12. Paramount Ballroom – Cheyenne, Wyoming
A century ago, Wyoming’s oil and cattle barons mingled with the common folk at the Capitol Avenue Theatre, in the heart of downtown Cheyenne. Today, in the theater’s old lobby and upper floors, you’ll find the 21st-century equivalent of a commons—a coffee shop below a co-working space and a bright, welcoming cocktail bar in between, with big picture windows to the street. The whole complex is owned by Renee and Jon Jelinek, locals who placed heavy bets on the revival of the neighborhood and are drawing crowds with drinks named after plays that the theater hosted, like the Negroni send-up Modern Eve, with Contortionist Gin from the nearby town of Mills.
PRO TIP: Do your drinking early, since the bar closes before midnight. According to Jon, “Not much good happens in a bar in Cheyenne after 11 p.m.”
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