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Sipping and snacking at Sullivan's Steakhouse

Sipping and snacking at Sullivan's Steakhouse

Happy Place: Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1745 Wazee Street, 303-295-2664.

The Hours: Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Deals: $6 house cocktails and martinis; $6 wines by the glass; $6 appetizers.

Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.

The Digs: Sullivan's sits on a corner in LoDo surrounded by restaurants and lively crowds of tourists and locals, all seeking entertainment in the form of a meal, a live performance or perhaps a baseball game. On this particular Tuesday, we found ourselves downtown because of the latter. Sullivan's is a chain steakhouse, but without the pomp and circumstance of other upscale beeferies in the same vicinity. It's a space that feels very Chicago-like, with a relaxing atmosphere flanked in dark wood and large bar stools covered in black leather. In the evenings, live music plays in the lounge.

Sipping and snacking at Sullivan's Steakhouse

The Verdict: The bartender seemed slightly ambivalent to the fact that it was happy hour, but his lackadaisical attitude wasn't about to keep us from having a stiff drink. Manhattans in hand, we began to peruse the happy hour eats.

The gnocchi, tiny potato pillows drenched in a creamy alfredo sauce with wilted spinach and crimini mushrooms, arrived first. A filling portion for the price, it was a dish that could easily satiate two, but it paired better with the happy hour wine than the subsequent martinis we had ordered. Up next was the wild fire shrimp -- popcorn shrimp, essentially -- with a small side of aioli. They were a bit soggy, but at least they weren't cold, which pretty much described our service for the duration of the evening. Service, while efficient, just seemed a little frosty.


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