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best (classic) cocktails in Denver

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Having broached this topic in another thread, I thought it might warrant its own. I'm looking for the best cocktail bars in Denver--I mean the ones staffed by seasoned pros who know from Sazeracs and pisco sours, not the ones whose bartenders think fluffernutter-flavored vodka is the greatest thing since butterscotch schnapps.

Megiac already mentioned The Cruise Room, which indeed sounds dandy; I already have a soft spot for the Brown Palace's watering holes. Any others, perhaps not in LoDo hotels, I should check out?

Many thanks!

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  1. The Samba Room has some good latin cocktails, including pisco sours. Actually I lived in Chile as did a local friend (at totally different times) and we are on a quest to try all the pisco sours in town. So far Lola and The Samba Room top our list. Limon is okay but you have to ask them not to put the nutmeg on top and Sabor Latino is also okay. Oh, Rhumba in Boulder used to make them but haven't been there since they changed names.

    I haven't a clue on other places, it will be interesting to keep an eye on this thread.

    1. Don's Mixed Drinks on 6th Avenue might be a good option for you. They have been open for 60+ years. I have never had a foo foo cocktail there unless I insisted.

      There are some great bars on Broadway that might work as well. Check out Westword would be my suggestion they have several writers that write about the bars (not the bar scene bars but bar bars) that might be able to satiate your classic cocktail needs. They might not be as classy as the Cruise Room or the Brown but certainly they might be able to "quench your thirst".