Neighborhood Pub Crawl: Historic Larimer Square

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Neighborhood Pub Crawl: Historic Larimer Square

As Old West stories go, they don’t get any older or more Western than Larimer Square in Denver. Founded by a group of the city’s original settlers during the Gold Rush, Larimer has existed since 1858. As a place run by prospectors, solders and cowboys, Larimer had its share of saloons and dance halls. Over 150 years later, that hasn’t changed a bit. Covering an area of only 142,000 square feet, it also makes for a very self-contained pub crawl. Let’s take a drinking tour of historic Larimer Square.

Comedy Works
This is one of country’s oldest, most successful comedy clubs, opened in 1981. It is also a favorite performing haunt for national acts like Dave Chappell and Joe Rogan, so Denverites can expect a steady stream of national comics along with up and coming hot shots. With two to three shows across six nights a week, visitors can also schedule their bar crawl around performances. Consider the early show as a funny happy hour or choose the closer to cap off the night. The two drink minimum is no joke. (1226 15th St.; 303-595-3637)

Corridor 44
Champagne rules at Denver’s only champagne bar. Sip on a selection of bubbly that numbers in the dozens, from the simple to the sublime and even rare bottles. Pair with seductive foods from oysters to chocolate truffles to lamb chop lollipops. (1433 Larimer St.; 303-893-0044)

The Crimson Room
Located behind an intriguing red door, The Crimson Room is where Denver’s elite meet. Larimer Square’s true red carpet event center, the bar features Swarovski crystal pendant lighting and a 31-inch gold flecked Cambria Quartz bar.  Guests can also become members with bottle service, VIP access and a concierge. Dress code required. (1403 Larimer St.; 720-693-6987)

Cru Food & Wine Bar
The crew at Cru offers over 300 bottles of wines and over 40 premium wines by the glass. Happy hour here is called “Relax and Un-Wine” Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 PM. The food menu is inspired by Napa Valley, but the atmosphere is completely Colorado. (1442 Larimer St.; 303-893-9463)

Euclid Hall
Beer is king at Euclid Hall, where 13 taps pour the finest craft from around the world. Canned and bottled beers are divided into categories ranging from Arithmetic, easy-drinking session beers, to Trigonometry, more complex beers, to Quantum Mechanics, beers over 7% ABV. The bar also features world-class pub food including house-made sausages and schnitzels. (1317 14th St.; 303-595-4255)

Green Russell
The Green Russell has no sign on the door and an interesting entrance. The entrance is inside Wednesday’s Pie Shop in underground Larimer Square. Wednesday’s Pie Shop is a real pie shop that sells pie only on Wednesdays starting at 11 AM. The Green Russell, however, is open daily at 5 PM.  The bartenders at GR are considered the best in Denver, so just pass through the pie shop to get to the best cocktails in town. (1422 Larimer St.; 303-893-6505)

Maloney’s Tavern
Maloney’s is Larimer Square’s neighborhood bar. Enjoy a variety of draft beer and pub food in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with pool tables, dart boards and TVs. (1432 Market St.; 303-825-1990)

Mynt Mojito Lounge
Mynt brings a sexy Latin flare to Larimer Square. As expected, guests will find a variety of mojitos here and they are available by the pitcher as well as the glass. Enjoy a Latin-flavored small plate menu to go with all those mojitos and martinis. (1428 Market St.; 303-825-6968)

TAG
Chef Troy Guard’s original Denver restaurant, TAG has been pleasing both diners and drinkers since it opened a few short years ago. While TAG’s claim to fame is its world-mix menu, TAG prides itself on serving drinks just as delicious and well-crafted as the food. Current specialty cocktails include the Mead of Thor made with Leopold Bros Apple Whiskey, Amante Picante using Tequila and the Poinsettia Flip with Dolin Genepy Des Aples. (1441 Larimer St.; 303-996- 9985)

Tamayo
Denver’s largest selection of fine tequilas is under Tamayo’s roof and along with all that agave are some fine margaritas as well. There are 100 tequilas, mezcals and other agave-based spirits to choose from. Tamayo also has one of Denver’s best views which you can see on the western facing rooftop patio. (1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433)

VIE Luxe Nightclub
Just opened in December, VIE is Denver’s new sophisticated nightclub featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and some aggressive cocktails. Find the city’s best DJs pumping out a mix of dance and techno. (1427 Larimer St.; 720-256-0010)

NOTE: While it has not become reality yet, Larimer Square is working with the city to become a “Common Consumption” area, much like downtown Greeley. That simply means you can carry your beverages with you from bar to bar on the sidewalk. Stay tuned to Drink Denver for progress on that front.

Photos (Larimer, Euclid Hall and TAG) by Carrie Dow


Tags: Bar Crawl, Beer, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Wine
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