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If you share the daringly dry tastes of 007 or just enjoy a classy drink and vibrant dining experience, Denver’s martini bars shine as gems nestled in the streetscape of the city. Some radiate the energy of nightlife while others offer an elegant, quieter drinking ambiance. Whether you prefer your martinis with gin or vodka, the establishments on this list will make you want to raise your glass and return time and again.

Red Square
1512 Larimer St. Unit R38
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-8600

Red Square is a bar for vodka and martini lovers alike. With approximately 20 house-infused vodkas and an extensive selection of more than 100 vodkas to choose from, you can concoct your own signature martini. Located in the heart of the city on Larimer Square, it draws in a vibrant mix of patrons and allows you the convenience of a plethora of drinking and nightlife options if your martini serves as a pre-game to your evening festivities. Whether it is the casual martini you seek with a friend or coworker or a larger group gathering, Red Square will have something that will please every martini or vodka connoisseur in your group.

Colt & Gray
1553 Platte St. #120
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447

5280 Magazine is credited with dubbing Colt & Gray a restaurant that rolls “poise, excitement and elegance” into one. What more could any food or martini aficionado desire? This locally owned and operated restaurant prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients in all its food and beverage pairings and offers a distinct beverage menu that mixes gin as well as vodka. No matter which way you prefer your martini poured, Colt & Gray is locally renowned as one of the best shakers of the beverage in the city. Additionally, if you bring an appetite with you, its creative cuisine is also award winning.

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

The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar offers one of the biggest selections of signature martinis in the Denver Metro area. Serving up everything from the classically shaken to the more rebelliously crafty beverage, it is a must-stop for any martini lover. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and again from 9 p.m. until close, allowing you to tip your glass without splashing over budget. It is also the quintessential destination to visit before hitting the Denver Performing Arts Complex as it nestled conveniently on the corner of 14th and Curtis.

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Capital Grille
1450 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 539-2500

When it comes to martinis and steak, Capital Grille is one of the restaurants in Denver that does it best. Nationally acclaimed for its upscale menu offerings, it carefully crafted a line of distinguished cocktails to support it. Try Capital Grille’s premiere martini, the stoli doli, or stick with the more classic shake of a Cosmopolitan or dry martini. Any way you prefer to order, the result is guaranteed to tantalize your palate. In fact, its bold mission statement boasts that it is Capital Grille’s sole desire that everything brought to your table will delight you.

The Cruise Room Martini Bar
1600 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-1107

The Cruise Room has earned the rights as one of Denver’s most historic and seasoned martini bars. Nestled just off the lobby in the Oxford Hotel, it has been serving martinis since Prohibition was repealed in 1933. A free jukebox sets the mood and perfectly pairs the guests’ preference in a variety of handmade martinis with the music of their choice. The Cruise Room’s longstanding reputation of quality, ambiance and unparalleled taste draws in a healthy crowd daily. Early arrival is recommended as this is a bar that on occasion isn’t even left with standing room.

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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.