The weekend is the perfect time to kick back with friends and family and enjoy a happy hour beverage or two. The tricky part is that not every bar or restaurant offers a weekend menu of specials and discounted features. The venues listed below not only provide some of the most delectable food and signature cocktails in the Mile High City, but they also offer unique settings that cater to your mood and cravings.
1610 Little Raven St. #200
Denver, CO 80202
This tequila library is where Latin fusion marries Asian delicacies and simply leaves you salivating. La Biblioteca offers a robust happy hour that features some of its best menu items from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and on Sundays, it serves happy hour cocktails all night long. Better yet, you can become a “library card member” and the friendly and knowledgeable staff will keep track of your visits by recording the beverages you order each time you dine in, earning you a reward on every fifth visit. Eventually, the ultimate prize will crown you with your own private tequila locker, making this weekend happy hour a must on your regular rotation.
2817 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Vinue Food & Wine Bar is a quaint, world class establishment folded into the heart of Cherry Creek North. Its happy hour runs from Sunday through Thursday and includes great prices on all wells, 15 varieties of bottled beer, a dozen wines and bubbles as well as select small plates. Vinue allows guests to sample wine in three different sizes. And because it carries more than 68 wine varieties from around the globe, the tasting options are bountiful. This exclusive concept makes it an irresistible destination for unwinding during your weekend happy hour festivities.
1600 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Parallel 17 hosts one of Denver’s best happy hours Tuesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., but it doesn’t stop there. It also boasts a late night happy hour Saturday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to close. You can dine on Tuna Taro Taro or satisfy your sweet tooth and let some house-made cotton candy melt in your mouth. Wash it all down with draft beer or a well cocktail, all of which will only cost you $3 each. P17 caters to the exquisite tastes of Asian cuisine and will leave enough in your wallet to allow you to indulge as frequently as you desire.
535 16th St. #110
Denver, CO 80202
For the casual weekend shoppers in need of some refreshment, Appaloosa Grill is one of the 16th Street Mall’s most renowned dining destinations. Almost everything on its appetizing menu is homemade using only fresh ingredients and natural proteins, including the ketchup. Add to that a happy hour that sells itself, offering featured items starting as low as $2 not once but twice daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Top it all off with live music nightly and it is rare that the dining room won’t be packed.
2203 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Moonshine is almost as old as time itself and Denver’s Whiskey Bar stocks both history as well as more than 200 different varieties of whiskey. With a bar constructed of doors from the historic Burlington Hotel (of which the pub has been renovated to now occupy the lower level of), Whiskey Bar is suitably situated in Denver’s celebrated Ballpark neighborhood. You can relax and exhale into the casual retro ambiance as the friendly staff serves up $3 “you-call-its” as well as featured specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Whiskey Bar is easily one of the happiest of weekend happy hours for bourbon lovers and whiskey fans alike.
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