Baur's Restaurant
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Blue Pan Pizza
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Christopher Cina
The Art Hotel
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Fort Greene
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
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1. Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge 1512 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202

This 9,000 square foot restaurant space in Denver's theater district brings top notch food, an impressive bar, and great music for locals and tourists to experience and enjoy. The listening lounge at Baur's brings in a variety of performers, and tickets can be purchased on BaursMagic.com

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2. Big Country Bar-B-Que 4044 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211 (Sunnyside)

From this stand still version of the popular mobile smokehouse, chef-owner Darren Byrd is serving all the BBQ classics: pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends, ribs, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and collard greens. Sweet tea or lemonade are included with the meal, and they promise that the menu will grow as the business does.

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3. Blue Pan 3930 W 32 Ave, Denver, CO 808212 (Highland)

Blue Pan pizzeria is turning out Detroit style, classic Italian, Chicago cracker thin, and New York style pizza. Each variety comes with multiple topping combos, plus they have a beer and wine list to go with whatever variety you choose. The specialty from award-winning pizzaiolo Jeff "Smoke" Smokevitch is the addictive Detroit-style pies which transform often-trashed crust into the cheesy, caramelized highlight of your pizza-eating experience.

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4. Brik on York 2223 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (City Park)

This City Park wine bar, Brik on York, is designed so the drinks and food are designed to pair seamlessly. The open kitchen is home to a real Italian wood-fire pizza oven and churning out antipasti, salads, Italian dishes, and of course, pizza. Come for dinner and try the White Buffalo with mozzarella, Italian sausage, caramelized onion, oregano, pecorino, and truffle oil atop a pillowy-yet-crackling pecan wood-fired crust.

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5. Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery 2990 Brewery Ln, Littleton, CO 80120

Part of the larger Breckenridge family, this rustic restaurant uses wholesome ingredients to make their various sandwiches, salads, and full dinners. The 'Sandwich Counter' includes a bunch of unique combinations and variations on more traditional options.

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6. Fire 1201 Broadway St, Denver, CO 80203 (Golden Triangle)

FIRE, a restaurant in the ART Hotel, offers elevated New American cuisine in its restaurant, lounge, and on its terrace. Dinner items include a bison tartare, foie gras, salmon crudo, rainbow trout, prime filet, and wild salmon caponata.

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7. Flower Pepper 2655 Broadway, Denver, CO 80304 (Boulder)

A tiny counter order restaurant, Flower Pepper commands a strong following on the strength of its authentic Chinese dishes alone, whose breadth of flavors attempts to span the entire country. On the menu, you'll find everything from Beijing-aspiring cold noodles, to pork-stuffed dumplings from northern China. And though the white walls of this narrow seating area are void of any decorations, large portions and affordable prices make this spot worth the drive.

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8. Fort Greene 321 E 45th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

This bar, owned by a pair of brothers, touts old-fashioned Midwestern hospitality among its charms. Serving classic american dishes and some international comfort food, its easy to feel comfortable in the welcoming space.

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9. The Greedy Hamster 323 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

This downtown haunt serves Bistro-inspired foods like prosciutto-wrapped figs, parmesan chips, and a croque monsieur on challah. All their dishes have a beverage accompaniment, and they aren't slacking their either. Housemade tonics and a wide array of wines round out the selections at this hideaway (which also happens to have a pretty special name).

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10. MAX's Wine Dive Denver 696 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)

Max's says it best, “Turning up the volume on background music and eating fried chicken with Champagne.” That’s just Max’s jam, and it makes for a fine time.

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11. Milk & Honey Bar • Kitchen 1414 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

The menu here is basically a check list of aphrodisiacs, from raw oysters and cashew-crusted foie gras bonbons to scallops with asparagus in caviar beurre blanc. Not to mention the sexy drink list, decor and courtyard patio.

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12. Osaka Ramen 2611 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

Jeff Osaka’s urban, underground noodle bar has an Asian food-friendly wine list, izakaya-inspired small plates, and of course, ramen, all of which reflect the Chef/Owner’s painstaking R&D. The ramen menu is replete with lighter, chicken-based shio (salt) and shoyu (soy-flavored) broths; medium-textured miso broth made with chicken and pork; and bold, whole-hog tonkotsu broth -- each distinguished by its own mix of toppings, from braised pork shoulder to black-garlic oil. Don't fret, plant-eaters, there’s a meatless alternative, but you really don’t know what you're missing from the juxtaposition of velvety pork belly paired with a perfectly soft egg.

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13. Pourtions 1612 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The NATIV not only has 24/7 room service at this weed friendly hotel, but a late night lounge as well. Complete with 20 taps of local beer and munchies (pun intended) like bánh mì and chicken-parm sliders or fish and chips with vanilla ketchup.

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14. Union Lodge No. 1 1543 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

Cobblers, crustas, blazers, fizzes, knickerbockers: you’ll definitely have some fun just pouring over the well-annotated menu at this urbane 34-seat spot in the CBD. Focusing on pre-Prohibition cocktails, Union Lodge is kind of place where bartenders are "mixologists" and the decor hearkens back to a vintage Americana vibe. The extensive menu got you reeling? Order a Ramos Gin Fizz, marvel at its foamy head, and know that you’re enjoying the drink the way it was intended to be served.