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Sophisticated, sleek and chic. Denver's cocktail lounges let you relax and enjoy great drinks and food with friends. 

 

16Mix

Ideally situated on the 16th Street Mall, 16Mix has become a favorite watering hole for fashionable locals and trendy travelers alike. Enjoy specialty cocktails and local, hand-crafted beers along with an array of appetizers and weekday happy hour specials.

The Cruise Room at the Oxford Hotel

This award-winning cocktail lounge located in The Oxford Hotel appears frozen in time since its Art Deco facelift in 1933. The Cruise Room was fashioned after a lounge on the Queen Mary, with original chrome and neon reflecting onto wall panels depicting light-hearted "toasts" from around the world.

Peaks Lounge at Hyatt Regency CCC

Located high atop the Downtown Hyatt Regency Denver, Peaks Lounge is a contemporary oasis providing the perfect backdrop for sophisticated gatherings with an unmatched view. The gourmet small-plate cuisine and desserts are as luxurious as the cocktails and plush confines.

The Cooper Lounge

The Cooper Lounge, located on the mezzanine of Union Station overlooking the Great Hall, evokes the glamour and sophistication of the post-prohibition lounges of the 1930s. This stylish new venue serves high-end cocktails and offers an extensive wine list, in addition to stunning views of of Downtown Denver though its huge, arched windows. 

Harry's Bar at the Magnolia Hotel

The Denver Post said it best of Harry's: "If the late, great filmmaker Saul Bass designed cocktail lounges instead of film-title sequences, he might have come up with something like Harry's. Harry's is a mod-retro fantasy with colors that would make the Pink Panther purr, concentric circles that would impress Kandinsky and fabrics that would make Huggy Bear jealous."

Epernay Lounge

Named 2014's "Lounge of the Year" by Nightclub & Bar Media Group, Epernay is a contemporary restaurant and Champagne lounge conveniently located just two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. Offering an array of sushi, small plate dishes and one of the largest Champagne menus in Denver, Epernay Lounge is a brilliant mix of sophistication, dining and nightlife.

Cru - A Wine Bar

Experience and explore the fascinating world of wine with hundreds of bottle selections, premium wines by the glass as well as taster pairings and wine flights. Cru's eclectic, wine-friendly cuisine includes shared appetizers, gourmet pizzas and entrees.

The Living Room

Come enjoy wine, beer, tapas and sweets at The Living Room. Exceptionally friendly service in a warm, seductive, comfortable and stylish setting complete with Enomatic wine tasting systems, hanging retro bubble chairs, great music, gathering bar, urban patio and just the right touch of Downtown aire.

Green Russell

Green Russell is a chef-driven cocktail bar with an old-school spirit. The menu is meant to be in keeping with the philosophy: fresh ingredients, at the peak of their flavor profile. Every item from the grenadine, to the amarena cherries, to the infused liquors and sodas siphoned to accompany them bear the stamp of Green Russell craftsmanship.

 

Green Russell

MARTINI BARS

PANZANO (HOTEL MONACO)

909 17TH ST. 

An under-the-radar sort of bar that on any given evening might be populated by rockers, writers, lawyers, hair stylists or, well, you never know. Whether prelude to a meal, an after-work wind-down or post-dinner nightcap, the bartender at Panzano pours a most satisfying libation, whether shaken or stirred.

CAPITAL GRILL

1450 LARIMER ST.

This offshoot of the popular hangout for Washington insiders in the nation's capital is dark and clubby. Generous pours from a range of vodkas ease you through the transition from powerbrokering to the evening's poker game or whatever other games powerbrokers play. Like the mother ship in the District of Columbia, the Capital Grill is all dark wood, subdued light and testosterone. But in a good way.

CHERRY CREEK GRILL

184 STEELE ST. 

A popular Cherry Creek neighborhood bar frequented by locals and visitors as well (being as it's an easy walk from the nearby JW Marriott hotel), the Cherry Creek Grill is a a just plain nice place to be. It's perfectly OK to eat at the bar, and if there isn't a crazy crush thoughtful bartenders will replace your martini glass with a chilled one if it looks like the contents are drifting toward room temperature.

CRUISE ROOM (OXFORD HOTEL)

1600 17TH ST.

Ambience abounds here, a renovated Art Deco spot in Denver's Lower Downtown. Patterned after a lounge on the Queen Mary, its rescue renovation kept the original chrome and neon that draws attention to art that portrays various international toasts. It's hard to believe Denver almost lost the Oxford Hotel housing the Cruise Room. But it didn't and Denver is the better for it.

JAX FISH HOUSE

1539 17TH ST.

The 4-6 Happy Hour at Jax FishHouse LoDo is heaven for oyster lovers who enjoy a good slurp of bivalves as accompaniments to the martini of choice. It's an easy place to debate the relative merits of Wellfleets and Kumamotos; Bluepoints or Moonstones; Atlantic or Pacific mollusks as you sip. There is always enough variety from both coasts to pair nicely with a hearty martini, be it dry or dirty.

DEL FRISCO'S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE

8100 E. ORCHARD RD., GREENWOOD VILLAGE

Steak houses are supposed to have good martinis, and this classy joint is no exception. Augmented by the strategic placement of oversized containers filled with fresh flowers, Del Frisco's caters to a clientele clearly defined by its smartly dressed diners and their expensive cars, customarily parked by attentive valets. Also a gathering place for sports figures, real and imagined cowboys who mingle easily with captains of industry - some ensconced in corner offices in the nearby Tech Center.

AVENUE GRILL

630 E. 17TH AVE.

Another neighborhood fave, the Avenue Grill consistently wins high marks for its martini menu. Who knows where the notion arose of filling olives with blue cheese, anchovies or citrus, but a review of the grill's stirred (never shaken) libations served up in the familiar thin-stemmed triangular vessel is bound to slake the devotee's thirst, whether it leans toward gin, vodka, ginger, sake or just plain vermouth.

SHIP TAVERN (BROWN PALACE HOTEL)

321 17TH ST. 

Located in Denver's Grande Dame of hotels, the Ship Tavern's pub-like setting incorporates the appropriate nautical themes with such un-pub-like offerings as the "El ‘Tini," which unites El Tesoro platinum tequila with lime and ruby red grapefruit juices. A suave gathering place where, Wednesday through Saturday, a pianist tickling the ivories provides background sounds. Stroll through the hotel lobby and appreciate the architectural touches that make place truly grand.

LOLA MEXICAN FISH HOUSE

1575 BOULDER ST.

Nestled in the lower Highlands (LoHi), which embraces an easy, breezy, laid-back bar scene, is a product of Metro bar big shot, the Big Red F Restaurant Group. Ignore that you're indulging in a delightfully sweet libation nearly adjacent to North Denver's historic Olinger Mortuary and you'll feel totally at ease at Lola, a spacious Mexican-coast influenced bar and bistro. It has a large upstairs dining area, downstairs tailored for private parties and inside/outside bar providing prime no-strings-attached, no-conversation-necessary scoping opportunity. And the mojitos are excellent.