Almagre Venue + Bar set to open in style at August’s end 

click to enlarge COURTESY ALMAGRE
  • Courtesy Almagre
Founders Mundi Ross (Colorado Collective) and Grace Harrison (Peak Place, Hold Fast Coffee) are billing Almagre Venue + Bar (2460 Montebello Square Drive, almagrecollective.com) as the “first urban industrial wedding and events venue + bar” in town, which needs some explanation, especially about how the average person will interact with the stylish spot.

Perhaps you’ll be a guest at an event (as of Aug. 28) catered by Picnic Basket/Cravings/Buffalo Gals in the events area of the 4,000-square-foot space, separated by soundproof walls from the 45-seat bar component, where you don’t need an invite to drink and eat (from 4-11 p.m., Thursday-Friday and noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, beginning Aug. 31).

Don’t think of The Bar at Almagre as a restaurant, exactly, says Ross, or strictly a bar, but know that the regional food boards designed by consulting chef Amy Fairbanks (previous executive chef at Garden of the Gods Gourmet) are quite substantial, such that one’s easily a meal for a person — though Fairbanks says she conceived them with sharing in mind, somewhat tapas-style.

Food board examples include Southern U.S. and Spanish boards, ranging from the simplicity of “classic, clean ham and boiled new potatoes with Brie” (France) to salmon lox and pickled herring (Scandinavia) and pastor tacos, jicama and chicharrones (Mexico City). “All are flavors I really like,” says Fairbanks, noting a few will “push boundaries.”
click to enlarge COURTESY ALMAGRE
  • Courtesy Almagre

Bar manager Christian De Los Santos comes by way of Axe and the Oak Whiskey House (co-owned by Ross’ husband Casey), and has in part built the drink menu around a barrel-aged cocktail program that includes a Oaxaca Old Fashioned mixed with tequila and mezcal. Classic Prohibition-era cocktails are well-represented, plus a small wine and beer list, including an exclusive amber lager brewed by Lost Friend Brewing.

“Our barrel-aged cocktail program revolves around adding complexities to the classics we all know and love,” says De Los Santos. “Our flightboard will be an excellent way to sample all of our barrel-aged cocktails... [it] will consist of four mini cocktails from the barrel... The inspiration behind our menu is all about approachability to craft cocktails.”

Another key player in the whole endeavor is the venue’s design. “Aesthetic is really important to me,” says Ross, who consulted with a number of businesses in town, including Till Kitchen on its marketplace. “There’s not one corner that’s untouched — we’ve paid close attention to everything.” The vibe, she says, is somewhat Santa Fe meets Aspen, with “rich hues” and textures and patterns like leather, brass, Pendleton and Turkish kilim.

She and Harrison were friends prior to launching Almagre, but more recently discovered that they each were dreaming of starting a local venue and bar, albeit with a few different components that were eventually merged into a cohesive concept. Such elements as a live music presence grew into plans for gospel brunches, running the second Sunday monthly beginning in September.
Keep an eye on our Indy blog for a sneak peek at the space.


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