Walk around Downtown Denver on any given night and you’ll see a lot of the same scene – young women freezing their booties off, wearing skimpy dresses, teetering in their stilettos along with their dates who look like they pulled on whatever didn’t smell too bad from the floor. It makes us relieved to find nightlife destinations for the rest of us. The Crimson Room is one of those places, and then some.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about places for the geriatric crowd (although they’d appreciate The Crimson Room too). I’m talking about getting a little dressed up (they have a coat check so go ahead and wear a coat!), leave the nightclub drama at the door, enjoy delicious cocktails, good nibbles and fantastic jazz in a glamorous atmosphere.
Going to The Crimson Room makes you feel like you really had a special night out, without having to break the bank. Open for about a year and a half, the concept has evolved after hearing from guests that they wanted live music on Larimer Square. They added a baby grand piano and expanded the drink program to include vintage cocktail carts where cocktails are crafted table-side. The vibe is very relaxed and intimate.
We love a great craft cocktail but having ours served at our table from a well-stocked, vintage bar cart took things up many notches. Our fantastic server was not only friendly but she knew her way around a cocktail and all the accouterments that go with it from the strainer to the shaker to the twist of orange oil from the zest. Being able to watch her in action, preparing something just for us was so much fun and added to the whole experience of being there.
The food menu is simple and sufficient, offering small bites and desserts meant to complement the cocktail menu. We had Truffle Popcorn and asked for a combination platter of charcuterie and cheeses.
The Crimson Room’s Happy Hour runs from 7-9pm which is really unusual and lets you extend your happiness farther into the evening. The Happy Hour deals are great too. Live jazz music starts at 8pm, Tuesday – Saturday. If you’re already a jazz fan, you’ll be happy. If you’re new to jazz, this is a great place to get your education. Sitting in the same room as the performers still allows for conversation with your group but not so easily. Sit in the middle of the club or across on the far side to create more of a background of sound. No matter where you sit, the furnishings are beautiful and the vibe is right.
The Crimson Room is located at 1403 Larimer Street in historic Larimer Square, behind a glossy red door, next to Ted’s Montana Grill. They are open Tuesday-Thursday from 7pm-midnight and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.