Drink in the five stiffest Drink stories of 2011

Williams and Graham: Highland's only "1800s- and 1900s-style cocktail bar" that's also a bookstore, W&G's plastered with Prohibition-era newspaper clippings, and, like any good speakeasy, is accessed via a hidden entrance...more

Linger: The brainchild of the man behind Root Down, Linger serves up world street food and "apothecary drinks with herbs and tonics" in the former Olinger Mortuaries building...more

Prohibition: From a lifelong restaurant guy who helped open Fado's back in '97, Prohibition's era-appropriate accents (from authentic framed whiskey prescriptions to old newspapers) buoy a mahogany bar fixing classic cocktails...more

Ale House at Amato's: Helmed by a clan that's supplied Denver with statues since 1922, this 400-seat "tribute to Colorado craft beers" (opened in partnership with Breckenridge Brewery) rocks an exposed beam ceiling, copious wood detailing, and a patio with excellent city views...more

The 1Up: Opened by an unofficial Mortal Kombat world-record holder, this boozy gamer's paradise boasts 25+ '80s-heavy arcade classics (Paperboy, Punch Out, Galaga, Donkey Kong), five pinball machines, and two skeeball setups...more