Cocktail Recipe with Honey Infused Bourbon

The best cocktail in Denver, Colorado is one that combines elements of Colorado pride: bourbon and honey. We searched far and wide for premium bourbon for The Brown cocktail recipes and settled on one distilled in the highest distillery in the United States at 9600 feet, Breckenridge Bourbon. Next we infuse the bourbon with honey from our prized rooftop bee colony for 24 days in hand-crafted barrels of White Oak from Missouri. Join us at The Brown for one of our honey infused bourbon cocktails or mix this signature recipe in your own home bar.

Palace Manhattan

2 oz Honey Bourbon

1/4 oz sweet vermouth

1/4 oz simple syrup

3 dashes orange bitters

Bourbon soaked cherries

Muddle one bourbon soaked cherry. Add all other ingredients with fresh ice in a rocks glass. Stir 25-30 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a bourbon-soaked cherry.

Cheers to the best cocktail with American pride!

Yves Saint Laurent: Stay in Style Giveaway

Just in time for March 25, 2012 when Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective comes to Denver, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is excited to announce our “Stay in Style” VIP Package giveaway. With the Couture Package, high fashion and high luxury will be yours for the weekend. This unique and limited time package will include the following:

  • A 1 night stay in one of our luxurious and inspiring guest rooms.
  • 2 VIP passes to Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum.
  • A personalized cosmetic look using Yves Saint Laurent products courtesy of Nordstrom of Cherry Creek.
  • 1 complimentary gift from the Yves Saint Laurent product line.

This will be one fashion experience that you will not want to miss out on. To enter for your chance to win our “Stay in Style” giveaway, head over to The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa’s Facebook page and look for the “Stay in Style” tab or click here.

For more information regarding this giveaway or to make your own reservations for the Couture Package or one of other Yves Saint Laurent inspired packages at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa please call (303) 297-3111 or e-mail us at

Package is based on availability and must be used during March 25 – July 8, 2012.

Holidays At The Brown Palace – Guess The Number of Teddy Bears


The Brown Palace is bringing on the holiday cheer with our Big Bear Giveaway. Guess the exact number of teddy bears in the window located at our hotel by scanning its QR code or by following the mobile-link, both of which are located on the display. The individual that guesses the number closest to the exact amount of bears will not only receive a complimentary stay at The Brown Palace, but will also choose which charity the toys will be donated this holiday season. So come on down and start guessing!

Thanksgiving at The Brown Palace

This Thanksgiving, allow us at The Brown Palace, to treat you to a truly magnificent Thanksgiving feast. We will be hosting a brunch at Ellyngton’s, a late afternoon meal at the Ship’s Tavern and finally a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Palace Arms. Get familiar with each of the special menus and we’ll look forward to seeing you come November 24th!

Elly’s Thanksgiving Brunch

  • Eggs & Waffles. A wide selection of breakfast breads, meats and traditional dishes including; Eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes, cheese blintzes and omelet’s prepared to order.
  • Carving & Action Station. Herb rubbed prime rib, roasted natural turkey, porchetta style loin of pork, pumpkin gnocchi, seared Rocky Mountain trout, sweet potatoes and whipped Idaho potatoes.
  • Salad Station. Greek bow tie pasta, cranberry pecan Waldorf salad, five bean salad, antipasto board with grilled vegetables, Caesar salad, multiple cheeses with artisan breads and house made fruit compotes.
  • Seafood. Jumbo shrimp, oysters, shellfish salad, house cured Alaskan king salmon, a smoked seafood selection and citrus crème fraîche.
  • Sushi Station. The sushi station will offer a wide array of rolls and nigiri including; California rolls, spicy tuna, vegetarian rolls, Ahi, king salmon, unagi and shrimp.
  • Dessert. Pear frangipane tart, pumpkin pie, white chocolate raspberry torte, sweet potato pecan tart, chocolate fountain with exotic fruits, pumpkin cheese cake, pecan pie and cherries jubilee.

Ship Tavern Thanksgiving

  • Starter. Creamy parsnip soup with blue cheese and crème fraiche -OR- Smoked salmon and a poached egg muffin with a prawn and sweet pepper dressing.
  • Entrée. Traditional roast turkey with sage and apricot stuffing -OR- Seared Atlantic halibut with butternut squash, risotto and lemon beurre blanc.
  • Dessert. Pumpkin tart topped with cinnamon Chantilly -OR- Sweet potato pecan pie.

Palace Arms Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Course #1. Egg (Cauliflower, sweet potato, bacon and herbs) -OR- Acorn (Griddle Cakes, escargot, multi grains and huckleberry.)
  • Course #2. Smoked pheasant soup -OR- Heirloom Colorado squash.
  • EntréeColorado Bison “Rossini” (Truffles, foie gras, brioche and Swiss chard) -OR- Mero (Brussel, Yukon potatoes, maple and bacon) -OR- Organic Turkey “Hot Brown” (Cornbread, pemeal, cranberry, friend green tomato and mint julep.)
  • Dessert. Pumpkin Pie (White chocolate, meringue and cranberry) -OR- Apple Pie (Paté, streusel, sphere, pistachio and caramel.)

To make reservations, visit, or call 303-297-3111, or 800-321-2599.

Live Music in Downtown Denver: Meet John

From smooth tunes to upbeat numbers that will want to make you sing along, John Kite shares his gift of music with the guests of The Brown.  For the past 24 years, he has been one of the resident pianists at The Brown Palace Hotel. Serving guests from all over the world, you can hear John playing in the Atrium lobby during afternoon tea on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 – 4 p.m. and evening cocktails in the lobby on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.   Looking for a late night drink?  Come to Ship Tavern restaurant, Wednesday through Saturday nights, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. for some great numbers

Meet Executive Chef Thanawat Bates

With a knack for creating innovative dishes and an exquisite attention to detail, Executive Chef Thanawat Bates brings his unique flavor to Palace Arms here at The Brown Palace.  Learn about his favorite ingredients and must try dishes in the video above, then stop in this weekend for a delicious meal in an intimate setting.

The Great American Beer Fest & Rooftop Honey

Oh honey, let us tell you – this is one delicious beer.  In a beautiful collaboration sure to get your taste-buds going, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and Denver’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company, have come together to create Rooftop Honey Saison, a limited-edition beer utilizing 75 pounds of honey from our rooftop honey bees.   Launched during a special exclusive Afternoon Tea here at The Brown Palace, guests were welcomed to be some of the first to try the beer, paired with other delicious offerings prepared by Chef Thanawat Bates including Hops Cured Kobe Sliders and Rail Yard Ale Beer Can Chicken.

Afterwards, over very own resident pianist John Kite performed an original song about our Rooftop Honey live for the first time ever at the launch event in celebration of The Great American Beer Festival and National Drink Beer Day.

Rooftop Honey is now available in Ship Tavern and at Wynkoop, for a limited time and will be served at The Great American Beer Fest this weekend here in our great City of Denver.  We invite you top stop by our pub, grab a pint and enjoy this sweet sweet nectar.  If you feel the desire to buzz about the special brew on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #RooftopHoney.  Enjoy!

Get in the Spooky Spirit: Halloween at The Brown Palace

Looking for a spooktacular way to spend this Halloween?  Then jaunt over to The Brown Palace for a devilish good time.

With a chill in the autumn air, join us in the month of October as we wander our grand halls for a special haunted tour. Our frighteningly fabulous historian will lead wide-eyed guests on a tour through some of The Brown’s more hair-raising hauntings, telling tales of mysterious sightings and disturbances from our past.  Tours are offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m., with additional public tours available on October 12, 19, and 26 at 5pm. To make reservations please call 303-297-3111.

For those looking to satisfy their monster-ous appetite, join us for a special Halloween Monster Brunch on October 30th at Ellyngton’s featuring a costumed wait staff and Halloween themed food.  Trust us, it’s to DIE for.  To make reservations, please visit our website.

Denver Weekend Entertainment at The Brown Palace

Ah, we’ve made it to Friday!  Another glorious weekend sits before us, and what better way to enjoy it than by kicking back underneath a grand atrium listening to the smooth & sultry sounds of jazz piano?  Playing classic jazz, standards, and whatever else inspires them, John Kite’s Jazz+ will be filling the lobby of The Brown Palace with sweet melodies.  Join us on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and sip wine, beer or cocktails with mouthwatering appetizers like our truffle-parmesan fries or calamari.

Afterwards, take a stroll through the lobby to Ship Tavern, where the entertainment will continue….this time, of a slightly more lively nature.  John will be keeping the songs a’playin’ and the good times rolling, as patrons can participate in an impromptu sing-a-long to favorites with a martini or signature cocktail in hand.

While Denver is a playground for those seeking entertainment on the weekends, good times can also be found without even leaving The Brown Palace.  So bring your song requests, order your favorite drink, relax and enjoy!  Happy Friday!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Girls just want to have fun, and now that summer is here, why not gather your favorite ladies and head over to The Brown Palace for a true Girlfriend Getaway.  With plenty of ways to unwind, relax and indulge, there’s no better place to meet your group and delight in girl-talk over drinks, music or even a massage.  Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of our Enviable Escape Package for a guaranteed best rate.

Customize your group’s own Ladies-Only staycation with a number of different offerings….However, if you ask us, we think the sample agenda below sounds absolutely divine!

  • Kick things off with an Ocean Glow scrub, an invigorating and energizing sea salt and citrus exfoliation, followed by a signature Brown Palace massage.
  • Head back to the room, enjoy a glass of champagne as you pamper yourself and unwind after your relaxing massage.  Get dressed and ready for a delectable dining experience.
  • Head downstairs to Palace Arms for an incredible meal of Day Boat Scallops, with brioche, brussels, sprouts, pancetta, tomato, leeks and horseradish.
  • Follow dinner with a girl’s night out at Ship Tavern for a signature Macaroon cocktail, live music and plenty of laughs with your girlfriends.
  • Sleep in within your elegant guestroom, and spend the next day enjoying tea with the gals, or even better, indulging in our to-die-for Sunday Brunch.

So grab your best friends, and get ready for some true pampering at The Brown Palace.