Barbecue is on the menu this week — barbecue is never not on the menu — but so are bird, biscuits and blanco tequila. Oddly, there's no beer (but we have faith you'll manage to find your favorite brews one way or another). Here are six of the best food and drink events this week, plus more through the end of summer.
The only good thing about Monday is that it's a blank slate: Your boss hasn't dumped any impossible projects with unachievable deadlines in your lap (yet), Chad in the cubicle next door hasn't clipped his nails at his desk (yet) and you haven't had to send out an office-wide email asking who clogged the office's break room sink with teabags (yet). Carry forth that momentum at the White Hot Summer en Blanc wine event on Monday, July, 22, atop the Jacquard Hotel's rooftop bar and patio, Kisbee on the Roof. Several stories above 222 Milwaukee Street, the bar will host the fierce and fabulous — all dressed in their crispest summer whites — from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; wine (white, of course) will be flowing, and the views will be spectacular. Snag your ticket for $40 on Eventbrite and hope you don't run into Chad when you arrive.
What were you searching for the last time you wandered down the longest, wickedest street in America? Was it another drink? Or were you on the hunt for a green chile smothered burrito from Pete's Kitchen? Perhaps you were staggering around trying to locate your Lyft. On Tuesday, July 23, the trek down Colfax Avenue is all about the eats and drinks of Tasty Colfax, the famous street's annual bar and restaurant crawl. Pete's isn't participating, but $25 will get you food and drink specials at more than twenty other establishments, including the venerable Bastien's (home of our favorite sunken bar in the city), Atomic Cowboy (and its biscuit and pizza adjuncts), To the Wind Bistro, Trattoria Stella and Q House. Nab your tickets on the event's website, then check in at The Goods (2550 East Colfax Avenue), GroundSwell (3121 East Colfax Avenue) or Steve's Snappin' Dogs (3525 East Colfax Avenue) at 5:30 p.m., and spend the next three hours wandering Colfax in a foodie haze.
If you had to draw a chicken without ever laying eyes on one — and all you had to go on was the way Denverites wax poetic about yardbird — you'd probably create an artistic rendering so beautiful, so majestic, so epic it would be hanging in a museum in a hundred years. We just can't get enough of the feathered fowl that are so dumb they die when it rains because they look up. Julep, 3258 Larimer Street, is here to sate your insatiable craving (or die trying) starting Wednesday, July 24, with its all-you-can-eat fried chicken and biscuit dinner. Every Hump Day, the restaurant will serve up bottomless fried bird and fantastic buttermilk biscuits for $24. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m., and the special will be available while supplies last, so arrive cluckin' early for the best pieces.
After dinner, wash down those flaky Southern biscuits with a drink from even further south. In honor of National Tequila Day, a handful of bars and restaurants around town are offering specials on the agave spirit. Outside of Denver proper, Boulder's Centro Mexican Kitchen (950 Pearl Street) is pouring specials of Don Julio blanco shots and coin margaritas, reposado palomas, and high-end 1942 añejo sippers, while Comida (2501 Dallas Street in Aurora) is practically giving away margaritas, with house margs — including jamaica, pineapple habañero and watermelon jalapeño varieties — going for just $6 all day, while the ominously named Baby Maker marg (normally $12) is just $8. All Rio Grande locations are marking the occasion with half-price tequila, including its high-end vault selections; take advantage of these tasty sipping tequilas, since the deal doesn't extend to margs and other mixed drinks. Finally, Que Bueno Suerte (1518 South Pearl Street) is serving $5 tequila shots, which — if it ever cools down — can be enjoyed on the eatery's new patio. Salud!
The party never ends in Larimer Square. Hot on the heels of the massive Slow Food Nations, the 1400 block of Larimer Street is welcoming 5280 magazine's Top of the Town party on Thursday, July 25. Winners of the magazine's annual awards include Broadway Market, the Wolf's Tailor, Mythology Distillery, Jovanina's Broken Italian, High Point Creamery and Cattivella's Elise Wiggins — and they'll all be serving up food and drinks from 7 to 10 p.m. alongside photo booths and live music from La Pompe and DJ Mr. Groove. Find out more and grab your tickets ($75) on 5280's website.
If you're into Texas-style barbecue (and who isn't these days?), you won't want to miss this upcoming event at barbecue supply purveyor Proud Souls BBQ & Provisions. On Friday, July 26, the shop is hosting Texas Monthly barbecue editor (now there's an enviable job description) Daniel Vaughn in a "Que & A" with Denver's own barbecue expert, food historian and James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller. Miller will grill Vaughn on Texas barbecue and his books, including The Prophets of Smoked Meat. A VIP reception kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with the doors opening for general admission at 6 p.m. The experts at Proud Souls will provide smoky bites, and there will also be book signings. Pick up tickets, starting at $25, on the Proud Souls website. If you want to double up on barbecue, there are also a few seats left for a 1 p.m. "Burnt Offerings" lunch at Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que (2387 South Downing Street). Vaughn and Miller will both be in attendance, and proceeds of the $60 tickets will be donated to the Colorado Council of Churches. Get your tickets on the CCC website.
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