Denver's ten best new bars of 2012
7) Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub
176 South Broadway
After many unexpected delays, Gary Lee Bomar finally opened Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub in April, in a formerly run-down garage space that was refurbished and transformed into a vintage, car-themed roadhouse with a great patio. Remember to check out the decorative detail while you chow down on a smoked Portobello sandwich or pulled pork with barbeque sauce. Talk about vroom service!
6) Local 46
4586 Tennyson Street
Denizens of northwest Denver lamented the closing of the Music Box, but they quickly started singing a different tune when Niya Diehl and Grant Gingerich opened Local 46, an eco-friendly, community tavern, last April. Local 46 offers a wide range of local beers and spirits, as well as cocktails with a '70s flair. And while Local 46 doesn't have a kitchen (visiting food trucks take care of that), it was a full calendar of fun events, including community potlucks and karaoke night.
5) Mile High Spirits
2920 Larimer Street
After Joe Vonfeldt, Chase Campbell and Wyn Ferrell opened Mile High Sprits, a full-service, private-label distillery on Larimer last February, they decided to create a bar where people could enjoy a signature cocktail made with one of their labels -- including Elevate Vodka, Fireside Whiskey and Denver Dry Gin --while they learned about the distillery process. Since then Mile High has become a true gathering place, with occasional live music performances.
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