Best Of 2012: Wine Bar
The wine crowd is sure to love the recent changes at Swirl. Owner Andrew Palmer spent a significant amount of time building out, by hand, a whole new area that includes nooks and crannies in which to socialize, as well as a new bar, and a patio. This part serves up wine, plus desserts like chocolate ganache tarts and seasonal sweets, which are made in-house. Panini and soups lead the new food offerings, and Colorado microbrews are now on tap as well. If you want bottles of specially selected wines to take home, visit the front of Swirl, which is a separate store owned by Palmer's wife, Sharon. Now more than ever: good wine, good food, great atmosphere. — Bret Wright
Located behind Swirl Wine Emporium, which will soon shrink a bit to make room for more bar space (and expanded tapas), your favorite wine bar serves simple but good meat-and-cheese platters, with rare and unique drink options. The parlor room and patio equally charm.