The Cruise Room could be Denver’s most iconic drinking establishment. It’s located in the Oxford Hotel, so the marble floors echo with Denver history, stretching back to the late nineteenth century, when Bat Masterson relieved himself in the giant urinals in the basement bathrooms. But the Cruise Room has more recent history, too: It was renovated in the ’30s to look like the lounge on the Queen Mary (hence the name), then got a quick remodel a decade later when the frieze with Hitler’s face — one of a dozen international toasts circling the walls of the bar — was deemed politically incorrect; in the ’60s, it was the headquarters for a group of carousers known as the Evil Companions. Today you’ll find all kinds of passengers hopping aboard a stool to bask in the pink light and downing classic martinis.
- Price: $$$
- Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 5-10 p.m.
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Not accepted
- Parking: Metered, On-street, Valet