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Mondays are rough for the most people. Everyone has to stop enjoying their weekends on Mondays to go  back to school or work, and by 5 p.m. most people are already counting down the hours until Friday. Yet with some of these great specials at Denver-area restaurants and bars, Mondays can be far easier to handle. Unwind next Monday night with some of these wonderful specials found around Denver.

The Kitchen Denver
1530 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-3127

Sometimes a big, delicious dinner accompanied by new friends and great conversation are the best cure for a tough Monday. Every Monday evening at 7 p.m., The Kitchen Denver hosts a family-style dinner in around the Community Table in their Wine Room. For $35 (not including beverages, tax, and gratuity), diners can participate in The Kitchen’s weekly Community Night. Perfect for those looking to meet new Denverites and consume an incredible four-course meal, 20% of Community Night sales are donated to efforts to plants gardens at Denver Public Schools.

Odyssey Italian Restaurant
603 E. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 318-0102

Monday nights at Odyssey Italian Restaurant are Pasta Mondays. Normally, Odyssey’s pasta dishes start at a price of $15, however on Monday nights, all pasta dishes are only $8.95 and include homemade bread and a side Caesar salad. Additionally, diners over the age of 21 can sip on $3 Moretti drafts the entire evening. Of course, Odyssey’s full menu is available on Monday nights, but their signature pasta dishes are certainly not to be missed.

Vesta Dipping Grill
1822 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970

For 18 years, Vesta Dipping Grill has been a popular LoDo locale for eaters seeking unique and scrumptious food. Similar to Vesta’s Restaurant Week offerings, Monday nights diners can pay $30 per person for a three-course meal. For an additional $15 per person, sip on hand-selected wine pairings for each course. Considering the normal cost of a multi-course meal at Vesta, the restaurant’s Monday night special is truly a steal.

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Lola Mexican Fish House
1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686

Sometimes the best way for hard-working individuals to unwind after a long day is with happy hour. Unfortunately, most places end their happy hours by 7 p.m. But on Monday evenings, Lola Mexican Fish House in the Highlands serves up an all-night happy hour. Obviously, there are specials on beer, wine, margaritas, tequila, and speciality drinks, but there’s also a fantastic happy hour food menu with great prices on tacos and appetizers. Grab your closest co-workers and head to the Highlands to complain about that obnoxious one manager over drinks and appetizers at Lola.

Mt. Fuji Hibachi & Sushi Bar
601 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 837-8080

Occasionally, a couple wants a little respite from the hecticness of the week. Mt Fuji’s Hibachi Dinner for Two  is only $29.99. The meal for two is served with hibachi-style steak, salmon, and shrimp. Also, the meal includes side salads, steamed vegetables, and your choice of rice or noodles. For an expertly-prepared, Japanese hibachi meal, $29.99 is quite the bargain for that couple looking to make a Monday evening date night.

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Alli Sands is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.