To say The Cork House Broker Restaurant is a wine restaurant that just happens to serve food wouldn't be totally inaccurate. The extensive wine list encompasses a wide range, welcoming bottles of sparkling and still, red and white, inexpensive and indulgent. Those who join the restaurant's wine club receive exclusive invitations to events such as wine dinners, tastings, cooking classes, and meet-and-greets with winemakers.
With that said, the restaurant’s chefs certainly know their way around the kitchen. Guests can pair their wines with a flight of carefully curated cheeses, made from goat's and cow's milks, or consult a dinner menu filled with timeless entrees including steak diane, french onion soup, and fabulous mussels. Meals unfold in the restaurant’s intimate dining room or under the patio’s generously shady cover of trees.
Whiskey Bar embodies its name by hosting a whiskey list that holds more than 180 varieties, accompanied by local microbrews and high-definition entertainment. The classic Tennessee-born Jack Daniels ($5) shares space with glasses of Woodford Reserve bourbon ($5) and a rich 15-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbon ($9) to intrigue sippers' palates. A consistently rotating $3 whiskey of the day encourages imbibers to dip into Whiskey Bar's vast selection and glean knowledge to counter slanderous statements against whiskey's honor. Or celebrate Colorado's microbrewers with a different $3 local draft beer daily—accompanying nine other sudsy pours on tap—and bottles for $4.50.
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At the start of the 20th century, Denver's lower downtown district teemed with warehouses and brothels. These days, it's home to sports bars and ballparks. Only steps away from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, stands Sports Column, a bar operating from a warehouse formerly occupied by the U.S. Transfer and Storage Company. To honor the space's long history, Sports Column's proprietors preserved the building's grain elevator and installed a handcrafted replica of a Gold Rush-era bar.
When they're not shooing away confused gold prospectors, bartenders serve domestic drafts, local craft beers, and a wealth of spirits. Libations complement the bar food of Chef John Armour, whose hearty dishes include brats topped with spicy beer mustard and half-pound burgers stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos. For diners lounging on the rooftop patio or watching the game on the bar's plethora of HDTVs, John and his team whip up feasts until 1 a.m. every night.