Denver's Inventive Bloody Marys

Morning zing
August 11, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Bloody Marys are never afraid to be daring. The acidic cocktail is taken to the next level at these Denver brunch spots.

Beast + Bottle
New American · Uptown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Great for brunch" but "even better for date night" , this "cute" Uptown "gem" is "warm and cozy" with a "locally sourced" New American menu that's "cool" and "imaginative" , paired with "wines and cocktails that are out of this world" ; though not inexpensive, it's "fine dining" that delivers "consistently good value" , bolstered by a "knowledgeable" , "personable" crew.
Old Major
New American · LoHi · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Everything you want in fine dining and everything you want in comfort food all at once” can be yours at this New American “carnivore’s nirvana” in LoHi, especially if you “love pork – it’s everywhere” thanks to the in-house butchery program, and it’s “prepared to perfection” ; tabs are on par with the "special" experience, and while “hipsters will feel right at home” amid the “overly bearded” crowds sampling “fun, tasty cocktails” , the "attentive, knowledgeable staff” keeps it "welcoming" for all.
Stoic & Genuine
Seafood · LoDo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

An "impressive" oyster roster and other "creative" , "savory" seafood dishes make a splash at this "gourmet" sibling of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall in LoDo's Union Station, enhanced by "knowledgeable" service and cocktails from the "amazing" granita bar; while "beautiful" , the high-ceilinged yet narrow space can get "a little cramped" , and so can your budget (it's "terribly expensive" for "small" portions), but some opt to "sit out on the patio, people-watch and enjoy a good happy hour" for a real "treat."
EDGE Restaurant & Bar
Steakhouse · Central Business District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Well-executed" steaks and seafood plus other "thoughtful creations" round out the "reliably excellent" menu of this "contemporary" chophouse in the Four Seasons Downtown, where "top-notch service" is to be expected; the "prices make it more suitable for special occasions" , perhaps, but "if budget is a concern, happy hour in the bar is the way to go."
Lola Coastal Mexican
Mexican · LoHi · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

The "high-energy" dining room of this "hipsterrific" , "tequila-shootin' romp" in LoHi is "always packed" with "beautiful people" having a "fun-as-hell" time over "wonderful" , "highbrow" Mexican plates, from "custom-crafted" tableside guacamole to "great raw-bar" items; "expect to pay a bit more, but" "happy hour is a deal" , so an "after-work rendezvous" on the "rockin' patio" with a round of "imaginative drinks" is always an option – as is brunch, as "hopping" as ever.
The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar
American · Central Business District · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“From breakfast to late night” , “for happy hour or post-theater snacks” , the wildly eclectic menu at The Curtis Hotel’s “fun” , “funky” signature eatery “convenient” to the Denver Performing Arts Center “has something for everyone” at “reasonable prices” – and “ah, the martinis” that drive “the busy bar scene” ; the "thing not to miss" , though, is the weekend brunch.
The Pig & The Sprout
New American · LoDo · $$

From versatile salads and burgers to inventive small plates, entrees and cocktails, the seasonal New American menu runs the gastropub gamut at this bi-level, loftlike hangout in the burgeoning Union Station North neighborhood.