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Where to Celebrate Negroni Week in Denver

The special event runs from June 5 through June 11

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The celebration known as Negroni Week descends on Denver (and cities around the country) June 5 - 11, as bars throughout the city will present their best variations on the classic Italian cocktail, originally made of one part gin, one part Campari, and one part vermouth.

In its fifth year, the event encourages bars to introduce patrons to the bittersweet beverage in unique variations. Adaptations, such as barrel-aged and sparkling, or trades out the gin entirely for other spirits – such as vodka or bourbon, resulting in a boulevardier are the norm. Those who create the drinks select a charity wherein all proceeds from the week-long event go.

In Denver, kick-off starts Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Nocturne where four artisan Negronis and small bites will be served by an all-star squad of local bartenders, including Topher Hartfield and Adrift’s barman, Les Baker. Money made throughout the evening will go toward No Kid Hungry Colorado.

After that, these are our top nine suggestions for interesting takes on the boozy beverage about town, ordered geographically north to south.

Disclosure: The editor is married to one of the developers behind The Source, the development in which Acorn resides.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO
(720) 542-3721
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Pair Acorn’s contemporary American cooking a play on the negroni that includes Beefeater gin, Martini and Rossi Gran Lusso, plus Campari. When all is said and done, proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

2. CURIO

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2669 Larimer St
Denver, CO

Selecting Water For People as its charity-of-choice, the bar will serve a classic, a frozen negroni with Deep Eddy ruby red, Campari, lemon, Dolin Rouge, float; a Sbagliato, made fizzy with prosecco. A smoked version is available with Nuestra Soledad mezcal, Campari and Dolin Rouge.

3. Low Country Kitchen

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(970) 761-2693
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New to the LoHi scene, this Southern-influenced spot is serving nightly riffs on the negroni that will roll out throughout the week, but the team will start with the original – Campari, Beefeater gin and Dolin Rouge.

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4. Ocean Prime

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1465 Larimer St
Denver, CO
(303) 825-3663
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The Larimer Square restaurant will feature a signature “OP Negroni,” made with the floral Botanist gin, for the full celebratory week. The $14 beverage will take $1 off the top of every serving for Inspire Artistic Minds, a charity that provides scholarships and educational experiences to advance the arts.

5. Earl’s

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1600 Glenarm Pl #140
Denver, CO
(303) 595-3275
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The Downtown spot is featuring a grapefruit version, pouring Cinzano vermouth, Fernet Branca, fresh citrus, and a ribbon of orange peel for garnish and flavor.

6. Hudson Hill

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619 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO

Every day, the team at the Cap Hill bar will release a special Negroni variation via social media. The classic will be $5 all week long.

7. White Lies

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800 Sherman St
Denver, CO
(303) 955-1205
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Among the several negroni variations featured this week at this Cap Hill bar, eatery, and coffee shop is the White Lies Black Negroni, made with Old Tom Gin, smoked Cynar, and sweet vermouth.

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8. Quality Italian

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241 Columbine St.
Denver, CO
(303) 532-8888
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Bartender Bryan Schneider offers a frothy nitro negroni – regularly on-tap – that uses Campari, Peach Street Distillers Jackalope gin, plus Carpano Antica formula vermouth.

9. Adrift Tiki

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218 s Broadway
Denver, CO
(303) 778-8454
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The special beverage is themed to the Adrift tiki vibe, bringing a negroni with pineapple and hibiscus infused Appleton rum, beet-infused Campari and Carpano Bianco. Adrift chose Mana Immersion Fund as its charity.

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1. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Pair Acorn’s contemporary American cooking a play on the negroni that includes Beefeater gin, Martini and Rossi Gran Lusso, plus Campari. When all is said and done, proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO

2. CURIO

2669 Larimer St, Denver, CO

Selecting Water For People as its charity-of-choice, the bar will serve a classic, a frozen negroni with Deep Eddy ruby red, Campari, lemon, Dolin Rouge, float; a Sbagliato, made fizzy with prosecco. A smoked version is available with Nuestra Soledad mezcal, Campari and Dolin Rouge.

2669 Larimer St
Denver, CO

3. Low Country Kitchen

Denver, CO
Kontently

New to the LoHi scene, this Southern-influenced spot is serving nightly riffs on the negroni that will roll out throughout the week, but the team will start with the original – Campari, Beefeater gin and Dolin Rouge.

4. Ocean Prime

1465 Larimer St, Denver, CO

The Larimer Square restaurant will feature a signature “OP Negroni,” made with the floral Botanist gin, for the full celebratory week. The $14 beverage will take $1 off the top of every serving for Inspire Artistic Minds, a charity that provides scholarships and educational experiences to advance the arts.

1465 Larimer St
Denver, CO

5. Earl’s

1600 Glenarm Pl #140, Denver, CO

The Downtown spot is featuring a grapefruit version, pouring Cinzano vermouth, Fernet Branca, fresh citrus, and a ribbon of orange peel for garnish and flavor.

1600 Glenarm Pl #140
Denver, CO

6. Hudson Hill

619 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO

Every day, the team at the Cap Hill bar will release a special Negroni variation via social media. The classic will be $5 all week long.

619 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO

7. White Lies

800 Sherman St, Denver, CO
White Lies

Among the several negroni variations featured this week at this Cap Hill bar, eatery, and coffee shop is the White Lies Black Negroni, made with Old Tom Gin, smoked Cynar, and sweet vermouth.

800 Sherman St
Denver, CO

8. Quality Italian

241 Columbine St., Denver, CO

Bartender Bryan Schneider offers a frothy nitro negroni – regularly on-tap – that uses Campari, Peach Street Distillers Jackalope gin, plus Carpano Antica formula vermouth.

241 Columbine St.
Denver, CO

9. Adrift Tiki

218 s Broadway, Denver, CO
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The special beverage is themed to the Adrift tiki vibe, bringing a negroni with pineapple and hibiscus infused Appleton rum, beet-infused Campari and Carpano Bianco. Adrift chose Mana Immersion Fund as its charity.

218 s Broadway
Denver, CO

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