Today, Dec. 5, marks an important date in American history. Today is the day we ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and renewing our right to get tipsy freely.
It’s almost difficult, in 2016 Colorado, to imagine an alcohol prohibition. But for 13 years, Americans had to sneak around to get some liquor and commit all sorts of crimes in the name of intoxication.
And here’s something you might not know: Colorado actually began it’s own prohibition three years before the nation did with the ratification of the 18th Amendment. Ouch.
So if the freedom to consume alcohol is the sort of thing you want to celebrate more than 80 years on, then by all means, drink up. Here are some good places to do it:
1000 Osage St.
Home of Colorado Liquor License No. 1. What better place to celebrate the end of Prohibition than the state’s first legal bar — and at a bar that survived it.
Williams & Graham
3160 Tejon St.
Hands-down Denver’s best “speakeasy” in an age when we don’t need speakeasies. Slipping behind a bookcase to get a drink never really gets old, especially when the drinks are so good.
They don’t have reservations on weekdays, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble on a Monday night.
321 E. 45th Ave.
Honestly, my argument for this one is a little flimsy, but just trust me. This place has the distinct feel of a home converted into a bar. Get a fancy cocktail or a cheap beer. They’re accommodating like that.
504 E. Colfax Ave.
I know, it’s kinda cheesy to go there today, but it’s a great bar, so why not?
Try the crispy polenta or short ribs minis while you’re there.