The Bloody Mary: no longer just something you say in front of a mirror three times to freak out your friends at slumber parties. Okay fine, the much more entertaining, boozy version has been around for quite a while, too, but that doesn't mean it isn't still delicious, and there are plenty of Denver spots taking them to the next level. But which ones are most worth your time and taste buds? Find out here...
Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
For the pickiest of eaters and drinkers, check out Le Grande Bistro & Oyster Bar. They serve brunch on weekends from 9a-3p, but more importantly, they have three different Bloody Mary bars. There's a set-up for pescatarians, herbivores, and normals, aka carnivores. Of course, you could always just shove everything from each station into your glass, making brunch an afterthought.
Wyman's No. 5
Over near Cheeseman Park is Chicago bar Wyman's No. 5, the go-to for big Chicago sports fans and the deep dish pizza that made them that way. Their Bloody Mary pays homage to the robust appetites of the homeland, with a White Castle burger and pepperoni garnishing the perfectly spiced tomato mix. It's only available on Sunday mornings, so for your safety, you'll probably want to wear some Bears gear. Even in the offseason.
For a weekday fix, Gallop Cafe's bloody comes in a goblet fit for a king. The taste and garnishes are pretty textbook, and the $6 price tag will make you all the more inclined to have more than one. Also, studies show that people are 78% happier when drinking from a goblet.
The Corner Office
The Corner Office does Disco Brunch every Sunday from 7a-3p and features "I Will Survive" bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas (as in you can just keep drinking them, so keep your pants on, at least at the beginning). They have a whole table devoted to helping you survive with standout garnishes like chicharrón, fried pork belly, and fries. Oh, there's also an entire table devoted strictly to hooking you up with beer backs.
Lola is best known for its impressive tequila selection, but they also know how to impress a Bloody Mary connoisseur with a perfectly spiced number whose garnishes include shrimp, cheese, and bacon -- so basically it's a kosher nightmare. Get it weekends from 10a-2p.
The Hornet supplements a damn fine brunch with $2 build-your-own Bloody Marys on the weekends from 10a-3p (The Green Hornet, meanwhile, just poisons box offices). The condiments and garnishes are relatively simple and few, but when a Hamilton nets you five of them it's hard to complain.
1. Gallop Cafe2401 West 32nd Avenue, Denver
2. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar1512 Curtis St, Denver
3. Wyman's No. 52037 E 13th Ave, Denver
4. The Corner Office1401 Curtis St, Denver
5. Lola1575 Boulder St, Denver
6. The Hornet76 Broadway, Denver
7. Kachina Southwestern Grill10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster
Gallop Cafe is a reliably great spot for breakfast and brunch -- just be aware that you'll likely face a wait on the weekends. Their food is delicious (all day, not just in the am), and their giant Bloody Marys are worth the trip alone -- garnished with celery, pickles, olives, and more, they are practically a meal by themselves (and they come with a beer back too!)
Trafficking in classic French comfort dishes like frog's legs and steak frites, this Curtis Street bistro brings the cigarette-strewn streets of Paris to CO.
A pizza oven already in the back inspired the Wyman's crew to start plating Chicago style deep dish, which's now feasted on by Bears fans as they sip $2 Old Styles surrounded by the signed jerseys of Butkus and Devin Hester -- just don't you try taking one to the house, as that would constitute theft.
Tucked inside The Curtis Hotel, the Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar boasts an eclectic menu of small bites and large plates that globetrots from Brazilian manchego cheese and bread, Hungarian flatbread with Gouda and tender belly ham, and poutine, to chicken tikka masala and even bacon and egg ramen. Conveniently located adjacent to the Denver Performing Arts Center, the Corner Office is a destination for happy hour snacks and libations, like the Shift 7 with Ransom Old Tom Gin, bonded AppleJack Brandy, Cocchi Torino, and grapefruit oil.
This go-to Mexican spot sports sweeping city views, table-side guac, and other traditional Mexican fare, and a daily 4-6p happy hour (Mondays are happy hour all night!) featuring $4 sangria. Step things up with a Fuego Verde cocktail (Corazon blanco, muddled jalapeno, agave).
They have homemade pop tarts, bourbon banana french toast, beer, and... wait, do you need more reasons to get out of bed for brunch?!
With mouth-watering eats including apps like blue corn fried oysters, buffalo picadillo empanadas with chipotle agave and a Blue Corn Dog with lamb sausage plus an atmosphere referencing early adobe architecture, Kachina will put that southwestern flavor in your face.