Today, at the corner of 34th and Navajo, in Denver's LoHi neighborhood, Local Bar at Highland will open its doors. Owner Gary Cohen along with manager Scott Salonya, a veteran in the hospitality world who owns a couple of bars himself, have created a no-frills and no-fuss gathering place where everyone can feel comfortable. "Flip-flops or Jimmy Choos, Rolex or Timex, just get in here," says Cohen when asked to describe his bar and target clientele.
Local Bar can accommodate almost 100 people, in booths or at the bar, enjoying a wide variety of beverages and just a little bit of food. "We have some pizzas and appetizers," says Cohen. "We are partnering with Pasquini's for delivery here and we will also have local menus for delivery here. People can choose what they want, get it delivered, and have it here," he adds.
There are twelve Colorado beers on tap ranging from a real hoppy IPA all the way down to a vanilla stout from beer makers like Dry Dock Brewing, Prost Brewing Company, and Great Divide. What is not covered by the taps is available in a bottle: there are 18 other craft local beers available by the bottle and some other domestic offerings. The wine offerings are not extensive but there is a Merlot, a Cabernet, a Pinot Grigio, and a Chardonay to satisfy the wine-drinkers. And, of course, there is a full bar.
There is a jukebox, the latest and greatest iteration of a jukebox, a fancy sound system, a Golden Tee game, as well as four big screen TVs that will be tuned into any major event that guests are interested in.
Local Bar will be open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Happy Hour will be available 1 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the weekends. Sunday and Monday will serve as industry nights with specials for those in the hospitality world.