Back before LoDo was stuffed with happy hours pushing all manner of liquids and solids, McCormick's Fish House and Bar -- an outpost of the McCormick's and Schmick's empire that opened in the Oxford Hotel in 1987 -- was legendary for its cheap time, when everything was $1.99. And that included a bur ... More >>
Developer and urban preservationist Dana Crawford is a landmark in this city, so it's not surprising that a landmark would be named after her. But two? Next week, the Crawford Building will be dedicated in Larimer Square, the Victorian-era block she saved from the wrecking ball. And today, Sage Hosp ... More >>
Yesterday, Patricia Calhoun offered up some alternative Denver tour stops for a group from Virginia, including the urinals at the Oxford Hotel, which have been around so long that Bat Masterson is said to have drained his lizard in them. Plenty of readers expressed affection for this unusual attract ... More >>
The Cruise Room is a Colorado classic. Modeled after a lounge on the Queen Mary, the bar opened the day after Prohibition ended in December 1933. By which point the jazz age had given way to the Depression -- but that didn't stop Landry's, the new owner of McCormick's and Schmicks, which has the f ... More >>
The update of the restaurant facilities at the Oxford Hotel was supposed to start eighteen months ago -- but the sale of McCormick & Schmick's, which runs those facilities, to Tilman Fertitta of Landry's Restaurants late last year put the plan on hold. But Landry's picked up the project this fall, ... More >>
Developer Dana Crawford remembers the first time she saw the Cruise Room. It was in the '50s, and the Oxford Hotel, a once-elegant Victorian establishment that welcomed visitors getting off the train at Denver's Union Station, had become a "flophouse," she recalls. "The people who lived there were r ... More >>
If you're anything like us, then at times your veins may seem to be pumping pure bubbly. But if you're not, then we reckon there are at least two guaranteed occasions upon which you find yourself consuming drinks made with sparkling wine: Sunday brunch and New Year's Eve.
Late last week, Tilman J. Fertitta, who owns Landry's, Inc., closed a deal to purchase McCormick & Schmick's, a nationwide restaurant chain that has two locations in Denver, including one in the Oxford Hotel. That spot has been serving up cheap happy hour deals and oysters since 1986 -- before LoD ... More >>
The windows of the Oxford Hotel, which won first place.Entries in the third annual LoDo Aglow contest -- for which 22 businesses in lower downtown decorated their windows -- ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. The really ridiculous. Who knew that one of Santa's elves was a pole dancer ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Ahoy, mateys! In case ye landlubbers and scalawags are unaware, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Founded in 1995 by Oregonians John Baur and Mark Summers -- also known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, respectively -- the parodic holiday has grown into something ... More >>
The Rapture has been postponed from last Saturday to October 21, and the renovation of McCormick's Fish House & Bar has also been postponed -- but only until May 31. That means you have another week to enjoy the bar's legendary greyhounds (fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice), happy-hour food de ... More >>
Is this the oldest bar downtown?Before Coors Field opened in 1995, a group of hearty baseball/bar fans took a field trip to the neighborhood around the ballpark, drinking in one of the oldest parts of town, an area that would inevitably change. We started at the bar at the Nisei post on Marke ... More >>
The Tavern Downtown is in the LoDo limelight.Two decades ago, when the first LoDo Limelight Awards were handed out, restaurants were few and far between in lower downtown. But today the restaurant and hospitality industries are the heart of LoDo, and businesses ranging from the venerable Oxfo ... More >>
At 11 a.m., the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, will release its new beer, Skull & Crossbones Black Ale, inspired by Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, the new exhibit that sets sail today at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The dark- ... More >>
The annual Red Wine and Seafood benefit for Volunteers of America has a Cajun-inspired flavor this year. The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Street, will again host the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes food, dancing, a silent auction and more. Admission is $75 and reservations are requ ... More >>
The city is awash in beer dinners this week -- but there are also many classes, food drives and the annual Top Latke Cookoff. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Typically, seafood is paired with white wines, not reds -- simply because the heavier wines can overpower the light, flaky meat. But if you're ready to move beyond a basic pinot noir with your salmon, then you'll want to attend tonight's Red Wine and Seafood Dinner at the Oxford Hotel ballro ... More >>
Dixons packaged itself for the holidays.Twenty-seven businesses entered the first annual LoDo Aglow: Scenes of the Season window-decorating contest, lighting up for the holidays (and through the Stock Show, like the Denver City and County Building). And the winners, announced this week by t ... More >>
Every December, my parents would pack the family into the station wagon and head to downtown Chicago, where we'd look at the displays in the department-store windows and all the Christmas lights that glowed brighter than the tail-lights in the traffic jam around us. Downtown department store ... More >>
On the first big snow day, restaurants and bars offer a flurry of cold-weather specials. But it's hard to beat the standing deal at McCormick's Fish House & Bar, the cozy spot tucked into the Oxford Hotel at 17th and Wazee streets. Whenever it's snowing, this McCormick's offers Irish coffe ... More >>
We just heard that tonight's LoDo Bites is sold out -- bad news for procrastinators, great news for the LoDo District, which is putting on the event. It also says a lot about how far this part of town has come from the days when the Wazee Supper Club was your only late-night option in downtown (an ... More >>
The Oxford Hotel is accommodating Third WayFor the past five years, the Third Way Center benefited from a major wine-tasting/fundraiser wine-tasting fundraiser in LoDo. But the event, scheduled for tonight, "was cancelled rather abruptly a week ago by the host/venue, leaving Third Way Center high an ... More >>
What? After twenty years of offering the most dependable happy hour in the city, with a terrific cheeseburger among the other $1.95 specials, McCormick's has changed its hours? Just walked into the bar at the corner of the Oxford Hotel and found out that corporate had dictated a cutback several mont ... More >>
The unfortunate thing about cutting-edge graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s stopover in Denver on Friday, March 7, to deliver a lecture at the Oxford Hotel, courtesy of local American Institute of Graphic Arts chapter, is that it’s completely sold out. But one reason for his visit, his unique ... More >>
Swimming through a long lunch.
Hunt for ghosts in LoDo.
Swill with the swells at the Denver wine fest.
McCormick's Fish House and Bar
Too Many Chefs has a recipe for support
The Oxford Club
Evil Companions Literary Award
April 8-14, 1999
April 9-15, 1998