Without a decent bite to eat, most happy hours are just loud music and cheap drinks. Not that I’m complaining. I usually need something a little more substantial, however, which is what led me to the Corner Office  recently to check out the revamped (and inexpensive) happy hour food menu.
The extensive options at this chic spot across from the Denver Performing Arts Complex are creative takes on typical pub fare (think Korean-fried wings with a sweet-and-spicy sauce as opposed to the typical greasy variety). My favorite snack is the suppli al telefono, a classic Italian treat. These bite-size fritters are filled with braised short ribs and creamy mozzarella risotto, then served with a tomato ragu and olive tapenade. The richness is eased by the size of the serving: just two per plate.
Pair any dish with one of the $5 specialty cocktails. The Japanese lemonade (sake and lemonade) is light enough in flavor to work with almost any fare.
Bonus: For a twist on traditional brunch, check out Disco Brunch (Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). You’ll find creative dishes like strawberry cheesecake waffles and curry crêpes, with a side of retro tunes and servers dressed in funky duds.
1401 Curtis St., 303-825-6500