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burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 10:36 AM

Worthy Denver hounds! I need bar/lounge advice. In early April I will be attending a convention and am trying to find a cool venue to host a party for a magazine. It must adhere to the following:

-walking distance from the downtown convention center
-able to hold 75-100
-not be so upscale that cheap writers can't afford a round or two
-and, if possible, not be a TGI Friday type place, but more of a local dive

I am completely unfamiliar with Denver so any advice is appreciated. I have always relied on the kindness of chowhounds!

Burny Carbo

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  1. tatamagouche RE: burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 11:36 AM

    Former Boston hound here, hey there. This isn't the AWP, is it?

    I'm a bit confused about the atmo you've seeking: you've got "cool," "not so upscale," and "dive," which runs the gamut; also, you're looking to rent it out for the evening, is that correct?

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      burny carbo RE: tatamagouche Mar 5, 2010 11:47 AM

      tatamagouche! I remember reading your posts on the boston board. allow me to clarify. yes, it's for awp. no, we don't (and can't afford) renting a whole place. the way we've always worked it is just gauranteeing a large number of guests who would show up to drink. in terms of a 'vibe' in a perfect world it would be a cool dive, someplace where conventioneers could experience a place other than the generic lobby bar of the hilton. thanks again for your interest. bc

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        tatamagouche RE: burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 01:15 PM

        Hi! Both jcattles's suggestions and LurkerDan's might work; both are hotel bars, but not generic, especially not The Corner Office. The Wine Loft might work, being very spacious; bad news is it's a chain, but good news is you can't really tell; it's nice. Peaks Lounge might work—which is also a hotel bar, but it's the only one in town with a panoramic view. Not cheap but not Boston expensive.

        http://www.denveater.com/denveater/20...
        http://tweetmeme.com/story/577261279/...
        http://www.denveater.com/denveater/20...

        Maybe a bit small but so very, very cool is Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto.

        http://www.doubledaughters.com/

        Corridor 44, a pretty champagne bar, has a back room that might also suffice.

        http://www.corridor44.com/

        If it's warm enough, and by then it should be, Tamayo has a roof deck that could meet your needs.

        http://www.modernmexican.com/tamayo/

        Harry's Bar in the Magnolia Hotel isn't bad either.
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/harrys-bar-de...

        But downtown, there are so many options; if worse comes to worse there are all sorts of gargantuan bar and grills on the 16th St. Mall that will do in a pinch. I wouldn't recommend them for dining, but you could at least rest assured they'll swallow your crowd.

        Hope this helps!

    2. LurkerDan RE: burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 11:37 AM

      The Corner Office, maybe?

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        jcattles RE: burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 12:02 PM

        I'm thinking Katie Mullens. It's not far from the convention center & can accomodate large crowds. I haven't been personally, but have heard good things.
        http://www.katiemullens.com/

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          ClaireWalter RE: jcattles Mar 5, 2010 02:00 PM

          How about Marlowe's at 16th & Glenarm? Lively pub right around the corner from the Paramount Theater. It's about 30 years old, which makes it something of a downtown institution. There's a mezzanine above the fray, which isn't a private room but is easily managed for a group. Historic photos are on the walls, so even the shy guy (if there is one) has something to look at. Happy hour lasts till 7 -- every night -- and there's a second happy hour later.

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            tatamagouche RE: ClaireWalter Mar 5, 2010 03:30 PM

            Yeah, that was one of the gargantuan places I was thinking of.

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              rlm RE: tatamagouche Mar 6, 2010 06:15 AM

              Like you, I don't personally care for any of those gargantuan places like the Paramount or Marlowe's or Maggiano's or Rialto. I do like your recs, but Bones and El Taco and some of the best places would be way too small for a group unless the OP wants to sneak away and have a great meal solo or with a select group of pals.

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                tatamagouche RE: rlm Mar 6, 2010 08:21 AM

                Oh, I thought the meal recs (as opposed to the bar recs) specifically were just for burny carbo, not the whole group...you could be right.

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          burny carbo RE: burny carbo Mar 5, 2010 03:47 PM

          thanks all for the great info, and i will report back with where we end up. tatamagouche, any denver chow not to be missed? i could care less about type of cuisine but would welcome suggestions. for example, in boston i often bring guests from out of town to north end regina's or east boston angela's. thanks for this and all support. bc

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            tatamagouche RE: burny carbo Mar 6, 2010 05:09 AM

            Well, you should definitely get Denver-style Mexican with plenty of green chile *somewhere.* El Taco de Mexico is my own fave but there are so many others. Will you be mobile?

            When it comes to the question of, OK, you won't experience *this* anywhere else, Domo always comes to mind: country-style Japanese in an incredible setting (and reachable from downtown by lightrail). And just down the block from there is a bit of a tourist trap, but only a bit; it's still historic, it's still got mind-boggling decor, and it's still worth checking out at least for drinks (and overbreaded Rocky Mountain oysters): The Buckhorn Exchange.

            http://www.buckhornexchange.com/
            http://www.domorestaurant.com/
            http://www.denveater.com/denveater/20...

            For just reliably great, contemporary food, I'll reel off some of the usual suspects: downtown includes Rioja (Med), Panzano (Italian), Osteria Marco (Italian); if you've got wheels, Table 6 (Amer), Beatrice & Woodsley (Amer, plus remarkable decor—owned by the same folks as Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto), Bones (small plates and noodle bar), The Squeaky Bean. (Reviews of all on my blog, www.denveater.com

            )

            www.riojadenver.com
            www.panzano-denver.com
            www.osteriamarco.com
            www.table6denver.com
            www.beatriceandwoodsley.com
            www.bonesdenver.com
            www.thesqueakybean.net

            You might also want to check the recent thread on DRW, because it mentions a bunch of well-received newer places: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/689341

            And though I don't agree with everything that was chosen, this article's smart (as usual) and revealing: http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/...

            Now, these are just places I think of as reliably great. It's not that you can't get the same thing in Boston.

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              tatamagouche RE: tatamagouche Mar 6, 2010 05:13 AM

              With the exception, that is, of Beatrice & Woodsley: that decor is unique, and really, there's something about the food that is just slightly different; supposedly they're influenced in part by nineteenth-century American cookery, so maybe that's it. And Bones's modern fusiony noodle bar repertoire is not something that I know for sure is available in Boston (I still try to keep up with the news there).

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            ClaireWalter RE: burny carbo Mar 6, 2010 08:58 AM

            Glad you asked about other places too. We'd love to hear what you thought about any you will be trying.

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