Whether you are planning early for Halloween or attending a certain musical whose name you shouldn’t say three times, two of the DCPA’s restaurant partners have a little something to make your occasion extra special. When we asked our partners to concoct some creepy cocktails, two perfected the perfect potions sure to tingle your spine.
Whether you try these on your own or visit either location, be sure to keep your wits about you because you never know who might appear in Denver’s haunted downtown.
918 17th St., Denver
Open Daily: 3pm-12am
The historic Colorado National Bank Building was erected in 1915 and boasts 16 murals entitled “Indian Memories” by renowned Colorado artist Allen Tupper True. After changing hands and, ultimately, being purchased by Sage Hospitality Group, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel is now home in this impressive neoclassical building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. To add a bit more flavor, the developers added range Restaurant and the Teller Bar.
Director of Sales Sarah Brezik worked with her bar staff to develop the “Turn a Blind Eye” cocktail, which may or may not be a description of a bygone era when money was stored in the 1,800 pound safe that took 35 days for 12 oxen to pull from Omaha, Nebraska to Denver.
Turn a Blind Eye
2oz Titos Vodka
.75oz lemon juice
.75oz blueberry syrup
Lychee ‘eyeball’ (peeled lychee)
Combine the liquid ingredients, shake vigorously and pour. Top with the lychee eyeball.
891 14th St., #100, Denver
Open Tue-Sun. Times vary
Terra-Denver is close enough to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House that it might as well be haunted. After all, former Denver Mayor Speer laid in state in the Ellie for three days for residents to pay their respects. Any good ghost would want a spirit after that (and we’re not talking about the float-to-the-other-side type of spirit, if you know what we mean)! What better place than catty-corner to the Arts Complex at the corner of 14th & Champa?
The restaurant, which opened in 2022, offers a variety of dining options including dinner service beginning at 4:30pm, Happy Hour beginning at 2pm, weekend brunch from 10am-3pm and live jazz on Thursdays from 8:30-11:30pm — a great way to end an evening after a show at the Arts Complex.
Assistant General Manager Reece King challenged his bar team to develop a “death-inspired” cocktail, and they did not disappoint. So belly up to the bar or dare to try this at home.
Behind the Rigel
.75 oz. Flor De Cana Oro Rum
.25 Coconut Rum
.75 oz. Key Lime Shrub
.75 oz. Green Chartreuse
1 oz. Egg White
.5 oz. Luxardo Liqueur
Combine all ingredients and double shake. Strain into a coupe glass and top with charcoal coconut foam.
You could make these yourself…alone, by yourself, solo. But if you’d rather have some company for any spirits who are sure to show up for hallowed happy hour, then visit Teller Bar and Terra-Denver. Tell them Betelgeuse sent you.