The top 4 bars for a special occasion in Denver

Panzano | Photo: Kelsey D./Yelp

Looking to try the best bars in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end bars in Denver, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Rioja

Topping the list is Rioja. Located at 1431 Larimer St. in Lower Downtown, the bar, New American and Spanish spot is the most popular high-end bar in Denver, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,179 reviews on Yelp. 

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Rioja.

"Ownership team Chef Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch’s first restaurant after many years in the hospitality business all over the country," the business notes in the history section of its Yelp profile. "With a recent remodel of the space, Rioja remains a current staple of Denver."

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"Owner and proprietor of Rioja, Beth comes from a beautiful and storied career in the hospitality business working all over the country, but Denver is home!" per the bio section of its Yelp profile.

As to what the business is known for, "Seasonal menu while focusing on sustainable and local products," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.

2. Sushi Den

Next up is Platt Park's Sushi Den, situated at 1487 S. Pearl St. With 4.5 stars out of 1,783 reviews on Yelp, the sushi bar, bar and Japanese spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge. 

Yelper Crystal K., who reviewed Sushi Den on April 28, wrote, "Sushi Den is offering take-out during COVID-19 and you should go here immediately for your sushi needs."

Matt M. noted, "Got patio pickup in this post COVID world, and it was excellent!"

Yelper Zexin Z. wrote, "Best sushi! It's a long drive from apartment but the food is always very very fresh and worth the drive. Highly recommend for any sushi lover."

3. Panzano

Central Business District's Panzano, located at 909 17th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy bar, Italian and breakfast and brunch spot 4.5 stars out of 1,014 reviews. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Panzano.

"Northern Italian," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.

4. Fruition Restaurant

Fruition Restaurant, a bar and New American spot in Country Club, is another much-loved, pricey go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 834 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1313 E. Sixth Ave. to see for yourself.

The site has lots more information on Fruition Restaurant.

"Chef Alex Seidel specializes in upscale American comfort food prepared seasonally with a changing menu," it notes on Yelp in the section about specialties.


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