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Five Cozy Wine Bars for Cold Winter Nights

Wine and a fireplace at Virgilio's — the perfect winter retreat.
Wine and a fireplace at Virgilio's — the perfect winter retreat. Krista Kafer
A cozy wine bar is just the place to take the edge off of cold winter nights, and metro Denver has several such spots, each with a warm, inviting ambience and plenty of interesting vino. Here are five of our favorites:

click to enlarge Curl up with a good book and a great glass of wine at BookBar. - BOOKBAR
Curl up with a good book and a great glass of wine at BookBar.
BookBar
BookBar
4280 Tennyson Street
303-284-0194

What’s cozier than a bar full of books? This charming venue features quiet nooks for reading and conversation and offers a menu of creatively named coffee drinks and food as well as a solid selection of wine by the glass and bottle. This delightful place has daily treats for book lovers such as a literary game night, poetry readings, book signings and drink specials just for readers. Book Bar takes $2 off all wine, beer and pizzettas Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and runs other drink specials throughout the week. You can turn a page and sip a glass from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

click to enlarge The short days and long nights of winter make La Cour an inviting space. - KRISTA KAFER
The short days and long nights of winter make La Cour an inviting space.
Krista Kafer
La Cour Bistro and Art Bar
1643 South Broadway
303-777-5000

Among the used-car dealerships, pot shops and antique stores along South Broadway stands a blue building where “Paris and the Front Range meet,” in the words of co-owner Janet Poth. She and Joseph Monley opened this quaint venue three years ago to provide art, French wine, French food and nightly jazz to the neighborhood. “This lifestyle should be as accessible as possible,” says Poth, who spent her whole life in Paris before coming to Denver. Jazz musicians play every night from 7 to 10 p.m. with no cover and no minimum drink order. Exposed brick walls and no televisions add to the Old World charm: “Art is our screen,” Poth points out. Every Wednesday, La Cour takes 30 percent off French wines by the bottle, and on the second Wednesday of the month, the bistro offers a free wine-and-food pairing from 5 to 6:30 p.m. La Cour is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 11 p.m. for dinner.

click to enlarge Enjoy a glass or two at the cute and cozy Kate's Wine Bar. - KRISTA KAFER
Enjoy a glass or two at the cute and cozy Kate's Wine Bar.
Krista Kafer
Kate’s Wine Bar
5671 South Nevada Street, Littleton
303-999-2895

Just off Littleton’s Main Street, the lights of Kate’s Wine Bar offer an inviting glow. “'Cozy' is our number-one descriptor. The second is 'cute.'” says general manager Dano Householder. Kate’s feels like a place where everyone knows your name. This sweet little wine bar has a nice selection of wines, appetizers and desserts, and is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Happy hour runs 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s a great place to warm up after enjoying a walk around Littleton’s charming downtown.


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Krista Kafer is a Denver native who relishes good food and wine. Her motto: Cultivate taste, but never get so refined you can’t drink cheap red wine.
Contact: Krista Kafer