Openings and Closings

Blake Street Tavern reopens in a new spot -- just a block away from the old

Since it first came on the scene in 2003, the Blake Street Tavern has been a prime spot to pre-game a Rockies game. Last Friday, it opened the doors to a busy first weekend in its new location, one block away from the old--and one block closer to Coors Field--at 2301 Blake Street.

The new spot is vast, with private rooms, a large back patio and plenty of parking, preserving the LoDo look with exposed brick walls and wooden rafters. The bar pours the usual suspects, like Coors Light and Rolling Rock, supplemented by most of the Flying Dog Brewery beers on tap, and more available in bottle. Libations are supplemented by substantial bar fare, including nachos with the works and burgers with fries.

And though the new location is just steps from the old, the patronage has shifted. "The old place was family -oriented," said a bartender on Monday, as he fielded a barrage of employment-hopefuls traipsing through the door to drop off a resume. "We're definitely seeing a younger crowd."

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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