Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Hour at Randolph's

Bar and Lounge Happy Hour 4pm to 7pm Daily
1/2 Priced Appetizers, Drafts, Well, and Wine
Daily Happy Hour specials changing monthly


This was a very special day, not only did I get to enjoy Randolph's Happy Hour, I also helped celebrate the birthday of William Randolph Hearst, the namesake for Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar, with 1¢ Coors Light Drafts.



Randolph's, located inside the Warwick Hotel, is an upscale restaurant and bar. An added benefit is that they offer complimentary valet parking or you can find a free street spot after the surrounding meters stop charging at 6pm. The day I went they had a wine tasting event and a large private party in the restaurant. The vibe was definitely upscale, but relaxed in the bar... this would be a great place to unwind after a long days work. Our group sat in the bar to take advantage of the sweet deals happening that night. Service was a little slow because there was only one bartender with no help, so I can sympathize.




Food: Apps at Happy Hour Price
COLORADO CHEESE AND CHARCUTERIE PLATE - $7.50
CRISPY CALAMARI AND CAPERS - $5
CRAB RISOTTO CROQUETTES - $4
PEI MUSSELS AND FRITES - $6
ROASTED TOMATO AND JALAPEƑO SALSA - $3
CHICKEN WINGS - $4.50
MIXED MUSHROOM CROUSTADE - $5



So I tried the wings, calamari, mussels and the crab risotto. My Favorite by far was the calamari. It was REALLY GOOD! Crispy with an excellent aioli sauce drizzled over the top. The wings were ok, but not great. I wish the mussels would have been a little tougher, they were a bit mushy for my taste. The crab risotto was pretty good, but you only get four, so not as good of a value.

Drinks:

I was taking advantage of the one cent Coors Light Drafts, but they did offer some other great beer options on the draft list. They also have a full bar and wine, all of which are half off during happy hour.

Like I said before, this would make a nice little after work spot to unwind. The happy hour goes till 7pm which is always nice if you get off work late. Try the calamari, it's pretty darn good. Be sure to check out their website for events, they have quite a bit going on each month.

For more info on Randolph's click here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Hour at The Hornet: 4-7pm

$3 Tapas: Crab Cakes, Chicken Pesto Pizza, or Jalapeno Poppers
$3 Organic Infused Vodka, Calls, Wine.
$2.50: Wells, Bottles. $1 off Drafts.



The Hornet is a nice little restaurant / bar off Broadway. They have a back patio and a two pool tables (although one was out of order). Pretty fun atmosphere and the layout is pretty nice. Their regular menu is made up of mainly sandwiches and a handful of entrees, although I think it's a bit overpriced for what you get ($10 plus on most sandwiches). But, that's why I go during happy hour.

Food:
On the downside The Hornet offers just three tapas options for their happy hour - a little disappointing. Luckily, I like almost everything, so I ordered the Chicken Pesto Pizza and the Crab Cakes. The pizza was not bad... it was about six inches and tasted decent, nothing spectacular. Crab cakes were a pretty similar story, you get two. Now I know The Hornet has good food, because I've eaten there before. So suggest ordering off the regular menu.

Drinks:
They have great options for drinks with lots of good beers on Draft. I was drinking 90 Shilling (See Photo). During happy hour, good drafts typically go for $3.50 or you can get a bottle for $2.50. You can also order a plethora of other drinks at happy hour prices and they usually have daily specials as well.

My recommendation: check out the hornet for lunch or dinner. Their happy hour is just okay, nothing really that stands out. Although I used to frequent their late night happy hour long ago. During late night hh they offer a $5 food menu that used to be awesome. I can't speak for it now, because I think they've changed the menu a bit. The other downside is they shortened the time the offer it, so it doesn't start till 11pm and I believe their kitchen closes at Midnight.

For more info on The Hornet and their specials click here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Hour at The Lobby

Happy Hour 4-6:30pm Everyday.

Drinks:
$3 Miller Lite Drafts & Premium Well Cocktails
$4 DPA, Agave Wheat, Sam Adams Drafts, Margs & Jack Cocktails
$5 Wine, Martinis, Fullers & Paulaner Munich Drafts
$15 Miller Lite Towers (2.5L)
$20 Colorado Microbrew Towers

Food:
$4 - Guacamole and Tortilla Chips
$4 - 6 wings
$4 - Green Chili Hummus w/flatbread
$5 - Artichoke Dip w/flatbread
$5 - 3 Burger Sliders or Ahi Tuna Sliders
$5 - Skewered Shrimp
$5 - Calamari w/Thai chili sauce –
$5 - Dipping Fries – choose 3 sauces
$8 - Lobby Taster: 3 Bleu cheese balls, 4 wings, 3 stuffed mushrooms

One of the best things about The Lobby is their patio. It's pretty nice, fairly large, and you can still take advantage of the happy hour prices while soaking up some rays. The Lobby is located just a few blocks North of Coors Field, so its a great location and it's fairly easy to find street parking (unless you dine during a Rockies game). The restaurant is perfect for my taste... it's very nice, but not too upscale that you need to worry about how you're dressed. It really has a casual vibe, while still offering a menu to satisfy your inner foodie. To top it off, they offer a great draft beer selection.

Drinks:
Like I said, they have a great beer selection. They even offer those 2.5 Liter towers that are becoming more and more popular around town. I have yet to order one, but I'm told they pump out around six beers. Twenty bucks for six micros is a pretty darn good deal. Being on the patio put me in the mood for a margarita. To be honest their margs are really not that great, average at best, I quickly switched over to beer. I think in the future I'll stick to ordering margaritas at Mexican restaurants.

Food:
In general, the lobby has a pretty nice little menu. Lots of variety, from seafood to burgers. The chef puts a unique touch on many of the food items (check out their stuffed burgers) to give your taste buds a far from typical dining experience. Off the happy hour menu I sampled the Ahi Sliders, Burger Sliders, Calamari and the Chips and Guac. Of everything I tried, I would definitely recommend either of the slider options. You get three large sliders that come with plenty of toppings on a nice roll. The sliders equal up to be about the size of your typical burger or sandwich, so it's a good value for five dollars. Both the beef and the ahi are delicious, go with a friend so you can mix and match! The calamari is just alright, I like my calamari on the crispy side and these came out a bit soggier... but all in all it was pretty good and I'd give them another try. Chips and guac was pretty average, not too exciting. I wasn't a big fan of the chips they used, but they got the job done.

Definitely give this happy hour a try. Take some friends, sit on the patio and enjoy the afternoon with great food and drinks. If you have a lot of friends you can even reserve the downstairs area for an event.

For more info on The Lobby and their deals click here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Hour at Panzano

2:30-6pm daily in Lounge. $3-$4 Small Plates, $3 Drafts, $4 Wines, $5 Specialty Cocktails.

Since Westword just named Panzano Best Happy-Hour Deal - 2010, I had to check out this special. When you walk in you'll find the space is split into two areas; to your left you'll find the restaurant and to the right you'll find the lounge. The happy hour is only in the lounge, so you'll want to snag a seat at one of their high tops or booths. The vibe is pretty classy and upscale. The lounge was pretty hopping, our group ended up getting cozy around one of their small high tops.

Drinks
$3 Drafts, but all great beers... They offer Guinness, Stella Artois, Moretti, Full Sail Amber, and Odell’s 5 Barrel Pale Ale. Not many places offer Guinness for three bucks, so I was immediately impressed. If beer is not your thing, they also offer 4 different wines priced at $4 and a long list of cocktails priced at $5.

Food
Here's where it gets good. They have 16 different Italian small plates priced between $3 and $4. If you like options, then this is your place! They have calamari, pizzas, sliders, pasta, shrimp, prosciutto, duck, lamb... a great variety! First I had the Salsiccia Pizza, which is comprised of Italian sausage, pepperoni, provolone, and pomodoro. The pizzas are about six inches in diameter and absolutely delicious! All the right seasonings and toppings to make for a great pie. If you like pizza they offer six different types on their happy hour menu.

Now a six inch pizza is not gonna fill me up, so next I ordered the Pollo Marsala, which is described as pan seared organic chicken breast dusted with porcini flour served with Hazel Dell mushroom risotto and crisp prosciutto. The thing was beautifully garnished and displayed on the plate. Not only did it look good, it tasted pretty darn good too. The chicken was very tender and seasoned perfectly.

I'll have to say I highly recommend this happy hour if you enjoy the finer things in life without the high price tag. Great beer selection, great food selection, great downtown atmosphere ...all at a great price!

Click here for more info on Panzano and their specials.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Hour at Limon

Happy Hour 5-7pm, all night Wednesdays.
$5 Cebiches and Mixturas, $3 Drafts, $4 Mojitos or Margaritas, $5 Wine


This was my first experience with Limon and first time eating Peruvian food. I have to say this place was really nice, very upscale vibe. I love trying new types of food and culture so this was a treat for me. There were not very many people in the restaurant, but I'm guessing it's usually a lot busier. The service was great, being my first time trying Peruvian food I had a lot of questions and the server was very friendly and helpful.

Drinks
Great selection of drinks for happy hour. I think they had 4 beers on draft - all excellent beers! I got a Deschutes Amber that was very tasty. My friend ordered a Mojito, which she seemed to really enjoy. They have a large wine list and if wine is your thing you should go on a Monday when all bottles are 50% off.

Food
I wasn't really sure what I was exactly ordering, but I was feeling adventurous. We split two items off the happy hour menu: Atun tartar y Tabule de cereals andinos (Ahi tuna tar-tar, Andean grain salad with avocado mousse, plantain chips) and Yucca and Plantain chips with Limon salsa. The Tuna Tar-Tar was different than anything I've ever eaten before. It was a mound of packed grains with sushi-grade tuna and a creamy sauce on top. It was delicious and the presentation was beautiful! The Yucca and Plantain chips would be the equivalent to chips and salsa, but very different. The salsa was chunky, not really a sauce at all, but more of a solid. You get two types of chips (Yucca and plantain), both very tasteful and unique.

I would definitely recommend Limon's Happy Hour when you're feeling adventurous and up for something a little different. My guess is you will love it and be back again.

For more information on Limon's Specials click here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

10 Cent Wings at Maloney's

*Update: Maloney's no longer serves 10 cent wings during happy hour, now they offer 1/2 priced drinks and apps.

Yes, you read that right! Maloney's actually has 10 cent wings during their happy hour from 4 - 7pm Monday through Friday. They also offer $1 off all drinks. I think it is safe to say that this is by far the best deal you can find on wings in Denver.

If you have not yet been to Maloney's, I would definitely recommend it. The food there is pretty decent, reasonable priced, and they have a really great selection of beer on tap, which I love. You can get a beer in a pint, or opt for the giant mug of beer... I usually opt for giant size. The restaurant / bar is split up into two rooms, one with a huge bar, booths and some community seating. The other room has a small bar, pool tables, and few high top tables. If nothing else, this is a great place to stop in for a drink.

Now back to the wings... When it comes to wings, I like a challenge, so I ordered 25. They brought them out piled high in a bucket, which was pretty cool. The wings were saucy, meaty and hot... not super hot, but just right. They do a great wing for sure! At ten cents a pop one might think these might be those skimpy wings we've all seen before, but that was not the case at all as I had to take 7 home with me. They're served with ranch and this other wasabi-type dipping sauce, I stuck with the ranch. Unfortunately, no carrots or celery to garnish, but I guess you can't expect much of the extras for the price point.

For more information on Maloney's click here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

St. Patty's Festivities!

Here's a list of what's going on in Denver, I'll add to it as I get more info...

Tryst, Drink, Mix (Bar Crawl)
Wed (17) $4 Car Bombs, $3 Jamo Shots, $3 Guinness, $4 Burgers at Mix and Drink, Beads, party favors and ipod giveaways. Tryst from 9-10pm, Drink from 10-11pm, Mix from 11-12am.

Randolph's
Wed (17) - $4 Irish Whiskey, $2 Green Beer, Irish Dinner: $19-2 course, $24-3 course, $28-4 course.

miniBAR
Tue (16) - Free champagne and PBR from 9-10pm

Casselman's
Wed (17) - $10 cover guys / $5 cover girls. Unlimited PBR, Jello Shots, and Jungle Juice.

Decatur Street Bar
Wed (17) - Corn Beef and Cabbage. $4 Jameson shots, $3 Irish Cream $2 PBR, 5 for $8 bucket of Bud. Also featuring HAZEL MILLER -Karaoke starting at 7pm

The Sports Book
Wed (17) - Killians $3, Coors Light $3, Green Beer $3, Jameson $5

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Starts at 10am on Saturday (13th)

Scruffy Murphy's
Tons of events Friday - Wednesday (12-17)
Free beer Wednesday from 7am - 9am
All Import Beers - $5, All Domestic Beers - $3, Jameson/Bushmill's/Powers/Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey - $5, Car/Jager/Tuaca/Cherry Bombs - $5

Whiskey Bar
Saturday the 13th
8am - ride the float and get free beer and Jameson
Post Parade party with round of carbombs for everyone
Free T-shirts to the 1st 75 people
$5 Guinness and Carbombs all day Wednesday (17)

Sutra
Saturday the 13th - wear green for free shots
Wednesday the 17th - $4 car bombs all night $3 Micheal Collins and Jager shot from 8pm till 11pm, $2 green beer. ladies free till mid-night Guys no cover till 9pm

Fado's
Saturday the 13th
Huge tent with tons of events going on. Get there before 10am to beat the $10 cover.

Fainting Goat
Pancakes and Pints at 8am on Saturday (13) and Wednesday (17) with $4 guinness, smithwick's, harp and carbombs. $3 powers Irish whiskey
Wednesday (17) - progressive beers: starts at 8am at just 50 cents a beer and increases 50 cents each hour capping off at $3.50. Band plays at 5pm.

Nallen's
Opens at 8am the 13th and 17th with pipers, irish dancers and corned beef

Irish Snug
Hosting the Cap Hill Hooley. Huge list of events taking place the 12-14 and the 17th. $5 food menu, $5 cover, lots to do.

Irish Rover
Opens at 10am on the 13th and 17th. Band (Seneca) will be playing the 13th at 8pm.

Katie Mullens
Lots of events going on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, & 17th

Maloney's
Opens at 10am on Saturday (13th) and Wednesday (17th)
Lots of events including a leprechaun, face/body painting, $2 Jelloshots

Lime

Opens at 11am on Wed (17) with $2 PBR, $3 jameson, $4 Guinness, and $5 Carbombs

Argyll
Wednesday (17) - bag pipers, bands, $4 pints of Murphy's

H Burger
Saturday (13) - $6 Car Bombs, $4 Jameson Shots, 15 oz Guinness cans $5.50

The Sink (Boulder)
Green Beer, $5 Jameson drinks & Car Bombs, $10 buckets of Killian's Irish Red. Outdoor cookout with: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Braised Buffalo Short Ribs served in Guinness Stout, Fish Fry w/ Green Tartar, Shepherd's Pie, World Famous Guinness Stout Cheese Cake.


Other places you might check out...

Celtic
Delaney's
Irish Hound