At Lyric Cinema Café, movie fans can get their fill of independent features, foreign films, and highbrow mainstream flicks in a quaint, intimate setting. Guests early to their selected screen times can relax in the Lyric Cinema's cozy lobby café, where film fanatics can fuel their critiquing tanks with atypical movie theater fare such as hummus, roasted eggplant and artichoke dip, or beer and wine (not included in this Groupon); chill out with board games on the comfy plaid sofa; or discuss the subtle political commentary in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Once your usher ushers you inside one of two intimate screening chambers, soundtrack your viewing with the gulp and crunch of your complimentary popcorn and drinks while lounging on the theater couches, or nibble discreetly while un-reclining in a traditional high-backed theater seat. Upcoming features include Blue Valentine, the piercing portrayal of a failing marriage (starting February 11), and The Illusionist, an animated picture from the writer and director of The Triplets of Bellville (opening February 18). Click here for a current list of showtimes and to check out the other cool goings-on at Lyric Cinema, including the free morning cartoons.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.
When guests at Elliot's Martini Bar want something savory, sweet, or spicy, they not only look to the the kitchen's tapas chefs, but first and foremost to the bartenders. The cocktail artists stock everything from cream cheese and bacon olives to rosemary- and thyme-infused simple syrups behind the bar. By mixing and matching these special add-ons, they concoct an extensive menu of classic and creative cocktails.
For sweeter creations, they mix orange and grapefruit vodkas with a splash of lemonade, cranberry juice, and rhubarb bitters, and they spice up nights with tequila topped off with tawny port and ginger beer. On the more savory side, the drink-slingers shake up vodka and gin with olive juice and hot sauce, garnished with gorgonzola blue cheese and olives.
While the drinks are this hot spot's specialty, chefs are on hand to help patrons soak up their libations and remember that their name is Pam Jenkins. They serve up a select menu of shareable tapas including open-faced toasted sandwiches and antipasta skewers.
Fluctuating prices, rising and falling according to customer demand, give The Sport eXchange's menu a Wall Street twist. The stock-exchange-themed eatery displays current rates on ticker tapes and reader boards throughout the dining room, enabling guests to time their orders to get the most sustenance for their Sacagawea. Slap a Hamilton on one of the ambrosial appetizers such as the sweet-potato fries ($4), fried pickles ($5), or quesadillas ($5), or upgrade to the 100% beef Fo-Co frank kept warm by a sheath of bacon, onions, bell peppers, and sriracha mayo ($7). Reel in the catfish po' boy swimming with cucumber rémoulade, lettuce, and tomatoes atop a baguette ($9), or couple a delectable dish with the chicken-tortilla soup, a mouthwatering mélange of poultry, corn, black beans, chili peppers, spices, cheese, and triangular tortilla chips that prove all equilateral shapes are created equal and, when salted properly, delicious.
Named after the famed surfing destination in Australia, Bondi Beach Bar brings the laid-back atmosphere and casual fare of Down Under to Fort Collins. Chefs fire up the grill to prepare shrimp, scallops, and fish fillets, spearing them on skewers or serving them alongside a dunk-worthy side of sweet chili sauce. You can pair the menu’s surf and turf offerings with local microbrews from New Belgium and Equinox or refreshing glasses of Australian wine.
Maiberry's inventive menu of craving-mollifying treats features organic frozen yogurt, raw juices, and more. The eatery's nonfat, rBST-free frozen yogurt, available in pomegranate, white-peach, mocha, and many other mouth-tickling flavors, is a chilly nosh that’s as smooth as a sweet-talking seal ($0.42/oz. at Denver and Fort Collins, $2.50+ at Boulder). Opt for glacée, a mouthwatering mix of classic shaved ice and italian gelato ($5.75), or all-natural fruit smoothies available in a slew of blended flavors to pamper tongues with a delightfully sacchariferous snack ($4.25 for a medium). Açaí bowls rich in antioxidants and proteins, as well as raw juices concocted from fresh produce and organic wheatgrass, serve as potent pick-me-ups, unlike strongmen wearing rubber gloves covered in grape jelly.