Seven Great Dishes and Drinks on 17th Avenue
The BSide opened last Wednesday at 17th and Humboldt.
The BSide opened just last Wednesday at 17th and Humboldt, a corner that is quickly becoming a restaurant destination quarter. Justin Lloyd, the owner of Star Bar on Larimer Street, is also behind the debut. The new restaurant is serving craft beers and cocktails and food that ranges from down-home to downright unique. This little stretch of 17th Avenue is becoming quite the family of restaurants, with the recent births of The District (next door to BSide) and Humboldt, which isn't even a year old yet. And there's older company, too: Limon and P17. These restaurants together make up a walkable district with an eclectic palette of dining and drinking options.
The Paloma at Bside
BSide's Paloma is a version of a classic cocktail that's perfect for summer, featuring two tequilas: Cabeza blanco and Patron silver, combined with fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice and Squirt grapefruit soda. The ingredients are mixed in five-gallon batches, and loaded into a beer keg so that the lightly carbonated Palomas are available on draft from the bar. You'll want several of them, while enjoying yourself on one of BSides two outdoor patios -- one in front, one out back. The back patio is blessed with it's own bar, to make things easier. You'll feel blessed, too, at happy hour (3 - 6 pm Monday through Friday) when the cocktail is a dollar cheaper. ($6)
Purple Mountain from The District
One of the newer restaurants in this area, The District is entering its fifth week in business, in what was previously a jewelry store. The District's street side patio is where you want to drink the fruity and refreshing Purple Mountain cocktail -- currently the bar's most popular cocktail. It starts with crushed blueberries, to which lemon juice and simple syrup are added. For booze, you get your choice of vodka (Svedka) or bourbon (Old Forester). All that is poured over ice, and the drink is topped with Pyramid Apricot Ale and served in a pint glass for $9. If you're doing some drinking, get a pitcher to share ($23 for 48-ounce pitcher). If you're doing some dining, get the blue cheese fries, the Reuben fries, or the chicken fried steak sliders -- the hottest dishes coming out of the kitchen.
Cafe Cortado at the Denver Bicycle Cafe
Got a flat tire? Walk your bike over to the Denver Bicycle Cafe, a unique blend of bike shop, bar and barista heaven. A cortado is the drink to get here, made by your bow-tied barista Jake Hammerle, who's been making coffee drinks for ten years. A cortado is like a mini-latte: a double shot of espresso with two and a half ounces of steamed milk, which will most likely be topped with a delicate floral design in the foam. Bottles of vanilla and simple syrup are on hand to sweeten the cup. But there's more than cycles and coffee here. Bar guru Beki Gibney curates and carefully prunes a list of 12 tap beers and 60-plus cans -- every one of them from Colorado. The six taps on the East side of the shop, where the bike repair station is located, pour unique and unusual beers, while the West side's taps offer more common, easy-drinking beers such as pilsners and Kolsches. Get your cortado ($3) before they stop serving coffee at 5 p.m., when it's beers-only until closing time.
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