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Denver’s Best Wine Bars

December 1, 2010 1:41 PM

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Lala's features more than 50 different kinds of wine, and the food is just as good. (Credit: lalaswinebar.com)

Lala’s features more than 50 different kinds of wine, and the food is just as good. (Credit: lalaswinebar.com)

Heading out on the town with friends? Denver’s wine bar scene is ever growing and changing. Here are our top picks for the best wines bars in Denver.
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If you like trying new wines, Cru is the place to experiment. (Credit: cruawinebar.com)

Cru – A Wine Bar

1442 Larimer Street
Denver, Colo. 80202
(303) 893-9463
www.cruawinebar.com

If you like trying new wines, Cru is the place to experiment. This wine bar on Denver’s Larimer Street in LoDo is a popular hangout for wine aficionados. Cru features some 40 by-the-glass pours, but their “Wine Flights,” consisting of three different wines each, are a highlight. Cru’s wine list changes frequently, so you’re sure to sample something new on every visit. Cru’s menu includes favorites like crab cakes, fondue and paella. Be sure to ask your waiter for recommendations for pairings, as they’re very knowledgeable. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Village Cork makes our list of the best wine bars in Denver. (Credit: villagecork.com)

The Village Cork

1300 South Pearl Street
Denver, Colo. 80210
(720) 256-2392
www.villagecork.com

The relaxed atmosphere at The Village Cork on South Pearl Street is just one of its draws. Sprinkle in glasses (or bottles) of wine from an ever-changing list, pair it with artisan cheeses and fresh local dishes, and you’ll know why The Village Cork makes our list of the best wine bars in Denver. Village Cork’s “slow down” concept means it’s best enjoyed on a date or with close friends. The Village Cork makes an effort to support local farmers and organic products. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight.

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Lala's features more than 50 different kinds of wine, and the food is just as good. (Credit: lalaswinebar.com)

Lala’s Wine Bar

410 East 7th Avenue
Denver, Colo. 80203
(303) 861-9463
www.lalaswinebar.com

If you want a swanky joint with authentic Italian cuisine and an impressive wine list, Check out Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria in Capitol Hill. The happy hour here is just one reason Lala’s makes our list of the best wine bars in Denver. Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight every day, meaning you can enjoy a large glass of wine for just $5 (wines priced at more than $10/glass are half off). Lala’s features more than 50 different kinds of wine, but the food is just as good. The eatery is known for their thin, Italian-style pizzas. Stop in after 10 p.m. if you want happy hour prices and pizza without the hubbub. Lala’s is a popular place, so reservations are recommended. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.

by Janna Graber
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