Five better ways to do bottle service in Denver
The term "bottle service" usually implies something very specific: plush pleather seating and a bottle of your favorite booze, complete with an array of classic mixers and potentially a gaggle of scantily-clad ladies. While Denver does boast plenty of places that will give you exactly this -- a night of elite status and ears ringing from loud bass -- others provide bottle service in a variety of alternative ways.
Here are five ways that Denver bars and restaurants are redefining bottle service.
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1925 Blake Street
1Up, Denver's classic barcade, would be the first establishment to firmly tell you that it don't have bottle service -- however, its lineup of 40s begs to differ. If malt liquor calls to you on a night out, you'll feel right at home here, with offerings that range from Mad Dog 20/20 to Colt 45, Mickey's, Old English and good old Boone's Farm. Enjoy your lowbrow bottle service with a side of original games like Paper Boy and Donkey Kong. Available in two editions: Ballpark or Colfax, at 2Up.
4) A Cote
2239 West 30th Avenue
Although originally designed to accommodate the crowds waiting for a table at the tiny Z Cuisine French bistro, A Cote has become in a destination in itself with comforting plates of perfectly executed tartine gratinée Façon Madame, glasses of French wine -- and a world-class absinthe service. A Cote boasts a thoughtful selection of absinthe from all over the world, including two from Colorado, and its absinthe menu includes everything from the lightest flavor to the most intense herbal and anisette-flavored absinthe, and there's a cocktail menu to match. Go ahead -- chase the green fairy.
3) Grizzly Rose
5450 North Valley Highway
Grizzly Rose, voted country club of the year by the Country Music Association, is a classic honkytonk -- which are few and far between in the Denver area. And while it offers a classic bottle-service setup on concert nights -- complete with upfront and personal seating -- this Rose also features an experience geared towards the country soul, with live music from bands like Reckless Kelly and the Marshall Tucker Band and line dancing to boot.