Unlike many establishments in the east-coast restaurant scene, Denver eateries tend to go to bed early. In our never-ending quest to find some amazing cuisine past midnight, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite late-night dinner and drink spots in Denver. From old-school diners to elevated gastronomical endeavors, here are the ten best places for late-night eats in Denver.
1076 Ogden Street
Barricuda's is a neighborhood favorite almost-dive bar, in part because the kitchen serves some delicious bar food ridiculously late into the night. Enjoy the standard late-night menu every day of the week from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. — but for real night owls, Barricuda's offers a late-late-night menu on Friday and Saturday only, with breakfast — think chicken fried steak with country gravy and an array of omelettes (but burgers and sandwiches can be had too) — from midnight until 4 a.m. to blur the line between staying out late and get up early.
4450 West 38th Avenue
Brazen is emulating the best of the east coast in its late hours, unconventional cocktail program featuring sour-sweet shrubs, and a menu of mostly small plates that leans Italian — but with plenty of unique twists. Brazen's late-night menu, which kicks off at 10:30 p.m. features a couple of dishes — a classic shoyu ramen and $2 empanadas — that you won't even see on the dinner menu. For a sweet end to the night, the tiny eatery's s'mores come with house-made marshmallows (vanilla or strawberry) and table-top fire to toast your own. Brazen is open until 2 a.m. every day but Sunday.
8) City, O' City
206 E 13th Avenue
This ode to Denver and the epicenter of Capitol Hill's dining life is among the most popular and well-established of the city's late-night locations. Open your mind with creative vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free innovations like poutine, a City O' burger packed with quinoa and pinto beans, or a Fromage à Trois pizza. The late-night menu is served every day of the week from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
7) The District
1320 East 17th Avenue
The District serves some good menu options past midnight, including an out-of-this-world happy hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday — try the loaded fries with Reuben or bacon bleu topping. It also happens to be one of the only places where the entire menu is served until 1:30 a.m. every day of the week. You’ll find a lively crowd on one of the best summer patios in Denver, facing an ever-changing 17th Avenue.
6) Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
1317 14th Street
Euclid Hall's meaty, worldly menu has quickly become an old favorite in the hearts of Denverites — especially those looking for something great and late. House-made sausage, schnitzel, and poutine are Euclid Hall classics, but there's also a wild and adventurous list labeled "because we want to" with dishes like Kermit Kakes with utter-poached frog leg and Cajun remoulade (like crab cakes for Muppets haters). The Kitchen serves until midnight Monday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
5) Ian's Pizza
2210 Blake Street
Enter here for bold flavor. This fun, Wisconsin born chain makes our list because they happen to make some of the most outrageous and unique pizza's in the city. Try our favorite, the Mac and Cheese pizza, or stray and find a delicious new specialty that speaks to you: perhaps the chipotle sweet potato, made with chipotle creme, mozzarella, sweet potato, grilled onions and pico de gallo, finished with your choice of chorizo & cheddar or portobello & feta. Ian's is open until 2:30 from Sunday to Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
4) Mary Jane's Pizza
2013 W 32nd Avenue
It's called Mary Jane's and its open 'til 4:20 a.m. — get it? Mary Jane's is the epitome of a night owl restaurant. Open every day from 11 p.m to 4:20 a.m. since 2009, Mary Jane's originally hails from Oklahoma yet seems to have found a niche in its LoHi location. Try the Munchie pizza, with a delicious and artery clogging combination of Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage and hamburger toppings.
3) Meadowlark Kitchen
2705 Larimer Street
One of the newest and most buzzed about restaurants in River North is Meadowlark Kitchen, with a comfy bar and food served until somewhere in the neighborhood of 12:45 a.m. — or maybe closer to 1 a.m., if the cooks are in a good mood. After 10, the limited, late-night menu offers favorites like the BLT, Denver Nuggets, and the epic Meadowlark Burger — dripping with a cheddar and jalepeño aioli atop a Western Daughters specialty beef blend ground just for Meadowlark, an onion ring, and candied bacon. All this on a house-made bun might inspire religious visions in the wee hours.
2) My Brother's Bar
2376 15th Street
Serving old-school greasy, cheesy burgers past the midnight hour, My Brother's Bar is the go-to spot for Platte River or Highland night crawlers. The JCB Burger, with cream cheese and jalapenos, is a local legend, but if you've never been, the condiment tray alone is enough to knock your socks off, equipped with banana peppers, relish, pickles, and onions to customize your early morning meal. With curmudgeonly charm (music is only classical and there are no TVs) and delicious, consistent food, My Brother's is a must.
1) Pete’s Kitchen
1962 East Colfax Avenue
Pete’s Kitchen on Colfax Avenue is the late-night wanderer's dream, especially on the weekends, where the crowd begins to pile in around 10 p.m. and doesn’t die down until well after last call at all the nearby watering holes. Try some Greek favorites like a gyros sandwich or just a classic diner dish like a Pete's Burger. The Pete's name can be, found all around town, where greasy-spoon favorites are dished up at places like Pete's University Park Cafe until 11 p.m., bBut only the Colfax Kitchen pulls all-nighters.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.