Generations Wine & Martini Bar 127 W 4th St Loveland, CO 80537 970-619-8294 www.generationswineandmartinibar.com Tue – Thu 11:00 am-10:00 pm Fri – Sat 11:00 am-11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Blink and you might miss this place when driving down 4th street in Loveland. Since it was still day light outside, we caught a glance of this little spot on the far west side of the developing downtown area and went in. Once inside we learned this place opened this past January and is mostly a local’s hang out – for now. They have done a lot with the building considering it was once a pizza place.
Atmosphere: The outside isn’t much to look at and other than the sign out front; you may not think its any type of bar, let alone a wine & martini joint. The inside is painted in grays and deep purples with black carpet on the floor. The walls are lined with old pictures of unknown people to whom we believe represent the name “Generations”. The bar itself is long and takes up the west side of the narrow building and is lined with white retro style bar stools, that are a bit wobbly but comfy once perched upon. There are tables with couch style bench seating on the opposite wall and a patio opening in the next week. Before night falls, this place is a little on the bright side for a bar but it still has an intimate feel. Classic movies played on a few tv’s and classic music from the 40′s and 50′s could be heard.
Service: Service was great at the bar. In fact, there were twice as many workers as there were customers.
Drinks: Generations has a well-stocked bar leaning heavily on flavored vodkas however, for a martini bar we were a little disappointed with their lack of quality gin. They have a couple of micros on tap as well as a selection of domestic, imported and micro bottles to choose from. The wine list is well thought out, but the martini selection seems to be fluffed with well-known shots turned into a larger martini versions. The lack of originality was made up for with execution of the “Cherry Cheesecake” martini, which managed to be as decadent as cheesecake, yet still light and refreshing. The “Joes” (a classic dirty gin martini) was shaken to perfection and blue cheese stuffed olives were a welcome garnish. Oh and if you are there when the train passes by they offer $2 shots called “train shots” from a dispenser sitting behind the bar.
Food: The menu isn’t the largest we have seen but is well rounded with a selection of Tapas, flat-bread pizzas, sandwiches and wraps. We enjoyed the roasted red pepper hummus that was served with crackers, pita bread and fresh vegetables. Everything is very reasonably priced with nothing over $13 and most appetizers are half price during happy hour.