The Best Food + Drink Events in Denver This week, September 18th-24th

BY Steph Wilson


Another week, another roundup of the most delicious ways to dine around Denver right now. Without further ado, let’s get right to it: 

Sept. 19–24: Negroni Week

Location: Adrift Tiki Bar – 218 S. Broadway

This week, restaurants all over the world are mixing negronis for a great cause—and you should join the celebration. You can do just that at these participating locations: Deviation Distilling, Nocturne, Point Easy Denver, University Club, Fire Restaurant & Lounge, Hudson Hill, Rioja, ChoLon, Pony Up, Bistro Le Roux, YumCha, Poka Lola Social Club, The Marigold, Urban Farmer, Terminal Bar, Death & Co, Ultreia, Stoic & Genuine, Cart-Driver, Sunday Vinyl, Tavernetta, Gold Point, Room for Milly, El Five, Restaurant Olivia, Occidental, Williams & Graham, Toro, Lady Jane, Uncle Tim’s Cocktails, Side Pony, Bistro Vendôme, American Elm, Voghera Ristorante, Fellow Traveler, Marmalade Lounge, The Benson, Borealis, and Hideaway Steakhouse. Order the classic Italian cocktail at any of these locations, and a portion of your proceeds go to support Slow Food, a global movement of local communities and activists seeking to change the world through food and beverage. 

And, fun fact: Did you know there is such a thing as a Rum Negroni? Who better to create this twist on the classic Negroni than Adrift Tiki Bar? The Caribbean Harmony Negroni features a blend of two Carribean rums, Cappelletti Aperitivo, and dry vermouth to produce a deliciously sweet and funky Negroni with a tiki twist. This cocktail will be the featured cocktail for the week!

Sept. 19: Tapas & Tunes @ Reynard Social

Location: Reynard Social – Thompson Hotel, 6th Floor, 1616 Market St, Denver

From 6-9 pm, take a load off in the lively lounge and make the most of the drink specials and globally inspired bites while Phil.I.Am sets the tone with his 45s. Can’t make it this week? DJ Fancy Matthew brings experimental house and disco energy to the Thompson Hotel cocktail lounge for another edition of Tapas & Tunes on Sept. 26. More details here.

Sept. 20: September Sunset Party @ Corrida 

Location: Corrida – 1023 Walnut St #400, Boulder

For music and food lovers, this is an epic evening event that is not to be missed. Soak up the end of the summer season on Corrida‘s rooftop with a live concert performance from some of Boulder’s top hometown heroes. Get up close and personal with Lettuce‘s Eric Benny Bloom, Big Gigantic‘s Dominic Lalli, Pretty Light’s Borahm Lee, plus Hunter Roberts, Braxton Kahn, and DJ Ryan Nelii. Ticket pricing includes all-you-can-eat food (Spanish tapas, dry-aged beef, and classic Spanish desserts from Executive Chef Samuel McCandless) and endless wine, beer, and cocktails. Doors at 5 p.m.; concert at 6 p.m.; tix: $225 per person. Reserve

Sept. 21: Taming the Wild Dinner @ Bistro LeRoux 

Location: Bistro LeRoux – 1510 16th St, Denver

This special five-course dinner is featuring a diverse invasive species menu, artfully curated to tame the wild. Think: A dandelion green salad; crayfish & shrimp ballantine; steamed lionfish; wild boar porchetta; and honeysuckle ice cream. Musician Josh Lee will be infusing the air with the electric violin. A seat at the table is $200 per, and you can reserve yours via OpenTable. Proceeds support the Dear Jack Foundation, which addresses the physical and emotional needs of young adult cancer survivors. 

Sept. 22–Oct. 1: Bees Knees Week @ OAK at Fourteenth 

Location: OAK at Fourteenth- 1400 Pearl St., Boulder

As you probably know, Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition-era classic consisting of gin, lemon juice, and honey. Bar Hill Gin launched Bee’s Knees Week—similar to Negroni Week—in 2017 to bring together bars, restaurants, spirit stores, and cocktail fans across the country to spread awareness and protect our bees and other pollinators. It’s now the largest sustainability initiative in the spirits industry. this year’s celebration is taking place Sept. 22–Oct. 1, and OAK at Fourteenth is once again participating (over Negroni Week in fact). They will have a unique spin on the cocktail on their menu during the event—stop by to see what they have in store. Other participating restaurants include Restaurant Olivia, Cart-Driver, Cooper Lounge, Williams + Graham, Hickory + Ash, Blackbelly, and more. Though bees are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food, bee populations struggle due to habitat loss, climate change, disease, and more. For every photo shared with #beeskneesweek on social, Bar Hill plants 10 sq feet of new pollinator habitat.

Sept. 23: Feed Your Seoul Colorado Korean Culture Festival @ Tivoli Quad, Auroria Campus

Location: Korean Culture Festival – 1000 Larimer St, Denver, CO

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Tivoli Quad, Auraria Campus, the vibrant and rich tapestry of Korean culture is set to take center stage at the very first Colorado Korean Culture Festival at the Tivoli Quad. The Colorado Korean Culture Festival is an opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of Korean traditions, both past and present. From the traditional singers to the high-energy performances of contemporary KPop acts, the event is a true amalgamation of Korea’s historical legacy and modern artistry. The day promises to be a delicious haven for food lovers eager to savor the flavors of Korean cuisine. Admission is free, and you can find more info here

Sept. 24: You, Me & a Cup of Tea @ The Marigold

Location: The Marigold – 2721 Welton St, Denver

Dress for a ball of the ages and come dance to Marigold’s live DJ’s hip-hop beats, while savoring brunch and cocktails fit for high society. Rumor has it, a most enchanting affair awaits! At this high tea-inspired cocktail brunch, society’s secrets are safe but the revelry is not. Period-accurate attire is highly encouraged if you wish to catch the queen’s attention as the “diamond of the season.” RSVP here.


Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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