If you’re reading this, I can only assume that it’s because you saw the word ‘whiskey’ in the title. Now, I’m not trying to be presumptuous about your intentions, but even I am having a hard time not pouring myself a glass of Kentucky’s finest to wash the taste of boring ol’ saliva out of my mouth (it’s only 9 AM).
Fortunately for all of us whiskey drinkers, there is an eclectic haven full of choice liquors and delicious plates that sits atop one of Denver’s greatest overlooks in LoHi. The interior is styled to the likings of any respectable design geek and the views of the city framed in by the Rocky Mountains are those you’d want to send on a postcard to a friend to make them jealous. The staff is also helpful and knowledgable (and not to mention quite attractive). The place I’m speaking about is none other than Central Bistro & Bar, which proudly holds one of Denver’s most robust whiskey lists that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most obtuse of whiskey palates.
As if the above are not reasons enough to stop in, Central Bistro & Bar also offers up frequent opportunities to get out of the heat, rain, snow, or whatever other weather is haunting Denver that day, and into some whiskeys you haven’t yet had a chance to imbibe.
The first is an insiders only (you’re lucky I’m telling you), leather-bound whiskey book that lists more than 100 of America’s finest whiskeys in alphabetical order as well as by state and mash bill. You won’t find the beautiful specimen sitting on the bar for just anyone’s eyes; it’s only available behind the bar by request and once it’s in your hands you may be sworn to secrecy due to the extremely informative contents about whiskey’s production and history.
The second is Whiskey Wednesdays, where you can find yourself in front of a flight of whiskey accompanied by the knowledge and history of a guest distiller or whiskey ambassador, as well as an expertly paired and coursed sampling of some of Central’s best bites. For a low overhead you can enjoy some new whiskey flavors as well as gain some fresh facts for future bar conversations. This wonderful weekly event is every Wednesday through the end of the summer and starts at 6:30 PM. If you don’t find yourself interested in drinking on a Wednesday, Central Bistro & Bar also serves a handful of different whiskey flights during their normal hours to help greater your whiskey mastery.
You can try out a Whiskey Wednesday for yourself September 25. “Master of Whiskey” Robert Sickler will be there to hold your hand and walk you through a tasty collection of whiskies and bites from the kitchen.
Lastly, if you were like me in high school and prefer to have your favorite bottle of whiskey available anytime you want, you can purchase a bottle from Central’s extensive list and have it available to you, stashed away in a locker anytime you visit the restaurant. Your name and open date will be stamped on a metal band and placed around the neck of the bottle and you can choose friends who you trust to help you drink it. Oh – and bottle owners receive 10% off their meal every time they visit; not bad for simply supporting a sophisticated drinking habit.
But enough reading about it, get up to Central Bistro & Bar and get some whiskey in your belly.