Event Type

Search More

Locations

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | Downtown Denver | 303-294-9258

Location Description:

For thirty years now, Marilyn Megenity has hosted the town's most eclectic party at the Mercury Cafe, her club/cafe/community gathering place. Today it's an institution known as much for its enlightening entertainment options - plays, poetry slams, tango dancing - as it is for its healthy hippie fare. Whether vegan or carnivore, libertarian or commie, everyone feels at home at the Merc. A restaurant, dance club, music venue and speakeasy, the Mercury Cafe is in an orbit of its own, hosting everything from lindy hop lessons to poetry readings, high teas and Green Party meetings. Rock-and-roll shows were axed years ago, but classical, jazz, avant-garde and singer-songwriter performances still go on in the Merc's three baroque rooms. Every cultural subset can find something at the Merc, the embodiment of Denver eclecticism.


Related Stories (144)

Details

  • Cuisine(s): Coffeehouse, Health, Vegetarian
  • Hours: Tue-Thu 5:30pm-1am, Fri 5:30pm-2am, Sat 9am-2am, Sun 9am-1am
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available, Street
  • Payment Types: cash, check
  • Features: Banquet Facilities, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Events

Related Stories

  • Cafe Society: Food for Thought
    Throughout its various incarnations in Colorado since the mid-'70s, Marilyn Megenity's Mercury Cafe has been a model for clean energy. Since the Mercury settled into a permanent home at 2199...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Here comes the weekend, and it sounds like the good weather alone will be reason to leave your house. But all the great activities scheduled around town provide dozens of other reasons --...
  • Show and Tell: Spirituality
    Abracadabra: She's out of the box with a wand of her own. Erica Sodos is a magician, psychic entertainer and motivational speaker currently in residence at the Mercury Cafe. In advance of...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Don't let the unseasonable snow keep you inside this week in Denver. Bundle up and head out to a Kinesthesia Festival, a flash fiction slam or a night of burlesque storytelling -- all for...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Money can get tight at the end of the month, but that doesn't have to hinder your plans for fun this weekend. You can attend a Rebel Rebel-themed art party, see a sci-fi version of Rocky...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Now in its 25th year, the Colorado Poetry Rodeo — aka the "Podeo" — has deep roots that hark back to the Beat poets, as well as magnificent branches that stretch all the way...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    A century ago this week, a long-simmering conflict between miners on strike in the southern Colorado coalfields and troops of the Colorado National Guard erupted into the deadliest labor war...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In 1998, Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World — but just six weeks earlier, she had been abducted, stabbed and raped. Using her newfound fame as a global platform,...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Whether you are into snowboarding or beer or saving cute little animals by dancing the night away, there is something for everyone on the culinary calendar for everyone this weekend. See...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    As March goes out like a lamb this weekend, you don't have to worry about wasting all your April rent. Because you can learn about the woman who may have written Shakespeare's catalogue,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Every year after the Vegan Prom has ended, attendees ask organizer Joshua LaBure about the next year’s event. “We’ve had numerous people say it’s their favorite night...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    This should be an interesting week in Denver, since you can try out a new kind of music; have a laugh, maybe a cry; and get involved in the community -- all for free! Don't forget to check...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Jessica McWhirt first encountered Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues not in a theater production or on HBO, but in a mainstream bookstore. “I first saw the book on a shelf in...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    How a gamelan orchestra — a traditional Indonesian ensemble of metallophones, drums, gongs and flute — even ended up forming 25 years ago in Colorado is just part of the story of...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    You don't need a valentine to have fun in Denver this week. Attend an anti-love party, a sex-themed reading series or a mustache bash -- all for free. Check the Westword calendar for a full...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “My life started when I read On the Road, by Jack Kerouac,” says John Sinclair, a poet, activist, former MC5 manager and White Panther Party founder. “It came out in...
  • Show and Tell: Interviews
    Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    You may be pinching pennies, but that doesn't mean you have to stay home and re-watch all seven seasons of Buffy on Netflix (though that does seem like a solid option). There are plenty of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “Slam was created essentially to give the audience power,” notes Piper Mullins, slam-mistress at the weekly Sunday poetry slams at the Mercury Cafe. “That’s why...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Even if paying rent has left a hole in your wallet, there are economical entertainment opportunities around town. Whether you want to watch a horror film, see an activism documentary, or...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Golden Moon Distillery is hosting an open house this weekend, offering provide guests samples of its hand-crafted herb liquors made in the same artisan fashion that originated in the...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    If you're not yet in the holiday spirit, this weekend will get you there. Denver's stocking is stuffed with festive events, from Santa conventions to Christmas tuba concerts to holiday...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Jews generally don’t have much to do on Christmas Eve, which is why Jim Bailey and Lost Tribe vocalist/guitarist Hal Aqua started Klezfest two years ago at the Mercury Cafe. This...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    This weekend is full of festive fun in Denver, and you won't have to bum money off your friends to enjoy it -- nine of our featured events are absolutely free. You can dance at a francophile...
  • Show and Tell: Talking Shop
    It's getting down to the nitty-gritty, shopping-wise, if you're still scrambling to find the right gift for every person in your life. But as the holiday draws near, you can still feel...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Just because flash fiction is short doesn’t mean that it's simple. “Some people think that because it's small, it must be easier,” says Nancy Stohlman, who founded the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Sixteen years ago, Jimi Bernath created an event to commemorate the death of John Lennon, who was shot and killed on December 8, 1980 — but the annual Beatles/John Lennon Memorial...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The holidays can be overwhelming. Shopping for presents. Wrapping presents. Listening to your kids complain about the presents you bought them. It’s enough to make anyone say bah...
  • Show and Tell: Dance
    Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    It's certainly the season for flannel, and luckily there's an event that will celebrate this practical cold-weather fashion choice: the annual Lumberjack party. But even if Paul Bunyan...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Every October, the Mercury Cafe’s Allied Witches performance troupe picks a different social theme and creates a narrative around it -- and the group never has to look too far to find...
  • Show and Tell: Interviews
    Nancy Stohlman can do it all. She can create new genres of literature, write operas and teach you how to do both. Someday she hopes to become a pirate, but in the meantime her new flash...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    #43: Kurt Bauer If you're an ambient/experimental/folk/worldbeat/noise/improvisatory/uncategorizable musician in Denver, you know it's not easy to get noticed. But Kurt Bauer is on your...
  • Show and Tell: Lists
    Is there a more geek-friendly month than October? With Halloween anchoring things at the end, we get a full slate of horror goodies all month, and even the mundanes get in the spirit. Horror...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Black Power movement is a piece of American history that still strikes fear, anger and misinformation into the hearts of some people. But for anyone looking to get past the rhetoric,...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    With summer still hanging in there, this is a good weekend to get out and enjoy the warm weather without breaking the bank. We've rounded up ten activities in the Mile High City --...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    Dede LaRue, loved around town for her funny and sometimes political animal sculptures, has "got art bubbling over in her, and she just isn't done," says her friend Renna Shesso. So it only...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Denver artist Dede LaRue can’t help but be noticed for her colorful artwork. The self-taught superstar burst onto the scene years ago as a graffitist who randomly spray-painted pink...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    August is over, but the fun isn't. This weekend is full of inexpensive entertainment in and around Denver -- if you know where to find it. And we're here to be your (free) guides. The...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    #55: Matthew Hunzeker Back in January, our first 100CC subject in 2013, artist Donald Fodness, chose Matthew Hunzeker -- a northern Colorado ambient musician who performs using hybrid...
  • Show and Tell: Benefits
    For Copper Mountain's all-things-axe-related Guitar Town festival running August 9 through 11, Colorado artists participating in the companion Art Guitars Silent Auction really go the extra...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    In 1994 there was a mass killing in the central African country of Rwanda, where the two main ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, were in conflict. After the assassination of the...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    You won't have to break out the big bills to have big fun this weekend. You can catch a screening of Finding Nemo or dance the night away at a killer soul and britpop party -- for under $10....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The art community extends far beyond just artists, says Spark Gallery director Evan Siegel. And to celebrate that community of cooperative galleries, art buyers and art lovers, Spark is...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Though it's tempting to flee for the mountains in these hot summer months, Denver has plenty to cool events that won't drain your gas tank or your wallet. From free film screenings to a...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Though the grills have been extinguished and the fireworks are over, there's no need for the fun to end. July is full of events that won't drain your finances, from art openings to dance...
  • Show and Tell: Film and TV
    When three members of activist punk collective Pussy Riot were thrown in jail in February 2012 for a forty-second performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the world was...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    You get a lot for your buck at Gorinto, the occasional Wednesday-night, outside-the-box performance series at the Mercury Cafe. And tonight's edition, the first Gorinto in 2013, will be...
  • Show and Tell: Nature
    It's time to embrace the longest day of the year, to celebrate the first day of summer and the fact that it's still light enough to ride your bike at 8:30 p.m. and warm enough to eat ice...
  • Show and Tell: 100 Colorado Creatives
    #77: Mark McCoin Experimental musician and multimedia artist Mark McCoin has paid his dues many times over, contributing a free-thinking, collaborative style of creativity to the Front Range...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    In 2013, proms are no longer just for adults -- or meat-eaters. Over the weekend, the Mercury Cafe hosted a spin-off of the traditional high-school rite of passage with a completely vegan...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Fancy Plants Vegan Prom takes place tomorrow night at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. Marilyn Megenity's club that was awarded our Best Free Entertainment award in the Best of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Last year’s Fancy Plants Vegan Prom was such a success that even the proprietress of the host establishment, Marilyn Megenity of the Mercury Cafe, said she wanted to see a second...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, is hosting a grand opening celebration tonight; festivities include a screening of some of Pam Grier's most famous scenes...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    Upstairs at the Mercury Café tonight, it's all about local food as Sprout City Farms takes over with Sprout Down, a celebration of urban homesteading. A sliding-scale donation gets you two...
  • Backbeat: Best Concerts
    SNOW THA PRODUCT @ ROXY THEATRE | SAT, 2/16 It may at first seem easy to dismiss Snow Tha Product as another Iggy Azalea or Kreayshawn-level gimmick because of her gender and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Since its beginnings in the 1970s, the Big Band Boogie Bash has been an annual tradition for college and high-school big bands. For the past decade, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Super Bowl fever is spreading, and even though the Denver Broncos aren't in the game, local restaurants and bars are serving up plenty of opportunities to score with deals this Sunday,...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Did you pay your rent yet? Since it's the first of the month, we're celebrating tight pocketbooks everywhere by featuring nine events this weekend that are totally free. Whether you attend a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Denver’s fourth annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash didn’t quite cross paths with the Colorado premiere of the major motion picture On the Road as originally hoped (the local...
  • Backbeat: Best Dance Music
    Congratulations! You've officially survived the holidays, including a Monday-night edition of New Year's Eve. If you're fully recovered and preparing for another weekend of getting down,...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    It's the first First Friday of the year, and that means that Denver is teeming with art openings galore. The great thing about art openings? They're almost always free. And the rest of the...
  • Show and Tell: New Year's Eve
    Whether you think of New Year's Eve as a time for parties that keep you dancing into the wee hours, or you're the type who's lucky to still be awake when the corks pop and Auld Lang Syne...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When Nancy Stohlman slinks on stage to sing with her band, Kinky Mink, she does the whole Jessica Rabbit lounge act, complete with sparkly dresses and smokey tunes. But the songs Kinky Mink...
  • Show and Tell: Performance
    Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's occasional music, food and whatever Wednesday evening get-together, continues to reinvent itself. This week, it will transform into a showcase of homemade and...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    Jason Bosch won a MasterMind for his work with ArgusFest, showing important movies for trivial prices. Tonight, ArgusFest will be screening two segments of Oliver Stone's The Untold History...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Now that heating bills across the state are going up, it's tempting to stay inside and stay warm while staring at your empty wallet. But that's boring! There's tons to do in Denver that's...
  • Show and Tell: Talking Shop
    A crush of holiday markets will divide and multiply over the next two weeks, giving proof to the notion that Colorado is a hotbed of talented crafters, artists and creatives. Only a bona...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Other than Christmas carols, there is probably no other collection of music that inspires an infectious sing-along more quickly than the Beatles catalogue. Hence the fourteen-year success of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Showga — a form of yoga practiced to different musical styles — has been shifting and changing its format since originator Piper Rose conceptualized it; she was directly inspired...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Allied Witches -- an all-female subset of the Mercury Cafe’s Mercury Motley Players -- comes out to play around All Hallows’ Eve every year, and in 2012, what better topic to...
  • Show and Tell: Colorado Film
    Ask local filmmaker Paul Berry what BARK, showing at the Mercury Cafe this Wednesday, is "about," and you end up with a shake-and-bake collection of themes and pop-culture references that...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    If you're looking for things to do this weekend, you're in the right place. Whether you want to build Day of the Dead altars, see zombie burlesque, dance at an '80s party, or chill out with...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Your bank balance is falling faster than leaves in autumn. But it's possible to have a blast without blowing your budget. Here are ten things to do this weekend for under $10 -- including...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    October is finally here, and that means pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup and Halloween-themed events all month. But you won't have to fork over a ton of cash to get in on the fun. We've...
  • Show and Tell: Theater
    Mixing steampunk with the surreal and combining opera, theater, dance and circus arts, Luminous Thread Productions wants to give Denver a kind of show that the city has never seen before....
  • Show and Tell: Opera
    The curse has struck again. "It is cursed. It is the Così curse. You can call it that," says Cabaret Otaku's Christina Marzano Haystead. For the second time in a year, the alternative opera...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    We get it, you're broke. But that doesn't mean you have to fill your weeknights with bad prime- time sitcoms. Instead, get out of the house and enjoy three three stellar events that feature...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Short of cash and wondering how you can have fun this weekend? Don't worry. Whether you want to burn your mouth on chiles, see a rare 1930s samurai film or ride around on public transit all...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    From collaborating with jazz legends to hanging out with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, David Amram has accumulated quite an impressive resume. He's written multiple books as well as musical...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was born a hundred years ago, and a century later, he's left quite a legacy. David Amram, a legend in his own right who met Guthrie in 1956 and was...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Down to your last $10? Rather than spend it on something boring like food or your electricity bill, do something fun with that Hamilton. September is just a week away, but there are still...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    This weekend is sure to be out of this world. Whether you're witnessing the newest mission to Mars, browsing ethereal art, or journeying to a Harry Potter world of magic, you won't need more...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It’s hard to be a Harry Potter fan these days. You probably finished the final book in the series years ago, while the last movie is long gone from the multiplexes — and J.K....
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Down to your last few dollars before rent is due next week? Don't worry about it. You can still have fun without forking over a lot of cash. From a Dragon Boat Festival to movies in the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The latest ploy to get people to enjoy opera? Booze. As the local group Opera on Tap has shown, opera can sound better in a bar — especially if you’re young, drinking beer, and...
  • Backbeat: Beneficial
    As firefighters continue to tackle the wildfires ravaging large portions of the state, local communities are searching for ways to provide aid, even from hours away. In Denver, a handful of...
  • Show and Tell: MasterMinds
    Sarah Slater, founder of the Titwrench music festival, is a 2011 MasterMind award winner -- and it looks like smarts run in the family. Because tonight, Sarah and her sister, Julie Slater,...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Still not sure what to do for Mom this Sunday? Here are four unique brunches that still have openings. And if you know of any other fun Mother's Day activities, feel free to post them in...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Whether you're an indoor- or outdoor-lover, a literature-aficionado or a film geek, this weekend is packed with something for everyone -- from a screening of His Royal Badness's 1984...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's Wednesday-night performance hodgepodge curated by Corey Elbin, is still showing signs of life after Elbin's departure, thanks to the Gorinto community, which is...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Hailing from the same tough country that birthed the Stooges and the MC5, Michigan's Nervous But Excited specializes in hard-edged folk music that carries melody, harmony and a social...
  • Show and Tell: Benefits
    Tonight and tomorrow at the Mercury Cafe, V-Day Denver will stage readings from A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, an anthology about violence against women co-edited by Eve...
  • Show and Tell: Benefits
    Saturday night at the Mercury Cafe, second- and third-graders from SOAR Charter School in Green Valley Ranch will bring their drumming skills to the big stage for the first time. Performing...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    When we last spoke with Corey Elbin -- the one-man orchestrator of the Mercury Cafe's weekly avant-garde food and music throw-down, Gorinto -- he was unsure of the fate of the unique...
  • Show and Tell: Follow That Story
    Among the lines delivered at poetry slams, one is often repeated: "The point is not the points; the point is the poetry." This has never been more true than over the last week and a half in...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    America has long had a tumultuous relationship with its mentally ill, and Ralena Gordon has spent the last five years documenting it in a photo collection she's named The Empty Places....
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Spending money is such a bummer. Luckily, you don't have to drop that much cash to have fun this weekend. Whether you fancy a mystical art show, Hunger Games costume contest or a 3-D dance...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Josh LaBure of vegan advocacy group Plants & Animals Denver had seen vegan proms in New York City and San Francisco, and he thought it was high time the Mile High City got in the game. So...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    While you wait for the Best of Denver 2012, with awards in more than a hundred Food & Drink categories to chew over and savor, here's what else is on the culinary menu for the week:Monday,...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Spring is finally here, and that means that more people are touring this way, more patios are opening, and there are plenty more ways to get out and have fun. But just because you'll be...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will host the second annual Sprout Down to benefit Sprout City Farms, the nation's first on-site farm-to-cafeteria growing space. Tonight's festivities...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Sprout City Farms manages the nation's first on-site farm-to-cafeteria growing space, the Denver Green School Community Farm, which provides kids with learning opportunities and fresh...
  • Show and Tell: Poetry
    Last night, the Denver poetry scene was reintroduced to the national stage with the first preliminary rounds of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. With two bouts each at Mercury Cafe, Eden...
  • Show and Tell: Poetry
    So today is International Women's Day, and regardless of whether you already knew that or even care now that we've told you, Denver is placed particularly well for some serious celebration...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    It looks like March is roaring in like a lion just in time for the weekend, but that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of things to do for fun. From Johnny Depp's classic bad-boy role in...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    Denver's share of the country's slam-poetry scene is already a large one, with two nationally competitive teams and a role as the reigning national champion city. But from March 7 to 10, its...
  • Show and Tell: Comment of the Day
    Corey Elbin's departure from Denver is a real loss for this city's cultural scene. He's been the driving force behind Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's Wednesday night food and music gathering,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's weekly Wednesday night get-together, will shake things up tonight with the Communikey Showcase, which will offer a taste of the Boulder-based electronic-arts...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Young Neal Cassady kept busy in Denver, tailing his father to Larimer Street dives, stealing cars and serving time in the Colorado State Reformatory. Cassady's adventures left little time...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Sure, you could stay home, get snockered and burn off your eyebrows lighting fireworks this New Year's Eve, or you could hear some naughty poetry and watch belly dancers in steampunk gear....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Hal Aqua likes to call the music he plays with his party band, the Lost Tribe, "nouveau klezmer." That's because, like classic klezmer itself, it's already a mash-up of cultural influences...
  • Show and Tell: Books
    In this state, we're blessed to live close to areas where there's very little light pollution, so the stars of the night sky are easily visible. Local mystic Renna Shesso (and onetime...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    As the days get shorter and the nights get longer -- and the stress of the holiday season begins to take its toll -- it's important to re-member that soon, Earth's tilt will be bringing us...
  • Backbeat: Concerts and Clubs
    Seven-piece Latin instrumental ensemble Debajo del Agua will be playing a show honoring the union between music and revolutionary movements at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, December 30. A...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If you're at all familiar with the work of Tiffany Smyth -- she won a 2009 Best of Denver award for her masks, available at her ArtsMyths boutique on South Broadway -- then you might kinda,...
  • Show and Tell: Benefits
    Gorinto, the weekly night at Mercury Cafe, is always a good time, but tonight it benefits a particularly good cause: Mission Supports. With food prepared by SAME Cafe and a variety of...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    Good thing the city didn't schedule tonight's Mayor's Design Awards on the rooftop deck of one of its award winners: Ale House at Amato's, where the view of downtown offers a stunning look...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “There are cranes all over this town,” marveled one recent visitor to Denver, who wasn’t talking about birds, but an even rarer sight during the economic doldrums: building...
  • Cafe Society: The Dish
    The seeds for Moon Dog Farms, the massive urban garden at 333 22nd Street that's run, in part, by the Mercury Cafe, were sown during a walk in the park. "Milan Doshi, the owner of the Queen...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “I’ve been to a lot of readings where you can’t wait for someone to stop reading,” recalls Fast Forward Press co-founder Leah Rogin-Roper. “Our readings aren’t...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    About one hundred years ago, Swedish-born itinerant worker and early protest songwriter Joe Hill joined the Industrial Workers of the World union, dedicating his life and music to the cause....
  • Backbeat: Concerts and Clubs
    Kicking off last night, Titwrench Fest 2011 is now in full-swing at the Mercury Cafe tonight with bands, dance performances and informational workshops running through the weekend. The...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Coathangers didn't set out to be torchbearers for any movement — unless mixing some sassy attitude with a healthy sense of humor counts. In...
  • Show and Tell: Nightlife
    Weekly avant-garde food and music party Gorinto changes things up a bit this evening at the Mercury Café with The Edible Cadaver, a night of gory delights and human-like edibles. This...
  • Backbeat: Concerts and Clubs
    Jason Webley (due at the Mercury Cafe, Saturday, June 25) started out playing punk rock as a teenager in Seattle, but it wasn't until well into his twenties that he shed that musical skin....
  • Cafe Society: Comment of the Day
    Does food that's so good for you have to look so bad? That's the question Skipper poses after Veggie Girl Amber Taufen's recent piece on the venerable Mercury Cafe. Every single dish looks...
  • Music: Feature
    Started by childhood friends Yuzo Nieto and Mike Neff in early 2007, Pink Hawks initially explored an nearly pure jazz-improv musical route. Those early shows incorporated performance-art...
  • Cafe Society: Veggie Girl
    Marilyn Megenity has done such a fantastic job turning the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, into a creative community outlet -- offering dancing, live music, poetry slams, solstice...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    At 7 p.m. tonight, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will host a screening of What's Organic About Organic, co-sponsored by Grant Family Farms. A $10 suspected donation will support...
  • Show and Tell: Theater
    Tonight, Erica Sodos brings her magical variety show to the Mercury Cafe (2199 California St.) once again for an evening of mystery, poetry and of course, magic. Taking on a role generally...
  • Show and Tell: Nightlife
    Tonight, the Mercury Cafe's (2199 California St.) food and entertainment throwdown Gorinto does it again -- but even bigger this time. Along with its usual eclectic dinner spread and live...
  • Show and Tell: Books
    For much of his career, David Sirota has been a hard-hitting leftist political operative, running campaigns with what former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta once called his...
  • Backbeat: Last Night
    LADY PARTS With Doo Crowder, Samantha Doom Blows Up the Band, Maudlin Magpie 01.28.11 | Mercury Cafe Lady Parts hosted its CD-release party over the weekend amongst a group of musical...
  • Music: Feature
    Katie Gold and Becky Christian were introduced by a mutual friend and didn't know much about each other until a few months after they started working together. Their creative chemistry,...
  • Show and Tell: Books
    No matter how you slice it, wolverines are badasses. They live in the northernmost regions of the world, remote, forbidding climates that test even the most rugged of humans. They will...
  • Cafe Society: Beer Man
    Like every business owner, Marilyn Megenity has to make tough decisions. But one of her most recent ones was tougher than most. Earlier this month, she decided to switch all twelve taps at...
  • Show and Tell: Activism
    After last summer's three-month March to Fulfill the Dream, a journey from New Orleans to Detroit meant to bring about awareness of and empowerment to the nation's poorest people, ArgusFest...
  • Cafe Society: Beer Man
    The Mercury Café isn't known for its beer-drinking masses. Tango dancing, slam poetry, organic snacks? Definitely. Beer? Not so much. But the thirty-plus-year-old club/cafe/community...
  • Dining: Columns
    Q: My fiancée is flying in over the holidays, and I'd like to take her out for a romantic dinner with some slow dancing afterward. Is there such a place in downtown Denver? A: Not...
  • Dining: Columns
    Ch-ch-ch-changes: It's a testament to the Mercury Cafe's unending appeal that it can keep on keeping on while the rest of the Denver restaurant scene continues to explode. According to the...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    New York has the Carnegie Deli. San Francisco has the Fog City Diner, Chicago has Geno's, New Orleans has Commander's Palace, and Philadelphia has Pat's. Every city has a restaurant that...
  • Dining: Columns
    Q: What Denver restaurants still have live bands and romantic after-dinner dancing? A: After-dinner dancing has never seemed to go over well in Denver: witness the demise of Pacific Star....

Best of Award Recipient

Loading...