Booze

Thirteen Spots to Get Your Topo Chico Fix in Denver

Bottles bearing Topo Chico's retro label and effervescent fizz are popping up all over Denver.
Bottles bearing Topo Chico's retro label and effervescent fizz are popping up all over Denver. Kelsey Yandura
How did an unassuming Mexican mineral water — one that’s been around since the 1860s, no less — suddenly become a cult favorite? Perhaps the appeal lies in the hunt. By no means as common as the queen of all fizzy waters, LaCroix (how do you pronounce that name?), Topo Chico has historically been a rare find in Denver, popping up sporadically in mom-and-pop Mexican restaurants and select 7-Elevens.

But recently, Topo Chico has become the hip new mixer and refresher in local cocktail bars, coffee shops and even high-end restaurants, a favorite for both its effervescent bubbles and retro-nostalgic label.

If you're wondering what the big deal is, here are thirteen spots in Denver where you can get a Topo Chico fix.

Originally a taco truck in Boulder, Comida now serves up Mexican street food (and Topo Chico) in Denver and Aurora. - COMIDA FACEBOOK PAGE
Originally a taco truck in Boulder, Comida now serves up Mexican street food (and Topo Chico) in Denver and Aurora.
Comida Facebook Page
Comida
3350 Brighton Boulevard, 303-484-1632
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, 303-296-2747
eatcomida.com
What more would you expect from a taco-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar spot? The sit-down extensions of Rayme Rossello’s wildly popular food truck dish out south-of-the-border street food, innovative margarita recipes and (of course, given its street cred) everyone’s favorite handheld Mexican soda water. There are Comida locations at the Source and Stanley Marketplace; “Tina the Taco Truck” still roams the streets of Boulder.


Corinne
1475 California Street
720-996-1555
corinnerestaurant.com

Corinne, a full-service restaurant highlighting “honest food and drink,” is located inside downtown’s highbrow Le Méridien hotel. Needless to say, Corinne's bar didn’t skimp when crafting the perfect cocktail menu. Take the “Sage Advice,” for example, made with Mile High vodka, pomegranate, sage and Topo Chico. The fall flavors pair well with a crispy halibut sandwich, roasted Brussels sprouts or maple-glazed salmon.

click to enlarge Look for the mural and sign announcing pupusas on Santa Fe  Drive between Second and Third avenues. - MARK ANTONATION
Look for the mural and sign announcing pupusas on Santa Fe Drive between Second and Third avenues.
Mark Antonation
El Tazumal
258 Santa Fe Drive
720-584-6068

In a town filled with “Mountain Mex,” El Tazumal’s Salvadoran fare is a refreshing departure from the standard Southwest fusion that litters Santa Fe Drive. This pupuseria, which serves up the traditional Salvadoran griddled corn cakes filled with everything from minced pork and cheese to tropical flower buds, also offers Central American-style tamales, enchiladas, plantains and, yes, a cold case stocked with Topo Chico, as well as Jarritos and Sangrial, two other Latin American favorites.

click to enlarge Join the family at the Family Jones. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Join the family at the Family Jones.
Danielle Lirette
The Family Jones Spirit House
3245 Osage Street
303-481-8185
thefamilyjones.co
A born-and-bred Colorado classic, the Family Jones Spirit House is a Denver distillery and tasting room that “keeps it local” in nearly every sense, making all spirits and tinctures in-house. To infuse the bar's salted grapefruit spritz with the right flavor, however, a splash of Topo Chico tops Jones house gin, Jones house blanc and grapefruit juice. Enjoy an upscale take on the fizzy Mexican water at the horseshoe-shaped bar or in a stylish velvet booth.

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Huckleberry Roasters Facebook
Huckleberry Roasters
4301 Pecos Street, 866-558-2201
1800 Wazee Street (inside the Maven Hotel)
huckleberryroasters.com
A staple in the Sunnyside neighborhood and a recent addition to the up-and-coming Dairy Block development, Huckleberry Roasters caters to the hardcore coffee critic and intimidated novice alike. Both locations offer nice, cold Topo Chico bottles from a grab-and-go fridge.

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Scott Lentz
Lola Coastal Mexican
1575 Boulder Street
720-570-8686
loladenver.com
Where else would you look for your favorite Mexican mineral water than LoHi's favorite Mexican restaurant? Lola is a cantina made for the choosy beverage connoisseur, whether you’re into the comprehensive tequila selection or Topo Chico galore (plus, tableside guacamole service, fresh oysters and all-night Monday happy hour). For something fruity, sip the house Paloma, made with grapefruit Topo Sabores, the beverage company's flavored soda.

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Kelsey Yandura is a local freelance and fiction writer whose highest professional aspiration is to one day share a pizza with Neil Gaiman.
Contact: Kelsey Yandura