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Ping-pong has arrived in Denver. And if what’s happening at Ace, the latest restaurant by the team behind Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben’s, is any indication, the game has the power to transform a night on the town. Although owners Josh and Jen Wolkon can’t take credit for making the squat paddles cool, they certainly lobbed the craze into Denver’s prime time, repurposing a cavernous, 9,000-square-foot garage next to Steuben’s into a hangout extraordinaire. Even without the eleven ping-pong tables (including some on the patio), the space would feel like a party: lights low, music pumping, the decor full of fun touches like shipping containers, airplane parts and a curvy bar with scorpion bowls, alcoholic shaved ices and fab barman Randy Layman. Waits for a ping-pong table approach two hours on weekends; fortunately, there’s plenty to do in the interim. Eat, for example. Because as much as Ace is a ping-pong hall and bar, it also has a kitchen intent on keeping up with the spot’s flashier components. Food skews Asian – but it’s reinterpreted Asian, with none of the dishes we’ve all come to know (if not love) at Americanized Asian joints. Instead, go for crispy beef in honey-ginger sauce, ginger-soy steamed sea bass, red-curry beef, and steamed bao, stuffed with goodies like chicken thighs or braised short ribs.
A weekly tournament for prizes -- bar tabs, gift cards, swag and more. All matches will be singles and limited to sixteen participants. Dates, time...
We stopped by Ace recently to take a look at some of the new dishes on the restaurant's revamped menu. Continuing his foray into Asian cuisine, executive chef Brandon Biederman has added Vietnamese no... More »
The drink menu at Ace, this year's Best New Bar winner, features no shortage of cocktails -- 64 combinations, to be exact. Intrigued by the large number of options, we recently stopped by to sip and s... More »
It's the sixth anniversary of the Denver Five -- a collaborative dining project from some of Denver's most reputable chefs. And the crew is celebrating tonight with a Five @ Five dinner featuring five... More »
Ace, winner of our Best New Bar award in the Best of Denver 2013 (and voted Reader's Choice for Best New Restaurant), just keeps getting better. On Sunday, it's introducing a new happy-hour menu with... More »
Nine local bartenders -- Justin Lloyd (Star Bar); Joe Hines (Williams & Graham); Adam Hodak (Bonanno Concepts); Pat Ruberto (Gaetano's); Brandon Meyer (Crave Dessert Bar); Melissa Durant (Old Major);... More »
Ace is much more than a bar, of course. Owners Josh and Jen Wolkon took a cavernous, 9,000-square-foot garage next to Steuben's and turned it into a hangout extraordinaire, with an ambitious kitchen that reinterprets Asian food with smart, silly twists; a huge front patio with a couple of ping-pong tables; and a back room with many more. But even without the ping-pong, this space would feel like a party: lights low, music pumping, the decor full of fun touches and, most important, a big,... More »
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