Bar-K, a craft cocktail lounge, is open today at 124 E. Costilla St., according to news from the Downtown Partnership.

Bar-K will serve cocktails, wine and Colorado-made whiskey, bourbon and beer. The bar kicks off with a ribbon cutting this afternoon at 4 p.m. and the grand-opening celebration includes happy-hour pricing during normal business hours Friday and Saturday.

So what is a craft cocktail?

“We make our cocktails by hand with fresh, local ingredients,” said co-owner Ken Binning.

The bar uses only fresh-squeezed juices, muddles sugar cubes by hand and uses egg whites from local-farm-raised chickens in its Gin Fizz cocktails.

“We make our very own blackberry ginger ale and we use our own bacon-infused vodka in our Bloody Marys,” Binning said.

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The bar has scheduled rotating food trucks and activities like Geeks Who Drink and karaoke. Live music will play on the lower level. And local bar and restaurant workers get a 10 percent discount every night.

Bar-K joins several other businesses at the south end of downtown, the press release said. Blue Dot Place apartments are less than a block away, and opened in January at 312 S. Nevada Ave. Colony Class plans to open a coffee shop this spring at 408 S. Nevada Ave.  Next door to Bar-K is Baby Cotton Bottoms, a store that relocated from the Westside. Mountain Fold Books, B&Co Hair Studio, Art Hardware and Iron Bird Brewing Co. are also new to the neighborhood.


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