The Twelve Best Street-Art Murals on Denver Restaurants

Mural on Rebel Restaurant by Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina.EXPAND
Mural on Rebel Restaurant by Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina.
Lindsey Bartlett

Denver street art is always popping up in unexpected places — including on local eateries, whether a trendy coffee shop, innovative food hall or historic cafe. Here are ten of our favorite street-art pieces on the menu at Denver restaurants.

Aikopops mural by Thien Tao.
Aikopops mural by Thien Tao.
Lindsey Bartlett

12) AikoPops
1284 South Pearl Street

AikoPops offers more than just delicious and outrageously flavored popsicles. At its home base on Old South Pearl, you can dine on equally creative sandwiches from the mind of owner Christopher Mosera, including The Bird or The Holy Cow. Then enjoy the popsicle street art on the back patio, painted by artist Thien Tao.

Jason Thiekle working on Avanti Food & Beverage.
Jason Thiekle working on Avanti Food & Beverage.
Lindsey Bartlett

11) Avanti Food & Beverage
3200 Pecos Street

Jason Thiekle, one of the street artists we praised for his work on "Kim and Jessie," is at it again — painting a beautiful, abstract, line-heavy image on the north wall of Avanti Food & Beverage. This one-of-a-kind Denver restaurant incubator opened last month in the middle of LoHi. Thiekle's work only adds to the building's super-hip vibe.

Gamma Acosta's latest Bella Vista mural, featuring portrait of model/muse Devony Davis.EXPAND
Gamma Acosta's latest Bella Vista mural, featuring portrait of model/muse Devony Davis.
Photo courtesy of Gamma Acosta on Facebook

10) Bella Vista
127 East 20th Avenue

Gamma Acosta is always painting something new on the east-facing wall of Bella Vista Mexican restaurant. His most recent piece here is one of our favorites, an unreal reflection of muse and model Devony Davis, with her legs disappearing into the unknown. Gamma recently painted a much larger work in Brussels, where he represented the U.S. for North West Walls.

Burrito Giant murals on the east facing wall.
Burrito Giant murals on the east facing wall.
Lindsey Bartlett

9) Burrito Giant
3807 Utica Street
Burrito Giant is one of the most decked-out eateries in town; the street art includes happy vegetables on the south wall by Guerilla Garden, also known as Jolt, and an east-facing facade layered with work by several street artists, including MPek, Denoe, Revno, and Shr. The mural wraps around onto the north wall (not pictured) with more street art by Plaant, 84 Pages and Berk Visual.

Mike Graves working on his mural at Crema in January 2015.EXPAND
Mike Graves working on his mural at Crema in January 2015.
Lindsey Bartlett

8) Crema Coffee House
2862 Larimer Street

Crema is one of the city's most popular coffee shops — and one that is fully engulfed in street art and Denver culture. It also happens to deliver on the food, too, with delicious items like a daily quiche with greens, sweet potato pancake, and bomb banh mi sandwiches. The urban art on the exterior includes a gold and black mandala by Gemma Bayly and a goofy character engulfed in red stars by Mike Graves. Graves continues his painting inside the coffeehouse with two fish that seem to swim in and out of the old brick. Look for another piece of urban art — a burned-wood Denver skyline — on the back patio. 

The 'Palabros', Jaime Molina, Joseph Martinez, and Pedro Barrios at their wood piece on the Broadway Triangle Art Wall.
The 'Palabros', Jaime Molina, Joseph Martinez, and Pedro Barrios at their wood piece on the Broadway Triangle Art Wall.
Lindsey Bartlett

7) DADA Art Bar/Sugarmill/Los Chingones
2461 Larimer Street

The Broadway Triangle Art Wall is the official name for this outdoor urban gallery featuring work by Hari and Deepti, Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios, and Joseph Martinez, Like Minded Productions, and Jolt (also known as Guerilla Garden). The building, designed by Tres Birds Workshop, houses popular eateries Los Chingones, Sugarmill and Dada Art Bar; the murals were unveiled nearly two years ago. Enjoy the multi-modal glory of the "Palabras" piece above, with cutout wooden letters that read "Every day I'm strugglin'."

April Frankenstein's mural found at the Highlands Huckleberry Coffee.
April Frankenstein's mural found at the Highlands Huckleberry Coffee.
Lindsey Bartlett

6) Huckleberry Roasters
4301 Pecos Street
Huckleberry Roasters in Sunnyside is home to this stunning geometric scene — a common photo backdrop for Denver's Instagram obsessed — painted by April Frankenstein.  Frankenstein has been traveling and painting this summer in Europe, including an immense mural in Berlin. Find another brightly colored mural by Frankenstein on the 3400 block of Larimer Street. 

Outdoor mural at the Meadowlark Kitchen, 1 of 4, by JB Snyder.
Outdoor mural at the Meadowlark Kitchen, 1 of 4, by JB Snyder.
Photo courtesy of JB Snyder

5) Meadowlark Kitchen
2705 Larimer Street

JB Snyder just recently painted four murals at Meadowlark Kitchen, bringing his shapes and surreal color explosions to the inside and back patio of the RiNo restaurant. Snyder is East coast-born, Chicago raised, but Phoenix-based and has been featured in local publications all over the country. Look for another new piece by Snyder in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

Murals of the Mercury Cafe.
Murals of the Mercury Cafe.
Lindsey Bartlett

4) Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street

The Mercury Cafe won the Mayors Design Award in 2010  and most of the murals on the exterior of this legendary Curtis Park cafe were painted nearly twenty years ago, with the first dating back to 1990. The astrology, zen and cat themes make for a trippy street-art scene worth checking out — especially on Friday poetry slam nights.

The original Pressed Juice Daily in Five Points.
The original Pressed Juice Daily in Five Points.
Lindsey Bartlett

3) Pressed Juice Daily
1111 Broadway 101A, 1219 East 36th Avenue
Pressed Juice Daily's original location at Downing Street and 36th Avenue is completely wrapped in a mural that pops with green and yellow — with the company's logo glowing on an entire wall, fitting perfectly with its mantra of healthy greens and bright-flavored juices. The popular juicery will open its third location this month in at 4421 West 43rd Avenue. 

Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina's mural at Rebel Restaurant.
Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina's mural at Rebel Restaurant.
Lindsey Bartlett

2) Rebel Restaurant
3763 Wynkoop Street
Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios painted these dope sugar skulls on the exterior of Rebel restaurant, a new spot specializing in Ukrainian menu items. Rebel's imaginative interior and bizarre menu seem to be reflected in the creativity of the mural. Molina has had a busy street-art season this year, decorating Metropolitan State University's Center for Visual Arts to mark its 25th anniversary, as well as creating the "Slow Ride" mural nearby on Walnut Street with Barrios and Joseph Martinez, making our list of the best street art of spring

Internationally known street artist Mear One at the former Session Kitchen.
Internationally known street artist Mear One at the former Session Kitchen.
Lindsey Bartlett

1) Session Kitchen (closed)
1518 South Pearl Street

We're sad to see Session Kitchen go, because the brave endeavor boasted some of the most striking international street art in the city. What will happen to it? Whoever claims the space is unlikely to keep every piece, especially not the giant "Session" painted by Ben Eine in the dining room or the upstairs portraits of tatted girls by Fin Dac and Christina Angelina. But it will be a shame if the next tenants paint over this exterior piece by Mear One. 

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