Circa 1960. Palm Springs, California. Clean lines, minimalistic vibes mixed with calming greenery hanging high along the ceiling offer a relaxed joint to grab a cocktail amidst green cushioned furniture.
But it’s not 1960. And we’re not in Palm Springs. Instead, we’re in the Lower Highlands, and I’ve found myself at the newest, and unbiasedly chicest, neighborhood hot spot: Lady Jane.
As you walk through the door, you’re greeted by a millennial’s aesthetic dream—house plants and deep, rich wooden features mixed with emerald green and gold accents. A butterscotch-colored leather couch to your right and a coffee table adorned with potted cacti begs for your attention, while a cozy nook atop a set of wooden bleacher-esque stairs calls to you and your girlfriends for a night filled with gin and gossip.
Palm leaves guide you as you walk through the room, turning the corner to more cozy seating just asking you to stay awhile. The orb lights are low and give off a warm glow.
“You don’t need to be in a suit and tie to grab a drink here after work,” says Owner Jake Soffes. “The concept behind Lady Jane is casual. Dress it up how you want.”
As the flirty new sister bar to Hudson Hill in Cap Hill, Soffes wanted a space that would age well in a neighborhood that needed a new niche. With Soffes love of mid-century modern and Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture, the vision of Lady Jane was born.
“When I opened Hudson Hill, I was on a mission to create a space to grab a drink that wasn’t a speakeasy or a restaurant,” says Soffes. “Denver had limited options. But now with Lady Jane, we’ve created a modern neighborhood bar that fits perfectly within a career-focused and creative community.”
Lady Jane offers an extensive cocktail menu, crafted by Mineta Gould who is also Lady Jane’s general manager. Gould is a wizard with a cocktail shaker and shows off her magic behind the smooth bar top. She creates a menu of drinks that appeases any palette, even mine that mostly prefers cider and sour beer.
The menu includes a slew of drinks, like a whiskey sour that uses the egg yolks left over from egg white drinks to make its honey egg cream.
The list also features a cocktail for a cause. This round is a drink called “Believe in Me,” which consists of bourbon, Macadamia Liquor, and a house bitters blend. This drink benefits teen programming at the MCA Denver.
Another popular cocktail, the “Oh, Caroline” presents itself beautifully with a pink, frothy consistency along with a hint of floral and blueberry—and was my personal favorite. The bar also offers collectible glassware that features designs by local Denver artists.
“The menu is rotating and seasonal,” says Gould. “Right now, we’re featuring a Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” album theme.”
Even though the menu changes, the ingredients to some of Lady Jane’s favorite cocktails are kept behind the bar. The next menu theme will reflect literary characters, which already makes me want to cozy up with a fall-inspired cocktail in hand.
Lady Jane also offers a small food menu with big taste. The grilled prosciutto sandwich is an automatic favorite, with Sao Jorge cheese from Portugal and spicy dijon mustard, while the cheese platter is enough to satisfy along with a glass of wine.
The new bar prides itself in its approachability, value, and price. If you find yourself on the waitlist for any restaurant in LoHi, walk over to Lady Jane where proof of your spot on the waitlist gets you happy hour prices any day, any time.
Lady Jane is chic and timeless, providing a scene to call your own in a neighborhood that will be ever-changing. This just may be your (and my) new spot.