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Denver Happy Hour @ Al Lado (Next to Zengo. 1610 Little Raven)

The Co-Host for May's Denver Happy Hour is Dan Maloney (Beautiful Lawn & Landscape). I met Dan through Kimberly Cunningham.  I tried to cutting my grass, was unsuccessful, and decided to hire a landscaper.  I posted on facebook, several landscapers were recommended and I chose Dan.  Dan has been my landscaper for over a few years now, reliable and does an amazing job.

Al Lado (also owned by Zengo)

Tuesday May 21st

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st

Denver Happy Hour is the way you want networking to be. Here's the Concept. A New Co-Host(s) & Bar/Restaurant Once a Month. Free Appetizers and Happy Hour Cocktails from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. A Great way to meet new people, catch up with friends, help local businesses and Explore Denver. It's the Best Excuse to mingle during the week.

Al Lado

Happy Hour Specials from 5:30p to 7:30p

Networking 5:30p to 7:30p


1610 Little Raven Street, Denver, CO 80202

+More About the Co-Host


Dan Maloney
Landscape Expert, Owner

Beautiful Lawn & Landscape
Direct [masked]
P.O. Box 123Englewood, CO. 80151

"I have been in the landscaping business since 1996 and decided started my own business 4 years ago. I offer a wide range of services to add to the attractiveness and value to any property. From planting and fertilizer to basic maintenance, there is no job I can't handle."

~More about Al Lado

Al Lado
1610 Little Raven Street, Riverfront Park
Denver, CO 80202
Tel. [masked]

HOURS Dinner

Daily | 5 PM onward

Happy Hour

Monday-Thursday & Saturday| 5-7 PM
Friday | 4-7 PM

Dining review: Denver's Al Lado offers a taste of tapas along the Platte

Posted:   10/24/[masked]:01:00 AM MDT
Updated:   01/23/[masked]:21:44 AM MSTBy William Porter
The Denver Post
The new Al Lado serves tapas, wine and cocktails. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

You would not expect to find a taste of Spain along the South Platte River — after all, the water is headed for Nebraska and its casserole-worshipping citizens — but restaurateur Richard Sandovalseems bent on establishing Latin-inspired dining rooms everywhere, so there you go.

His latest Mile High outing is Al Lado, a tapas restaurant. It sits in a spiffy, contemporary building on Little Raven Street just south of the Platte and across from Commons Park. It joins his other downtown Denver outlets, Tamayo and Zengo, the latter just up the street. (The globe-trotting Sandoval also operates two La Sandia restaurants in Park Meadows and Northfield Stapleton.)

Al Lado is as much bar as restaurant, befitting a classic tapas place. But unlike the tapas scene in Barcelona, where you drop by, have a plate and a glass of sherry, then head to the next tapas joint to lather, rinse, repeat, Al Lado is a room where you tend to park yourself.

The space is dark and cool, albeit with a bit of afternoon light, but doesn't have an ounce of grotto to it. There is an airiness, thanks to decor with mid-century-modern touches and fine black-and-white photography on the walls. It feels akin to a 1,850-square-foot rec room for Don Draper and the "Mad Men" crew, minus his wife singing "Zou Bisou Bisou."

Al Lado's menu manages to be crisply edited and expansive at the same time, in the sense that

AL Lado invites diners to sit, sip and savor its Spanish small plates. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)all the typical tapas notes are hit, along with some new twists.

Yes, you get the classic albondigas de cordero (lamb meatballs), but there are a few of-the-moment offerings such as braised short ribs, which have become nearly ubiquitous. And the traditional pepper dish pimientos de padron uses blistered shishitos, which is sort of the it-pepper in restaurants for the past year or so.

All this is served up by an efficient wait staff, who are also quick to the table with glasses from a smart, Spanish-oriented wine list and cocktails with lots of craft but zero twee factor. (Consider ordering the Malaga G&T, made with Botanist gin, Fever Tree tonic, pink grapefruit and a hint of mint. For $9, it's a great

Cazuela with lamb meatballs, served in a cast-iron pot. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)post-cubicle balm.)

Worthy choices on the 14-item tapas portion of the menu include those roasted shishitos ($5), tossed with sea salt and olive oil and paired with a roasted garlic aioli.

The bacon-wrapped dates ($6) were savory — how could they not be? — and came with a dipping sauce spiked with cabreles, the Spanish blue cheese.

Baby octopus ($13) was a tangle of tentacles over a mix of fennel and salad greens. The kitchen didn't shy from the salt, and there was a big dash of citrus notes from a drizzle of blood orange. But the dish was a bit of a disappointment, for somehow all those flavors did not meld.

The patatas bravas ($8) were a solid take on that classic, with crispy small spuds, chorizo and a chipotle romesco, plus an aioli made with Valdeon cheese, the milder cousin to cabreles. It was a lot of savory flavor in a small dish.

Potatoes were also treated well in the tortilla espanola ($8), a sort of potato pie. Sliced spuds were layered with spinach, roasted peppers, olives and topped with a roasted garlic aoili.

A skewer with hunks of filet mignon and lamb sausage ($15) was plated atop a wash of chimichurri, the traditional herb-infused olive oil, and sided with a Cabrales cheese sauce. The steak was flavorful; the lamb not so much. It was just a tad bland.

Three cocas, or

Pimientos de padron: blistered shishito peppers. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)Spanish flatbreads, are offered. Try the salchicha y aceituna ($11), a crisp-crusted number topped with Catalonian sausage, manchego cheese, olives and a tomato-garlic sofrito.

Bigger appetites can dig into the four cazuelas, soup-stews that come in individual pots. We enjoyed the coarse-ground lamb meatballs ($12), which swam — well, waded was more like it — in a hearty broth with tomato, zucchini and goat cheese.

Al Lado also offers an interesting deal called "The Whole Shebang," which is apparently the Spanish phrase for "enough food to serve at least 6-8 adults or one teenage boy." It works like this: For $170, you get everything on the 21-item menu. Cough up another $50, and you get your choice of a magnum of wine.

The bottom line: The menu here isn't exactly a model of originality, and on one level feels like a "hey, why not?" cog in the Sandoval restaurant machine.

But Al Lado delivers value and good service, and makes for a fun night out. Olé to that.

William Porter:[masked], [masked] or


Tapas. 1622 Little Raven St.,[masked]

** Very Good

Atmosphere: Dark, modern

Service: Friendly, efficient

Beverages: Wine, beer, cocktails

Plates: $4-$15

Hours: Dinner: daily, 5 p.m.-until; happy hour, daily 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Details: Street parking

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  • Sandra

    Sorry.. Prob at work.. Can't make it!

    May 21, 2013

  • Sandra

    Will there be an obvious way to recognize the group?

    May 20, 2013

  • Don

    Gonna try to make it.

    May 20, 2013

  • Sandra

    First time with the group- look forward to meeting y'all:)

    May 19, 2013

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