Colt & Gray is a little dressed up for Denver, but in a good way: It’s an upscale white-tablecloth establishment that’s still very cozy (exposed brick and a fireplace). While the atmosphere is enough of a draw, they have exceptional cocktails, fresh oysters, and best of all, a top-notch charcuterie program—it’s all cured in-house, and they’re committed to high-quality regional ingredients and nose-to-tail utilization. The rest of the menu is standard but inventive New American fare, like Moroccan lamb with kale panisse and clams and octopus with white runner beans. Bonus: There’s a speakeasy downstairs, Ste. Ellie, where you can expect the same great cocktails and service in a more intimate (and even cozier) space.

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