Don’t confuse a mixologist for a bartender. Mixologists create signature cocktails using high-end, seasonal ingredients while crafting their own syrups, tinctures, and bitters. A mixologist’s goal is to design the perfect libation, suited to each drinker’s personal tastes. As such, finding a quality mixologist can be a treat for anybody looking to tickle their tastebuds. For those looking for the finest mixologist bars in Denver, check out these five locales.
504 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Those grabbing brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks at Prohibition, Chef Toby Prout’s gastro-tavern in Capitol Hill, can try one of 11 not-so classic cocktails. Sample the Breaking Bad, Liquid Swords, or Whiskey Thyme cocktails and you’ll be forever grateful Prohibition was repealed in 1933. If you have the opportunity to visit Prohibition when the weather gets cold, this bar serves a selection winter cocktails as well. Prohibition also has a variety of beers, mules, and wines to choose from if a signature cocktail doesn’t intrigue you.
1512 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Opening its doors in 2014, Roosevelt specializes in “handcrafted quality American cocktails.” Of course, Roosevelt serves incredible classic cocktails and dozens of beers. However, for those drinkers with an adventurous palate, do not miss one of Roosevelt’s cocktail creations or champagne cocktails. Right in Writer’s Square, this bar serves some of the most unusual drinks in downtown Denver.
1001 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Interstate has more 100 American whiskeys and numerous craft beers drinkers can select when they visit this Santa Fe Arts District establishment. However, you would be horribly remiss if you skipped trying one of Interstate’s 13 house cocktails. Whether your sweet tooth entices you to order a Road Soda or you yearn for something with more of a wanderlust-feel, such as the Scenic Overlook, you won’t be disappointed with Interstate’s cocktails. There’s no better way to spend a First Friday evening than with a walk through the galleries on Santa Fe Drive and stopping by Interstate for a bite and a drink (or two).
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3160 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
This Highland bar is where foodies and cocktail connoisseurs intersect. Williams & Graham’s food menu includes delicacies such as foie gras, bone marrow, and plantain chips. Whatever your drink of choice is, Williams & Graham has one of Denver’s greatest selections of beers, tequilas, gins, whiskeys, liqueurs, cordials, brandies, and anything else you can imagine. Also, Williams & Graham has a menu of 14 signature cocktails to tantalize your tastebuds. Cocktail options include Here Be Dragons, What a Dame, and Bumble.
1422 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Larimer Square’s chef-driven cocktail bar, Green Russell uses the finest ingredients to create the most delicious appetizers and cocktails on the block. The wait staff at this bar are all educated on the best cocktails pairings for each expertly-crafted hors d’oeuvres and any of the pizzas available from neighboring pizzeria, Wednesday’s Pie. Some of the featured cocktails include To Be Or Not To Be Spicy and Sun of a Bean. Or you can just opt for the bartender’s choice and you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.
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