Denver's Civic Center gets its own pop-up cocktail bar

The pop-up bar has become so pervasive that even Denver’s government center is getting in on the hype with a beach-themed setup that will pour sangrias and other tropical cocktails all summer long.

Bar Civic opened to the public July 14, right around happy hour. The pop-up will serve beer, wine and liquor by the Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond from 4-10 p.m. every Tuesday-Thursday at least until September.

“The overarching goal: There are so many beer gardens and breweries all over the place, so we kind of wanted to transition that … summertime vibe toward a more upscale bar with cocktails, live music, a DJ and tons of cool lighting,” said Griff Smith of Headline Events, which operates Bar Civic and Civic Center Eats in the same area.

The new Civic Center bar will coincide with Civic Center Eats each week, overlapping with the food trucks, which operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same days.

And Smith says drinkers can expect rotating cocktail specials, starting with sangria this week. They’ll be served in a real downtown oasis, complete with palm trees, tropical plants and a DJ playing right there by the ocean — or Seal Pond.

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