Word of Mouth

Reader: Denver Is an Amazing Cocktail City!

When Death & Co. opened, this mile-long stretch was already home to American Bonded, as well as many more cocktail bars.
When Death & Co. opened, this mile-long stretch was already home to American Bonded, as well as many more cocktail bars. Danielle Lirette
When Death & Co opened this spring inside the Ramble, a hip new RiNo hotel, the national media pronounced that Denver's time behind the bar might finally have arrived, and a CNTraveler.com headlined pronounced, “Death and Co.'s Arrival May Turn Denver Into a Cocktail City.” But as longtime bartender/entrepreneur Sean Kenyon points out, Denver was turning into a cocktail city more than a decade ago. In fact, Death & Co's landed in the middle of what we've dubbed the "Mixology Mile," a stretch of RiNo full of cocktail bars, including Curio Bar (inside Denver Central Market), Greenlight Lab, Finn's Manor, Bar Fausto, Pon Pon Bar,  American Bonded (Kenyon's latest venture), Bar Helix, RiNo Yacht Club and Millers & Rossi.

Looks like cocktails arrived in Denver some time ago.

Asks Amy: 
If RiNo is awash in cocktail bars, why is it so hard to find a seat at one? On my last visit there, I came away high and dry.
Says Michele:
 I 100% agree. Denver IS an amazing cocktail city.

However, as far as the dining scene goes, one of the things that drives me crazy about the dining is the trying to be like the "big" cities.

Just give me a good priced steak, potatoes and a fucking vegetable (which seem to no longer exist). It seems ridiculous that I have to go to the chain "The Black Eyed Pea" to get a vegetable on my plate. I'm tired of every joint being burgers, pizza, or pretentious, and the next person that tries to put kale on my plate is gonna feel a wrath far beyond a woman's scorn, lol.

BUT, we're a damn amazing cocktail city!
Responds Joe: 
A night in RiNo can be fun, but sometimes you just want a drink, you know? That's when it's time to go to a neighborhood bar. Fortunately, my neighborhood has a great one. (And I'm keeping it a secret.)
But then there's this from Ingrid: 
Denver is no longer Denver and Colorado will not be Colorado before long. We are about nature, conservation, and simplicity!! This capitalistic bullshit that has become so pervasive is a real travesty. 
Keep reading for some of our recent coverage of the cocktail scene.

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