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Argyll Whisky Beer
Argyll Whisky Beer
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After Argyll closed its original Cherry Creek location back in 2011, it was finally resurrected by restaurateur Robert Thompson and chef John Broening in early June this year. The gastropub took over the former Las Margaritas space in Uptown, and with the new version came a slight name tweak, menu changes, and more emphasis on the beverage program. Is this reboot a success so far? Here's the early word on Argyll Whisky Beer.

The Go Now News: Shortly after Argyll opened, 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison had this to say: "Argyll has been open just five days. I've been once, and I can't wait to go back—again and again. And based on conversations with others who have dined at Argyll, the feeling is mutual." [5280]

The Worth the Wait News: Someone who left a tip on Foursquare had mostly positive things to note, with a small criticism. "Super tasty! They make everything in house so it isn't super quick, but it's worth the wait. Try the fish and chips." [Foursquare]

The Closing Time News: One Yelp user was met with disappointment one evening, stating, "Please don't list closing times if you're not going to stay open until that time. Worked 12 hours and all I wanted was a beer and whiskey. Was told when I entered at 930 that they were 'shutting down for the night'. Take your closing times off your advertising." [Yelp]

The Winner News: Denver Post restaurant critic William Porter awarded a three-star review to the Uptown spot, calling it a "winner" and noting "two showstoppers: a juicy lamb burger on a brioche roll, topped with crisp lettuce, tzatziki and a sweet-tart tomato jam" and a squash salad that "will vie for a spot on [his] year-end list of the best dishes of 2014." [DP]

The Complete-Your-Summer News: Thrillist included Argyll on a roundup of nine new restaurants and bars in Denver to "complete your summer." In addition to a recommendation for the Scotch egg with fennel salad and orange mustard aioli, "there's an extensive beer list, as well as more than 200 whiskeys from all over the world." [Thrillist]

The Overpriced News: You can't please everyone, as proven in a review on OpenTable. "For the price of the food, this place fell really short. I tried the Shepard's pie, and for the $19 price tag (and the fact that it was listed under the dinner section of the menu, and not the app section) the portion was super small, and the filling was super salty." [OpenTable]

The Vacation-Sick for Scotland News: The blogger for site I'm Gonna Cook That! had been missing Glasgow after traveling there, with the visit to Argyll nearly replicating the experience. "The rest of the meal reminded me so much of some of the dinners I had while on vacation last year that I almost felt like I was back there for a minute or two." [I'm Gonna Cook That!]

The Booze-Friendly Food News: Zagat called out the English breakfast dish as one of five snacks around Denver perfect for pairing with libations. "Be thankful for Argyll chef John Broening, who thoughtfully crams the full monty into a few bites of baby sausage, white beans, fried quail egg and a blistered tomato on a single butter-smeared slice of toast. Drink with: A proper cider from across the pond." [Zagat]

· Sneak Peek: Argyll Whisky Beer Now Open [EDen]
· A Handy Guide to Dining in the Uptown Neighborhood [EDen]
· Good Things Come in Small Packages: To the Wind Bistro [EDen]

Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub

1035 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218