While brunch itself is a celebratory occasion, restaurants that offer nothing more than food and drinks on weekend mornings are really getting by with the bare minimum. Denver’s finest haunts committed to serving the breakfast-lunch/mid-morning hybrid have upped the stakes, differentiating themselves with music, themes, games and, yes, even drag queens. Grab your favorite brunch bunch and head to one of these locales for a Sunday funday of truly epic proportions.
7) Bluegrass Brunch at Station 26 Brewing
The second Sunday of every month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Station 26, the brewery and taproom located in a renovated firehouse in northeast Park Hill, throws a monthly bluegrass brunch bash — even without the benefit of a kitchen. Brunch here is really more of a morning party, with barbecue provided by the Rolling Smoke food truck and doughnuts from Glazed & Confuzed. Music from Burn It Blue ensures a swinging good time.
6) Bingo Brunch at the Squeaky Bean
Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.
If you’re into getting a late start on a Sunday, listening to inappropriate jokes and being heckled, brunch at the Bean may be just your speed. Comedian and bingo host Sam Tallent's humor definitely leans toward the teenage-boy end of the spectrum and although his booming voice might be a bit much for the hangover-prone, it’s all in good fun. And you can’t go wrong with the kitchen's seasonally changing menu that features equally fun but expertly prepared brunch plates.
5) Disco Brunch at the Corner Office
Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While the dy-no-mite Bloody Mary bar is the main draw for the weekend morning crowd at the Corner Office, the “I Will Survive” disco brunch is a hot mess everyone should experience at least once. If you're short on your own disco wardrobe, the bar offers racks of clothes and props, including all the tacky metallic and polyester you could ever want. This is one time it’s totally acceptable to play dress-up in public. The menus are printed to resemble '70s records and feature standard brunchtime fare, but if you can't find anything that suits you, just load up your Bloody Mary glass at the self-serve bar.
4) Jazz Brunch at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge
Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dazzle throws a brunch buffet set to the swinging tones of the four-piece Paris Takes Quartet, with two rooms in which to lounge. With three food stations, you could easily kill a few hours sampling everything from the hot bar to the cold cuts to the endless dessert display. Don’t miss the made-to-order omelette station, the crepe of the week and, of course, the bottomless mimosas in orange, pineapple, cranberry or apple.
3) Drag Queens and Dances at Epernay
Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.
If you feel like channeling your inner Lorde or just believe you’re worthy of the crown, Epernay’s newly launched “Royal Brunch” may be up your alley. At this bash, hosted by Denver’s finest drag queens, you can enjoy choreographed dances and Drag Queen Bingo — not of the PG variety. Perfect for late risers, this diva-licious party is as easy on the eyes as it is on the stomach.
2) Pajama Brunch at Second Home Kitchen + Bar
Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Don’t feel like getting dressed in the morning? Don’t. Second Home’s pajama brunch complements its classic comfort food with all the hominess of, well, home. Kids under eight eat free if they’re partaking in the festivities, but for the grownups, the DIY Bloody bar and bottomless mimosas make easing into the day just a little easier. It’s as close to breakfast in bed as you can get.
1) Another Pajama Brunch at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
First Sunday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For an even better deal sans clothes, show up at Prospect Park’s newest gem in your PJs and get 10 percent off your food bill, in addition to a free Bloody Mary, mimosa or glass of beer. Owned by the Tavern Hospitality Group, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — or just WTF — promises strong drinks and even better fried chicken. This may be the first time you've ever been bribed with alcohol to keep your clothes off, and the PJ brunch was such a hit that it will be extended from monthly to weekly in April.
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