Thursday, May 2nd
Look fresh for the weekend by getting a hair tune-up at MENSDEPT at Matthew Morris, a salon that just hired a full-time barber for dudes. And if you're insane, start up a $1500 yearly VIP membership with unlimited haircuts, shaves, and grooming. Check their Facebook -- this is all too real. Then call 303.715.4673.
Start the weekend early at a boozy four-courser under Larimer Sq that pairs cocktails using Peach Street Distillers liquor with Russell's Smokehouse eats, like a Peach Smoke Bourbon/Chinoto Vergano/orange bitters 'tail aside a Palisade peach-smoked oxtail with aged cheddar biscuits. See the full menu, and then hit 'em up at 720.524.8050 for a seat
If you'll be closer to Cherry Creek than LoDo, Opus provides a primo setting for a date, with white tablecloths and new Springtime dishes like Two Mile Ranch filet mignon, sauteed sea scallops, and a dry-aged beef ribeye with umami butter. More like "Ooo, mommy!". Snag a table.
Friday, May 3rd
Start off the night at Fancy Tiger Clothing's 7p bash celebrating the release of Topo Designs x Breckenridge Brewery's backpack that conveniently fits a 6-er of their beer. They're also tapping rare brews like the 471 Imperial IPA and a 72 Imperial Chocolate Stout. Tell your real friends (and high school friends you never talk to) you're going by RSVPing on Facebook
Join Mile High comedian and hyphen enthusiast Adam Cayton-Holland as he hosts his stand-up CD release party at Hi-Dive tonight at 930p, where musical guests The Knew and In the Whale will also perform. RSVP for this one too
Saturday, May 4th
LoDo's Celtic Tavern has an OTB now, and it's the place to be for the Kentucky Derby today. $50 gets you a table for four, and the first race kicks off at 845a. Call 'em at 303.308.1795 to reserve a table, and check photos of the place
Get food/drink specials afterwards that include country ham + biscuits, baby hot brown sliders, and mint juleps galore at the Corner Office Derby Day Brunch and Afterparty, where your $10 entry fee goes to charity. Drool over their drink menu
Continue horsing around town (!!) by jetting to The Three Greatest Courses from 1-7p, which provides "Derby related cuisine and cocktails" by chefs from TAG, Corner House, and Slotted Spoon. It's for charity, so get a ticket, cheapskate
For those in Boulder, Suerte Tequila's got a Cuatro de Mayo party from 7-11p with tons of drink specials at Shine. They brew their own beer there too, so that's worth a look
If you don't need the excuse of "horses are on TV" to drink all day, unlimited sips of 120 beers from 60+ breweries at the South Denver Beer Fest is a great way to spend three hours on Sat (2-5p). They've also got tix for Sun, so grab 'em before they sell out
Sunday, May 5th
A new brunch spot for lazy Sundays is at everyone's favorite Highland hangout Linger, offering their amazingly delicious world cuisine with inventive mid-day items like chorizo tacos with cotija/pickled red onions, squid ink bun burgers with Tender Belly bacon, and $3 mimosas and bloodys. Get yourself a table
If brunch doesn't soak up all the booze from yesterday, a new menu item at Second Home will: all-you-can-eat buckets of crispy fried chicken, along with sides of coleslaw, whipped potatoes, and green beans. Beers are half-price when you order it. You'll feel like chicken tonight
Get away from the city for a sec at Broomfield's Big Choice Brewing from 11a-6p, where there'll have seasonal beers, a BBQ food truck, and giveaways to celebrate their 1yr anniversary. Read up on 'em
A nice alternative to the Cinco de Mayo craziness is a cooking class from 6-9p where you'll learn to cook like the Mayans did, which means smoked pork loin and Yucatan-style flan. Ole!
And if you want some more on the best spots for Cinco this Sunday, cruise here for our killer "Best of" breakdown.