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12 Places to Celebrate (or Drown Your Sorrows) on Tax Day

Relief is necessary

Planning on spending your refund? Or do you need a stiff one to drown your #taxday sorrows? Here are 12 spots to splurge or save for Tax Day.

Capitol Hill

Photo courtesy of Dylan Osbourne

Refund: White Lies {800 Sherman Street, Denver; 303.955.1205}

Bejeweled snifters of whiskey and elaborate craft concoctions await at coffee shop-turned-swank cocktail bar White Lies. With 15 signature cocktails offered at $10 a pop and a full list of aged whiskeys and bourbons, indulging is necessary.

If you owe: Prohibition {504 East Colfax Avenue, Denver; 303.832.4840}

Elevate your Colfax experience at Prohibition. With dual daily happy hours from 3-7pm and 11pm-close, you can indulge in $4 wells and drafts or $5 wines. If you’re really hurtin’, settle in for Tuesday’s throwback—a $4 Espólon tequila shot and $2 tacos.

[Learn How to Make Your Own Sorrow-Quenching Drink with Alexander Fulle of Prohibition]

Cherry Creek

Elway's

Elway’s Bone-In Rib-Eye

Refund: Elway’s {2500 East First Avenue #101, Denver; 303.399.5353}

With an ever-changing wine list (including 650-plus selections by the bottle), Elway’s is the perfect place to flaunt that refund. Spend your way through the by-the-glass list, with pours ranging in price from $9.50-39.

If you owe: Olive & Finch {3390 East First Avenue, Denver; 303.955.0455}

Mary Nguyen’s newest outpost of Olive & Finch offers upscale eat and drink that won’t break the bank. Not only is the entire menu under $15, but for the happiest hours (3-6pm), snag a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, a Moscow Mule, or beer for only $3.

[Olive & Finch Opens Second Location in Cherry Creek]

LoHi

Postino Wine Café

Photo courtesy of Postino Wine Café

Refund: Williams & Graham {3160 Tejon Street, Denver; 303.997.8886}

Concealed behind a bookcase at 33rd and Tejon, spend your time (and a little money) at William & Graham. The nationally acclaimed bar—nabbing Best American Bar at the Spirited Awards in 2015—offers expertly crafted cocktails and spirits in cozy speakeasy setting, so you can cheers with your closest friends.

If you owe: Postino {2715 17th Street, Denver; 303.433.6363}

Finished your return early? Head over to Postino for $5 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer (yes, we said pitchers) all day until 5pm. Still putting off filing ’til the midnight hour? Stop by after 8pm for the Board & Bruschetta deal, where you can snack on four bruschettas paired with a bottle of wine for only $20.

LoDo

STK

Refund: STK {1550 Market Street, Denver; 720.597.8010}

For steakhouse sensibilites in a hip chic setting, STK is the place to be. The steakhouse/lounge offers a healthy selection of wine, cocktails, and even bottle service complete with sparklers— cause why not add a little flair to the fun?

[A Night at STK]

If you owe: Corridor 44 {1433 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.893.0044}

Just because you didn’t receive a return doesn’t mean you can’t class it up. At Corridor 44, revelers can stop in Monday through Friday from 4-6pm for $4 craft brews, well drinks, and bubbly Champagne cocktails.

RiNo

millers & rossi

Pineapple Mojito

Refund: Millers & Rossi {3542 Walnut Street, Denver; 720.257.5342}
RiNo’s newest speakeasy is hidden inside a gallery—how much more classy could you get? Spend your money on swanky smoked cocktails including the Smoked Margarita and the Smoked Old Fashioned.

[Where to Drink Now: Millers & Rossi]

If you owe: Infinite Monkey Theorem {3200 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.736.8376}

If wine is a necessity, venture to Denver’s urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem. With moderately priced varietals—ranging in price from $6-8—you can enjoy wine from the tap, or even from the can. Did we mention they serve wine slushies and hopped Sauvignon Blanc in a can? Worth every penny.

Boulder

Photo courtesy of Arcana

Refund: Arcana {909 Walnut Street, Boulder; 303.444.3885}

This gem, helmed by culinary maestro Kyle Mendenhall, is one of Boulder’s newest haunts—a “food migration” concept that takes an earnest look at the evolution of American cuisine. Come Tax Day, though, we recommend slinging back a happy Apple Jack-anchored Jack Ruby or wander Down The Rabbit Hole with spiced gin. Cider lovers beware: The cider lists is almost bigger than your refund (well, it isn’t, but it’s still impressive!).

If you owe: Walrus Room {1911 11th Street, Boulder; 303.443.9902}

Nothing says peanut shells and debt quite like The Walrus Room. We kid, of course—this Boulder landmark is about good times and good company, coupled with cheap pints and games aplenty. Get your mind off your IRS worries with a few hours at the pool table or playing darts. We promise you’ll feel better.

Morgan Carter, Editor