Five wholly unnecessary wine-bar happy-hour fails

Categories: Swirl Girl, Wine

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Crying over spilled wine -- and bad wine happy hours.
Drinking wine and writing about it for a living is hardly anything to complain about. In fact, we're positively jazzed about how far the wine programs at many of our favorite Denver haunts have come. One particularly inspiring development in recent years has been the opening of several wine bars, many of which hawk discounted vino and snacks during late-afternoon and early-evening hours. "What could be better than tossing back a few glasses of hooch at recession-friendly prices?" we wondered. Turns out, the answer is "lots." After suffering through a spate of truly unfortunate, not-so-happy hours, it's time we got a few things off our chest. Herewith, five particularly egregious wine-bar happy-hour fails:

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I get why you didn't do so, but it would be great to know where you received great service and where you didn't (like the smart ass in #5).

Wreckingball
Wreckingball

twelve restaurant doesn't have a happy hour, but they do offer half-off all by the glass wine with dinner if you dine at the bar. And it was voted Westword's "Best Bar for Fine Dining" in 2011! Talk about food-friendly wine and wine-friendly food.

Barbara | Creative Culinary
Barbara | Creative Culinary

 You have just qualified my loyalty to an establishment I consider my Cheers. Great Happy Hour food, known for having a great wine selection and best of all...where everyone knows my name. Maybe the burbs aren't all bad after all.

Thesunisnotyellow
Thesunisnotyellow

How long have you lived in Denver? Welcome to the Mile Hi experience.

Sarah
Sarah

I find it interesting that when I ask how long a bottle has been open, no one has ever been ever to tell me. How hard would it be to mark the open date on the bottle? Unfortunately no matter how long it has been open, when I see them pour from a opened bottle, my perception is that it is old and I already don't want it. Of course this is usually only at happy hour becuase if it is open it is at least from the night before if they just opened for the day. But if you can't tell me...I can only assume the worst.

Brooke Webb
Brooke Webb

Awesome post Kendra. I totally agree.  Please treat me well when I come to your establishment looking to spend some coin and have a good time.

Mary
Mary

My fave # was #4 Why all the wine UNfriendly food???

Sarah
Sarah

Or cheese that is sweating because is old and been sitting out?

Mantonat
Mantonat

Cheers to all of this. It saddens me every time I go into a place that tries to build a reputation on its wine list and then sullies that reputation by offering wine that I could get on an airplane (or food to match). I'd rather spend an extra buck or two than be lured by low prices only to encounter low quality.

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