Best Of 2013: Wine Bar
Andrew and Sharon Palmer took a good idea — connect a bar to the back of their wine shop, housed in a Victorian building in Manitou Springs, with tall ceilings and dark wood — and doubled down on it a few years later by closing the retail side and going all restaurant. The resulting "new" Swirl Wine Bar is one of the more distinctive places to imbibe craft booze and yummy down on thoughtful plates like speck-wrapped artichoke hearts. Get out back in the high-walled alley patio and commune with the falling ivy, fire pit and Christmas lights.— Bryce Crawford
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.