Ever visited a new place and weren’t sure where to go or what is good?
Don’t worry; Chilled has created a column to tell you about the best bars in each city. This week let’s take a look at some bars in Denver. The bar scene in Denver is vibrant. Craft cocktails with delicious small plates and lounge vibes, there are tons of options to choose from.
Next time you’re in the Mile High City, take a peek at one of these bars.
A hidden gem located in The Oxford Hotel, this chic glamour bar is a must-visit. Its inviting atmosphere showcases unique features like a distinct Art Deco design. For those history buffs out there, this is one of the longest-running bars in Denver. It has remained open since founded after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The red-lit room has comfortable booths where you can order seafood favorites and classic cocktails.
This cocktail bar not only has a retro feel but also makes for a great Instagram photoshoot. The velvet seating makes for an intimate feel, where you can order crafted cocktails off their menu or choose something created for your taste. Based on the fictional character from the flapper era, Milly Parker, the bar opened right before the pandemic shut down. But no worries, it’s ready for patrons to return for a night of small plates and a lush getaway.
One of Denver’s most glamourous high-end cocktail lounge needs to be on your list. The extensive wine list and exquisite menu take it to the next level. The big windows overlook the historic Great Hall one way and downtown the other. The entire bar has an elegant feel with the marble-topped bar, gold and cream accents, and incredibly high ceilings. Choose a cocktail from their impressive lists like the Lavender Gin Fizz or Cherry Bomb favorite and enjoy it with a dish of Lobster Gnocchi or Burrata Ala Panna.
The neighborhood cocktail bar offers fancy cocktails like the Chaiwala that’s made with chai-infused Pisco, lemon, Curacao, molasses, and nutmeg. The goal was to bring consumers together — a place where neighborhood folds, artists, creators, and all are welcomed. The bar has a cozy and welcoming vibe while also featuring bold elements and textures. They work with a local artist to create unique artwork for the bar. You can even add CBD to your cocktails. The small dinner menu offers something for everyone; the animal lovers and the meat-eaters.
One of New York City’s favorite bars, they brought it to Denver for a second location. Located in The Ramble Hotel, Death & Co. Denver offers a little bit of everything. They have multiple venues throughout the property: DC/AM for breakfast and coffee lovers, The Garden, a rooftop terrace to escape to a casual bar, and 6A, the intimate cocktail lounge. They offer some of the finest cocktails in Denver with a delicious food menu. While they operate on a first-come, first-served basis, they are worth the wait.
A warm and inviting atmosphere is exactly what you’ll find at this cocktail lounge. The Honey Elixir Bar has a main focus: honey. It’s a place where the community can come to connect and unplug while relaxing in their funky lux seating. Their mission is to set the stage for an intimate setting where meaningful connections happen. Jun, the cousin of Kombucha, is the main star on their rotating menu. They offer a wide variety of uplifting superfoods, medicinal herbs, and botanicals in their drinks. Choose one of their mocktails, low ABV options, or from their beautifully crafted cocktail list.
Who doesn’t love a rooftop bar? Especially in the summer, it’s a must. Located at Le Méridien in Denver’s highest open-air, this rooftop lounge is a great hangout stop. The twinkle lights mixed with the comfy lounge chairs and fireplaces make for a cozy vibe at night. Enjoy a crafted cocktail like the Elevated Old Fashioned with bourbon, smoke salted maple, and bitters. Their summer menu also offers favorites like a Cheese & Meat Board of Ahi tuna Tartar.