Run for the Roses at Dairy Block in downtown Denver is a new underground lair by Steven Waters, paying homage to the elegant cocktail clubs of yesteryear and serving classic libations in a cozy yet sociable setting with hints of superstition and luck found throughout. Located through the Dairy Block Alley just above 18th Street, you’ll find 52 classic cocktails, a selection of seasonal cocktails and rare and vintage spirits, along with parlor snacks. The name of the establishment comes from a mix of the history of the building, with was previously home to The Celtic, where they had off-track betting for horse and dog racing. It goes along with luck, superstitions and going to the track to bet on the horses. Since the winner of the Derby gets a rose garland, they coined the race the “Run for the Roses.” Waters adopted that mentality with the space being downstairs and a bit harder to find than a normal bar. Once you get there, they hope that people have felt they’ve won in a way.

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