With owners transplanted from the Emerald Isle, Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Bar is riddled with authentic Irish flourishes. The furniture, for example, was all imported from Nugent and Gibney Ltd in Ireland. Up to 500 people gather around the hand-carved tables, feasting on Icelandic cod battered with Harp Lager and burgers crowned with corned beef. Kathleen St. John of the Denver Post notes that the selection of food stands out among a sea of Irish pubs: “Katie Mullen's menu is intensely Irish, but that doesn't mean bland corned beef and cabbage.” In the kitchen, chefs combine diced lamb, veal demi-glace, and fresh herbs in slowly roiling pots of irish stew.
The fare fills the 11,500-square-foot interior with revelry, the clatter of silverware reverberating through four themed rooms: the Victorian bar, the Shop bar, the Pharmacy bar, and the Gaelic bar. Lights dangle from marbled and copper-paneled ceilings, and dark-wood and stone accents surround diners in each room. The same stonework, along with curlicues of wrought iron, warms in the sun around the large outdoor patio. On the weekends, live musicians strum their guitars and rock through ballads about how many pairs of sunglasses you should be wearing.
Scriprov sends two venerable comedic traditions colliding together in shows that catch the cast off guard as much as the audience. In each vignette, a cadre of actors runs straight through a scene before substituting one of their own with an improviser who hasn't seen the script, forcing the new arrival to hold his or her own with spur-of-the-moment dialogue and the constantly repeated mantra that this is not just a terrifying dream. Denver-based Dishwater Blondes supplies the evening’s ad-libbers while a collection of Avenue-affiliated actors play the scenes’ straight men. Conceived by erstwhile street performer Dave Shirley, Rattlebrain has been characterized as "ridiculous, inventive and yet oddly old-school fun" by the Denver Post. Combining the veteran funnyman’s myriad oddball talents, the show segues effortlessly from shadow puppetry to juggling to deliberately awkward bits of music and ventriloquism.
Hamburger Mary's expert sandwich stackers plate up an array of classic American fare to fill stomachs to the brim within a quirky, charismatic setting. Like a George Washington–inspired leisure suit collection, the burger-laden menu fuses traditional and modern tastes, creating half-pound Angus delicacies such as the Queen Mary burger, with melted cheddar and monterey jack, grilled onions, and applewood-smoked bacon ($10.95). Anchor incisors into the blue-cheesy Blue Boy burger with applewood-smoked bacon ($10.95), or start a mouth fire with the Mile High Flamer, smothered in homemade green chili and topped with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and diced tomatoes ($11.50). The Saturday and Sunday brunch serves up midmorning munchables, such as the California Benedict, featuring two poached eggs, tomatoes, and avocados atop an english muffin, all drizzled in hollandaise sauce ($9.95). Wash down early eats with a Smirnoff Bloody Mary ($4) or a mimosa ($2), soothing the week's damages like a Barry White lullaby.
Wild Bangkok's team of chefs employs award-winning expertise gleaned from multiple continents to fashion a menu that offers authentic Thai fare made with healthy, organic, and locally derived ingredients. A full bar shines behind the marigold- and purple-hued dining space, with barkeeps standing by to uncap beers or pour, shake, and stir a variety of classic cocktails. The dining area's shoulder-stimulating booths accommodate both romantic dinners and group outings.