HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mon. through Fri.; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat. to Sun.
THE SCENE: “Dive” may describe the original Max’s, which opened in 2006 in Houston with the enduring slogan “Fried chicken and Champagne? Why the hell not?” But at the lone outpost outside of the Lone Star State, the Denver Cap Hill interior is bright, contemporary, and clean—not the least bit divey. The ambiance is lively, with a rock soundtrack in the background.
WHAT TO DRINK: What makes Max’s happy hour so special is a wine list that ranges all over the world map. During happy hour, the tap wines, mostly Italian and French, and three refreshing craft cocktails go for only $6. Luxury wine pours include Moet and Chandon Champagne and Duckhorn Merlot, marked down from $20 to $14.
WHAT TO EAT: Happy hour bites are $6 and range from Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños to a caprese salad. But such great wine is going to tempt you onto the regular menu, where I’d recommend the Crispy Deviled Eggs ($6, and yes, they’re deep-fried) and that Famous Southern Fried Chicken ($23). Why the hell not?
Max’s Wine Dive
696 Sherman St.