The Manhattan cocktail has stood the test of time, due in part to it's simplicity: two parts bourbon to one part vermouth, a few dashes of bitters and a cherry garnish. Six Denver bartenders offered up variations of that classic last night at The Manhattan Experiment cocktail competition at Ste. Ell ... More >>
Karl Christian Krumpholz is a historian of the most seamy, lurid thoroughfare in Denver: Colfax Avenue. His medium is his webcomic, 30 Miles of Crazy! where he trawls the street for stories of drunkenness, depravity, and insanity. Now he's rolled the archives of the comic into one handy paperback: t ... More >>
The first annual BrüFrou beer and food pairing event went down last Saturday at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Lowry. There were forty Colorado breweries paired with dishes from forty Front Range chefs, along with music and big airplanes. Westword photographer Ken Hamblin was ther ... More >>
Playboy once labeled Colfax the nation's "longest, most wicked street." It's also Denver's most celebrated, and on Saturday night the celebration landed at Tooey's Off Colfax, which hosted the Miss Colorado Pageant. And we were there to catch the action. See also: Miss Colfax Pageant 2013 -- slide ... More >>
We've spent a lot of time in bars since the first Best of Denver issue made its debut in 1984, and sometimes we even remembered to give awards to those bars. One of our most popular categories? Best New Bar, snagged this year by Ace. Some years we didn't make an award in this category, and other yea ... More >>
Down to your last few dollars before rent is due next week? Don't worry about it. You can still have fun without forking over a lot of cash. From a Dragon Boat Festival to movies in the park, this town will be full of things to do for under $10. And as always, if you're a responsible planner and can ... More >>
"I've been involved with food since I was six, and I've always dreamed of having a restaurant in an old building with a wooden roof and exposed brick -- a space to create whatever I want," says Pepe Aparicio, who, along with his brother, Gianfranco, will open Taita, a Peruvian restaurant housed in a ... More >>
After booking hardcore and ska shows around Denver for the past six years, DJ Maladjusted has taken his massive record collection and almost dogmatic devotion to vinyl and garnered a small but devoted following with his obscure selections. Spinning 2tone, ska and reggae every third Friday for One St ... More >>
Tooey's Off Colfax has been one of our favorite watering holes since it opened its doors in 2009 -- in part because it makes an excellent classic martini. Still, on nights when we're bellied up to that bar, we always lament the fact that we have to wander down the block to find food. Luckily, Tooey ... More >>
You can't possibly be partied out! The fun really starts this weekend, where all sorts of people will come together in cheap champagne and party favor glory. If you're into getting the celebrations started early minus the shenanigans, we've got a line-up of album release parties, end of year live hi ... More >>
It's been a long, economically uncertain year. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to ring in 2012 that won't cost a penny. Here are our top ten:
The weekend is here! The weekend is here! If you're like us, you're looking for the drop on the dopest parties to shake off the week. We've got you covered top to bottom. From reggae and world beats to drum and bass, there's something for everyone to get into as we ease into the weekend.
Avoid the noise this weekend.There are a ton of music happenings going down this weekend, but for anyone not interested in loud noises streaming out of amplifiers for 48 hours straight, we have a slew of quiet-time activities to keep your ears from ringing. These include a bunch of movies, a ... More >>
The charmingly-titled local rag Fuck Off Zine is known as much for its for offend-everybody headlines like "How To Give Yourself an Abortion" and "Spitting on Bulldykes" as for its skateboard photography, and has now been potty-mouthing its way through "skateboard carnage from the bowels of C ... More >>
Today is the 9th annual international observance of Go Skateboarding Day, a Summer Solstice celebration that's just our style. The skater holiday was originally created as a marketing ploy by the International Association of Skateboard Companies, but has since been embraced by public skatepar ... More >>
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 >>
Lori MidsonPanang curry from Liang's Thai FoodThe first mobile food vendor on wheels was launched nearly 150 years ago, in 1872, when a Rhode Island native called Walter Scott trotted his horse-drawn freight wagon, stocked with sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and pies around the town of ... More >>
Where to get some action this weekend? Where to begin? For starters, you'll want to call in sick this morning and make it a three-day weekend: Copper Mountain opens today with its annual Lift Off party running through the weekend. Hit the slopes all day then stop by Jack's at the base for the ... More >>
Lori MidsonAfter years of managing restaurants, Scott Skiba wanted one of his own, but building a brick-and-mortar isn't cheap, so Skiba, a former manager of Waterloo, a bar/restaurant in Louisville, went the way that several other chefs and restaurateurs have gone: mobile.
Starting last Thursday and through Super Bowl Eat Yourself Sick Sunday, Westword.com's photographers hit a Pabst art party at Tooey's Off Colfax and some other parties. See their photos at westword.com/slideshow.
The Fray. Take a visit to Blogville. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray sets the date for its next album. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout offers tricks and treats. • A Q&A with Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougasos. • A free MP3 from Rabbit Is a Sphere. Today in Cafe Society: • Remembrance ... More >>