Two big openings are set to shake up the craft cocktail world. After years of speculation and planning, it’s official. Raised By Wolves in San Diego and Death & Co. Denver are both just days away from swinging their doors open.
Raised By Wolves
The hype is about to become reality. San Diego’s long awaited lux bottle shop/craft cocktail lounge, Raised By Wolves is set to open on Monday (4.16).
A facebook post featuring parent company Consortium Holdings Project’s Beverage Director Anthony Schmidt along with RbW bigwigs Erick Castro (Polite Provisions) and Chris Patino (Simple Serve) announced the imminent open. Patino mused, “It feels good to see somehting that you have worked so hard for finally come to fruition. Isn’t she a beauty?”
The entire establishment will be decked out in elaborate 1800’s French Nouveau style designed by Basile Studio. Visitors will initially enter the store portion which will feature premium bottles, barware, and books. (Think Cocktail Kingdom on steroids—with booze.) The liquor selection will include some of those rare bottles that dominate the secondary markets and management promises plenty of dusties to keep the American Whiskey fans happy.
Thirsty customers will have the option of moving on to the 2000 square foot bar area (via a secret rotating platform.) With Patino, Schmidt, and Castro creating a menu of modern classics and classic classics, high quality is expected. CHP noted that the list will highlight some of the rare holdings found on site.
Arsalun Tafazoli’s CHP is the force behind several other critically celebrated destinations such as Noble Experiment, El Dorado, and Polite Provisions. Most recently, they opened Born & Raised a massive, $6.5 million project based on a similar concept.
Raised By Wolves will be located in the Westfield UTC. The store will be open from 11am to 7pm daily, while the bar will operate from 5pm to midnight. (Of course, the bar will by reservation only.)
Death & Co. Denver
After two years of planning, NYC craft cocktail trailblazers, Death & Co. are finally getting ready to cut the ribbon on their Denver outpost. Although no official opening date was announced, Neat Pour confirmed that the staff is hired and on site for training this week.
Bar Star Alex Day (The Walker Inn, Normandie Club, Nitecap, Honeycut, Gin & Luck, Proprietors LLC, Death & Co.) took to social media to announce that the full staff assembled for the first time on Tuesday (4.10).
The new location at Denver’s boutique Ramble Hotel is Death & Co.’s first spinoff. However, the original racked up enough accolades to make the opening a major event. Opened during the early years of the Cocktail Renaissance in 2007, the East Village destination quickly made an impact. The dark interior, formally dressed staff, and speakeasy vibe set the tone for countless craft cocktail bars to follow.
Death & Co.’s past bartenders are a virtual who’s who of industry elites. Along with Day, Phil Ward, Jillian Vose (Dead Rabbit), co-owner Ravi DeRossi, Joaquín Simó (Pouring Ribbons), Jim Kearns (Happiest Hour, Slowly shirley), Eryn Reece, (Sons and Daughters), and Thomas Waugh (Major Food Group) all had their turn with the shaker. For those who couldn’t score a seat, Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails helped educate a generation of drinkers and bartenders.
The past is no guarantee that the Denver satellite will enjoy such lofty success, but we’ll find out soon…