In the Loop | What’s up around Denver

Sometimes the best experience comes from stepping out of your comfort zone and checking out some fresh venues to meet up with your friends.

If you’re like most people you find yourself heading to the same place on the weekends out of convenience. But Denver’s food/coffee scene is blowing up with new innovation. So here are some places to hit up if you live in the Denver area and if you don’t well that’s just your luck isn’t it. You’d better start looking at flights asap.

Here are three for this week, to which I’ll add more each Sunday:

Happy Coffee CO:

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These folks pull a mean espresso shot. But it’s not necessarily the dark, dark espresso of the old days. As they describe it, they pull 2 shots with a 3 shot basket to lose the bitter, unrefined flavors that are left. Happy Coffee first opened within Salvagetti Bike shop. It began as a bike thru window, but has since moved to a new location on South Broadway. This inviting little spot is worth shot. (no pun intended…)

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Black Eye Coffee Shop:

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This hip little coffee oasis is located in the Highlands at 3408 Navajo Street. It has some of the best coffee in Denver, using Box Car Coffee as their primary roaster—a pretty darn good choice. The renovated space has a rustic, industrial vibe with refurbished vintage furniture and high exposed ceilings. They take their coffee seriously, which means each drink is made with quality beans and machines. Stop by next time you’re looking for a spot to read your morning paper.

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Old Major:

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When you walk into Old Major, you feel like you might want to pick a table or a bar seat and hole up for the night. The farmhouse style design is inviting and soft on the eyes. But, naturally once through the door, we’re here for the food, which is nothing but phenomenal. The chefs take part in conscious cooking, by which I mean they are aware of the origins of most if not all of the ingredients they use as well as the farmers who grew them. Their in-house butchering and curing is certainly a big draw, but their whole menu is amazing. Plus, you’d hope they’d be churning out delicious food with a kitchen that costs around 200,000 dollars. As they say of their style, “It’s an honest approach to doing food right.”

Note: They have an amazing happy hour from 3pm to 6pm everyday.

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If you don’t already frequent these places fit one or two into your routine this week. You won’t be disappointed.


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