Top New Bars Of 2013 In Denver

December 26, 2013 5:00 AM

Root Down At DIA (credit: CBS)

Root Down At DIA Root Down At DIA (credit: CBS)

Step away from the ordinary and explore five new bars in Denver that have earned the reputations of must-see hot spots. Of course, Denver has its well-established hangouts that no doubt will not be a letdown. Yet now is the time to break the mold of the usual weekend hangouts and give these new bars a try. Be one of those adventurous diners who orders something different off the menu and wake up the food and drink taste buds.

La Biblioteca
1610 Little Raven St., Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 904-0965

For those a bit rusty on their Spanish, La Biblioteca means the library and this Denver bar is far from the boring atmosphere of a library. This unique new Denver bar offers a tempting selection of more than 350 tequilas, mezcals and other agave drinks. Not only does it offer a phenomenal selection of spirits but its menu is hip and fun, full of sushi and variations on tacos and other Mexican treats. Denver’s Riverfront Park is one of the hottest areas in town and La Biblioteca has made a home just steps away from the Millennium Bridge. This fun and laid-back hangout is modeled after a concept created by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. Where else will a tequila enthusiast find such an extensive collection of hand-chosen tequilas not available in most bars? This spot has made renovations to the site as well including elegant marble-topped tables and intricately laid exposed brick. Regulars can even enjoy tequila lockers to keep their most prized spirits. It gets extra points for offering a daily happy hour with $3 beers and $5 margaritas.

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Root Down DIA
Denver International Airport
C Gates, Center Core
(303) 342-6959

Having just opened at Denver International Airport this October, Root Down is a restaurant and bar that offers something rare to airport dining. Back-to-basics delicious foods ranging from gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, and delicious meats, are offered on a diverse menu. Root Down’s philosophy is based on bringing back the romance of air travel when people dressed up for their flights and enjoyed the whole experience. It serves up creative and amazing cocktails such as the Coconut Fizz, a Jalapeno Cocktail and even its famous Don Draper drink. Step back in time to when people did not just race from point A to point B. Root Down has a serene and inviting atmosphere that boasts a chandelier made of 100 used globes and bar shelves fashioned from recycled vintage suitcases.

The Armoury
2048 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0215

Colorado Rapids fans have found their hangout. The Armoury is just the ticket for fantastic food, drinks to please everybody and a haven for Denver-area soccer fans. It even has a shuttle bus to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the Rapids games. Beer and sandwiches are served bright and early in the morning for those wanting to catch the worldwide soccer action. The Armoury also boasts great service, different happy hour specials and plenty of TVs to keep guests happy. What more can a soccer fan ask for?

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
1139 20th St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 689-2337

This brewery’s motto is that it is made up of “adventurous people that make adventurous beer.” The owners are ice climbers, backpacking and canyoneering enthusiasts who have known each other for over 10 years. With beers on tap such as Spearhead Saison and Zero Gravity Session Saison, there is no doubt that Jagged Mountain does things the bold way. The brews do not skimp on the alcohol content and amazing varieties of tasting opportunities. This place welcomes guests with a wide open vibe of large windows and community tables perfect for meeting new friends.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on