Drink of the Week

Dark brown and full of zing, the Bloody Mary at the Lancer Lounge is a patriotic salute to drinking. Bartender Josh Gibson calls his concoction "the National Anthem" and explains that it earned the name "because when I'm sitting on the couch and I drink one, I'm immediately at attention." The Bloody, $3.50, starts with ice and vodka -- a lot of vodka -- and moves on to Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, black pepper, a teaspoon of horseradish, capers, olives, a squeeze of lime and, finally, a dash of tomato juice. One of these babies, accessorized with a spicy bean, will leave more than your lips tingling.

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Known for its strong well drinks and hearty meatloaf (compliments of Sully, who handles the kitchen), this dimly lit dive just might be Denver's version of Cheers: If the regulars don't know your name when you walk in, they surely will by the time you walk out. If you can walk out. "It's a good drinking bar," says Gibson.

To try one of Gibson's specialties, you'll have to get here early: He's only behind the old pine bar from noon to 6 p.m. But the Lancer offers three two-for-one happy-hour sessions each day, so chances are good you'll find something worth drinking.

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Lancer Lounge - Closed

233 E. 7th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-831-8989


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