From its original brick walls and period prints to menus detailing the history of classic drinks, Union Lodge No. 1 is an ode to a Golden Age of cocktails in 1800s America. The historic 1889 building was home to the first union in Denver, hence the bar's name. If you're a cocktail lover you'll feel at home in this intimate space of just 40 seats where the art of creating and enjoying fine cocktails is the point. All tonics, bitters and tinctures are made in-house, with some delivering a contemporary flavor profile for the staff's deliciously daring seasonal creations. Smoky Irish whiskey melded with grapefruit and hibiscus cordial, lime juice and ginger liqueur? Surprisingly, yes. For a close-up view of the skillful theatrics of the staff at work (fire might be involved) take a seat at the bar. FYI: Colorado is the 38th state, thus the 38-star flag.lag.
Denver, CO 80202
Bars: "Look for the little shrine in the brick wall dedicated to baby Clara, who may or may not be haunting the place. Don't look for vodka, a spirit seldom used in the 1800s."
Best for Bars Because: Union Lodge No. 1 is the quintessential cocktail bar against which all cocktail bars should be measured.