Where to grab a drink at the Dairy Block
by Monica Parpal Stockbridge
The Dairy Block is one of the hottest new places to grab a drink in Denver, and there is no shortage of options. Here are a few of our current favorite places to stop in for a cocktail:
Run for the Roses
You’ve never seen a basement bar as bright and sophisticated as Run for the Roses. This subterranean refuge opened in the Dairy Block in May of this year, where owner Steven Waters has enlivened the space into an elegant and inclusive cocktail lounge. Finding the nondescript entrance and journeying through the dim corridor might feel like discovering a speakeasy, but the transparent glass front and welcoming host reveal that there’s no need for special passwords here. The only difficulty will be choosing a beverage from the 52-card menu of classic cocktails.
Waters suggests going with his take on a Daiquiri (Bacardi Silver rum, fresh lime, demerara sugar and Plantation Xaymaca rum), which he says is one of his favorite cocktails of all time.
Blanchard Family Wines
On a block where local chefs, local artisans and local history reign supreme, you might think that Blanchard Family Wines — founded in Sonoma — would be an outlier. And yet, this award-winning wine tasting room has fit right in ever since it opened late last year. The winery is committed to limited-production wine sourced from grapes in the Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley — some of the best that California wine country has to offer. And with friendly service, wine flights and stunning charcuterie boards, Blanchard Family Wines has quickly become, well, part of the family.
Poka Lola Social Club
Whether it’s the lighthearted name, the summer-ready outdoor patio or the nostalgic soda fountain influence, there’s something irresistible about Poka Lola Social Club. Located in the Maven Hotel and buzzing with the energy of hotel guests, ballpark goers and social passersby, this two-year-old cocktail bar is both posh and playful. Order a bottled cocktail like the New-Now (vodka, limoncello, elderflower liqueur and sparkling wine) or fast-forward into post-workday bliss with Bar Snacks — your bartender’s choice pairing of a shot and a beer – only $6 during happy hour (daily from 4-6 p.m.).