Before you start your own Thanksgiving day preparations and the feverish holiday shopping commences, let someone else take care of you. Whet your appetite for the season’s festivities by visiting one of the top bars listed below. Each offers its own unique and enticing selections, whether it is local ingredients, innovative menus or traditional ethnic cuisine. And with the convenience of some of Denver’s best shopping surrounding each, the ambitious have ample opportunity to get a head start on the holidays.
Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
10111 Inverness Main St., Ste. B
Englewood, CO 80112
Before indulging in the more traditional Thanksgiving fare, try some authentic ethnic cuisine at Street Kitchen Asian Bistro. Serving six different ethnicities of Asian food – Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Malayan – this quality bistro invites both the adventurous palate as well as the reserved classic diner. Its house bar offers signature cocktails that are created using saki and as well as more traditional liquors, plus there’s a decent selection of fine wine and beer. Just minutes from the Park Meadows Mall, you can either duck away after getting some shopping done or fuel up for the Black Wednesday holiday shopping marathon. Even if you aren’t a shopper, this pre-Thanksgiving stop will please a number of tastes and preferences.
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza
2129 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza has two convenient locations in the metro area to cater to your Black Wednesday shopping whims and tastes. Drop into either the downtown Larimer Street location or Southern Park Meadows area and gear up for the holidays with some of its renowned house made limoncello. You can also enjoy a one-of-a-kind signature drink off of its seasonal beverage menu, like the pumpkin graham latte or the Rocky Mountain smash made with Colorado-made peach whiskey. If you’ve worked up an appetite after shopping, both locations will serve you some of Denver’s finest coal-fired pizza and send you and your holiday appetite on your way in Mile High spirits.
1801 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
Within steps of a smorgasbord of bars, dining and nightlife, The Celtic and/or Delaney’s offers a central location for the couple that enjoys dining out sans the shopping bustle. You and your partner will find ample entertainment during Black Wednesday at both the Celtic and Delaney’s. Sip on hundreds of choices of beverages while enjoying a game of bowling at Delaney’s or sneak across the hall to The Celtic that offers Off Track betting from 10:30 a.m. daily. Add to that the authentic Irish menu served at The Celtic and a robust cigar bar at Delaney’s and the possibilities for your Black Friday festivities are as expansive as the feast you will enjoy on T-Day.
Beatrice and Woodsley
38 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
If you are looking for a more refined and quieter pre-Thanksgiving cocktail hour or meal, Beatrice and Woodsley is an urban escape that offers the experience of “new old-world rustic.” Its innovative food and beverage menu was crafted with the intention of celebrating local ingredients. Nestled in an aspen grove within the historic South Broadway neighborhood, it shines as a gem between the trendy, locally owned boutique shops and culture. Beatrice and Woodsley affords the unique opportunity to spend your Black Wednesday shopping and dining at a one-of-a-kind location.
Ale House at Amato’s
2501 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211
Escape the bustle of downtown Denver and watch the Black Friday madness from a bird’s eye view at Ale House at Amato’s. Just outside of LoDo in the LoHi neighborhood, Amato’s prides itself on the mantra of “Good Food, Good Drink and Good Cheer.” You’ll find more than 42 beers on tap including Colorado’s finest like Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing plus the lineup changes daily so there’s always something new to try. Treat yourself to a relaxing meal and brew before you busy yourself with your own turkey day feast preparations.
Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for Examiner.com as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.