American Bonded in the RiNo Changes Ownership, Retains Its Mission

L.A.-based Pouring With Heart of Hospitality will retain the bar’s staff and accessible cocktails.
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American Bonded at the east end of Denver’s RiNo district is closed at the moment, but will soon reopen after a transition to new ownership. Pouring With Heart Hospitality just acquired the “laid-back, whiskey-focused watering hole serving craft cocktails” (per Google), at 2706 Larimer St., according to a January 12 press release.

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“American Bonded will remain true to its mission of pouring high-quality, affordable cocktails in an inviting, no-frills atmosphere,” Peter Stanislaus, Head of Development at Pouring With Heart, said in the presser. “This bar has a fantastic location in one of Denver’s most vibrant downtown neighborhoods with an amazing rooftop patio and a loyal following. We are excited to work with the existing American Bonded team to continue to offer a communal neighborhood vibe.”

Opened in 2018, American Bonded was named after the 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act that set standards for the quality of American whiskies. In addition to its accessible “whiskey-focused” cocktails, the locale aligns to Pouring With Heart’s celebration of art. The hospitality group is dedicated to preserving funky settings and uplifting local culture so, the murals adorning American Bonded are a perfect fit. Already with 29 locations across California, Colorado, and Texas, the company with continue to carve a home for its patrons and employees.

“We understand that a bar is not just cocktails, rather it is who is in the bar, who pours your drinks, that creates the story of it and makes people return night after night, and employees stay,” Pouring With Heart’s director of operations for Denver, Erbin Garcia, said. “Pour with heart and show you care, because the more regulars we build, the more careers we create, and the more we can change the perception of what working in bars means.”

Pouring With Heart aims to reopen American Bonded post “a short transition period and staff training.” The new owners will also provide a fresh polish on the existing interior and plan to open for business again in February. Watch What Now Denver for a fresh American Bonded food partner coming later in 2023.

Matthew Denis

Matthew D. Denis is a Bend, Oregon-based freelance reporter with a predilection for existential expression. Be it art, backcountry exploration, overland road rallies, or Zimbabwean beats, Matt is there to describe the culture and expression that defines our humanity. You can find his work in ArtNews, The Register-Guard, The Manual, U.S. News & World Report, and more. When Matt's not typing on keys, he'll likely be exploring books, creative writing, or endless Western wilds.
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