It cannot be denied that appetizers are delicious. The small portions of beautifully crafted ingredients are just big enough to give you a bite or two but not so big as to allow you to be satisfied on appetizers alone.
Enter Tapas: the Spanish invention of small plates in order to help with the digestion of wine while drinking. It is believed that King Alfonso X, The Wise King of Spain, created a decree stating that no wine could be served at inns unless it was also accompanied by food.
This Spanish kind was certainly onto something. Not only does food allow your body to better handle the effects of alcohol, but food pairings with wine can enhance the flavor of the food and make the entire evening more enjoyable.
Tapas have made a huge re-entrance into dining circles and many cities have countless tapas restaurants, all promising you gooey, savory, rich goodness. If you're already salivating, here are 15 mighty independent Denver tapas spots to help satisfy the craving.
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The 9th Door
1808 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
Decked out with great decor, this place has some of the most delicious dishes out there, tiny though they may be.
2556 15th St., Denver, CO 80211
The Truffle Table knows how to make your mouth water with their cheeses and meats, as well as baby bread pudding.
600 S. Holly St., Denver, CO 80246
Though tapas are traditionally Spanish, Ambli brings an Indian spice to the concept with items such as beef samosas and lobster amid a coconut curry sauce.
1501 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210
Ototo's Japanese inspired small plates will have you returning for more.
2202 Kearney St., Denver, CO 80207
Neighbors is the perfect spot to relax with delicious small plates and a nice glass of wine.
1516 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202
Deep Roots is more of a wine bar than it is a tapas spot, but their menu still manages to feature dishes such as the charcuterie and cheese board and bruschetta trio.
3264 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
Dio Mio is an Italian-inspired bar and tapas restaurant, so get ready to experience incredible flavors melding together.
W XYZ Bar
800 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
This venue and event space also specializes in tapas and cocktails— both small but powerful.
3440 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
Small serving sizes don't mean that this place skimps on the flavor — it's quite the contrary, as past customers will confirm.
Fireside The Bar
1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202
Fireside The Bar is in the heart of the Grand Hyatt Denver. Their tapas are tasty and their wines delicious.
Vinue Food and Wine Bar
2817 E. Third Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Vinue specializes in wine and tapas, which will keep you sipping and snacking all night.
2930 Umatilla St., Denver, CO 80211
Presentation, though amazing, is only part of the equation at El Five.
2240 Clay St., Denver, CO 80211
Mackinzie's wine and tapas bar will have you begging for more, thanks to their delicious selection.
Syntax Physic Opera
554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Syntax pairs great food with live music . . . just remember to wait 20 minutes before getting on the dance floor.
Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates
3422 E. 12th Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Sienna Wine Bar features scrumptious dishes, like their Chicken au Gratin.