It’s official! The new Denver Union Station is now open, and it looks nothing like the old Union Station. The new station features several restaurants along with the attached Crawford Hotel. The main lobby got a facelift with plush seats and lounge areas as well as games like shuffleboard to bide your time while you wait for your train.
The new Union Station also has everything that a booze lover would need to ensure that they have a nice relaxing wait before catching their train out of town. But these new additions are not only designed to attract travelers. Locals will also find a lot to love about this new space.
The centerpiece of the new station is surely the Terminal Bar, which sits inside the historic ticketing office within the Great Hall. Now instead of purchasing a ticket, patrons can order a beer from a list that includes nearly 50 beers and ciders. Or get the best of both worlds and order a signature beer cocktail like the Sweet and Sour, featuring Crabtree Berliner Weiss and raspberry syrup. The bar also has an extensive wine list for oenophiles, and a selection of specialty craft cocktails. The patio area of the bar also features views of LoDo.
Next Door is part of The Kitchen family of restaurants, but has more of a pub feel than the original restaurant. Next Door features “kegged” craft cocktails, including Negronis, Manhattans, the Next Door Margarita and Moscow Mules. According to the staff, the kegged cocktails make it easier and quicker to serve guests. The restaurant also features a Colorado-only craft beer menu.
The Cooper Lounge at the Crawford Hotel is designed to mainly attract hotel. It’s a bit swankier than the other bars in the area with marble counters and leather décor. It specializes in craft cocktails served in crystal glassware, including martinis and Old Fashions. There’s also a nice selection of Scotch for neat types. If you can manage to swing a reservation, it’s a beautiful spot for a night out.
Stoic & Genuine, Chef Jen Jasinski’s (Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall) new seafood concept, specializes in a variety of fresh oysters. And what goes better with oysters? Champagne of course! Enjoy a sparkling, white, red or rose wine with dinner. Or challenge your palate by adding granita, a semi-frozen dessert reminiscent of a snow cone that can add intense flavor to these shellfish. Granita flavors at S&G are experimental, including Fresno Chile Citrus, Lychee & Sake, Horseradish Tomato and Strawberry Champagne. Add granita to a craft cocktail like the One Foot Off the Merry-Go-Round (vodka, blackberry, basil syrup and lemon juice) or The Jaguar Shark (Cocchi Rosa aperitif and soda). Believe me; your palate will thank you.
The new Union Station has something for everyone. Whether you’re heading out of town or are simply a local out on the town, Union Station has been transformed into a great destination for those looking to escape their tried-and-true and find a new go-to bar or restaurant.