Marlowe’s Saloon & Chop House is located on the street level of the historic and grand Kittredge Building. This seven story structure was built by Charles M. Kittredge and his father Cornelias Kittredge in 1891 and was Denver’s tallest and first modern office building. This structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is awesome to behold inside and out.
Opening in 1982 and being locally owned and operated since launching, Marlowe’s remains one of Denver’s most popular gathering places. You can’t help but notice the high ceilings or the meticulous black and white checkered tile flooring. Specially designed sliding windows from Italy open to the heated patio and 16th Street Mall. Your eyes wander over to the captivating “J shaped” bar made from Vermont cherry wood. Large bar stools, high back chairs and plenty of tables and booths are to be found. Oversized mirrors line the walls enhancing this enormous space which can seat about 150 people. The Mezzanine area located upstairs has the same elegantly designed theme. Lining the walls are delightfully framed photographs of historic Denver. Another full bar is located on this level and you can view the vast restaurant below. This area seats approximately 100 to 150 people.
Marlowe’s carries 21 different ‘beer on tap’ and a wide selection of wine by the glass with 25 different wines to choose from. From the wine listed under “Zesty & Fresh” are Beringer White Zinfandel, Stonecap Riesling and Terra Antiga Vinho Verde. Under the “Vibrant & Vivid” you will find Ruffino Orvvietto Classico (Italy), Rio Seco Chardonnay (Argentina) and Veramont Chardonnay (Chile). “Creamy & Dreamy”, “Light & Bright”, “Velvet & Spice” and Dark & Sultry” on the menu offer many wines to select from. The Reserve list is just as impressive with choices of Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” (France), Crgich Hills Chardonnay (California) Ruffino Riserva Ducale “Oro” Chianti Classico 2004 (Italy), and many more. They have Signature Martinis such as “Cosmo Blanco” (Three Olives Vodka, Peach Nectar and Stonecap Riesling), “Sake Tini” (Hendricks Gin, Gekkeikan Haiku Sake, and Crystalized Ginger) or “Spiced Pear Martini” (Grey Goose La Poire, Amaretto Liqueur and a splash of pineapple juice).
The appealing menu consists of appetizers like Rhode Island Calamari, Crabbed Stuffed Mushrooms, Smoked Buffalo Ribs, Deviled Eggs and Filet Mignon Sliders to name a few. A variety of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches not to mention entrees of Filet Tip Steak, Chicken Piccata, Fish & Chips, Baked Eggplant Parmesan and Masaman Curry are available. I found that the prices are reasonable.
To be such an elegant and grand place, I felt very comfortable in my casual attire. The friendliness of the staff made my experience even more pleasing. On weekends you will notice a diverse crowd of locals and tourists including families, couples and singles. But, during the week, Marlowe’s has become popular with some of Denver’s elite ‘coat and tie’ patrons as well as leaders of Colorado’s oil and gas industries. The Convention Center is also conveniently located within walking distance. Marlowe’s is known for the large and unique martini glass stationed on the outside of the building and makes for a great gathering spot. So, “Meet Me Under The Martini Glass” for a memorable experience.
Marlowe’s is located in the Historic Kittredge Building at 501 16th Street, Denver, Colorado and is open for business Monday through Thursday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Happy Hour is daily from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm to Close. Breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. (303-595-3700)