LoDo’s food hall Dairy Block continues to reveal its food and beverage options, but one, the underground lair Run For the Roses has yet to open. Starting this week, the cocktail lounge begins to reveal its old-time cocktails with contemporary flare during a series of pop ups.
Construction delays have left the historically chic bar by Steven Waters in limbo while he waits for his space on 18th and Blake streets.
Waters says that the delays gave him time to support other businesses in the neighborhood. “We want to create a community of like-minded businesses that are bringing people to this area,” Waters says.
He partnered with Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, which will share its space to host a series of pop ups to preview what to expect at neighboring Run For the Roses.
Dubbed Lay the Favorite at Seven Grand, the events take place on upcoming Saturdays in March, spanning three seatings, each capped at 20 guests, at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. Each week will feature a different curated cocktail menu with modern takes on classic drinks.
”Essentially what we’ve done is taken classic, well-known cocktails and dug back to uncover the true history behind them,” Waters explains. “Some of these go back 100 to 150 years, and drinking styles and ingredients were very different then. We’ve tried to reinterpret those in a modern context with modern ingredients staying with the original goal of the cocktail.”
Pop ups will also offer a selection of snacks: caviar, deviled eggs, and a seasonal radish dish. At $15 each, tickets include a welcome cocktail as well as a gift revealed at the event.
As for the cocktail lounge itself — which promises vintage mirrors, roses behind the bar climbing a wall fresco, and oxblood and navy across the tufted leather seating — Waters hopes to open sometime in April.
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