Ultimate Day for the Spirits Lover
Where to find quality booze and bitters in Durango.
24-Hour Durango Itinerary for the Spirits Lover
As a speakeasy owner, Jenna Black of The Bookcase & Barber certainly knows a little something about craft beer and spirits. Here, she takes us through the wild, creative world of Durango liquor in her version of the perfect day for the craft beer and spirits lover.
Animas River Trail
Black would start off her day at one of the most popular trails in town for walking, biking, and scenery. “I've worked near the river trail, so I'd probably start my day off walking the river in the morning, and then head to brunch at El Moro Tavern.”
Brunch at El Moro
As for friends visiting from out of town, Black says, “I’d take them to brunch at El Moro. That's where my husband and I always love to go. It's just so good and just such an experience.” The cocktails are handmade and always innovative.
Walk & Shop on Main Street
Durango’s main drag is jam-packed with great drinks, including Four Leaves Winery and Durango Craft Spirits, a small batch grain-to-glass distillery. “I'd just enjoy walking Main Avenue and checking out the eclectic shops and restaurants. I think something that's special here: There's always something new coming up, and something new opens up on Main Avenue every year or so.”
Live Music at Balcony Bar & Grill
Dinner at Ore House
Durango’s Breweries and The Bookcase & Barber
Black would close out the night with a visit to one of the many Durango breweries. “I’d want to take any visitor to all the different breweries—because they're all so different. All the way from Ska, to Carver's, to Animas.”
Black credits the smash success of the city’s craft breweries with the opportunities her own speakeasy has enjoyed. “Those places are the reason a place like The Bookcase & Barber can even be here,” she explains. “It's because they lifted that bar so high and elevated it so much that everyone knows where they’re going is going to be pretty cool.”