Wine bars 

The six outfits below market themselves on the strength of their wine. More extensive lists do exist at some higher-end gourmet restaurants, such as the Blue Star, MacKenzie's Chop House, the Craftwood Inn and The Broadmoor's outfits, and some medium- to high-end restaurants like the Melting Pot also offer surprisingly strong wine menus as well.

One truth you can take with you wherever you go: If you see Yellow Tail, walk away.

Kimball's Peak Three Theater, 115 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-1945, kimballspeakthree.com

Complemented by a full bar, Kimball's offers popular varietals like zinfandel, malbec and cabernet, with the occasional extraordinary blend, by the glass. Drink at the bar or bring the inky goodness right in to your movie.

Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, 733 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0277, monalisafondue.com

Mona Lisa boasts a downstairs wine cellar where you can enjoy more than 80 wines by the glass or as a flight, along with a cheese or chocolate fondue.

Moonflower by Night (Sunflower By Day), 287 E. Fountain Blvd., #100, 520-0649

With evening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Moonflower brings a focus on Old World (French, Italian, Spanish) wines. The list is organized lightest to fullest, with a food menu to match.

Piazza Wine Bar and Pizzeria, 806 Village Center Drive, 266-5300, piazzawinebar.com

Piazza stocks mostly Italian and California wines with a few Spanish bottles thrown in. Look for more than 40 different whites and reds, with 30 available by the glass.

Rico's at Poor Richard's, 322 N. Tejon St., 630-7723, poorrichards.biz

Rico's features a rotating selection of 20 wines by the glass. Look for an assortment of varietals including organic, vegan and sustainably harvested wines.

Second Street Art Market and Wine Bar, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com

Whether you go with an international pinot or a sauvignon blanc from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, by the glass or by the flight, you can't go wrong with Second Street's wide selection. At happy hour, Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., get half off glasses of wine and bottled beer.


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