At their 11th Street facility, Verso invites guests to sample its Colorado-made vintages of cabernet sauvignon. Anniversary parties, wedding banquets, and corporate functions of up to 40 people learn about the finer points of winemaking with fun tastings and classes, while smaller private parties relax with small plates, appetizers, and drinks. Visitors can sip and mingle amid wine barrels, or relish in the experience of tasting wine twelve feet above floor level.
Sourcing grapes from California and its native Colorado, Ryker's Cellars' winemaker transform the fruit into mature, complex wines onsite. Available in six styles, the varietals range from dry, pre-dinner riesling to cabernet, with a rich, spicy bouquet of dark fruit, currants, and leather. Visitors can sample each of the wines at the tasting room or purchase a bottle or case to shatter on their cars before embarking on long journeys.
It may call itself Central Bistro & Bar and characterize itself straightforwardly as an American restaurant, but the eatery's aspirations take it far from the middle of the road. The menu collects favorite comfort foods from across the country, then gives them a just-clever-enough twist. For instance, the Wisconsin cheese curds come with a sauce of preserved tomatoes, rhubarb chutney sweetens the chicken breast, and the mac and cheese is enriched by mascarpone and topped with crab.
Central Bistro & Bar's design also pays tribute to American heritage. The weathered materials—reclaimed from boxcars—complement brick walls and mod light fixtures, such as a giant lamp spelling out "HOT" that's actually half of an old hotel sign. Close inspection also reveals vintage pieces that owner Isiah Salazar found throughout the city, rather than in just one old guy's basement.
As cool as the decor and menu are, Central owner Isiah Salazar told Eater Denver that "the people are what I'm most proud of." Denver Post's William Porter would probably agree with that assessment, noting that "waiters are cheery, quick with good-natured banter . . . it makes for a warm feeling." The bar extends the warmth with a roster of classic and house cocktails centered on perhaps the most American of spirits, whiskey.
It's fast. It's fun. It's for the kids. Dance Dash 5K participants can walk or run the race, but everyone stops along the way to learn a new way to move. It might be a swing dance, a line dance, a hip-hop dance, or the secret steps of the Hokey Pokey. At the end of the race, the whole group brings their brand-new skills together for a huge, flash-mob dance party. It's all to benefit Children's Specialized Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. As they raise additional fund through their personal fundraising page, participants can unlock incentives at certain levels along the way.
Mile High Winery owner and vintner Jon Brickner views winemaking as an art form. When he was searching for the perfect space to open his first operation, Winter Park Winery, Jon met his wife Cassidi, who ran a graphic- and web-design firm. Since then, the two have joined forces to outfit their tasting rooms and wine labels with a colorful and distinct look.
The Brickner’s devotion to creativity carries over to Mile High Winery, where Jon continues to churn out handcrafted wines, especially bold reds. Here, the flavors of downtown Denver and its RiNo art district manifest in the form of live music performances, food tastings, and painting classes. But make no mistake: the wine is still the star, with Jon’s creations including an earthy merlot and a medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon infused with hints of berry.
There?s at least one libation per square foot inside SIP Fine Wine and Spirits: the nearly 3,000-square-foot exposed brick emporium houses racks and coolers packed with 3,000-plus adult beverages. Most of these are wine?in fact, a rotating stock of more than 2,500 bottles from all around the world lines SIP?s handcrafted shelves.
High-end spirits fill the rest of the store along with an extensive selection of local beers and 22-ounce bombers. Through SIP?s mix 'n' match program, patrons can assemble customized six-packs of these brews, rather than wishfully relabeling all their Bud Lights with a Sharpie. Curbside pickup and delivery services supply on-the-go customers with their favorite libations, while in-store tastings every Thursday and Saturday treat visitors to free samples.