“His Shenanigans are Cruel and Tragic”
What about my shenanigans? My shenanigans are benevolent and indulgent (haha). I like to get the most out of my shenanigans, ya know? My shenanigans brought me to a cool, old tavern named after a Greek mathematician whose studies paved the way of modern geometry for a few thousand years. Euclid was his name and so far my absolute favorite drink in town is from the sleek, hip and mysterious Euclid Hal,l located in Larimer Square (this city’s first commercial block), and named after a classic quote from the movie Super Troopers:
“But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun!”
“Yeah, and his shenanigans are cruel and tragic.”
“Which… makes them not really shenanigans at all.”
This eclectic drink is made with Laphroig single malt scotch, Strongwater persimmon & lavender shrub with lemon and simple syrup. The aroma of this drink made me feel older, wiser and more prepared to try new things… I want my room to smell just as smoky and mature. I couldn’t take a drink without running it past my nose before every sip and insisted that everyone at the table give it whiff before trying it. This mean drink tastes how something made in a bar from the 1800’s should: smoky scotch peat with a full bodied profile and sweet finishing rinse. Once I gather the entire list of complex ingredients, this will definitely be an at-home staple. Gimme dat!
The table also had the Car Ram-Rod, a house favorite, which uses a local Leopold Bros American Small Batch whiskey as a base, accentuated by Domaine de Canton (a little spice), St. Germaine (a little floral), ginger beer (a little bubble), and lemon bitters (a little sour). All of this makes for a balanced drink that is sure to please and start your night off right. And before I forget: the beer menu. They sort it by their own system, ranging from easy drinking (Arithmetic) all the way up to big, strong and complex (Quantum Mechanics). There’s a Dean’s List as well if you want something a bit more eclectic.
Along with the absolutely perfect drinks, the table ordered two different duck focused plates that were as tasty as they were different. First up was the Chips and Dip, an elevated take on nachos. A lemon goat cheese coats the plate, topped with kettle chips, warm oolong tea smocked duck breast and frozen shavings of duck confit. The contrast in flavors is only matched by the varied textures, but the warm and frozen duck is where the complexity really is. The other dish, the Duck Poutine, was a duck confit mixed in with gooey cheddar curds and drenched in black pepper duck gravy; this place really knows how to show off bar food in a sophisticated way.
I had The Ricky Ricardo, a Cubano sandwich with a lot to offer and ordered some fries on the side coupled with a bacon aioli dip (fun fact: my favorite food may be French fries). House-cured ham, bacon, yellow mustard, braised pork, giardiniera, and Swiss all pressed in a pan made for everything a Cubano should be and more. I was absolutely satisfied and slightly over stimulated. I asked myself, “Do I continue to order food?... If I do, I'll eat it… and I'm already full…” That’s what happens when you get good food, which is always a fun and conflicting moment during any meal.
The bar and restaurant were so aesthetically pleasing and the vibe of this modern pub smoothly whispered, “Sit back, relax and experience something,” and I did. With two big gray doors that blend into the area so perfectly, a welcoming chef bar and high ceilings, I felt all the Denver this place had to offer and I will definitely be back!
- Isaiah 'Captain Handsome' Richardson
As our Denver lifestyle writer, Isaiah will be giving you the best recommendations on where to eat, grab a craft cocktail, and what to do around Denver for fun. He'll also be joining in on style advice from time-to-time, drawing on his experience with local fashion blog, Conceited Ego, where he works as a photographer and videographer, and local clothier Lawrence & Larimer.
Read his monthly segment, Cool & Classy, on the HC Blog.