A large collection of tequila, specialty cocktails, Latin-Asian infused dishes, sushi, and tasty small plates are served in the classy yet casual La Biblioteca that will be opening shortly in Denver’s Riverfront Park neighborhood. La Biblioteca took over the Al Lado location next to Zengo and has been renovated, bringing you something new and exciting. This restaurant was brought to Denver by Chef Richard Sandoval, and it follows the NYC concept of “the Library of Tequila”
Fortunately, I was able to attend a sneak preview event of La Biblioteca. The Sweet Heat and Cucumber Pepino were two of the cocktails of choice. The sweet heat was a serrano and pineapple infused tequila with pineapple juice and agave. This cocktail is perfectly described by it’s name: sweet heat.
The cucumber pepino is a refreshing drink with serrano infused tequila, muddled cucumbers, and citrus. I loved eating the chunks of cucumber after the drink was gone. This drink was really good but for me, it was a little sweet and that became more evident towards the end.
As little tastes of the menu continued to come out, I realized all the little snack size bites were adding up and happily filling my stomach! We got to try a lot from sushi rolls, to pork sliders and guacamole with smoked trout! My favorite sushi rolls were the volcano and the crispy shrimp & tuna roll. The regular tuna roll was incomparable to the other ones, in my opinion.
The guacamole with smoked trout was definitely a favorite because not only do I LOVE guacamole I LOVE smoked trout and had never had them combined. Delicious!
The pork sliders were another delectable choice. I would definitely order these upon my next visit. There was a tasty sauce and house-made pickles in between a locally made bun. Even the french fries served with a chipotle ketchup were a good snack.
The atmosphere is sexy with dimmed lights and a red light that casts over a brick wall in one area of the bar. It can provide privacy but also open casual talk. A couple TVs were put in which does not really fit the atmosphere but I think it is an attempt to provide for a more diverse crowd. All the bottles of liquor that line the back of the bar add a cool display. Overall, it is an intimate setting that is less formal than the sister restaurant, Zengo.
Whether stopping in for happy hour cocktails and small plates, a full dinner or late night cocktails, La Biblioteca can satisfy all these needs. Denver Eater listed the opening date as tomorrow, Saturday, November 9.
Happy hour 4-7 daily with $3-6 bites, $3 cervezas, and $5 margaritas.
$5 margarita Mondays
$2 taco Tuesdays
I am also looking forward to the first Thursday of every month where they will have Meet the Maker with $5 tastes!
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