The Ten Best New Bars in Metro Denver in 2014

The bar at License No. 1 under the Hotel Boulderado.
The bar at License No. 1 under the Hotel Boulderado.

The best new bars in Denver in 2014 are pouring Colorado beers from multiple tap handles, mixing killer cocktails with local ingredients and providing a high level of professional service to both educate and entertain customers. From laidback and loungey to lofty and luxurious, a wide variety of top-notch watering holes cropped up to serve thirsty Denverites last year.

Keep reading for our list of the ten best bars (in alphabetical order) in 2014.

See also: Ten Best New Fast-Casual Eateries in Metro Denver in 2014

Argyll's bar puts whisky in the spotlight.
Argyll's bar puts whisky in the spotlight.
Danielle Lirette

10) Argyll Whisky Beer 1035 East 17th Avenue 303-847-0850

The kitchen at Argyll made our list of the fifteen best new restaurants in 2014; the bar is no less worthy. With an immense list of single malt Scotch whiskies and plenty of other spirits from around the world, Argyll certainly gets the quantity part of the equation right. But the quality is there too, in the level of knowledge and service provided by the bartenders. Whether you're looking for a tour of Islay whiskies or a rare cocktail buried in a historic book of recipes, Argyll's bar staff will not only get the drink right, but will offer great suggestions for your next round.

Owners Chris Topham and Jason Ladd at the bar at Asbury Provisions.
Owners Chris Topham and Jason Ladd at the bar at Asbury Provisions.
Mark Antonation

9) Asbury Provisions 2043 South University Boulevard 303-282-5485

Philadelphians Chris Topham and Jason Ladd opened Asbury provisions near the University of Denver late in the summer in the bar that had previously been the Renegade Publik House. They kept a strong emphasis on beers, offering 25 on draft and even more in cans and bottles. And while there are plenty of Colorado brews on the list, you'll also find a good representation from the rest of the U.S. as well as Belgium. If you're not in the mood for craft beers, ask for something from Grandpa's fridge, a vintage refrigerator behind the bar stocked with canned classics. While Topham is the beer expert, Ladd focuses on wine and liquor, offering a number of cocktails made with house-infused spirits.

Berkeley Untapped is small but welcoming.
Berkeley Untapped is small but welcoming.

8) Berkeley Untapped 4267 Tennyson Street 303-455-2222

What Berkeley Untapped lacks in square footage it makes up for with warmth and hospitality. Tap handles with a rotating list of local beers, a few carefully selected wines by the bottle and on tap, and a list of spirits with an eye toward bourbon give customers a unique selection of beverages. And for every drink you purchase, you get a token to drop into baskets marked with several nonprofit organizations. Each token represents 25 cents that Berkeley Untapped donates to the organization of your choice.

Keep reading for more of Denver's best new bars.



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