Fall brings many things to the Mile High City: football, cool weather, the promise of ski season. Around the Wagon it represents one of the best times of year for experimental beer and cocktails. There are always autumn staples like pumpkin beers and pumpkin cocktails; I’ve even seen some pumpkin spice wines. All well and good but a theme can and should only be taken so far.
If you’re in the mood for a more grown up and fun, take on cool weather spirits head to Parallel Seventeen in Uptown for their solutions to what ails you this season. An eight year veteran of the area, P17 consistently garners accolades from local publications for its Southeast Asian dining and its consistently great 3-6 and 9-close happy hours. This year, bar manager Nick has assembled an eclectic mix of classics with a twist and unique offerings for their fall lineup.
From house infused cucumber or jasmine sake (a first for me) to jalapeño tequila and even a martini topped with caviar, you can’t miss on the selection of specialty cocktails they have to offer. Whiskey drinkers will appreciate the boldness of The Uptown, a Manhattan with chamomile whisky, and as weird as it might be, the caviar topped sake martini is a new favorite. For the full fall effect, an infused port wine concoction called the Bishop will leave you as warm inside as any shot of Maker’s. If you’re an adventurous type, let Nick choose a drink to pair with your meal or tastes and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Wine drinkers will also find haven at P17 with a simple but heavily international wine list highlighting some of the places that do each varietal the best. Try one of their wine flights to get the full experience and then settle in to an Argentinian Malbec or French Carmenere. There are also the third Tuesday wine dinners. The three-course offering, priced at $35, is a huge hit around the neighborhood.
When the temperature starts moving south again, make your way to Parallel Seventeen, it’s worth its weight pork dumplings and sweet vermouth.
|Open PHO Bottomless BrunchMonday – Friday
from 11am – 3pmSaturday – Sunday
from 9am – 3pm
|Open PHO DinnerSunday – Thursday
from 3pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturdayfrom 3pm – 11pm