As if we needed another reason to unwind with a nice glass of white or red, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day, and we’re saying “cheers” to that! Not to be confused with National Wine Day on May 25 (though no one’s complaining about having two occasions to celebrate our favorite drink), this holiday places a special emphasis on the history and health benefits of the age-old beverage. Here’s where to share a glass with your friends or loved ones at one of the many places offering specials around Denver. Salud!
2715 17th St.; Sunday hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; happy hour: open to 5 p.m.
With an approachable, cheery vibe, Postino is a great choice for multiple drinking options. If you want to spend a while sampling, opt for the all-day happy hour featuring $5 glasses until 5 p.m. Prefer sitting down for a whole meal? Choose a bottle from the staff’s recommendations among the frequently rotating rack wine program. Finally, if brunch is more your style, $5 mimosas and bellinis are also offered during brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
100 St. Paul St.; Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; happy hour: 4–6:30 p.m.
This modern upscale bar-and-grill in Cherry Creek North has quite a claim to wine expertise. Both the executive chef and general manager are sommeliers, and the restaurant features two massive walls of wine racks each with 2,000 bottles, making for around 300 choices of wine. With so many options, you can try any manner of pairings with white, reds or rosés, or mix it up with a signature wine cocktail: the White Sangria, featuring a house-made white peach purée and a strawberry peach popsicle.
1600 Pearl St., Boulder; Sunday hours (lunch-dinner): 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; happy hour: 4–6 p.m. (not on Sundays)
This well-received new addition to Boulder’s hip Pearl Street, which just opened last August, is impressive in its wine selections as well as its food offerings. The restaurant’s five owners include two former New York City chefs, and its beverage offerings are managed by Boulder’s own Ben Foote of Blackbelly Market.
3390 E. First Ave and 1552 E. 17th Ave.; Sunday hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; happy hour: 3–6 p.m.
Perhaps the most affordable option on our list, Olive and Finch has an unstoppable daily happy hour: it’s three hours long and features glasses for as low as $3 (not to mention $12 carafes of Sangria). At either the Cherry Cherry North or Uptown location, you’ll find a concise list of whites, reds and a rosé to enjoy on the quaint patio, a European market food and quick bites.
696 Sherman St.; Sunday hours: 10 a.m. to midnight; happy hour: open to 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Spread your wings for the day with Max’s specialty wine flights. On Sunday, this sleek bar and eatery will offer a white ($19) and red ($21) wine flight, each with four different, intriguing pours. We recommend pairing one with a cheeseboard—or, actually, anything off their Southern new-American menu.
8100 E. Orchard Road; Sunday hours: 5–9 p.m.; happy hour: none
This high-end Tech Center steakhouse has a staggering wine selection—about 1,200 if we’re talking numbers. Wine director Chris Manness can recommend pairings for the award-winning eatery’s menu of hand-cut and dry-aged steaks, and, since Drink Wine Day conveniently falls on a Sunday, you can also take advantage of the Prime Pair Sunday menu for a complete meal for $59.
1822 Blake St.; Sunday hours: 5–10 p.m.; happy hour: 5–6:30 p.m.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate night out just relaxing and drinking with friends, Vesta is the way to go on Sunday night. The long-time LoDo hot spot specializes in small, shareable food offerings that complement its huge wine list. If it were up to us, we’d be ordering the Chinese BBQ Pork Belly or House-made Burrata and taking advantage of the $6 glass house specials for Drink Wine Day.