Prime time at Primebar

Primebar, the new restaurant in the old home of Palamino at 1515 Arapahoe Street, opened last month -- but it threw its big grand-opening bash, a benefit for Food Bank of the Rockies, last night.

The very pretty space was packed with pretty people -- but looking even better than the clientele, or the very renovated space, was the new menu, which includes a "primetime" happy hour that runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and every day from 10 p.m. until midnight. During happy hour, all 20-ounce drafts are $4, all specialty cocktails and glasses of wine are $5, and sliders, sushi and flatbreads are $5.

And for specialty cocktails, how about this recipe for a fresh basil julep: 1 ounce basil simple syrup 6 pieces fresh muddled basil 1.5 ounces Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Take the drink outside to Primebar's patio, with its view of Skyline Park and the 16th Street Mall, and all your hours could be very happy.

When Primebar lost its chef, Max Mackissock, to the Squeaky Bean before it even opened, veteran Carl Klein moved up to top toque. And although the restaurant, which is allegedly "lodge inspired," is owned by a national company, it's still promising "eclectic local cuisine."

For more on Primebar, click here.

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