From Stormy Days to Happy Hour Sunshine

BY Gabriela Reyes


Get ready to embrace the summer spirit in Denver! After enduring a snow-filled winter and a rainy spring, the city is eager to bask in the warmth and sunshine. We’ve weathered some astonishing stormy days, including an unexpected tornado warning that had even long-time Colorado residents concerned. According to Accuweather, the forecast now calls for a return to clear skies and toasty temperatures, with highs ranging from the 80s to the low 90s. With the heat wave approaching, finding the perfect spots to stay hydrated and indulge in refreshing treats is essential. Look no further as we present three delightful establishments where you can quench your thirst and immerse yourself in the ultimate summer vibes.


5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Monday – Friday 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

JING in Greenwood Village is the place to be for an exquisite and unforgettable happy hour. With additional locations in Aspen and Las Vegas and more on the way, this upscale restaurant offers a dining experience full of sophistication and flavor. Step inside to discover a stylish indoor lounge, an elegant dining room, and a serene patio where you can unwind and savor every moment.

Led by a team of talented women, JING showcases a delicious seafood and steak menu that caters to all occasions, from lunch to happy hour and beyond. Start off your happy hour adventure with their delightful seasonal Watermelon Salad and delectable Honey Whipped Feta Spread. Don’t miss out on their perennial favorite, the mouthwatering Kobe beef sliders.

Prepare to be captivated by JING’s extraordinary cocktail program, where innovation takes center stage. Experience the artistry of dry ice, stunning stencil designs, glitter, and for the adventurous souls, a daring buzz blossom. Mark your calendars for a truly special occasion on July 12, as Chef Thomas Griese presents a five-course tasting menu for a memorable chef dinner. We hope to see you at this remarkable culinary event.

Apple Blossom

822 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

Monday – Saturday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Indulge in the epitome of hotel lounges at Apple Blossom, nestled within the elegant Hyatt Centric. As a quintessential lounge and restaurant, it promises a sensory journey of visual delight and culinary satisfaction. I stumbled upon this spot during a scorching day; Apple Blossom’s Happy Hour beckoned with its relaxed ambiance and proximity to my friend. With my parched throat instantly quenched by a refreshing glass of water, the mixologist skillfully crafted my Porch Pounder Punch. One sip was all it took for me to eagerly pass it to my friend, insisting they experience the blissfully concocted, revitalizing elixir.

During Happy Hour, Apple Blossom’s cocktails are a steal at $8, while house wines grace the menu at $7. Beer aficionados can relish $2 off draft beers or opt for local favorites like Coors Light or Blue Moon, priced at just $5. As impeccable as the libations were, the menu mirrored the same commitment to excellence, evident in every delectable bite. We indulged in the divine East Coast Oysters accompanied by a gooseberry mignonette and a couple of sliders: the tantalizing Spam Banh Mi and the mouthwatering AB Burger Slider. The quality of ingredients shone through in each meticulously crafted “Snack,” leaving an indelible impression.

The best part? Each culinary delight was priced under $10, making it an irresistible choice for the discerning diner. So, take a seat, relish in the inviting ambiance, and allow yourself to be captivated by the freshness and flavors of Apple Blossom. From a blissful Happy Hour to a sumptuous dinner, this delightful haven promises an unforgettable experience for your taste buds.

STK Steakhouse

1550 Market St, Denver, CO 80202

Monday – Friday 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday – Thursday 10:00 PM – Close
Saturday – Sunday 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary experience as STK unveils its highly anticipated summer menu, featuring an enticing array of cocktails, happy hour delights, and the star ingredient of the season: watermelon. Located in downtown Denver, STK is the destination for those seeking vibrant energy. Step into their lively bar, where a DJ frequently sets the tone, or explore the energetic dining room, private dining options, and charming covered patio. The dynamic ambiance is complemented by an exceptional staff that ensures your visit is spectacular.

STK’s summer menu invites you to indulge in an array of delectable options, with prices ranging from $3, $6, and $9. Treat yourself to the tantalizing Lil’ Brgs, savor the delightful Happy Surf & Turf, or relish the sumptuous Wagyu, available in various preparations. Complementing the culinary offerings, STK’s drink selection is equally impressive, with an enticing variety of libations priced at $9. From the classic allure of a Tequila Sunrise to the velvety sophistication of an Espresso Martini, each sip promises to delight your senses.

Join the vibrant atmosphere at STK and immerse yourself in the perfect blend of exceptional flavors, captivating drinks, and an ambiance that exudes lively energy. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this culinary haven where artistry meets vibrant entertainment.


Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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