For the discerning palate, an ideal night out on the town must include a delectable food menu as well as signature cocktails and lively ambiance. Some of the most creative, original and gourmet options you can find for both food and drink nationwide are within our city limits. The bars and restaurants listed below are not only local hot spots but also have been named by celebrities as some their favorite food destinations as well.

Signature cocktails from TAG (Credit, Marian Tuin)

TAG | Raw Bar
1423 Larimer St., Suite 010
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 996-2685

When you walk through the door at TAG Raw Bar, you are walking into an experience that will delight your palate and spoil your senses. Using fresh, raw ingredients in all of the food and drink offerings, Tag makes sauces from scratch daily and butcher the fish used for sushi items in house. Its signature cocktails are also made with a variety of fresh seasonal produce and can evolve daily based on what is available. Chef Troy Guard’s innovation has taken the traditional Japanese Sushi dining fare and created an exquisite yet refined menu that caters to the discerning diner and includes unique features such as Ostrich Steak Tataki and signature cocktails like the Ninja Juice and Hawaii Pride.

1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433

Boasting the largest selection of tequila in town, more than 150 options, Tamayo’s renowned menu pairs equally extravagant flavors with its generous selections of agave goodness. Sweetening its already rich dining experience, it recently launched a bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You can now enjoy unlimited helpings of the contemporary Mexican cuisine as well as featured cocktails and beverages for just $35. And with a rooftop terrace hosting spacious views of the city, this is a sensory delight the casual diner or tequila-loving consumer can enjoy on multiple levels.

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1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686

Dubbed “An urban oasis,” Lola is a staple in the Denver bar and foodie scene. Its imaginative culinary options in both food and drink also extend to the entertainment and education offered within the restaurant. To enhance the dining experience, Lola hosts tequila seminars, live music and grassroots charity events. With a locally famous brunch, you easily can get your drink on and satiate your cravings morning, noon or night at this Denver gem.

Highland Tap & Burger
2219 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 287-4493

Highland Tap & Burger is a casual, classy establishment nestled in the heart of the Highlands, serving an artistic and masterful menu of burgers and sandwiches equaled only by its massive selection of more than 60 beers. Many of Colorado’s unique brews and distilleries are available to pair with menu items like the Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich and Sweet Potato Chips among other varied and tasty innovations. In addition to its palate-pleasing food and drink, the ambiance created by its open patio terrace warmly welcomes both the social drinker and hungry soul year round.

Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar
1401 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500

This upscale environment provides patio dining and beverages without breaking the bank. Using fresh ingredients along with signature martini recipes, this palatable establishment emphasizes elegance for a reasonable fare. In addition to its regular menu, it features an ongoing special for $30 per person entitled “Theater Dining Series” in which a three-course menu is exclusively designed around the theme of the current show running at the Denver Center For Performing Arts. Whether you are out for a pre-game drink paired with delectable food or stopping in before a show, Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar offers the exclusive possibility of pairing it all.

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Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.