Unveiling Denver’s Drink Delights

BY Gabriela Reyes


Have you taken notice of the month-long jubilation as nearly every restaurant commemorates its anniversary? As the opening season unfolds, Denver emerges as the grand stage for the premiere of an array of innovative restaurants and bars. The flurry of openings has been so exhilarating that you might just find yourself inadvertently overlooking some of the most remarkable newcomers.

In light of this exciting culinary landscape, we are thrilled to present to you a curated selection of four enchanting establishments that have poured their creativity into crafting exceptional drink experiences. As the summer heat continues, what better way to refresh your spirit than by embarking on a thrilling exploration of new and enticing locales?

Our journey through Denver will guide you to captivating stops along S Broadway, Cherry Creek, Downtown, and Wheat Ridge. Whether you’re seeking proximity or embarking on a quest to savor different neighborhoods, this lineup promises an adventure for every palate.

Discover the unique essence of each venue through their own words, and then gather your fellow aficionados of libations to embark on a remarkable expedition through the heart of the city. Let’s raise a toast to the artistry of these establishments and to the indelible memories waiting to be etched into your Denver experience!

Desert Social Bar & Lounge

1312 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

“Immerse yourself in an atmosphere where meticulous detailing harmonizes effortlessly with the refined preferences of those who yearn for more than a mere beverage – an unfolding experience. Desert Social Bar & Lounge transcends the boundaries of a conventional cocktail bar; it stands as a sanctuary, an embrace where community, ambiance, and elevated libations unite in perfect symphony.”

Ay Papi

248 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206

“Welcome to Ay Papi, a vibrant and energetic cocktail bar, where Latin inspiration meets the party vibes of Cuba through the lens of Miami. At our bar, we celebrate the rich culture and flavors of Puerto Rico, infusing them into our diverse selection of cocktails. With a focus on rum, while embracing all spirits, our establishment invites you to embark on a journey to Miami and indulge in a sexy cocktail lounge experience. So, come on in and let the energy and vibes transport you to a world of Latin-inspired libations. ¡Ay, Papi!”

Emerald Eye

1403 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

“Hidden beneath Downtown Denver’s historic Larimer Square, Emerald Eye is a dark tropical cocktail bar inspired by the Caribbean circa 1955. Featuring modern riffs on classic cocktails, a thoughtfully curated rum and agave program, and weekend DJ nights — Emerald Eye is here for you when you want to get lost or when you are looking to be found. A delicate little oasis that is here to embrace in times of love and heartbreak.”

Wolf + Wildflower

7190 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

“Discover the perfect blend of sophistication and rustic charm at Wolf + Wildflower, a wine bar in Wheat Ridge, CO. Indulge in our exquisite and enticing selection of small bites, refreshing salads, and artisanal charcuterie” to accompany any glass of wine. Plan your visit any day from Tuesday through Sunday and cheers to a great time!


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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