In an area that is experiencing a vast hipster renaissance is one of the hippest new bars around. Mile High Spirits at 29th and Larimer in the RiNo warehousy district boasts many appealing aspects for the discerning and fun-loving drinker.
No mecca for beer-drinkers, Mile High Spirits (as the name suggests) offers spirits of the homemade variety. Bourbon, rum, gin, and infused vodkas are distilled in-house with an all-glass still, only one of three distilleries in the world to do so. Servers will happily serve these beverages straight up, mixed with soda or other common mixers, or in a variety of Moscow mules.
Despite what you may think, Moscow mules are not just the purview of vodka; at Mile High Spirits, you can get any of the liquors in them. One may not think that gin would work in a mule, but surprisingly it does—and it tastes like a liquid, savory ginger snap. Yum!
In this writer’s humble opinion, the infused vodkas are where it’s at here. The cucumber is crisp, refreshing, with an excellent but not overpowering flavor. The pineapple is even better—just like drinking the fruit itself. The pepperoncini is not for the faint of heart and definitely packs a spicy wallop—or heartburn in a glass, depending on your perspective.
The large, airy room features a lengthy bar as well as tables and leather couches sprinkled around for a homey feel. There is also a pool table for the sporting, restless types who are not content to sit around and sip with friends. The cowhide carpet, however, is tacky and has got to go.
Like many a tasting room, the distillery does not serve food. However, food trucks are often in attendance outside. Check the calendar for a list of visiting food trucks by day: http://www.drinkmilehighspirits.com/events/.
And speaking of outside—the backyard is worth the visit. There are picnic tables, cornhole and other games, and a vast grassy space. Hanging out back there is just like being at a house party—you may not know everyone there, but you feel like you do.
There is an eclectic if twangy/folksy–leaning jukebox on the wall. Bands are featured a couple of nights a week, and there is certainly enough floor space for dancing. Weeknights feature special themes: Monday is service night, and Wednesday has trivia, for example.
One complaint: bike racks are needed. On a bike-lane route, the distillery is visited by many a biker with no place to lock up and a colorful neighborhood and populace who just may want to steal a bike.
Despite this caveat, bikers (and others) will want to come by for some delicious drinks, humble and comfortable vibe, righteous backyard, and fun with friends—old and new.