Happy Hour at City, O' City: Cheap and Filling Vegetarian Eats, Even for Omnivores

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Patrick Langlois
City, O' City's happy hour sheds new light on a iconic restaurant.

Denver has lost touch with its grungy roots. The city's pre-boom years may not have seen as many amazing eating experiences as we have now, but what we had was character, damn it! At least, that's what the old timers tell me. City, O' City, the unofficial vegan capital of Denver, is an icon in Capitol Hill for many reasons: chiefly for serving dignified, satisfying food for any dietary need (except paleo, of course), but also for its loose, Bohemian feel that screams "hip." Happy Hour at City, O' City is a little more bougie than the restaurant overall, but it's a great way to remind yourself of the place's unique charms.

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Happy Hour at Lena: A South American Tour on a Budget

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Danielle Lirette
Leña is equal parts hip and old-world.
It's not easy to find a happy hour that doesn't just make you feel full and happy -- but one that challenges your palate. Leña, the new spot on the block on South Broadway, manages just this feat. Exploring the cuisine of Central and South America through a hipster-friendly glass, Leña brings makes rarely-seen delicacies approachable. Leña's happy hour, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, is satisfying and fun -- and you might even learn something.

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Happy Hour at Venice Ristorante: That's Amore

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Chris Utterback
cappellacci di zucca -- one of Venice Ristorante's classic Italian happy hour plates.

I've passed by LoDo's Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar many, many times over the years, writing it off as a generic expense account Italian restaurant -- or hardly noticing it at all. It took the retro-chic revival of Union Station across the street and the promise of a great happy hour for me to stop by and find Venice doing what it does best -- serving classic pan-Italian food and wine.

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Happy Hour at El Chingon Serves Up Some Badass Snacks

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Lori Midson
El Chingon fits well on the newly-revitalized Tennyson Street in Berkeley. A badass concept that relocated from a strip mall in Arvada to a converted cottage, it's a potent stew of classic Mexican cooking (from the recipes of executive chef David Lopez's grandma, who shares his title) and bistro-style elegance. Happy hour here, served daily from 3 to 6 p.m., is a nice little slice of what the place can do, so its a shame I was left a little cold by my visit, not by the joint itself, but by the lack of a festive crowd that's always a plus when searching for an after-work beverage and snacks.

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Happy Hour at Beatrice & Woodsley: Magical Mystery Tour

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Cassandra Stiltner
It's winter; now all we need is a wonderland. Might I suggest Beatrice & Woodsley, the venerable purveyor of whimsy on South Broadway? For years, its Nosh & 'Tails cocktail hour, every weekday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., has been a mix of sophisticated soiree and playful bar time. With a new chef on the line, how does this happy-hour standard hold up?

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Happy Hour at the BSide: Hot and Cold

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Kevin Galaba
The Star Bar in Ballpark proudly serves no food whatsoever, paying more attention to compiling a robust list of local brews and spirits -- and a pile of regulars. It's been successful enough that it seems like a decades-old juice joint despite its relative youth, perhaps because that's exactly what it was before Justin Lloyd bought the place in 2010. Meanwhile, in a homey space on 17th Avenue (literally, it was once three houses now stuck together), Star Bar owner Justin Lloyd is shooting for the same feeling, but with a kitchen this time.
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is an offbeat comfort food destination with a happy hour to match its personality, served from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Happy Hour at the Truffle Table: Chairman of the Cheese Board

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Chris Utterback
Sure, Rob and Karin Lawler know cheese. The Truffle Cheese Shop on 6th Avenue became a foodie destination with the two forces of the Lawler's friendliness and their knowledge of good cheese and practices. But is it easier to go from being a cheesemonger to a dinnermonger than it is to make that a word? The Truffle Table, a casual charcuterie restaurant with an unconventional happy hour, manages to set itself apart from the LoHi hustle.

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A Happy-Hour State of Mind at Lower48 Kitchen

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Chris Utterback
Lower48 Kitchen has gotten a lot of attention for refined food served in an accessible way. The "Each" menu, with small bites on offer for only a few bucks apiece, helped capture our imagination and snag Westword's Best New Restaurant award this year. In ideology and presentation, this approach isn't too different from happy hours seen all across the city -- but Lower48 has its own surprises in store, taking its complex approach to New American cooking and adapting it for the after-work crowd.

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Linger Debuts a New Fall Happy Hour -- Where Everything Is $5

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Even though the endlessly acclaimed Linger does beaucoup dinner business, Executive Chef Justin Cucci says happy hour is vital to his culinary mission. "I think it's the gateway drug for restaurants. People come and "smoke" a little happy hour so they can go on to the harder dinner drugs," he says. "You get to sample the atmosphere and decide if you want to come back."

You can sample Linger for yourself with the restaurant's new happy hour menu, where almost everything is five dollars.

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Happy Hour at La Cour: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Danielle Lirette
True sophistication can be in short supply at happy hour. We usually go for early evening snacks and drinks for a taste of what a restaurant has to offer, not for an all-consuming experience. La Cour Bistro & Art Bar, a French restaurant with a distinct lack of pretension, offers class without fussiness. If cheap eats, good wine and accordion music all sound good, then perhaps La Cour will be your little bohemian slice of South Broadway.


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