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The Greenlight Lab Reinvents the Bar Genre

Liv Studio’s new bar is part gathering space, part real-time design laboratory.

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Tomorrow, July 14, marks Liv Studio’s seventh anniversary. To mark the occasion, the architecture and design firm behind many of Denver’s design-forward restaurants, is opening a bar. But the Greenlight Lab won’t be just another bar, it will also be a living design laboratory.

“We do so many restaurants and bars,” says Brandon Anderson, principal and co-owner of Liv, “that we’re putting in a test lab.” Greenlight, the entrance of which sits in the alley behind Denver Central Market, will function as a testing ground for the Liv crew to assess how furniture, lighting, materials, and ideas fare in the real world: How does the $50 chair wear in comparison to the $300 chair? What’s the staying power of that sputnik-like light fixture? And as a bar-goer, you’ll get to weigh in. “When you sit down we’ll give you a packet, and you can rate the stuff around you,” Anderson says.

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With Dustin Lawler—previously of the Kitchen and 5280’s best bartender in 2015—overseeing the beverage program, the cocktails promise to be as strong and creative as the design. “Greenlight is a playground,” says Anderson. “We’re giving Dustin that license as well. He’ll have a beta menu and he’ll be testing things out all the time.”

Greenlight is set to host a soft opening party shortly, but will officially open to the public the weekend of July 21. Tip: There’s no sign, just a green light above the door.

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