What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.
—Photography by Carmel Zucker
22 Beast + Bottle (last year 13)
With every visit to Beast & Bottle, we marvel at what co-owners and siblings Paul and Aileen Reilly have done with the space. The restaurant is still compact, but the room feels more expansive and gracious than ever before. That speaks to the Reillys’ commitment to making the Uptown restaurant a polished neighborhood gathering point. And that it is: Reservations are sometimes full weeks out. No matter—the best way to experience Beast & Bottle is to dine at the bar. That’s where you gain extra insight into which dishes to order and find yourself privy to the stories that color the night’s specials. (It’s also where the service is most attentive.) At Beast & Bottle, it’s easy to fall madly in love with at least one dish on every visit—most recently for us, it was the pan-roasted lamb with farro, curry-pickled carrots, and lamb bacon–wrapped dates. 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-623-3223, beastandbottle.com