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.
In February, you can keep up with a trio of slippery-tongued soccer moms as a random Sunday day at the field evolves into an unexpectedly animated adventure. Laugh-inducing ladies Gina Wencel, Megan Van De Hey, and Emily Paton Davies thrill audiences with their suburban housewife hijinks, including gym-teacher seduction, impromptu goal kicking, and nonstop gossiping. Catch the show Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through the month of February. In March, welcome Denver native Nick Ross back to the stage with his nationally acclaimed show Highly Evolved Human. Attempting to resolve the mental fallout of his diagnosis and experience with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Ross's performance is an inspiring and acclaimed comedic romp through the human spirit.
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.