New to the Mile High City? RiNo—a.k.a. Denver’s River North Art District—is chock-full of creative eateries, live music sets, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and party halls. Here’s our list of favorites to get the evening started—or carry you well into the night. If you go midweek, don’t get too crazy (it will be hard to go home) and make sure you’re rested up (enough) for work the next day. Or else—no more office keg brews for you.
Here are our favorite bars around RiNo (in no particular order)
Full of attitude and zest, the Ratio founders sharpened their love for global-wide beer as musicians on tour. Now, they’ve transitioned from performing artists to crafters of a new pour. Utilizing a state-of-the-art 20-barrel system the scene is inclusively magnetic to any and all types of folk. Try the Dear You French Saison, Hold Steady chocolate rye scotch ale, Antidote IPA or countless others delicious taps.
When you get hungry, don’t get hangry: rotating food trucks are outside, and they often hold beer and food pairings (like the one from Church of Cupcakes.)
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
Who doesn’t love the practicality of drinking wine out of a can? The Infinite Monkey Theorem has built its pretense-liberating, edgy reputation off the premise of nonconventional class: “back alley winemaking at its finest.”
The 15,000-square-foot joint offers cool events like book club gatherings, yoga practice, sewing class, 80s-night DJ throw-downs—and the list continues. And the grapes come predominantly from the Western slope of Colorado.
Portland isn’t the only city with food truck pods. Finn’s Manor is steaming grounds for a food-on-wheels hub, plus a cocktail bar featuring 16 rotating taps and 369 spirits. That’s 20 gins, 28 tequilas, 24 mezcals, 70 rums, 161 whiskeys, and 57 brandies and liqueurs.
Full of sass and spice, this two-story restaurant-bar features one of the best patios in Denver, pastel-popping wall art and insanely good tacos. Expect a wait—but it’s worth every moment (and free chips). The coin and skinny style Los Margs are both delicious.
A modern jazz and supper club, Nocturne hails to the successful autonomy of a New York City venue: mysterious, slightly clandestine, sexy. It’s all about attitude, right? And really great mood lighting. The menu is up-scale, as is the music. Plan on going for a special occasion. Or, if you’re going for a cocktail, set aside at least an hour or two (there is a cover at the door).
This industrial-fashioned space delivers a progressive wood-and-metal aesthetic as attractive as the well-thought cocktail menu. A list of specialties includes drinks like #26: Bulliet Rye Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Cynar and Apple Bitters. Plus all the classic cocktails, wine, and a pointed—therefore on point—menu.
This underground bar is home to a stellar covered-and-concealed patio that’s open year-round. From jazz to open mic performances, the hideaway’s stage is graced with incredible musicians any late-night of the week. (Ahem: The Lumineers frequented the Meadowlark’s mic before they blew up.)
Celebrating the neighborhood’s heritage, the interior space of Matchbox has reserved its original rustic flair—red brick and metal—and is ready to deliver a party. Matchbox is sure to get the groove going with its blasting music, booze, and the bocce ball court out back.
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