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Throughout the summer months, el Camino's rooftop garden blossoms with organic cilantro and mint leaves, providing ultra-fresh accouterments for the eatery's Mexican feasts. And though the small garden doesn’t cultivate all of el Camino’s ingredients, the rest of the bounty originates not too far from Highland. For example, the eatery's chefs stuff housemade tamales, tacos, and other lunch and dinner specialties with all-natural chicken, beef, and pork from local vendor Anderson Meats. They create guacamole, salsa, and each and every dessert completely from scratch, using produce supplied by two Colorado companies, Red Hat Foods and Arroyo Produce. Beyond supporting the local economy, el Camino tries to preserve the entire ecosystem by operating on 100% wind power and recycling all of its cans, bottles, and cardboard cutouts of Al Gore.

While satisfying hunger with decadent, locally sourced food, including a daily brunch, el Camino sates rippling thirsts for both beer and entertainment. The bar pours drafts from the likes of Del Norte, Avery, and Great Divide breweries, and mixes up potent bloody marys, mimosas, and sangria. Every night of the week brings a different treat, such as $1 street tacos on Tuesday and the Tito Del Barrio Malaga flamenco band every Saturday.

3628 W 32nd Ave
Denver,
CO
US

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.

1550 Court Pl
Denver,
CO
US

A year after Scott Kerkmans created the role of Chief Beer Officer for the Four Points by Sheraton hotels, it began to get around that Denver was the "Napa Valley of Beer." As NPR later reports, the rumor is a culmination of a life spent steeped in beer culture. Before creating Colorado Beer Week and beating out more than 7,000 applicants for the title of CBO, Kerkmans was on the production side at Alaskan Brewing Company. He’s since authored articles for Draft Magazine, taught at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, and judged burped renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Great American Beer Festival. He shares his taste in microbrews with more than 140 hotels and restaurants worldwide through the Four Point's beer program, but keeps his feet planted firmly on his home turf during his nine-day spring festival, which highlights the finest pours from Colorado breweries including New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Ska Brewing Company.

1530 Blake Street
Denver,
CO
US

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.

2203 Larimer St
Denver,
CO
US

Fill up on fare at 5280's editor's pick for Top New Bar with today's Groupon. For $25, you'll get $50 worth of hearty grub and Colorado-based brews at Jonesy's EatBar, a warm and cuddly dinnery that houses an original soda fountain from an original 1950s pharmacy.

400 E 20th Ave
Denver,
CO
US

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.

700 E 17th Ave
Denver,
CO
US