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Where to Drink Now: Millers & Rossi

RiNo's newest speakeasy blends Coloradan art and classic cocktails

When Dustin Miller acquired the warehouse property situated on 35th and Walnut, he initially envisioned a gallery space to showcase local work as well as his own photography. However, given the adequate space of the warehouse—and the added bonus of a tavern license—Dustin consulted with his brother and chef Casey Miller about expanding the concept. The two brothers teamed up with Aaron Bodrog and mixologist Rafael Depaz, culminating in the hybrid art gallery/speakeasy space, Millers & Rossi {3542 Walnut Street, Denver; 720.257.5342}.

The space

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Contemporary art pieces including paintings, photography, and sculptures dot the interior

The quaint gallery front, decorated with contemporary works, including sculptures, paintings, and Dustin’s own photography, is curated by Dustin himself. Acting as owner and curator, the gallery features works procured by local artists, which will rotate throughout the seasons. After you’ve taken your fill of art, push past the not-so-secret door to the sleek and sexy speakeasy.

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Outfitted with reclaimed wood walls and exposed brick overlooking the copper bar, the cocktail bar is undeniably sleek. Playing off the 1920’s vibe, guests can find relaxation in plush suede chairs and couches as well as tables lined around the bar. Towards the end of the speakeasy, a projector lights up the back wall, casting everything from music to black and white films.

The drinks

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Pineapple Mojito

Rafael Depaz, a mixologist based out of New York, had always dreamed of opening his own bar. Depaz—who was close friends with Casey—was approached by the brothers to help open the concept in Denver, he immediately agreed. Inspired by his 10-year tenure in New York, mixed with a little Mile High magic, Depaz has crafted a balanced menu of classics and seasonal creations. To keep in theme with prohibition era vibes, try the Smoked Old Fashioned that they smoke at the bar. Drinks range from $6-14 which also includes wine and local craft brews.

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Cedar wood-smoked cocktails

The food

Casey Miller, who studied at Institute of Culinary Education in New York, serves as the culinary talent behind the venue. Although the menu won’t launch until May, guests can expect an offering of small plates with Southern comfort influences. In the interim, the bar will be serving up charcuterie curated from The Source.

The speakeasy at Millers & Rossi is open Wednesday-Saturday from 4pm-2am. The gallery is open from 11-2am Wednesday-Saturday. On Sundays both close at 11 pm with the gallery opening at 11 am and the bar opening at 2 pm. Millers & Rossi is closed Monday-Tuesday. 

By Morgan Carter, Editor