Dick’s weekend looms and the Mile High City is your oyster for the next four (or more) days. If you’re staying in Denver, there’s plenty to do on your off time when you aren’t seeing Phish. You can hangout in one of our many beautiful parks, visit the Denver Aquarium to see the real underwater fish, check out the Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park, visit one of our many dispensaries to purchase legal weed, head out to the mountains for a Rocky Mountain hike, drink beer from our 50+ Denver breweries, or have a delicious brunch full of cocktails and bennies. As I am a Bloody Mary connoisseur of sorts (and brunch too 😉 ), I have created a list of my top five Denver brunch destinations to make your search easier on this lovely Labor Day weekend. Of course, there’s a plethora of bars and restaurants you may find yourself at this weekend, but if you’re searching for a tasty Bloody… You won’t want to miss out on these! For a full list of all of my Bloody Mary reviews in Denver and elsewhere (organized by rating), click here.
Sassafras is a Southern-style eatery in Capitol Hill (there’s another location in Denver, as well, but the Capitol Hill one is the fire). My favorite Bloodies here include the Marie Laveau (no review up on this one yet since I just had it… think fiery tastes of habanero with a tiny glass of refreshing fresh-pressed juice to cool you down on the side), the Sassafras (smoky flavor and garnished with a quail egg), and the Queen Mary (a green Mary– yes please!). Mind you, they have 10 Bloodies so I’m sure there’s one that fits your style. You can even order the Tour De Force to sample four different Bloodies. Favorite dishes I have had include the chicken fried eggs and buffalo hash, eggs sardou, breakfast mac, and the cajun benny (fully adorned with Gulf shrimp, lump crab cakes, and fried oysters)— although there are many more delicious Southern-style items on the menu!
Lola Mexican Fish House is just that… A Mexican fish house. Currently, it is one of my favorite brunch restaurants in Denver. While brunch is only served from 10AM-2PM on weekends, it’s well worth making it in during that window. Nestled in the hip Highlands area of Denver, Lola offers an array of brunch-time dishes from salmon lox tortas to breakfast tamales and a heaping number of hair of the dog cocktails to wash away your morning hangover. I’m a big fan of Lola’s Ultimate Bloody with its smoky chipotle flavors, citrus notes, and a spicy kick. If you’re a Michelada fan, they have a Michelada freakin’ popsicle. That’s right. A Michelada popsicle. And it’s great. This is pretty much the only brunch restaurant in Denver where I order an appetizer.. Chips and salsa or a horchata pancake to split, anyone? There are items on the brunch menu that will please even the pickiest eaters.
BACON SOCIAL HOUSE
Bacon Social House is a new spot up in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. Their forte? All things bacon. And guess what? International Bacon Day is September 3rd, so Bacon Social House has $5 house-bacon infused drinks (including their tasty Bacon Bloody) and $5 bacon flights. Although I have yet to post an official review of this place, it’s highly recommended because: A.) They have a bacon sampler and it’s $5 until September 11th. B.) They have an assortment of enticing Bloodies. I’ve only tried the Bacon Bloody and the Ring of Fire (made with house-infused spicy citrus vodka), but they have a few more taboot. C.) There’s lots and lots of bacon and pork-filled goodies on the brunch menu, and even a fried green tomato benny for the vegetarians out there.
Washington Park has this delicious little spot called Fooducopia that not many have heard of as a brunch destination… But it definitely is! Housed inside of a neighborhood food market, Fooducopia offers locally-sourced and organically-grown foods from small producers in Colorado. Their menu makes my mouth water… They have it all– from omelets to breakfast sammies to benedicts, you can tell everything is made with love and keeping Colorado local in mind. Fooducopia also has a killer Bloody with notes of citrus and horseradish. It’s garnished with my two favorite things as well: a pickle and bacon.
Some call Jelly a hipster spot, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some of the bombest morning cocktails and brunch grub in town! Jelly Cafe is Cap Hill looks like it’s straight outta the 1950s inside (think old TV as a hostess stand and walls adorned with seemingly ancient cereal boxes) and has tasty Bloodies for only $6. For a little bit extra, you can add a whole heap of veggies a la “the salad” to your Bloody. I haven’t had this Bloody in a minute, but I remember it being so damn good. Other menu items include an array of egg benedicts, hashes, and breakfast sliders, among many more. Not fan of Bloodies or savory menu items? There are also donut holes and bottomless mimosas on the menu.
There’s a few other notable spots that I will recommend that didn’t make it to this list. The District has the Ultimate District Bloody, which includes 3 shots of housemade pepper-infused moonshine for only $10.50 (mind you, this is only served at weekend brunch). Esters is the neighborhood Phish pub and serves up bottomless mimosas for $11 on the weekends and has a Build-Your-Own Bloody Bar. They’ve got you on the Fluffhead, Dog Faced Boy, and Prince Caspian pizza. Lastly, this isn’t exactly a “brunch” destination, but seafood restaurant Stoic & Genuine at Union Station has a tasty (but expensive) Bloody Mary adorned with a fresh crab leg. I highly recommend stopping by here if you’re craving fresh oysters or some fresh-out-of-the-water fare before seeing the boys from Vermont. Union Station, in general, is a cool place to check out as well.