Spend your weekend (and your April) drinking all the Negronis


Spend your weekend (and your April) drinking all the Negronis
Spend your weekend (and your April) drinking all the Negronis

All Photos: Nicole Rezner | Industry Denver
All Photos: Nicole Rezner | Industry Denver

Denver For once, April means something other than figuring out the best prank to play on your co-workers, then spending the rest of the month dealing with their resentment. Instead of putting their staplers in JELL-O, go the classy route and introduce them to one of the most underrated cocktails during the Tour di Negroni, Denver’s month-long celebration of the gin-based Italian classic. Here are five of the top Negronis that are being featured by some of the city’s best watering holes: Williams & Graham (info and address)
The classic cocktail joint, conveniently hidden behind a bookshelf, is contributing to the tour by offering a Negroni that features equal parts Bombay Dry Gin, Campari, and Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth. After downing one (or more) of those, check out their own unique variation, a white Negroni.

Green Russell (info and address)
Larimer Square
LoDo’s favorite classic cocktail lounge is definitely not missing out on the action. Walk through the pie shop and have them stir you up their classic Negroni featuring Oxley Gin, Cocchi Rosa, and of course, Campari. After that, get down with something new, their variation that gives a nod to another classic, the Americano. Continue Reading

Ace (info and address)
Offering much more than amazing Brussels sprouts and a wicked game of ping pong, the bar staff at Ace is spinning up a ‘groni that features limited-edition Martini Gran Lusso sweet vermouth as well as Bombay London Dry Gin. Their house variation, however, is the one not to miss -- Count to Three features Bols Genever as well as house-made Ace Bitter Lemon Soda. Knock a few back and then test out that gnarly backhand serve that you think you totally have down.

Colt & Gray (info and address)
Platte St
The Platt St bar and eatery is going crazy for the Tour by dreaming up their ode to the classic with their own house-blended sweet vermouth. They continue to go pazzesco (crazy) with their signature twist that features house ginger beer, pilsner, and a whole lot more. Definitely not one to miss.

Acorn (info and address)
The Source
Everyone's favorite resto in The Source is stirring up the classic with Sapphire East gin, but the one to order is their earth, wind, and fire-inspired Piemento Rose made with Dimmi and Lillet Rose. Drink first, ask questions later.

Although we featured five, there are many, many more Negronis to be had. Get all the info on the month-long celebration here. You’ll be happy you did.

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1. Williams & Graham 3160 N Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Williams & Graham, a bar styled to look like a Prohibition-era speakeasy, offers up an eclectic selection of specialty cocktails, liquors, beers and wines. Additionally, there's a food menu that includes a variety of sandwiches, snacks and small plate dishes. You'd be remiss to skip this spot that was recognized as the Best American Cocktail Bar in 2015 by the Spirited Awards (basically the Academy Awards of booze).

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2. Green Russell 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Only accessible via a secret door through a small pie shop, Larimer Square's Green Russell serves some of the best cocktails in Denver in a cool, speakeasy-like locale. This moody, elegant establishment has been serving up Prohibition-era cocktails since 2011. Named after Colorado gold miner William Green Russell, the joint is rooted in old-school sensibilities, but still appeals to the modern palate with its selection of made to order libations.

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3. Ace 501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

The eclectic Asian cuisine here -- think Korean BBQ ribs, steamed bao buns, and dim sum -- might be good, but the ping-pong and huge outdoor patio is really what draws crowds. Tables can be rented by the hour, and you're encouraged to try one of the house-made sodas, or local and Asian beers (Asahi, Tiger, Singha) while waiting for your table.

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4. Colt & Gray 1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

Colt & Gray is a New American resto and bar, serving grub with high quality regional ingredients and specializing in nose-to-tail utilization. They also pour some terrific craft cocktails.

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5. Acorn 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216 (Five Points)

A buzzy, industrial-chic small plates spot, Acorn in River North is offers shareable plates, as well as innovative libations (think alcoholic shaved ice). The eclectic, epicurean-inspired menu features oak-fired game (waygu beef, pork shoulder, and chicken), fresh seafood plates, and roasted vegetable salads. An extensive wine list and cool, artisanal cocktails are also worth checking out.