsha play its last gig (the frontwomen are moving away, and the band will be no more). The club was packed, and a rumor quickly ran through the crowd that Dan Aykroyd, who was in town for a liquor prom ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Dan Aykroyd sings the blues at Lincoln's Road House

    Nancy LevineElwood sings the blues.​Over the weekend, Dan Aykroyd was in town signing bottles of Crystal Head vodka at Applejack Wine and Spirits. Blues Brothers fans who were undoubtedly thrilled at the prospect of being able to press flesh the one and only Elwood Blues on Saturday afternoon, wou ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy LevineMMMMMManhattan​ My love of Manhattans is no secret -- but the happy hour at this downtown establishment is not nearly as well-known as it should be. Four-ounce well Manhattans, vodka/gin martinis, cosmos and lemondrops for just $6 each -- and a great happy hour menu as well. So ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ The band playing in this space wasn't enough to distract me from a much needed cocktail Friday night. Nor was the art show hanging on the walls, although I ordered the No Ka Oi pomegranate punch, named after one of the pieces in the exhibit. Can you guess where I'm drinking?

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    November 3, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​I only have a few rules for bartenders. The number one rule? When people come in the morning after Halloween for Sunday brunch, don't make them wait fifteen minutes while you set up the bar. Serve them their drinks immediately, and then get your station in order. So where was I ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ This restaurant is the first place I take out-of-town guests who think Denver is fly-over culinary country. And while their shock over our incredibly good dinner was sweet, the bar's new selection of fall cocktails was perhaps too sweet. The one above was made with Leopold Bros. ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ I love an ice-cold Manhattan almost anywhere, but the drink's particularly delightful at this fine dining establishment in Denver -- where the chef is smokin' hot, and the bartender is adorable. Can you guess where I'm drinking?

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    October 21, 2009

    From the Yucatan to northwest Denver

    Nancy LevineRoberto Solis's deer with ashes sauce​ Outside, the temperature was dropping -- but inside Lola, we might as well have been on a beach in Mexico. That's because chef Jamey Fader and guest chef Roberto Solis were hosting a Yucatan dinner, full of the tastes of that region Solis's l ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ Although some people think that mint juleps should only be imbibed in the summer, I disagree. Wholeheartedly. So when I saw a mint julep on the menu at this establishment that's trying to make a name for itself with an impressive whiskey selection, despite the chilly weather out ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ I went out last night to try the new fall cocktails at a place I love, but don't get to nearly as often as I'd like. After I'd tasted a number of delicious drinks (including a yummy red sangria with an orange twist, pictured above), the proprietor handed me a glass of red wine. ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    Lori MidsonLobby American Grille opened to big crowds on Friday, September 25.​ What you might have missed this week on Cafe Society while getting your free jolt of instant java at Starbucks: A second outpost of Toast, the kick-ass pancake palace, took up residence in the former Village Inn ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ Rocktober is in full swing and if you're looking for a bar before or after -- or during -- the playoff games that isn't full of 22-year-olds, this is the spot for you. If you're lucky, you'll meet cute, fun, drunk guys named Smiddy or Smitty. Or have public TV-watching older me ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Amnesia wins the Mix Master Bartender contest, appropriately enough

    Nancy LevineKen Kody, Mix Master​I took my judging job seriously during the DeKuyper Mix Master Bartender Contest at Saturday's Denver Food & Wine event, tasting eight cocktails. Really tasting eight cocktails, since these were complex concoctions (a DeKuyper product had to be part of the mix) ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​I HEART Harvest week. If there's one week to go out to eat, it's this one. The harvest menus available at your local independent restaurants are exceptional -- and the cocktails are great, too. In fact, the cocktail in the above shot was so good that I actually forgot to take th ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ Don't let the camera angle fool you. That's a GIGANTIC margarita, made with well tequila and sweet and sour straight out of a gallon jug. Is it delicious? Nope. Not even close. But this venue has been serving these golden jugs for years. And the crowds can't seem to get enough ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 15 edition

    Photo by Nancy LevineHolly Hartnett.​It's about that time. Today in Cafe Society: • Behind the Bar with Holly Hartnett of Venue. • Under Fire: Caramel Groundhog Day. • Guess where I'm eating? • Denver's newest road trip: Interstate Kitchen & Bar. • Oktoberfest is for sale. Will some ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    The DeKuyper Mix Master Bartender Contest will come to order

    The Ginn Mill has two contestants in the Mix Master competition.​Judge Nancy Levine, at your service. The bartending competition will come to order! Bartending competitions are one of the many things I love about the spirit industry (you don't see busboy competitions, do you?). And I partic ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ It may be in the mid '80s today, but it will be winter before we know it. So guess which patio I'm sitting on, enjoying the last of summer and a delightful peach, plum and nectarine infused martini?

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    August 19, 2009

    Sign of the times at Bastien's

    Nancy Levine​ Miscreants have been stealing letters from Bastien's sign, prompting this new version that's now showing at the venerable steakhouse.

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    August 14, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Nancy Levine​ Guess where I'm drinking this behemoth margarita? Not the best margarita I've ever had, but definitely one of the largest.

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    August 11, 2009

    231 Milwaukee back on the market...again

    Nancy Levine​ The space at 231 Milwaukee Street that most recently held Bar Luxe and Euro is empty again -- except for all the ghosts. Over the last thirty years, this address has been home to everything from the Kiva (great green chile recipe) to the Bay Wolf to Vartan's Jazz to the Manhatt ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Where am I drinking?

    Nancy Levine​Figuring out where I'm drinking should be easy; there's a hint in the photo. Figuring out what will be harder, since you can't find this drink in any other Denver bar, although it's making a comeback on the East Coast. What is it -- and where?

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    July 5, 2009

    Where am I drinking?

    Nancy LevineWhile some people are enjoying the great outdoors this weekend, others of us are enjoying the greatest of the indoors: dark, dissolute bars. Where am I drinking?

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    June 19, 2009

    Party animals at Do at the Zoo

    Nancy LevineIt's a jungle out there! Charlie Master in the Sketch booth. The Denver Zoo hosted its twentieth annual Do at the Zoo last night, and Denver's party animals were out in force, sampling tidbits from dozens of restaurants and getting wild! See for yourself on our slideshow.

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    June 17, 2009

    Prime time at Primebar

    Nancy LevinePrimebar, the new restaurant in the old home of Palamino at 1515 Arapahoe Street, opened last month -- but it threw its big grand-opening bash, a benefit for Food Bank of the Rockies, last night. The very pretty space was packed with pretty people -- but looking even better than the cl ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Tequila twins take on California

    Twins Will and Dave Elger, who were born in Mexico but are very much Denverites, worked in the tequila business for a decade before creating their own five years ago: Muchote Tequila. Nancy Levine first caught up with it last September at Lime XS, where she discovered it made a good mango margarita. ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    The Maker's Mark Mint Julep: Delicious, and straight from the bottle how we like

    Nancy LevineI stopped by Oceanaire (1400 Arapahoe) last night, and was served a Maker's Mark Mint Julep. The crazy part: This delicious cocktail was a pre-made mix, poured directly from the bottle. Maker's is distributing the drink in Colorado for the first time ever, and Oceanaire is one of the f ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    miniBAR is a big deal for Cherry Creek

    Nancy Levine Stopped in at Bill Ward's miniBAR Friday night, for an early look at the start of its grand-opening festivities. It's tucked below the old Village Inn at 2623 East Second Avenue. And although the place is tiny, it's definitely big on style.

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    December 4, 2008

    Ho, ho, ho: Twigs has closed -- for now

    Above is the season's greeting that Nancy Levine, our intrepid Drink of the Week columnist, found when she was out last night judging the 2008 Holiday Cocktail Competition. Seventeen restaurants -- all members of the Denver Independent Network of Restaurants -- had signed up to create sp ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    January 31, 2008

    Pama Pear Mojito

    Bonefish Grill

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