Dive deep into Denver’s cocktail scene and join us to discover the fascinating backstories of the city’s most popular drinks and where they fit in with the history of Denver and Colorado. We’ll sip on some incredible concoctions on this walking tour of downtown Denver and learn all about the Mile High city’s salacious and spirited past. We’ll delve into the fascinating backgrounds of Prohibition-era cocktails at Denver’s modern-day speakeasies, historic bars, and local joints and maybe even get to try out local twists on cocktail classics. Your drinks are on us, so sit back, soak up the stories from your local guide and our compelling bartenders, and enjoy the ambience of lower downtown’s best drinking establishments!
We’ll begin our tour at the historic and grand Union Station, where we take in the splendor of “downtown Denver’s living room”. Your guide will give a brief introduction to the beginnings of the Mile High City and it’s early associations with alcohol.
We’ll then head out into the heart of lower downtown, also known as LoDo. Your guide will navigate you through the historic, brick-building-lined streets to a few of their favorite local bars. You may start out with a delicious libation at one of Denver’s oldest bars or find yourself in the dark recesses of a subterranean speakeasy spilling over with references to the city’s founding pioneers.
As you take in the ambience of each establishment, your guide will let you in on the ingredients and background of each drink. You’ll come to appreciate Denver’s place in the realm of cocktails from all over the world, and we may even get to try a truly local twist on time-honored classics. We’ll dispel the myths and shed some light on controversies surrounding a few of the most popular drinks on the menu.
Cocktail connoisseur or not, you’ll end your tour with a greater appreciation of Denver’s craft cocktail scene, all the while exploring LoDo’s iconic Larimer Square and surrounding area. Your local guide will have plenty of recommendations for more cocktails, great local beer, and a bite to eat all around Denver.
Inclusions: English-speaking guide, three drinks, and a small snack.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, any additional drinks or food, gratuity for the guide.