5 Bars Where You're Most Likely to See a Celebrity in Denver
Located directly between LA and NYC, quite a few celebrities make a stop in Colorado, for reasons both business and pleasure. Whether it’s up on the slopes or here in the Mile High City, check out these five spots where you're likely to catch a famous face or two.
The Capital Grille: The Capital Grille is a major sponsor of the Denver Nuggets, and as a result, many of the players get their steak fix at this Larimer Square establishment. It is also the place for business honchos and politicos to make deals over lunch, so you never know who'll you'll see. Even if you don't see anyone in person, it’s fun to check the famous names on the wine lockers in the front bar (1450 Larimer St.; 303-539-2300).
Elway’s: There's a sports connection here too, because this bar is owned by top Bronco’s executive and Superbowl MVP John Elway. Furthermore, his restaurants have developed such an excellent reputation that you’ll find celebs of kinds dining at one of the two Denver locations, or chillin’ at the outpost up at the slopes of Vail. Besides athletes, look for local politicians, CEOs and glitterati like Oprah, when she comes to town (Downtown: The Ritz-Carlton Denver, 1881 Curtis St.; 303-312-3107; Cherry Creek: 2400 E. First Ave.; 303-399-5353; Vail: 174 E. Gore Creek Dr.; 970-754-7818).
Ship Tavern: This refined bar and grill is located inside Denver’s grand dame of hotels, The Brown Palace, which has hosted presidents, prime ministers, film stars and other celebrities since 1892. The hotel even has rooms named after the celebs that have stayed there — try the Beatles Suite. The Ship Tavern serves Denver’s best prime rib and offers a fine selection of Colorado beer and wine. Just remember to keep your cool when bumping elbows with George Clooney or Leo DiCaprio (321 17th St.; 800-321-2599).
El Chapultepec: Part dingy dive, part refined jazz club, this bar has been dazzling Denver with great music since 1933. All the greats have played here — think Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Although the great jazz musicians of the past may be gone, the bar is still filled with music by outstanding local musicians and, well, one never knows who might show up and start jamming on the stage. Paul McCartney anyone? (1962 Market St.; 720-276-2455).
Pepsi Center: At first glance, this may not seem like a celeb hang out, but think about it: with the popularity of the NBA soaring, courtside at a Nuggets game is where the stars want to be. We've spotted (albeit via broadcast) sports stars Payton Manning and Troy Tulowitzki, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Khloe Kardashian, LaLa Vasquez and her friend Ciara, Dallas Maverick’s owner and Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban, local gazillionaire Stan Kroenke and Isaac Slade of The Fray, to name just a few (1000 Chopper Cir.; 303-404-1100; TicketHorse 866-461-6556 or 303-53HORSE)