That crazy Aussie Steve Irwin may make his living pouncing on snakes and alligators in the untamed wild, but all you have to do to snag such a beast is order a Dirty Alligator at the Cherry Cricket. The Dirty Alligator is one of the Cricket's specialty shots, served in a mini-martini glass, and it's big and strong enough to survive in the Outback. Made up of liquor layers -- Chambord, Midori and Malibu rum, with Jagermeister floating on top -- this adult treat ($5) is a fruity mouthful. But if you don't want to do the Alligator, the Cricket's extensive shot menu includes such shooters as the Screaming Orgasm, Russian Quaalude, Chris Farley and -- my favorite -- the Transient on Heroin. Famous for the best burger in Denver, the sports-themed Cricket is a crowded, casual oasis in trendy Cherry Creek North; it's a refuge popular with softball teams, yuppies, families and college kids, all of whom mix comfortably at the decades-old Denver institution. But watch out for the Alligator: It definitely bites.
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