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6 Best Bars in Montreal

The most heavily populated city in the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second-most populous city in the entire country (after Toronto), Montreal is a brilliant, clean and very beautiful city that offers a countless number of sights and attractions.

A wonderfully diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis, Montreal was recently named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine, and the city is the undisputed hub for the country’s French-language media and theater industries.   Montreal hosts several cultural events, fairs and music festivals each year, and its nightlife scene is considered one of the best in North America.   This nightlife includes hundreds of great bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs, all designed to give the Montreal people (and tourists) a place to relax, party and let loose, if only for a while.

In the following article we have shined a light on several of these great Montreal drinking establishments, and provided a brief description of each—a description that includes each bar’s atmosphere and vibe, usual crowd, food and drink offerings, and the amenities/diversions available to customers.

Dieu du Ciel

Situated at 29 Avenue Laurier Quest in Montreal, the bar known as Dieu du Ciel, or “Good Lord” in English, is a quaint, yet exotic bar and lounge that is very popular among local residents.  Although a bit pricey, Dieu du Ciel offers a full menu of house microbrews, domestics and unusual imported beer selections, from stouts that are infused with chocolate malts to spicy red ales with peppercorn accents.

The interior of Dieu du Ciel is sleek and sophisticated, and the well-dressed bartenders rarely miss a drink order (in English or French).  The signature cocktail menu is as exotic as the selection of microbrews, including their Aphrodisiac Cocktails, whose ingredients are mainly secret, yet no less delicious.

Whiskey Café

Attracting a mostly affluent collection of local clientele, the Whiskey Café is an upscale and classy drinking establishment that should definitely be experienced at least once.  At the Whiskey Café, it’s very rare to see people actually gathered at the bar, but rather perched in the high-back and very comfortable arm chairs that populate the bar, taking advantage of table service, some great reading material and perhaps even a rich, dark Cohiba cigar.  Top Shelf spirits and aged wine are available for customers to sip on, including over 100 varieties of single malt whiskey and scotch.

The stark, yet tasteful bar provides a guest book in which patrons are free to sign in as they enter, and a car service will take you home should you find yourself too inebriated to safely drive.  There is also a wonderful café adjacent to the bar, from which many customers order caviar to go along with their libation (s).

Dominion Square Tavern

Located at 1243 Rue Metcalfe, in the heart of downtown Montreal, the Dominion Square Tavern is perhaps the antithesis of the Whiskey Café—a laidback hotspot with affordable drink and grub prices and a simple, welcoming décor.  Modeled after a Prohibition-style saloon, the tavern, which is situated just one street away from the decadent temptations of St, Catherine’s Street, boasts nearly 40 varieties of draft beer and ale, and a food menu that includes a number of the French-styled snack foods that are so popular around Montreal.

The Dominion Square Tavern has a long, wooden bar, behind which the two bartenders effortlessly mix up the drink orders that are shouted over the loud jukebox music.  Absinthe fountains are perched on the tables that surround the bar, so be careful—just a couple sips of this potent liqueur can go a long way.

Stereo

A great bar by evening, which transitions into a chic after-hours club come to 2 AM, Stereo is one of the trendiest nightspots in the city, located on the aforementioned Saint Catharine Street.  Recently named one of the Top Ten nightclubs in the world by Muzik Magazine, Stereo boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and amazing swivel lighting, which together keep happy revelers dancing into the light of the day.  On weekend nights, live performers take the stage as the dancers cheer them on; and on the more subdued weekday nights, DJ-spun tunes and jukebox music is always blaring.

The drinks at Stereo include a full lineup of foreign and domestic beer, and a refreshing array of house-invented cocktails that are always fresh and fruity.

La Distillerie

Located at 300 Rue Ontario East, La Distillerie, or “the Distillery,” has a well-known reputation for cocktails that are both large and extremely potent, not to mention fairly reasonably priced.  This combination makes it a very popular spot among the city of Montreal’s younger crowd—a group that has perhaps yet to learn their limits.

Both beer and cocktails at La Distillerie are served by the liter (if requested); most in an old Mason jar that is representative of the 1920s.  The décor at the bar is glitzy and bright, with both gold and silver accents spread throughout the space.  No (main) food service is offered at this bar and nightclub, but there are peanuts and goldfish crackers to nosh on while you sip your favorite drink.

Tokyo

Modeled after some of the bar’s in its namesake city in Japan, the Tokyo Bar is a split-level bar and dance club that truly comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights after 10:00 PM.  The small, yet posh club, located in Montreal’s Saint Laurent District, was recently renovated to reflect some of the modern trends in the city.  The main room hosts a bar that resembles an old-time saloon, with walk-up service to the long wooden bar and a spattering of rustic tables and benches dispersed neatly around the room.  The upstairs area of the tavern is home to a stage area, DJ booth and a fairly small dance floor that is usually jam-packed.  The music genres featured at the bar range from rock to indie to hip hop tunes, and the live music is performed mostly by local acts, although occasionally a touring group will stop in for a set or two.

The drink menu is very diverse at the Tokyo Bar, ranging from bottled and draught beer, to fruity cocktails to martinis, of which there are over 80 varieties.

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5 Best Bars in Dublin

The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin, which is also the capital of the province of Leinster, is located on the country’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  The city, which boasts a population of nearly 1.4 million permanent residents, is unique in that it incorporates all the history and traditions of the Old Country, mixed with its modern infrastructure and architecture, to create a truly diverse city that is loved by its people.

With ancient structures like the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral leading the way, Dublin has remained a popular tourist destination for centuries, drawing millions of people each year from across the globe, some coming to learn about their Irish heritage and others merely enthralled with the Irish culture.

Speaking of culture, drinking and bars are a big part of Dublin’s identity, and the city is by far the country’s busiest nightlife destination, boasting hundreds of pubs, bars, lounges and other nighttime hotspots within the city limits—haunts that are always packed to the gills, particularly on weekends and on important “drinking holidays,” such as St. Patrick’s Day.

In the following article we will highlight several of the best and brightest drinking establishments in the city of Dublin, including a cursory description of each locale’s drink and grub offerings; amenities; and the typical crowd and atmosphere you’re likely to find at each bar.

Odeon

Located at 57 Harcourt Street in the Dublin City Center, Odeon is NOT your traditional Irish pub.  Recently reopened after a fairly extensive remodel, Odeon is a superbly lavish and plush drinking locale, sporting dark curtains and Old World lampshades that emit a warm and romantic glow throughout the bar and restaurant areas.

The Odeon Bar serves up all the traditional libations—beer, wine and spirits—and their in-house-inspired medley of cocktails is truly special and satisfying.  Among the many original concoctions you will find here are the Spiced Mojito, a combination of cardamom-infused Cuban spiced rum and fresh lime juice, topped with mint and spiced pineapple; the Guy Fawkes, made with gunpowder tea-infused gin and a blackberry truffle; and their own special take on the Manhattan, with house-made truffle bitters to give it a wonderful smoky taste. The bar even has an impressive cache of dessert drinks, including their Edible Collins (made with gin and jelly) and an array of Hot and Cold Cosmopolitans.

Soft jazz and blues music is piped into the bar over a great sound system at this dress-to-impress bar—a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner and cocktail.

The Garage Bar

Located in the Temple Bar community of Dublin, the Garage Bar is a laidback establishment with over 50 varieties of draught beer on tap, including the ever so popular Guinness Ale.   A bit of a departure from some of the other cookie-cutter style Irish pubs in the city, the Garage Bar, which is located on Essex Street, boasts an open floor plan and furnishings that seem more suitable for a mechanic’s shop than a bar.  Here you will find vintage 1950s gas pumps scattered throughout the space, a bar front fashioned from all car doors, sawdust floors and seating around old wooden tables with a tire base.

The unique décor is not the only thing that drives waves of customers to this fun drinking establishment.  The Garage Bar features great prices on pitchers of beer and reasonably priced cocktails that are mixed fresh and ably by the friendly bartenders.  Great music is always pumping out of the bar’s jukebox, and the two pool tables at the back of the club are always bustling with happy partiers.

37 Dawson Street

Formerly known as Ron Black’s, 37 Dawson Street is a lively and ritzy lounge, a space that boasts more than its fair share of antiques, and accents that include decorative curtains, custom-made sofas, a roaring fireplace and animal heads adorning the walls.  There are four separate and unique areas in this light-filled and very large bar, each with its own personality.  In one room you are likely to find antique bookshelves packed with first-edition scripts, only to find a neon-based dance floor and DJ booth in the next,

The drink menu at 37 Dawson Street is extensive and delicious, and while most customers are known to sip on wine and classic cocktails, others turn to the signature menu of libations, such as their No. 37 Bloody Mary, a mixture of Absolut Vodka, tomato juice and an amazing combination of eleven different spices, condiments and juices.  One of the four distinct rooms, known as the Whiskey Bar, has a separate entrance and seating area, where patrons can sample over a 100 different varieties of whiskey while relaxing on comfy leather sofas that will melt away the worries of the day.

The Black Sheep

With a name indicative of a true Irish pub, the Black Sheep, located on Capel Street in Dublin’s City Centre District, is the sister bar to Camden Street’s Against the Grain pub.  The Black Sheep has a rustic vibe and atmosphere, punctuated with wide wooden tables and a range of fun board games stashed away for a competitive game night among friends.

The Black Sheep is the type of place where the clientele may stay for hours to enjoy the great beer, wine and terrific food—an Irish-inspired menu of snacks, appetizers and calorie-packed comfort meals.  There are over 100 craft beers on tap at the Black Sheep, making it one of the preferred destinations for beer and ale aficionados in the city, of which there are many.

The Rum Bar

Also located in the city’s downtown quarter, the Rum Bar is the place to go for the sweet island liquor from which it takes its name, as the bar carries more than 100 different varieties of rum from around the world.

The Rum Bar, which boasts a rather relaxed atmosphere and a speakeasy-type feel, is packed most nights of the week during happy hour, mostly with the city’s working class, but it also hosts a much younger crowd into the late-night hours, when the music starts pumping and straight-up shots become the most popular order.

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5 Best Bars in Dubai

The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is positioned on the southeast coast of the strategic Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.  It is also a country with a surprisingly amazing nightlife.

Although an article about the “Best Bars in Dubai,” a mostly Muslim-populated city in the Middle East, may raise some eyebrows (drinking alcohol is forbidden under the tenets of Islam), it’s important to remember there are thousands of foreign workers and visitors that populate the city, in addition to a sizeable portion of non-Muslim believers.  As such, the city has a quite surprising number of superb bars and nightclubs scattered throughout its many neighborhoods, boasting beer, wine cocktails and entertainment, a combination that consistently rocks patrons into the wee hours of the night or morning.

To prove this point, below we have highlighted several of the best bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs in the city of Dubai, and provided some pertinent details regarding the type of clientele you can expect at each location; the ambience at each bar; and the respective drink and food lineups that make each of these establishments stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Sho Cho

A chic and trendy locale, located at the Marina Beach Resort in Dubai, Sho Cho is a Japanese restaurant and lounge and one of the most popular drinking hangouts for the city’s jet set clientele.  The establishment, which is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday evenings, boasts a terrific food menu with all the traditional Japanese favorites, including over 50 types of sushi and a Miso Soup that has to be tasted to believe.  The cocktails are fruity and fresh, and the traditional Japanese sake truly packs a wallop.

Although the drink and food menu at Sho Cho is divine, the design of the structure may be even better.  The brainchild of designers Kamran Riazi and Greg Oram of the Washington architectural firm Oramiaz, the restaurant/lounge features a “a carpeted low-ceiling pod of a room, lit in glowing blue neon and furnished with cream leather space-age chairs, along with some rather spectacular flower displays and Manga cartoons projected onto the walls.”  The bar area also features a showy collection of fish tanks that just may make you think you’re in a submarine rather than an upscale lounge.

360°

The aptly named 360° bar offers panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab.  Located at the end of a long pier, this alfresco lounge is one of the oldest and most established bars on our list, and also one of the best, having kept its grip on a loyal cross-section of customers for over two decades now.  Music, great conversation and amazing views make 360° very popular during Happy Hour—Monday through Friday from 5 PM until 7 PM—and the on the weekend nights, the locale truly comes alive to the sound of DJ-spun tunes blasting over the bar’s incredible sound system.

The 360° Bar carries over 50 varieties of ice-cold bottled beer, and their fully-stocked bar of fine spirits and fresh fruit juices make each cocktail taste better than the last.

Neos

Located in the heart of Dubai’s city center, Neos is a rooftop bar located on the 63rd floor of the Address building, and a must-see locale for visitors to this eclectic city.  To get to Neos, patrons must ride two separate elevators—and that will only get them to the 61st floor.  Once disembarking, they will then take another lift to the 63rd floor, which mysteriously skips the 62nd floor altogether.

Upon entering the bar, customers of Neos are immediately drawn to the large windows that surround the bar, offering some of the best views of Dubai’s skyline in the city—a skyline littered with high-rise tenements and impressive skyscrapers.   The décor is chic, yet rather bare, with black leather furnishings and an oval-shaped mahogany bar.

The cocktail menu at Neos includes a number of tasty signature cocktails—the creations of the head bartender and his amazing staff. There is also an impressive lineup of draught beer from around the globe.

Neos is a dress-to-impress locale, so be sure to wear your finest when visiting this upscale cocktail lounge and eatery.

Bahri Bar

Located in the Dubai neighborhood of Jumeirah, the Bahri Bar is just another in a long list of trendy drinking locales in the city.  Boasting an Arabian décor, the bar is furnished with Persian rugs and plush, comfortable sofas; and a gorgeous verandah offers some breathtaking views of the Madinat waterways and the Burj Al Arab.

The Bahri Bar offers drink specials throughout the week, most of which highlight their inventive menu of house-inspired cocktails, but the beer and wine menu is also quite extensive and affordable, especially when compared to some of the other bars on our list.  A great place for an after-work drink and great conversation, the Bahri Bar additionally features some pleasing, DJ-provided jazz and soul music up to five nights a week.

Uptown Bar

The Uptown Bar, which is located on the 24th floor of the very swanky Jumeirah Beach Hotel, is a fashionable cocktail lounge and one of the most elegant settings in the city.  Typically populated with well-clad businessman, oil sheiks and sun-burned tourists on holiday from their workaday lives, the no-frills and very expensive bar offers a drink menu that relies heavily on the classics—think Manhattans and Cosmopolitans—and boasts one of the city’s finest menus of aged wine and champagnes.  Their signature cocktail menu includes names such as the Negroni, made with Bombay gin, Campari and Rosso vermouth; and the Uptown Citation, a combination of Chambord, blackcurrant marmalade, cranberry juice and lime juice, all topped off with pricey, sweet champagne.

In addition to the indoor, square-shaped cocktail lounge, the Uptown Bar offers its guests outdoor seating on a simple terrace overlooking the beach—a great place for people watching.

A great place to take a first date (if you can afford it), the Uptown Bar is one of the favored locales in Dubai for those who want to “see and be seen.”

Burj Khalifa by JESHOOTS/Pixabay CC0 license

6 Best Bars in Detroit

The most populated city in the American state of Michigan, as well as the fourth-most populous city in the Midwest region of the United States, Detroit is a working-class city with a no-nonsense reputation and a great nightlife scene.  Home to Motown records, Detroit’s nightlife is hosted by the thousands of great bars and nightclubs that call this city home, each with their own type of vibe, atmosphere and crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed neighborhood bar, brewery, upscale cocktail lounge or something in between, the city of Detroit definitely has you covered.  To illustrate this, below we have profiled several of the best and most popular pubs, taverns and lounges in the Motor City, and provided a brief description of each of these locales.

Town Pump Tavern

Located in Detroit’s bustling downtown region, the Town Pump Tavern is one of the most popular and well-established bars on our list, hosting one of the best Happy Hours in the region.  With a fully-stocked bar and over 100 varieties of domestic and imported brews, the Town Pump Tavern is sure to have just the libation you’re looking for, and its bartenders are always happy to make suggestions.

Situated on West Montcalm Street, the Town Pump Tavern is especially known for its wide-ranging menu of pub grub, which includes burgers, patty melts, spaghetti, pizza and more, as well as traditional appetizers like onion rings and mozzarella sticks.  The bar itself is oval shaped, and the furnishings include tables, chairs and a few comfy sofas and ottoman’s dispersed throughout the space, enabling its guests to completely relax and unwind after a long day’s work.

As with most popular nightspots, the Town Pump Tavern hosts primarily a younger crowd from 10:00 PM until closing at 2:00 AM.  On most of these nights the music is provided by the club’s jukebox, but on weekends that music is replaced with DJ-spun tunes and the occasional live show or open mic jam session.

The Corner

Situated at 100 Townsend Street in Detroit’s Central City sector, the Corner is a rather upscale hotel bar located inside the trendy Townsend Hotel.  The bar boasts an impressive selection of beer, wine and booze, including over 100 martini choices, both vodka and gin martinis, which come in a variety of flavors and sizes.   If you really want to impress your date, try ordering the Billionaire Margarita, a $16 dollar drink made from Patron Silver Tequila and 100-year old Grand Marnier.

The Corner has a very retro vibe—think 1970s—highlighted by a mahogany bar, a spacious L-shaped lounge and furnishings covered in deep blue suede.  This color is brought out by the giant blue neon lights overhead, as well as the French-beveled mirrors and Bay Windows that give the bar a romantic and private ambience.

To go along with its fantastic drink menu, the Corner offers a full menu of food and snacks, including a wonderful appetizer of jumbo-sized prawns, and a similarly-sized portion of calamari.

Jacoby’s German Biergarten

As its name clearly suggests, Jacoby’s German Biergarten is a German-themed bar that specializes (mostly) in tap beer, offering over 30 varieties of delicious draught that is rotated on a regular schedule.  Patrons can also choose from the inn’s impressive selection of foreign and domestic beer (over 80 varieties), which includes over a dozen craft microbrews, most from the Detroit area.

Jacoby’s German Biergarten is a laidback drinking hall, with a brick-walled and wood-paneled interior that is simple and basic.  The historic structure, built in 1904, is considered a great place to hang out with friends on the weekend, and their awesome snack menu, which includes cheese curds and crab cakes, will keep you coming back to this Detroit hotspot again and again.

Centaur Bar

Located at 2233 Park Avenue in Detroit, the Centaur Bar is a true one-of-a-kind, boasting a stylish feel and a very distinctive layout and decor.   The bar currently occupies the first two floors of what was formerly a Detroit toothpaste manufacturer, with bars on each of the two floors and an art deco design throughout the space that seems a bit out of place in Detroit’s downtown region.  The focal point of the room is a massive white-frosted chandelier that hangs high over the two bars, and its spit-shined tables, leather couches and mahogany bars complete the overall ambience.

The Centaur Bar, which caters mostly to upscale clients, serves a variety of bottled beer and wine, but it is first and foremost a cocktail lounge—a lounge that relies on the finest in Top Shelf spirits and fresh ingredients.  All your regular classics are on offer here, as is a diverse medley of signature cocktails, including its very popular Espresso drink, a refreshing and satisfying mix of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka and cool cream.

Bo’s Brewery and Bistro

Bo’s Brewery and Bistro is a family-owned tavern that specializes primarily in craft microbrews, offering approximately 50 of these diverse brews both on tap and in bottles.  The popular bar also doubles as a casual eatery, offering dishes such as fish and chips, broiled chicken sandwiches, fajitas and chicken-fried steaks.

The interior décor at Bo’s Brewery and Bistro is as simple and basic as its food and drink offerings, and its hardwood floors, stainless steel railings, exposed brick walls and tidy mezzanine area make it a relaxed and comfortable space for all who visit here.

Atwater Block Brewery

Located in Detroit’s Warehouse District, the Atwater Block and Brewery is housed in a colossal 18,000 square foot space that was once one of the city’s now-shuttered factories.  In keeping with the traditions of the Detroit brewers of old, the owners of the Atwater Block and Brewery have created lagers that are 100 percent German—not only is the brewing equipment they utilize German-made, but all the hops and barley have also been imported from Germany.  In addition to their German lagers, the brewery also makes and serves a number of specialty ales from American Hops, including their very popular Vanilla Java Porter, made with coffee beans, vanilla extract and chocolate malt; and the Dirty Blond, a mixture of un-malted wheat, orange peel and coriander.

With a restaurant and eatery located at the front of this large brewing operation, the Atwater Block Brewery has become one of the favorite hangouts in the city for lovers of fine beer and ale, with a selection that simply cannot be matched elsewhere in the Midwestern United States.

Detroit skyline by geniuserp/Pixabay CC0 license

5 Best Bars in Denver

Denver, the capital and most heavily populated city in the U.S. state of Colorado, is a glorious mountain city, with an elevation of exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, earning it its nickname as the Mile High City.  Denver is a true tourist’s dream, boasting thousands of diverse sites and attractions.  From its miles of mountains and many ski resorts, to its variety of museums to the many landmarks and historic buildings that call this city home, there is always something to do and see when visiting Denver, which was recently voted one of the “happiest and healthiest cities in the country.”

In addition to the scores of things to take in during the day when visiting Denver, the city additionally boasts an incredible nightlife, with hundreds of trendy bars, cocktail lounges and neighborhoods pubs serving up the best in cold beer, wine and tasty libations.  In the following article we will highlight a few of these great drinking establishments, and provide an in-depth description of each locale:  the atmosphere, characteristics, typical crowd and location of each bar, among other pertinent facts.

The Acorn

Located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, in the downtown section of Denver, the Acorn is a wonderfully popular bar, boasting one of the best panoramic views of the Colorado Rocky Mountain range and all of its glory.  This sister restaurant of the very popular Boulders Oak bar, located just outside of Denver, the Acorn offers one of the most innovative and scrumptious cocktail menus in the city—a menu that uses a variety of different fine spirits, fresh juices and an interesting blend of herbs and spices.

The Acorn also doubles as a fine restaurant, a reputation that the Head Chef Steven Redzukauski takes very serious.  Here the food can only be dubbed as extraordinary, and most of the menu offerings are cooked via its oak wood-fired oven that sits in the middle of the dining area, making for a very unique and interesting dining experience.  All of the entrees and appetizers at the Acorn are designed carefully around the drink menu (and vice-versa); with Redzukauski and Head Bartender Bryan Dayter working closely together to ensure every experience here is a special one.

The Acorn, a comfortable and welcoming bar by any definition, offers a full selection of delicious craft beers, most of which are brewed locally in the Denver area.  The wine list is extensive, and the signature cocktail menu includes all of the classic drinks, as well as some house invented specialties, such as the “Across the Mediterranean”, a delicious blend of Gin Bonal, Contratto Bianca, two different liqueurs and lavender bitters.

The horseshoe-shaped bar at the Acorn, as well as the tables that surround it, are all marble-topped, and the décor includes wooden banquets and walls that are adorned with murals painted by local artists.  The 35-seat outdoor mezzanine, where you’ll get your best view of the mountains in the distance, is fashioned out of old Coca Cola bottles, giving the bar a bit of a quirky, artsy feel.

Roo Bar

Located at 3480 Park Avenue West in the City-Center section of Denver, the popular Roo Bar was formerly located on Fillmore Street, thus breaking a lot of hearts in that area when it closed down to move to its new location.  A comfortable pool hall with true Denver style, the always-crowded Roo Bar is a popular hangout for the city’s younger crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when the place is really jumping with excitement

The several pool tables at the Roo Bar are surrounded by 50s-style diner booths along the walls, and the long, straight bar has room for about 30 thirsty patrons.  Their signature cocktail list includes an impressive selection of martinis, and the roughly 20 beers on tap, which are rotated regularly, are always ice cold.

In addition to great beer and liquors, the Roo Bar satisfies its guests with a terrific menu of snack-style food, including burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizza and more.  The bartenders and servers are very friendly, and the atmosphere, much like your typical pool hall, is laidback and amiable.

Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel

One of Denver’s many rooftop bars, the Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel offers some of the best views of the city’s skyline and is a great place to spend a summertime evening with friends.  Although its many offerings of beer, wine and signature cocktails are among the priciest on our list, the service at the Fire Terrace is exemplary, making it well worth the extra cost.

Guests of the aptly-named Fire Terrace Bar can perch upon one of the many semi-private lounge areas the bar boasts, each with its own glowing fire to keep them warm and comfy.  The hotel also boasts a well-maintained collection of amazing art, and guided tours are available for guests of the hotel who wish to learn more about the art’s origins.

Funky Buddha Lounge

Situated at 776 Lincoln Street in downtown Denver, the Funky Buddha Lounge is a bar that truly lives up to its unusual name.  A former dive bar named Romansito’s, the Funky Buddha Lounge now attracts the city’s upscale hipster and baby boomer crowd.  The lounge has a cool design and a minimalist, no-frills décor, and its delectable menu of original cocktails simply cannot be matched in the downtown area.

According to locals in the know, the Funky Buddha Lounge offers one of the best Happy Hours in the city, with half-priced well drinks and draught beer specials from 5:00 to 7:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  This makes it a very popular place to take a date for a pre-dinner drink.  DJs entertain the lounge’s late night crowd with music that spans many different genres, particularly indie and alternative music, as well as some well-known hits from the 1980s.

The Pioneer

Located just yards away from the well-attended University of Denver, the Pioneer is a true college bar that regularly attracts scores of students after a long day/week of studying.  The drinks at the Pioneer, which include a range of tap and bottled beers (foreign, domestic and craft beer) and house-inspired cocktails are reasonably priced, particularly the several flavors of Margaritas they offer, which sell for a mere $4 apiece.  These margaritas pair awesome with the bar’s Mexican-themed menu of eats.

A comprehensive juke box, pool tables, games, and several high-def televisions provide the entertainment at this laidback and unpretentious establishment, and the bartenders and servers, many of whom also attend the local university, are friendly and competent.

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