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Whether you are raising a glass for St. Patrick’s Day or you are just looking for a truly tasty cocktail, Irish coffee is always a great choice. This beverage has been served in Ireland for more than 60 years, usually made with whiskey, coffee, sugar and cream, though each bartender and each establishment does it a little differently. Sometimes you’ll even find additional ingredients in Irish coffee. Bailey’s is often added, as is Crème de Menthe, but purists will tell you that only good Irish Whiskey should be used. No matter how you like your Irish coffee, here are a few places in town serving it up right.
The Irish Snug
1201 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
The biggest and best Irish pub in Capitol Hill also offers up a delicious traditional Irish Coffee. Made with Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, coffee, brown sugar and cream, it’s a traditional recipe served up hot and fresh, perfect for a quick wake-up or an evening cocktail. The flavor here is mixed very well, as the bartenders mix the brown sugar with the whiskey before the coffee is added, helping to blend the different tastes together perfectly. Add a Traditional Irish Breakfast with bangers, baked beans, rashers, eggs and grilled tomatoes with black and white pudding and you’ve got the perfect Irish start to any day.
Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek Drive S.
Glendale, CO 80246
The Bull & Bush is known for its amazing selection of whiskey so it should come as no surprise that you can get a really delicious Irish coffee here. With more than 18 Irish whiskeys, this place knows what makes Irish whiskey something special. All have been aged for at least three years in wooden casks. Your Irish coffee comes served with a sweet dollop of crème de menthe over whipped cream to add the perfect garnish to an already amazing drink. If you’ve never been to the Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery, make sure to find some time to check out this neighborhood favorite.
Williams and Graham
3160 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
For pure cocktails, mixed well and elegantly served, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Williams and Graham. The classic Irish coffee here is made with Tullamore Dew, strong coffee and cream. It’s one of those classic, no-frills style of drinks that is made to perfection by a truly talented bartender. Of course, there are nine other Irish whiskeys available here, so you could probably also order this with Jameson, Bushmills, Midleton, Powers, Michael Collins or Connemara, just ask the bartender. Pair your drink with some elegant eats like foie gras, roasted bone marrow or black tea smoked quail and you’ll love these simple but elegant indulgences.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.