Denver’s Best Designs 15

The interiors of these local favorites are sure to give you some design envy

Lula Rose

For three years now, Lula Rose General Store on East Colfax has been serving up incredible coffee drinks from their pastel-pink espresso machine. The bright, airy space, toes the line between vintage-cool—owner Oliver Finkel explains, “The building was already so unique, with its 50’s architecture. We wanted to keep that design spirit alive. We let the space dictate what else is needed to add to its appeal. Not the other way around.” — and hipster (flowers in mason jars often grace the countertops, they sell flowers every weekend), and there’s no better place to get inspired than their space – take their Instagram 
@lularosegeneral as evidence.

In the heart of the Golden Triangle, Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar has been bringing some island flair to our land-locked state for 20 years. Located in two historic homes painted bright turquoise and surrounded by tropical palms, the restaurant is like an island-retreat. With mojito happy hours, palm ceiling fans, and bright island-themed art, Kristy Socarras Bigelow, owner and operating manager, says, “I want [guests] to feel relaxed, as if they have stepped away for a quick vacation.  They should get a good depiction of La Habana [Havana] through the smell of mint and citrus, the music, the colors, and especially the design.”

Cruise Room

This classic cocktail lounge was opened the day after prohibition ended in 1933 and has kept its charm since day one. The wine-shaped room is modeled after a bar on the Queen Mary and the thin room’s neon-red lighting and leather booths creating a comfy-cool vibe. Between the marble floors and unique wall panels depicting “cheers” from countries around the world (and the rumors of a friendly beer-loving ghost), you feel like you stepped back in time the moment you walk in. “The Cruise Room is not meant to feel modern, we want our guests to feel like they’re stepping into a historic bar from the 1930s,” says Peter Karpinkski, Co-Founder of Sage Restaurant Group. “ … The Cruise Room is on the National Register of Historic Places, and therefore the original design, and artwork has been preserved since its inception.”