Adam Pally and John Gabrus stop in Denver for their new show 101 Places to Party Before You Die
In the new truTV series 101 places to party before you dieAdam Pally (best known for the awesome show to watch happy endings) and Jon Gabrus (who was in Game over, man!) seem genuinely thrilled that someone got them a travel show. And why shouldn’t they be? The buddies spent eight long weekends abandoning their families and visiting different cities with one goal: to have a good time.
And in the first episode, which airs July 14 at 8:30 p.m. MDT, they do a pretty good job in Denver. But they could have done better.
The duo hit Arapahoe Basin for the skiing (well, Pally is a fan of the sport and hasn’t been in years), Red Rocks for the views (no gigs), and the International Church of Cannabis, which is very into phase with their classic stoner-like characters.
But while their bar and restaurant choices were solid, they were on the safe side.
The pair kicked things off with rooftop bites and drinks at linger, where they made a lot of jokes about the building’s history as a morgue – fitting considering the title of the show, but Linger has been in this space for over a decade and those jokes are pretty outdated for anyone lives here. Pally even remarked that her mother used to make one of Linger’s longtime signature dishes, Devils on Horseback (dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon).
Although these little bites are tasty, even after more than ten years on the menu, we would have sent the duo to Misfit snack at Middleman on Colfax for some of the most creative dishes in town (none that someone’s mom is likely to have made).
A stop after dinner at ice cream riot (instead of their choice, the delicious but already overgrown Little man) would have found the kind of cravings that these two enjoy: after all, his motto is “Roll Joints, Not Ice Cream.” Our advice: ice cream sandwiches made from Pop-Tarts.
From there, if the two really wanted to keep the party going, it would have been a simple exploration of Colfax to the 1Up for arcade games and drinks, the squire for more drinks and a late night pit stop at Pete’s Kitchen.
The duo also spent time As eat serve, which they called “one of Denver’s best après-ski spots.” Of course, if you leave the slopes at noon, maybe? Then they went back from Uptown to Highland to drink beer at Recreation beer garden.
Although we’re fans of both places, we would have urged them to visit our 2022 pick for the best places to eat and drink in Denver – Larimer and 36th street. Wood-grilled oysters at Fish N Beer, a few shared plates at Hop Alley and a nightcap at Embassy Tavern for a real party. And if beer is a must, stop by Our Mutual Friend further down in Larimer.
For their “last supper”, where the two really spoiled each other, they chose the wolf tailor, which is indeed a great choice if you’re looking to splurge. If reservations aren’t available, Beckon, Olivia, and Fruition are also prime choices for partying on your last night in town.
But where was the hangover food? Have they really gone three days in Denver without experiencing the joy of a green chili smothered breakfast burrito? Can you even say you partied in Denver if you didn’t find yourself in line at El Taco de Mexico or sipping a Bloody Mary while waiting for a table at Sam’s No. 3, all to put the hand on a sloppy and spicy dish, a mastodon wrapped in tortillas?
We can forgive their joke that Denver is named after a certain omelet (it’s not, for the record), but the lack of a green chile stop is an oversight that no other visitor of Mile High should do.
For more Denver must-haves, check out our list of ten things every Denver tourist should eat and drink (and five to avoid).