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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row opens in Denver on NYE 2021

Whiskey Row, the restaurant and bar franchise owned by country musician Dierks Bentley, will debut in Denver this New Year’s Eve, more than two years after it originally announced plans to come to the Lower Downtown.

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Denver’s Whiskey Row is the fifth location to open nationwide, although one in Arizona closed during the pandemic.

The company took over the 22,000 square foot space at 1946 Market St., which once housed Lodo’s Bar and Grill and a nearby pop-up bar briefly called Neon Baby. According to a statement, the buildings underwent extensive renovations to add a stage for live music, improve the venue’s sound system and build a 65-foot LED wall to enhance the concert experience.

Construction delays due to COVID-19 played into extended delays for renovations and openings, according to a spokesperson.

Denver’s Whiskey Row marks the fifth location nationally behind Nashville, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Gilbert, Arizona. An additional restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, closed recently due to the pandemic. Bentley has performed at Whiskey Row venues in other cities before, but it’s unclear if he plans to stop in Denver anytime soon.

On New Years Eve, Whiskey Row will host a grand opening show featuring tunes from country musician Stephen Paul and DJ Christopher Gray, aka Deejay Diesel. Admission to the party is $20 and masks are required. VIP tables with bottle service are also available upon reservation.

(Despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice to forgo big New Year’s Eve celebrations as the omicron variant COVID-19 spreads like wildfire, parties in Denver are still set to ring in 2022.)

Whiskey Row markets itself as an American gastropub and nightlife destination with “a rock and roll attitude inspired by Dierks himself,” according to the website. Consider it a place where you might see cute girls drinking tallboys, although cocktails are also on the menu.

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The 10-Hr Brisket Sandwich at Whiskey Row features slow-cooked brisket, whiskey-infused barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese and pickled red onion on a brioche bun. The restaurant is owned by country musician Dierks Bentley. (Provided by Whiskey Row)

Food options include nachos and other bar-style appetizers, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees like beer-canned chicken. Additionally, the restaurant will launch a New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with dishes such as chicken and waffles, burritos and avocado toast.

“I spend a lot of time in Colorado, so this was definitely the next best place for Whiskey Row,” Bentley, who moved with her family to Telluride in 2020, said in a statement. “The neighborhood is a great atmosphere for experiencing Denver, whether you’re a local or a tourist, and I can’t wait to be back there and have a cold in the Mile High City back home. ”

After New Year’s Eve, the venue promises local music gigs five days a week as well as DJs Thursday through Sunday.

Whiskey Row, 1946 Market St., Denver. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Closed on Monday. 303-515-7082. dierkswhiskeyrow.com/denver.

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