Group of friends and I arrive in Denver around 7 mountain time after a long 11 hour drive from Iowa. After checking in and getting settled a bit, we decided that the first place to visit was going to be Rialto. Rialto is a restaurant/bar that is inside the downtown Courtyard. We stayed there last year and we all thought it was a wonderful place. We also didn’t want to hit up any new places because we were still waiting on a buddy to fly in from Kansas City.
*Rialto was an excellent choice since we just wanted to relax and enjoy a bit to eat and a good brew. (http://www.rialtocafe.com/). Decided on the calamari for a quick snack and it was excellent. Washed it down with a Left Hand Milk Stout and the night started out great. The highlight of the night was my brother-in-law’s order of seared tuna. Great stuff! Finished off the night with a 5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing company. Wow! Fantastic beer, refreshing and crisp! The only negative of this evening we didn’t learn until later the Rialto has two happy hours! After 9:30 they have 1/2 price all beers and $3 appetizers. I really could have done some damage if I would have known that.
*Second and last stop for me on this evening was hitting up the Sports Column. The Sports Column could be referred to as an Iowa bar I guess, with Iowa flags and memorabilia hanging up. $3 draws of Oskar Blue’s Dale’s Pale Ale also makes it great. Watched a little baseball, enjoyed a few brews and the finish to night #1 was satisfying.
NEXT UP! DAY 2: Falling Rock Tap House, a visit to Frisco, CO.