Whether you’re planning a getaway or just want to explore your neighborhood, here are some of Corken + Company’s hotel bars to grab a drink in the Centennial State.
Death & Co. at The Ramble Hotel:
Denver bartenders at the Mile High City outpost of Death & Co. spend months developing and testing new drink recipes for each season. That level of precision shines through in every one of the bar’s sumptuous cocktails. Critics are taking note, too: Ideally situated in RiNo inside the Ramble Hotel, Death & Co. Denver made the inaugural 2022 list of North America’s 50 Best Bars Awards for its “uncompromising standards”. The lobby bar has high ceilings, massive windows, and intimate tables. It is perfect for enjoying the Stone Room—a dessert cocktail inspired by Thai Tom Kha soup. Or you can try the punchy Saddle Tramp on a hot summer day.
The Living Room and the J-Bar at Hotel Jerome:
Bartenders have been serving at the Hotel Jerome since 1889. Their experience is reflected in both the Living Room and the J-Bar. There is also the hotel’s speakeasy, Bad Harriet, next door. The J-Bar is an ideal spot to pop in for an afternoon Aspen Crud, a Prohibition-era milkshake spiked with bourbon. The Living Room’s atmosphere is a cozy spot to see and be seen for Aspen residents and visitors alike.
T-Zero Lounge at St Julien Hotel & Spa:
Sat at the base of the Foothills a block off Pearl Street, St Julien is Boulder’s most luxurious hotel. Its lobby bar, T-Zero Lounge, is also a great place to grab a drink. They have high ceilings, a crackling fireplace, plush couches, and floor-to-ceiling windows for taking in the view of the Flatirons. T-Zero is ideal for everything from a quiet date night to an upscale after-work happy hour with colleagues—and everything in between.
Devil’s Kitchen at Hotel Maverick:
Grand Junction’s Hotel Maverick has the perfect rooftop bar and restaurant, Devil’s Kitchen.
This spot is operated as a training ground for hospitality students at Colorado Mesa University. It is brimming with thoughtful touches that help visitors learn about the university and Grand Junction more broadly. Head up to Devil’s Kitchen for views of the sprawling, CMU lawn (and its epic pump track). Enjoy cocktail recipes developed by some of the university’s trustees. On the way, stop to check out the framed, historical photographs and news clippings that hang on the walls. Be sure to take advantage of Devil’s Kitchen’s seasonal cocktails.
Ace Gillett’s at the Armstrong Hotel:
With its vintage vibe and trendy cocktail list, Ace Gillett’s is a Fort Collins favorite. Located in the historic Armstrong Hotel, The plush booths, exposed brick walls, rich wood tones, and spinning vinyl make Ace Gillett’s a cozy spot where you’ll want to linger for a few hours. Order a classic cocktail or go for something a bit more playful. Make sure to try a Roof is on Fire, a bourbon drink that is served tableside with flaming rosemary that tastes best while listening to Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love.”
Stoke & Rye at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon:
Though Stoke & Rye just opened this summer, it’s already making a splash inside the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon in the Vail Valley. Dreamed up by chef Richard Sandoval, the restaurant serves hearty American fare and alpine-inspired dishes ranging from mountain trout Crudo to cast-iron chicken. But Stoke & Rye’s bar also stands on its own: Diners can choose from more than 160 whiskeys, plus an extensive craft cocktail menu when they unwind after a day of hiking or skiing. And the mountain views of the Gore Range from the patio are seriously impressive.
Coppertop Bar at Hotel Colorado:
Glenwood Springs’ hot springs and other outdoor adventures tend to get all the attention, but after a day of splashing around in the geothermally heated waters or biking along the Rio Grande Trail, there’s nothing more refreshing than sipping a chilly drink at the Coppertop Bar in the garden of the historic Hotel Colorado. The circa-1893 hotel’s lush courtyard has flowers and tall trees that make the Glenwood summer heat more bearable—and invigorating cocktails like summer spritzers and gimlets don’t hurt either.
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