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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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4. Insider’s Tip

The retro-looking bar of Green Russell.  

There are plenty of drinking spots in LoDo, but for a special experience head to Green Russell, a speakeasy-type bar that’s camouflaged as a pie stand inside Russell’s Smokehouse. Call ahead to make reservations, then show up at the restaurant, where the hostess will lead you past the pies, through a door marked “No Entry,” and into a dark room with an L-shaped bar and booths in the back. This is a cell-phone-free zone, so you can just settle in and sip on cocktails made with ingredients you dictate to the bartender ($12 and up). On Sunday and Monday nights, they also have live jazz.

Published on May 16, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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