You may feel like your Summer calendar is already getting pretty full of things to do (and drink!), but Denver's also had a bunch of new restaurants open that you need to pencil into that agenda. Clear some room in that calendar (and your pants) and make your way to these nine spots.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill (address and info)
Colorado's first outpost (there are also locations in Oregon and Arizona) of this eclectic, British Isles-leaning eat-and-drinkery has 52 taps backing a menu that ranges from across-the-Atlantic faves (Scotch eggs, beer-braised corned beef & cabbage with white cheddar mash, IPA-battered fish & chips) to other worldly fare like Baja fish tacos, Kung Pao chicken, and hand-tossed brick oven pizzas. Hit happy hour (weekdays 3-6pm) for $4 pints, well drinks, and a boatload of food specials.
Bistro Barbès (address and info)
Park Hill's tiny new restaurant (pronounced BAR-bess) has but 30 seats in its brightly appointed dining room, serving up a dozen items representing French cuisine with a mix of Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences from a constantly rotating menu. Bonus: they just launched a bottomless mimosa-backed brunch.
Denver Pearl Brewing Company (address and info)
Part of Denver's status as a beer lover's paradise hinges on the steady stream of new breweries to try. Here's another one! This neighborhood operation has an industrial feel and a cozy little patio for enjoying their brews. With a 10-barrel brewing system and a good variety of different types of beer -- from barrel-aged stouts to a Berliner Weisse -- Denver Pearl's a welcome excuse to drink even more beer.
Maria Empanada (address and info)
Formerly located in Lakewood, this little shop has relocated to a bigger space and added more Argentinean treats to the menu. These empanadas are delicious little pockets packed with Buenos Aires flavor. The fillings go both savory (Caprese, ham & cheese) and sweet (dulce de leche, Marsala-poached pear), so explore the whole spectrum and get a bunch. Try them with homemade sauces like chimichurri and sweet chili mayo. Maybe don't use those on the sweet ones.
Jefferson Park Pub (address and info)
This small neighborhood bar is a part of the Jefferson Park neighborhood revitalization. There's an also-small food menu sporting bites like Swiss and bacon dip, edamame, and chocolate peanut butter pie -- but if you're looking for a more substantial meal, the new Sexy Pizza across the street will gladly oblige. Wash it down with a gimlet full of house-made basil vodka.
Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub (address and info)
After shutting its doors at the original location, Argyll is back and better than ever at their new spot in Uptown. The food menu, which is traditional British fare, is a mix of old favorites and new dishes. Don't miss the Scotch egg with fennel salad and orange mustard aioli (it's a big year for Scotch eggs!). There's an extensive beer list, as well as more than 200 whiskeys from all over the world.
Glazed and Confuzed (address and info)
After success in farmers markets and coffee shops, G&C's first brick-and-mortar shop has finally come to fruition and will be serving up crazy flavors like root beer float, Thai coconut curry, and jalapeño popper. Not only are these donuts inventive and delicious, they're also made with local and organic ingredients so you can feel a little better about your rampant gluttony. Keep an eye out for their frequently mind-blowing specials.
Salt & Grinder (address and info)
Frank Bonanno's newest concept, located in the former Venue space in the Highlands, is an Italian deli that focuses on quality sandwiches (meatball subs, classic Reubens, etc.) without too much fuss. Also look for breakfast options like the Italian (fresh mozz, prosciutto, arugula, and fried egg on a Kaiser roll) and plenty of nods to Chef Bonanno's New Jersey roots.
Inga's Alpine Lounge (address and info)
This kitschy bar/restaurant, made to feel like a retro mountain town hangout, will make any ski bunny (or wannabe) feel right at home in the '60s. Inga's is serving up comfort foods like pizza, subs, and Jonesy's famous fries with happy hour every single day from 3-7pm. Stop in for some food any day of the week and grab a $2 mystery shot while you're at it.
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1. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill1605 Wynkoop St, Denver
2. Bistro Barbès5021 E 28th Ave, Denver
3. Denver Pearl Brewing Company1875 S Pearl St, Denver
4. Maria Empanada1298 South Broadway Ave, Denver
5. Jefferson Park Pub2445 Eliot St, Denver
6. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver
7. Glazed & Confuzed5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
8. Salt & Grinder3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver
9. Inga's Alpine Lounge5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
This is the first of the gastropub's Colorado iterations, sporting 52 taps backing a menu that ranges from across-the-Atlantic faves (Scotch eggs, beer-braised corned beef & cabbage with white cheddar mash, IPA-battered fish & chips) to other worldly fare like Baja fish tacos, Kung Pao chicken, and hand-tossed brick oven pizzas.
This 30-seater French bistro packs in the flavors, utilizing Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences to inspire its cuisine.
With both an industrial feel and a cozy patio, Denver Pearl's the perfect place to enjoy the fruits of their 10-barrel brewing system, which ranges from barrel-aged stouts to a Berliner Weisse.
Lorena Cantarovici’s all-empanada joint has tons of Argentinian treats on its menu -- enjoy fillings that are both savory (Caprese, ham & cheese) and sweet (dulce de leche, Marsala-poached pear).
This small neighborhood bar is a part of the Jefferson Park neighborhood revitalization, sporting a small food menu with bites like Swiss and bacon dip alongside a handful of local drafts.
Argyll's Uptown location has a menu full of traditional British fare -- don't miss their version of the Scotch egg, or their extensive beer and whiskey lists.
This Southeast spot is a testament to the sheer amount of flavor you can create using only all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. The offerings here are unlike anything else you’ll see in the Denver area: while the menu changes daily, expect eclectic tastes like jalapeño cerveza-cream cheese with chipotle drizzle, as well as mojito, caramelized miso, and more. Glazed & Confuzed is a pastry wonderland as seen through the eyes of Chef Josh Schwab, and while there’s ample seating available in the contemporary cafeteria-like space, we suggest getting there early -- it’s no secret that these are some of the best donuts in the state, and the queue can get quite long.
Frank Bonanno's newest concept is an Italian deli loaded with simple sandwiches done right (think meatball subs, Reubens). Don't shy away from breakfast either -- they've got options like the Italian (fresh mozz, prosciutto, arugula, and fried egg on a Kaiser roll) just waiting for you.
Inga's will make you feel right at home in their retro mountain hangout-style digs. Reasonably priced drinks alongside comfort foods (like pizza, subs, and Jonesy's famous fries) will make the experience worth your while.