Denver's ten best new bars of 2012
4) Park House
1515 Madison Street
Park House, a comfortable neighborhood tavern, opened in October on the corner of Colfax and Madison. This House really is a home; not only did its location start off as a Victorian residence, but owners Drew Gottlieb and Evan Bailey worked hard to create a homey atmosphere where regulars can enjoy beers, good bar food and live music by local musicians.
3) Vesper Lounge
233 East Seventh Avenue
As if Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno don't have enough going on in Denver, in December they added another hot spot to their list: Vesper Lounge, in a space tucked between Mizuna and Bones that formerly housed the Lancer Lounge. They've cleaned up the space, but kept the atmosphere casual to create a neighborhood bar focused more on drinks than food, more on camaraderie than upscale ambience.
2) The 2UP
717 East Colfax Avenue
One good turn deserves another. The 1Up proved such a hit that In June, Jourdan Adler opened the 2UP. This spot is much smaller than the original, but it's big enough to hold a full bar and vintage-style arcade with three lanes of Skee-ball, nine pinball machines and more than 35 arcade games.
1) The Dive Inn
1380 South Broadway
Dive in to The Dive Inn, a nautical-themed bar, that Jason Tietjen and partners Chris and Rhonda Signorelli opened last year in the former home of the Carousel. The Dive Inn quickly got into the swim of South Broadway, with plenty of seating and a lot of fun touches.