A longtime fixture on the 16th Street Mall, the Hard Rock Cafe recently underwent changes to both the venue and menu. The renovation entailed work done to the entire 10,000-square-foot-plus property, including an expansion of the bar with a feature wall made of salt. There's now 24 beers on tap, with more than half being local microbrews. In addition to other cosmetic updates like carpet, ceilings and the outdoor patio, the memorabilia collection received an overhaul.
The Hard Rock company holds the largest rock memorabilia collection in the world, even surpassing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Denver's showcase has been revamped with new pieces, emphasizing artists who have performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. All the frames are made of gold, a detail tying into Colorado's mining history. New items of note include Stevie Nicks' handwritten lyrics to the Fleetwood Mac hit "Rhiannon," a toboggan from the Beatles film "Help!" and boots worn by Jim Morrison of the Doors.
The new worldwide menu is the result of 14 months of research and testing, with 30 added items and dozens of others that were modified. More local and seasonal ingredients were incorporated into the made-from-scratch menu, which includes dishes like a grilled chicken and arugula salad, a grilled vegetable sandwich and smoked beef brisket. The beverage offerings have also been expanded, touching on trends like gin mojitos, boozy milkshakes and a margarita flight.
The Hard Rock Cafe is located on the 16th Street Mall at Glenarm Place, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.