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Date Night: Five Nines in Cherry Creek


Incredible craft cocktails, captivating nightly performances and an elegant, sultry design make Five Nines the perfect spot to visit for your next date night.


Located within the new Clayton Members Club & Hotel, Five Nines is a gorgeous new cocktail bar in Denver that opened last month. Don’t call it a speakeasy — there’s no password or secret entrance. But as you leave Clayton Street and wander into the dimly lit bar, you’ll find yourself transported to an intimate place where you can your date can focus solely on each other.


Designed with help from AvroKO’s San Francisco design studio, the bar has a dark, moody vibe thanks to rich jewel tones, brash fixtures and luxurious materials. The cozy tables and plush bar seats make the ideal setting for reconnecting after a long week.


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Impress your date with this tidbit: The bar gets its name from the informal notation system used to denote the purity of precious metals like gold, silver and platinum. For example, 99.999 percent pure — five nines in a row — is the highest caliber of silver produced.


Five Nines has a decadent three-part cocktail menu featuring more than 18 different drinks, with each section also drawing inspiration from precious metals: Uncut Gems, Forged in Fire and Compounds & Concoctions. The “Uncut Gems” chapter, for example, includes twists on classic cocktails, including the Pimms Cup, made with spicy ginger syrup, and the Banana Daiquiri, served up with Uruapan Mexican rum.


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Clayton’s beverage director Kyle Bobkowski and Five Nines’ general manager Eugene Marenya developed the innovative menu.


“We couldn’t be more excited to finally introduce Five Nines to Denver,” Marenya says. “We truly believe the combination of creative craft cocktails and playful bar bites, complimented by unique immersive entertainment, is unlike anything else in the city.”


While you sip cocktails, you can also enjoy small bites from a wordly menu, like zesty purikake popcorn with sesame and nori seasoning; a lobster corn dog; disco tots with shaved prime rib, gravy and cheese curds; and Argentine grilled mushrooms, with hen of the woods mushrooms and chimichurri. Clayton’s executive chef Greg Deflorio developed the food menu.


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Five Nines also promises “pops of promiscuity” with performances every hour from Hard Candy Dancers, a Denver aerial and dance group that specializes in everything from burlesque to contortionism.


Clayton Members Club & Hotel itself is a new concept for Denver that opened last spring. It’s part hotel, part private membership club, offering “an intentionally cultivated community of social, business and creative leaders unified by our five pillars and dedicated to living a more meaningful and impactful life,” according to the website.


So if you decide to extend your date night into a staycation, head upstairs to one of the hotel’s 63 rooms with Denver-inspired mid-century modern decor. There are also two other restaurants to try: Of A Kind, which specializes in Mediterranean and California coastal fare, and OAK Market, which has grab-and-go options, espresso and gelato.


Photo by Lauren Jones


Five Nines is located at 233 Clayton St. in Denver. It’s open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; it’s also available for private events.


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