Holiday season

Naughty List brings the party this holiday season

It’s December and that means there’s not too much holiday music, Christmas decoration or Santa cookies. Denver took inspiration from other major cities in the United States that aim to paint the city with Christmas beer – I mean applaud.

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The Naughty List is the latest Christmas pop-up bar to hit the Denver bar scene. It’s a Christmas bar where you can “really have fun,” says owner Josh Schmitz, the nightlife jack-of-all-trades. The Naughty List was born from a previous pop-up bar concept it developed in October 2021: the Spirits Halloween bar on Larimer Square.

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Schmitz, along with business partner Mat Haberman and creative director Annalisa Dominguez, had two weeks to transform the space, formerly the Crimson Room on Larimer Square, into a one-of-a-kind Halloween bar — a concept unique to Denver that has yet to catch wind in the service industry. It was such a hit that they decided they owed it to Denver to do it again this holiday season.

At Naughty List, you can expect a list of custom frozen cocktails like Yellow Snow ($13) Where Keggnog ($13), which is draft enriched eggnog served in a moose cup. The bar opened the day after Thanksgiving and will be open until January 1, 2022. The team will have a month to turn the space into its permanent concept which has yet to be unveiled.

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The Naughty List offers a “full party vibe,” as Schmitz puts it. Other Christmas bars force customers to be stuck at their tables or use a reservation system to get in. At the Naughty List, it’s first come, first served and you have the freedom to wander around the bar as you usually would.

The Naughty List features best-in-class electronic music with live DJs Thursday through Saturday. It is located at 1403 Larimer St., Denver and is open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends and 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays.

All photographs by Roxanna Carrasco.


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