Win-koop or Whine-koop?
When I first moved here, I made reference to the street in Lodo right after Wazee and pronounced it “Win-koop.” I was immediately warned that such pronunciation would instantly label me an outsider. Wanting to fit right in and not draw attention to myself, I quickly adopted the “Whine-koop” pronunciation. Well, the other night I ate at the Wynkoop Brewery and the waiter walked up and said, “Welcome to the Win-Koop.” Today I heard a co-worker and longtime Denverite say “Win-koop.”
Is there a right answer?
I vote for the “whine” pronunciation. Otherwise the wine store Wines Off Wynkoop doesn’t have a very clever name.