Your Next Denver Speakeasy Date Night
Niki loves to discover speakeasies around the area, but one has easily climbed to the top of her list. A secret low-key Denver speakeasy, The Green Russell, has an ambiance geared to simulate an intimate and special experience, perfect for your next date.
The Secret Spot
Walking through Larimer Square, you may stumble across a sign pointing to a basement restaurant called Russell’s Smokehouse. This is your first clue. Just down the stairs and around the corner is a seemingly ordinary, retro pie shop with a kindly host in waiting. That’s clue No. 2., even if it’s not obvious.
This tiny pie shop is more than meets the eye and, if you know to ask (and don’t get distracted by the aromas of brisket and collard green next door), the host will take you through a secret door into The Green Russell, Frank Bonanno’s hidden speakeasy, pending there are available tables.
The Denver Speakeasy Run-Down
In the spirit of a genuine speakeasy experience, this one is a dimly-lit, chic underworld with exposed brick and cloth curtains. The seating is spacious and the group areas well-partitioned, allowing for an intimate, throwback experience few other nightlife venues can offer.
Although it’s suggested to keep your phone in your pockets or bags, it may be necessary to keep it’s glowing light on hand to read the menu to see all the ingredients.
Once you’re situated, servers will welcome you and help suggest any drinks that may suit your cravings. If nothing on the menu is speaking to you, they may ask you either/or questions to gauge your flavor profile (sweetness, type of alcohol, texture, etc.) and create a drink for you matching the choices you’ve picked (and it’s barely ever a bad drink—believe me). If you’re on the wagon, The Green Russell has cocktails with all of the craft and none of the hangover using their “complex, house-made, zero-proof spirits,” so there’s a drink available for everyone. If you’re into sweet drinks, their Clover Club (Fords gin, St George raspberry liqueur, lemon, egg white) is highly recommended on their permanent menu, but their seasonal drinks are just as phenomenal and the presentation of each concoction is picturesque.
Don’t Forget the Food
The drinks and ambiance may be the highlight of the Green Russell but make sure not to pass on the food. All their bar bites are wildly popular from their Russell Poutine to their Pretzel Bites, house-made from their full-service Russell Smokehouse kitchen.
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