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Eight Stock Show Worthy Cocktails to Try Now

These bad boys will surely put some hair on your chest.

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With the National Western Stock Show steamrolling through town in the coming weeks, we all need to be on our manliest, most macho behavior, right down to the cocktail order.

What makes a cocktail manly you ask? The answer is: said cocktail needs to be strong as hell, preferably made with whiskey (although there are some exceptions), straightforward and without frills. This cocktail needs to be worthy of Bill Brasky, the Dos Equis man, all of the Denver Broncos, Batman and Clint Eastwood, at the very least. Chest hair should be at an all-time maximum after drinking the following cocktails at Denver bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ste. Ellie

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 547-7356
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Ste. Ellie might trump the competition on manliest cocktails, as the LoHi bar has a section on its cocktail list categorized: "For Bill Brasky." Ranging from masculine marriages of booze like bourbon and bar beer for $9, to 30-year cognac and Saison Dupont for $41. Just remember, Bill Brasky is a ten-foot tall beast-man, who showers in vodka and feeds his baby shrimp scampi.
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2. Bar Fausto

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3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 445-9691
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Bar Fausto nails the classic cocktails. The whiskey category is particularly potent, and manly men will surely opt for blends like the Brooklyn - a cocktail with rye, Dolin dry, maraschino liquor and Amer Picon. From the name to the presentation, this is one macho beverage.
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3. Black Eye Capitol Hill

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800 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
Black Eye's excellent cocktail menu is broken down into categories based on strength. Anything from the Heavyweight category merits a place on our manly roundup, notably The Mysterious Stranger - a one-two punch with Bank Note scotch, Creme de Violette, Ricard Pastis, Noilly Prat French vermouth, shaken and served up.
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4. Occidental Bar

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1950 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO
(303) 997-8886
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Sean Kenyon's casual LoHi cocktail bar is a perfectly manly place to knock back some booze whilst watching sports. The Sailin' On cocktail is macho in a Jimmy Buffet, devil-may-care type of a way, in that it renders images of piloting a yacht, stogie lit - a cocktail with aged rum, bitters, lemon and pineapple syrup.
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5. Rebel Restaurant

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3763 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80216
This RiNo spot is a stone's throw away from the Convention Center where the Stock Show is held, and scores very high on the manly scale. Order the half roasted pig's head and wash it down with the Hire's 2nd Act - a cocktail made with Dickel rye and house-made root beer.
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6. Bacon Social House

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2434 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 550-7065
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While brunch by itself not sound very manly, brunch at the Bacon Social House can be quite the macho affair. Order the bacon bloody - one of the meatiest, meanest A.M. cocktails out there, or for the slightly less macho - a beermosa made with Breckenridge Brewery's Agave Wheat.
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7. Rackhouse Pub

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2875 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 570-7824
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The Dude is a special kind of man, and the Rackhouse Pub in RiNo abides by the Dude's standards. The Pub's cocktail list is full of Dude-approved choices, like the tequila-forward El Duderino - made with reposado tequila, orgeat, sour wort, strega, and lime.
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8. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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Old Major may just be one of the meatiest, manliest places in the city. Enjoy chef Justin Brunson's meat-forward menu and wash down prime cuts with The HIghlander - made with Monkey Shoulder scotch, Cardamaro, pear brandy, and Nina amaro.
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1. Ste. Ellie

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
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Ste. Ellie might trump the competition on manliest cocktails, as the LoHi bar has a section on its cocktail list categorized: "For Bill Brasky." Ranging from masculine marriages of booze like bourbon and bar beer for $9, to 30-year cognac and Saison Dupont for $41. Just remember, Bill Brasky is a ten-foot tall beast-man, who showers in vodka and feeds his baby shrimp scampi.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

2. Bar Fausto

3126 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
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Bar Fausto nails the classic cocktails. The whiskey category is particularly potent, and manly men will surely opt for blends like the Brooklyn - a cocktail with rye, Dolin dry, maraschino liquor and Amer Picon. From the name to the presentation, this is one macho beverage.
3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

3. Black Eye Capitol Hill

800 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
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Black Eye's excellent cocktail menu is broken down into categories based on strength. Anything from the Heavyweight category merits a place on our manly roundup, notably The Mysterious Stranger - a one-two punch with Bank Note scotch, Creme de Violette, Ricard Pastis, Noilly Prat French vermouth, shaken and served up.
800 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203

4. Occidental Bar

1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO
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Sean Kenyon's casual LoHi cocktail bar is a perfectly manly place to knock back some booze whilst watching sports. The Sailin' On cocktail is macho in a Jimmy Buffet, devil-may-care type of a way, in that it renders images of piloting a yacht, stogie lit - a cocktail with aged rum, bitters, lemon and pineapple syrup.
1950 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO

5. Rebel Restaurant

3763 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80216
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This RiNo spot is a stone's throw away from the Convention Center where the Stock Show is held, and scores very high on the manly scale. Order the half roasted pig's head and wash it down with the Hire's 2nd Act - a cocktail made with Dickel rye and house-made root beer.
3763 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80216

6. Bacon Social House

2434 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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While brunch by itself not sound very manly, brunch at the Bacon Social House can be quite the macho affair. Order the bacon bloody - one of the meatiest, meanest A.M. cocktails out there, or for the slightly less macho - a beermosa made with Breckenridge Brewery's Agave Wheat.
2434 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. Rackhouse Pub

2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
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The Dude is a special kind of man, and the Rackhouse Pub in RiNo abides by the Dude's standards. The Pub's cocktail list is full of Dude-approved choices, like the tequila-forward El Duderino - made with reposado tequila, orgeat, sour wort, strega, and lime.
2875 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
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Old Major may just be one of the meatiest, manliest places in the city. Enjoy chef Justin Brunson's meat-forward menu and wash down prime cuts with The HIghlander - made with Monkey Shoulder scotch, Cardamaro, pear brandy, and Nina amaro.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

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