Happy Friday: Denver's ten best bar snacks

The bacon and cashew caramel corn at Colt & Gray (1553 Platte Street) is salty, sweet and addictive, leaving us hungry for more every time we finish our allotted cup. And the treat just earned a nod from Bon Appetit, which called it one of the best bar snacks in the country. Squeaky Bean, 3301 Tejon Street, was also tapped by the publication, which put it on a list of ten more places to enjoy bar food in the U.S. We think the Bean got the shout-out for its Shake n Bake sweetbreads, tender and savory with a crispy fried crust.

Just in time for happy hour, we've crafted a list of Denver's ten best bar snacks (not including the Bon Appetit winners). Cheers.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
Contact: Laura Shunk