As October gets going, the dining and drinking get good. Here are our selections for the best ways to dig into some tasty eats and boozy treats in Denver (and beyond) this week. See you out there!
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Shaken or stirred, dry or dirty: however you like it, you’ll love it by the time you’re ready to leave this decadent three-martini lunch at Local Jones. What’s served along with the martinis, you ask? That’s up to you, but we recommend the buttermilk fried chicken for a little high-low action. Served with bread and butter pickles and cornbread, fries or slaw, and a host of sauces like hatch chile hot sauce, pickle sweet and sour, and sweet and spicy pomegranate molasses. Can’t justify a three-martini lunch today? Good news for you: it’s available every weekday, too.
Denver’s favorite whisky bar wishes you a Happy Scotchtober and invites you to raise a glass or two to celebrate. On Wednesday, join them in the Mahogany Room as they taste through Diageo scotches from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. You’ll enjoy four delicious and diverse Diageo drams, including Mortlach 12 Year, Lagavulin 8 Year, Glenkinchie 12 Year and Johnnie Walker Green Label. Priced at $25 per person, advanced registration is required here. Can’t make it on Wednesday? Head over on Thursday’s patio for a delectable cheese and scotch pairing on the patio with Glendronach; then stop by on Saturday for a scotch and chocolate pairing featuring Piece Love and Chocolate. This interactive patio party will pair several delicious Diageo Scotch Whisky with hand-crafted chocolates made in Boulder, with the evening starting off with a Johnnie Walker High Rye Green Label welcome cocktail. Priced at $35 per person, advanced registration is required here. You can find more details on all the Whiskey Society fun here.
Thurs., Oct. 5: An Italian Vendemmia Wine Harvest Celebration @ The Bindery
Lorenzo Capriotti’s passion for all things Italian began with summer family visits to his grandparent’s small farm in the South of Marche, where food and wine culture are top priorities. Learning, seeing, and understanding that the cycle of life and the power of what Mother Nature has to offer is key to this industry and was instilled into him at a young age. He worked several years in restaurants and hotels before deciding to switch fully to the wine world and join the family business. Join Lorenzo to celebrate the beauty and tradition of the Italian wine harvest at this special dinner at The Bindery, which kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Reserve your spot via Tock; a $25 deposit per person is required.
Thur., Oct. 5: The Buffs Prime Time Coaches Show @ The Post Chicken & Beer, Boulder
Head to Boulder for hot chicken, cold beer, and CU football play-by-play with Coach Prime. The Coaches Show runs from noon to 1 p.m.; doors open at 10:30 p.m. Food is served based on arrival time. Main Room tickets go for $35 and include stage-front seating and lunch with a choice of a two-piece fried chicken plate with a side and a biscuit; a fried chicken sandwich and fries; or the Yoga Pants Salad, plus a beverage (beer, soda, or wine). The Lounge Lunch Special includes seating behind the stage room with a live stream of the Coaches Show, plus your choice of the same meal options above. The Student Lunch Special (available every Monday–Friday from noon to 4 p.m. with valid college ID and matching State ID for alcohol purchases) includes a two-piece fried chicken plate with a side and a biscuit for just $13. Go Buffs!
Fri., Oct. 6: Law School…Yes We Can Fundraiser @ Blanchard Family Wines
Sip, Swirl & Support at this third-annual wine-tasting fundraiser. Law School… Yes, We Can’s mission is to increase diversity in the legal profession in Colorado and to develop tomorrow’s diverse leaders in their professional careers. Your ticket $65 ticket, available via Tock, includes a four-wine tasting, charcuterie and cheese, and a $20 donation. Blanchard Family Wines is also offering a 20% giveback donation on all bottle sales this evening.
Sat., Oct. 7: Fall BBQ Fest @ AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q
This Michelin Bib Gourmand hot spot invites you to come by to try a limited-release Colorado bison house-made sausage. For doing so, you’ll get about a half pound of sausage, two sides, German beer, and live music on the back patio—all but a guaranteed good time, and the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and you tickets are $45 via Tock.
Sat., Oct. 7: Block Party 2023 @ Woods Boss Brewing Company
Woods Boss Brewing Company is bringing back the Block Party, returning for its fourth year to the Ballpark neighborhood. Held in partnership with the brewery, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and members of the local community, Block Party 2023 runs from noon to 10 p.m. at the intersection of 22nd and California streets. Stop by for live music, a vendor fair, several food options, brand-new beers from Woods Boss, and more. The stellar sonic lineup kicks off with award-winning blues band Delta Sonics at 3 p.m., followed by No Hands Brass Band at 4:30 p.m.. Starting at 6 p.m., the show goes retro with Chameleon, a 311 cover band, and at 8 p.m., El Paso Lasso belts out your favorite 90s and 2000s anthems. Food trucks Delylah Tacos and Vicky’s Thai Kitchen will be on hand serving upscale tacos and delicious rice and noodle dishes, in addition to Twisted Jack’s Soft Pretzels which will be available in the 2200 California Street space. Local food favorites include Little Bodega and Solutions Lounge & Restaurant. For each pint of beer purchased, visitors will receive a ticket and Woods Boss will award prizes hourly throughout the event, including free beers, crowlers, 6-packs, and t-shirts. Visitors can also craft a handmade souvenir: hats, plants, and coasters, from the Lids On Tap by Crafted Mfg custom makers station in The Lodge at Woods Boss, challenge friends to lawn games, and pick up pre-reserved custom Woods Boss Silipints.
Sun., Oct. 8: Denver Women’s Clothing Swap @ Left Hand Brewing Co.
Better known in some (ok, my) circles as a bitch & switch, clothing swaps are the perfect way to clear out your closet of those garbs you don’t want to just give away because you love them too much to not see them go to a good home. Instead, you bring them to a fun hang session with other women who also bring their free-to-a-good-home threads and voila! You trade and everyone wins. At Left Hand Brewery, Denver Sociale Club presents the Denver Women’s Sociale Mixer, where you can meet, mingle, and make new connections with amazing women from your community as well as an (optional) clothing swap. The amazing raffles for prize packages that include pampering spa packages and stylish accessories are just a bonus—and an added incentive to clean out your closet. Tis the season! Find all the details you need to know on Eventbrite here.