New lounge look, plus new happy hour dishes and cocktails
Panzano has put out some of Denver’s best (and best-priced) happy hour dishes for years. With a classy renovated bar, this excellent Italian eatery in Denver’s Hotel Monaco has also expanded and enhanced happy hour food and drink offerings. In short, the very good happy hour just got better.
Chef Elise Wiggins puts out sophisticated Continental specialties in what she calls “happy hour-sized portions” at happy hour prices from 2:30 to 6 p.m. every night. Wiggins’ front-of-house ally in enhancing the happy hour experience is Derek Lovell, the new bar manager. I’m seeing this as the ideal pre-theater watering hole for the many shows with 6:30 curtains at the nearby Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Price check: At happy hour, plates are $5, $6, $7 and $8. Local craft beer, $4; wines by the glass, $5; specialty cocktails, $6; barrel-aged cocktails, $9.
Panzano is in the Hotel Monaco, 909 17th Street, Denver; 303-296-3525.