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Courtesy of Bread Bar

Bread Bar

Courtesy of Bread Bar
A decade ago, you might have been forgiven for blowing through the stretch of I-70 between Denver and the Eisenhower tunnel. But now you have good reason to slow your roll and exit the highway, and not just for a reprieve from weekend traffic. At the Silver Plume turnoff, make a beeline to the Bread Bar, a charming cocktail haven that's built into a former bakery and takes its inspiration from the tiny mining town it calls home. Bread Bar's owners enlisted the help of the crew at Denver's Way Back for drinks; their libations incorporate mountain flavors into classics and broadcast Colorado history via their names. On sunny days and during the warm months, take your drink out to Bread Bar's patio, a dog-friendly oasis infused with the vibe of this town; at night, keep a lookout for live music and pop-up food. This bar is only open Friday through Sunday — but you're a weekend warrior anyway, aren't you?

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