Though standard watering holes don’t bubble up with nearly the frequency of breweries around here, this weekend brought the arrival of two: one a cozy Boulder wine bar, the other a swanky LoDo rendezvous. Here's what you can expect at both.
Having worked for world-renowned importer/distributor Kermit Lynch, Emily Gold knows a thing or two about wine. Now she’s harnessing that expertise in service of her debut venture Pour Ma Gueule (French for “for my mouth”), which opened just off Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall on Friday with a charmingly rustic look (above) and a mission to help budding oenophiles “learn about wine at their own pace.”
The Drinks: It's all about “lively, high-acid,” food-friendly wines, primarily from France and Italy, says Gold, who keeps about 45 bottles and a handful of by-the-glass pours on heavy rotation. If you’ve never had a dry Lambrusco, an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or Cabernet Franc-based Chinon from the Loire Valley, this is your chance. Needless to say, cocktails don’t play a starring role, but bar manager Burton Daniel (ex-Bitter Bar) is here to guarantee you a proper one, just in case.
The Food: Also formerly of the Bitter Bar, chef Salvatore Proia has put together a Mediterranean-influenced menu of small and larger plates that’s tailor-made for mixing, matching and pairing. Think lamb meatballs with caponata, fava bean-ricotta crostini and grilled octopus with borlotti beans. 2018 10th St., Boulder; 303-786-8585; Open Wednesday-Monday 4-11 PM
On the mezzanine of the newly reopened Union Station, the Crawford Hotel’s ultra-posh hideaway officially opens today to give Denverites a dose of Old Hollywood glam (pictured top). Surrounded by marble, creamy leather furnishings and the lights of downtown, you’ll be tempted to linger for hours, moving from aperitifs to nightcaps as the sky darkens through the picture windows.
The Drinks: Presented on an iPad, the beverage program centers on craft cocktails featuring local distilleries. But it also offers all the wines and premium spirits you could hope for, including a healthy array of scotches and fortified wines. Note that the beer list is relatively small — but then, there's plenty of that at Terminal Bar downstairs.
The Food: With so many new eateries to try on the first floor, management is smartly keeping its menu limited to oysters on the half-shell, caviar and lobster or shrimp cocktail (below) from the kitchen at Stoic & Genuine. But they may expand it with non-seafood nibbles in the future. In the meantime, you'll get a pretty little dish of cashews or smoked almonds with every drink (above). 1701 Wynkoop St.; 720-460-3738 Open daily 4 PM-midnight until August 18, 11AM-midnight thereafter