Here’s who left coins “good for one free dram” all around Denver

If you recently picked up a gold coin that said “H&D” and “good for one free dram,” you now know where to use it: Hearth & Dram.

A rendering of the interior of Hearth & Dram, coming to the Union Station neighborhood. (Courtesy of B Public)
A rendering of the interior of Hearth & Dram, coming to the Union Station neighborhood. (Courtesy of B Public)
A rendering of the interior of Hearth & Dram, coming to the Union Station neighborhood. (Courtesy of B Public)

If you recently picked up a gold coin that said “H&D” and “good for one free dram,” you now know where to use it: Hearth & Dram.

Sources who are not pirates or leprechauns say the new, independent restaurant will open at 1801 Wewatta St., in the Union Station neighborhood, in January.

Hearth & Dram, lead by executive chef Jeffrey Wall, will offer a familiar Denver dining experience of rustic American fare that is “adventurous and approachable,” according to a press release. The menu will be seasonal and locally sourced when possible.

It will also offer a selection of more than 350 kinds of whiskey, so don’t lose that coin. It will also have whiskey on tap, an extensive cocktail menu, local beers and wine. Really ambitious whiskey drinkers will be able to opt for table-side cart service featuring reserve whiskey cocktails.

Among the menu items are:

  • Bison tartare with toast, preserved egg yolk and sunflower oil.
  • Farro spaghetti with prawns, guanciale, grilled leek and fennel.
  • Medium-rare beef short rib with salsify, cracked wheat and fried garlic and tamari.
  • Aged porterhouse steak for two with Pappy Van Winkle steak sauce.
  • Five-day, advanced reservation-only “Whole Beast Feasts” for groups of six to ten people.

The restaurant will have an open kitchen with a 7-foot wood-fired hearth and a custom rotisserie. The space will seat 118 and offer a patio with a view of Union Station.

Hearth & Dram hours will be 5-10 p.m. weekdays and 5-10:30 p.m. on the weekends. Lunch will come shortly after opening.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.