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Local Booze Boom, Cocktail Bars On The Rise

The New York Times reported that Colorado's liquor laws have given birth to a variety of local spirits, and in dual, to a new wave of cocktail-driven bars with a local emphasis, like Frank Bonanno's Green Russell in Larimer Square and Sean Kenyson's Williams & Graham opening tonight in the Highlands. Because laws allow distilleries to sell their products and host tasting rooms, Colorado's distilleries have increased from a mere two in 2004 to 20 in 2011. Other bars mentioned include Rootdown in Denver, and Mateo and The Bitter Bar in Boulder.

· Blithe Spirits in Colorado [The New York Times]

Green Russell [Photo: Larimer Square]

Mateo

1837 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 303 443 7766

Green Russell

1422 Larimer Street, , CO 80202 (303) 893-6505 Visit Website

The Bitter Bar

835 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302 303 442 3050