Food & Drink

These are Denver's 8 best happy hours

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
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1. Pinche Taqueria 1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206 (City Park)

At Pinche Taqueria, great care is taken to create authentic Mexican food while injecting a modern spin that makes each bite memorable. And, on the outside chance that the food doesn't hook you, the small batch whiskey, tequila, and specialty cocktails will.

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2. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria 2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Hailed as one of the best pizza's in the Mile High City, stop by this Ballpark joint for a pre-game pie (and beer!), and choose from a huge selection of toppings and styles.

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3. Lola 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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).

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4. Panzano 909 17th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

Lauded as one of Denver's best Italian destinations, Panzano prepares artful plates of Northern Italian food inside Hotel Monaco. Its menu is a welcome break from the modern American fare that many hotel restaurants stray towards, featuring unique dishes like house-made pasta with lamb ragú and gluten-free options (a rarity at any carb-centric restaurant). The space, while eschewing the white tablecloth aesthetic, is polished and draws many a businessman, so brush up on your dressy casual dress before dining here.

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5. Kona Grill 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Although the Kona Grill has more than 20 locations across the US, they still serve quality food and cocktails, and offer a terrific happy hour.

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6. Jax Denver 1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Jax's slinging fresh seafood dishes daily, specialty 'tails from "the best team of bartenders in Denver", and a solid selection of craft beers.

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7. Zengo 1610 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Zengo, Chef Richard Sandoval’s homage to pan-Asian cuisine, offers a tasteful yet accessible approach to sushi, sashimi, dim sum, tempura, curry, and grilled and wok-fried plates on its dinner menu, with staples like Sichuan beef and pumpkin curry with bok choy, coconut milk, and fried shallot. But Zengo is perhaps most infamous for its weekend bottomless brunch menu, which features waffles reimagined with sugary coconut flavoring, whipped brown butter, and mango and a would-be simple short rib hash brightened with kimchi sauce. It won’t be difficult to take advantage of the bottomless deal; the brunch cocktail program includes a zesty Bloody Mary and a trio of mimosas: traditional, passion fruit, and Zengo.

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8. Old Major 3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Located in a rustic, farmhouse-style space, Old Major -- named after the advising pig in George Orwell's Animal Farm -- is "dedicated to seafood, swine, and wine." Restaurateur Justin Brunson's Highland Park eatery sources sustainable seafood (read: not the farmed stuff from China), has in-house butchery and charcuterie programs, and an extensive wine list (note: every bottle is half-off on Sundays). The menu often changes, but one dish reigns throughout: the Nose to Tail. Let's just say it's a heaping pile of pork (of varying cuts, cures, and preparations) on a plate, and it's not to be missed.

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