If you’ve never thought about going to a hotel bar in your own town, you’re missing a lot. Not only are there are some great venues in the Mile High City, but you can always make a weekend of it and check in and pamper yourself. Here are some of our picks for Denver’s Top Hotel Bars.

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The Jet Lounge

The Jet Hotel
1612 Wazee Street
Denver, CO
(303) 572-3300
The Jet Lounge attracts celebrities as well as chic locals. With premium signature cocktails, subtle lighting and comfortable lounge seating, the Jet Lounge is a great oasis in the city. Too energetic to just sit? With some of Denver’s top DJs, you can dance the night away right in the heart of LoDo. The Jet Lounge also offers VIP bottle service so you can share a table with your friends in a setting that is the epitome of urban chic. For bottle service reservations, call (720) 308-2366.

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The Four Seasons
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO
(303) 389-3000
Comfortable and expansive, EDGE bar offers exclusivity in one of Denver’s hottest “see and be seen” meeting places. Focusing on local microbrews with a constantly evolving selection of specialty cocktails to savor with its tapas-style menu, EDGE bar is a smart, casual diversion in the city.

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The Cruise Room Bar

The Oxford Hotel
1600 17th Street
Denver, CO
(303) 628-5400
The day after Prohibition was repealed back in 1933, the Cruise Room opened and was downtown Denver’s first bar. Located just off the lobby of the Oxford Hotel you’ll find this legendary watering hole. Fashioned after one of the lounges on the Queen Mary, its original chrome and neon depict light hearted toasts from around the world. Enjoy the free jukebox as you sip a classic cocktail or one of their handmade martinis. You can even enjoy delicious menu items from the McCormick’s Fish House.

The Inverness

200 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, CO 80112
(800) 832-9053
Spotted Dog
The Inverness has two great hotel bars we like. The Fireside Lounge pours classic cocktails and serves up popular wine flights, all of which can be enjoyed with cheese and chocolate flights for a perfect beginning or ending to your evening. Also at the Inverness, The Spotted Dog merges the best of an old-word tavern with a modern day sports bar. Free pool, darts, shuffleboard and backgammon are available diversions or you can simply enjoy your favorite team on big screen televisions.
Thursdays at The Spotted Dog, you can enjoy the complimentary taco bar, and Fridays enjoy complimentary all you can eat shrimp.

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The Churchill Bar

The Brown Palace
321 17th Street
Denver, CO
(303) 297-3111
Celebrated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of America’s best business bars of 2010, The Churchill Bar offers an extensive selection of vodkas, single malt scotch, small batch bourbons and other premium spirits and wines. A sophisticated retreat in a quiet club atmosphere, The Churchill Bar boasts a selection of over 60 cigars, with a customized humidor that has something for every connoisseur.

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Elway’s Downtown

The Ritz-Carlton
1881 Curtis Street
(303) 312-3800
Inside Denver’s downtown Ritz-Carlton the bar at Elway’s offers great wines, robust brews and Elway’s signature cocktails like the Orange Crush, Blueberry Lemon Drop and the Flirtini. With a daily happy hour from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Elway’s offers $3 drafts, $5 selected wines by the glass, and $7 selected martinis. Artfully created sushi and other appetizers will tempt you as you meet and greet, and if the mood strikes you, you can indulge in a great dining experience right there. With complimentary valet parking, Elway’s at the Ritz-Carlton is a Denver treasure.

– Written by Scott Smith for CBSDenver.com.