Retrograde

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Best Nightlife: Located in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, Retrograde lies behind a freezer door at the back of an ice cream shop. It's one of Denver's best bets in the traditional speakeasy genre. To start, it's warm and welcoming and without the annoying pretentious vibe of some others. To be sure, the best way to enjoy Retrograde is by indulging in the spirit and spirits of the place, that is to say by ordering one of the creative or classic cocktails on the list or, better yet, giving the bartender a sense of your preferred flavor profile and waiting for the creative, off-the-menu result. But if you just want to have a beer and watch the show being projected on the wall (Star Trek and Game of Thrones have both been shown), that's OK, too. On the way out, stop for housemate ice cream. Yes, it's a real ice-cream shop.

Bars: Located in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, Retrograde is hidden behind a freezer door at the back of an ice cream shop. It's one of Denver's best bets in the speakeasy genre. To start, it's warm, welcoming and without the annoying pretentious vibe of some others. To be sure, the best way to enjoy Retrograde is by indulging in the spirit and spirits of the place, which is to say by ordering one of the creative or classic cocktails on the list or, better yet, giving the bartender a sense of your preferred flavor profile and waiting for the creative, off-the-menu result. But if you just want to have a beer and watch the show being projected on the wall (Star Trek and Game of Thrones have both been shown), that's OK, too. On the way out, stop for housemate ice cream. Yes, it's a real ice cream shop.


Address

530 E. 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

720.772.7843


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Expert Tips by Christine Loomis

Denver Local Expert

Best Nightlife: "Ask for the bartender's choice to discover just how creative the mixologists are."

Bars: "Ask for the bartender's choice to find out just how creative the mixologists are."

Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: Retrograde is Uptown's hotspot for creative mixology and bartenders who know how to make a drink, whether traditional or out-of-the-box.

Best for Bars Because: Retrograde captures the 1920s speakeasy vibe without being pretentious or patronizing.