Dining in Denver: Morning, Noon, and Night

Where to go, and what to eat, in the Mile-High City, 24-7.

March 2009

Late-Night Eats

By Kazia Jankowski

The Avs game just ended and the Ellie's curtains have closed, but still it's not quite time to go home. Chicken wings, or maybe a nightcap, are in order. While you could hit up an old standby—Pete's Kitchen or the Denver Diner—why not try moonlighting at another of the city's after-hours joints?

Steuben's Every night after 10 p.m., this swanky diner serves up the Lucky Five: your choice of a burger (made with River Ranch beef from Steamboat) or Chicago dog, a side—fries, coleslaw, or hush puppies—and select domestic, canned beer all for $5. 523 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-1001

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe Colfax's Belgian beer cafe makes it easy to eat European-style. Until late in the evening, order either the mariner (garlic and white wine) or curry mussels and wash them down with cool pours of light Tripel Karmeliet beer or the hoppy Carlsberg Lager. 534 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-0347

Mezcal After a concert at the Bluebird Theater, sidle up to the bar at this funky Mexican restaurant and order a margarita and a couple of tacos. At a dollar a pop between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., the corn tortilla pockets stuffed with tender pork, chicken, carne asada, or veggies will hardly put a dent in the wallet. 3230 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-5219

Two Fisted Mario's Pizzeria Big slices of cheesy pizza sop up a night of LoDo partying at this always-busy hole-in-the-wall. 1626 Market St., 303-623-3523

Wazee Supper Club Hungry for classic late-night grub? A frothy Newcastle and a basket of 10 spicy Buffalo, garlic Parmesan, or sweet barbecue wings should satisfy those cravings. 1600 15th St., 303-623-9518

Dazzle Bluesy jazz meets decadent desserts at this Capitol Hill lounge. Pair the dark heroine martini—espresso, brandy, Kahlúa, and crème de cacao—with the three-tiered carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. 930 Lincoln St., 303-839-5100

City, O' City Into the wee morning hours, Capitol Hill's youthful residents fill the booths of this busy spot, sipping subtly sweet horsefeathers cocktails—bourbon, ginger ale, and bitters—and eating battered and fried cornichons or mushrooms with honey mustard dipping sauce. 206 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6443

Sputnik Hungry barhoppers stop by this South Broadway watering hole on weekday nights for fries—both sweet potato and regular—with sauces like sweet habanero jam and banana ketchup, or PBR and corn dogs. 3 S. Broadway, 720-570-4503

Izakaya Den On a Friday or Saturday night, make this sleek sushi lounge the last stop before heading home to dismiss the sitter. The full menu is available until midnight, but at a late hour try a light snack of slightly spicy ginger sashimi with bincho. 1518 S. Pearl St., 303-777-0691

Z Cuisine À Côté Long, intense, philosophical conversations should take place at this artsy Parisian wine bar. Chat over a glass of Burgundy and the happy hour (10 p.m. to midnight) charcuterie and dessert plate (luscious pâté, tart goat cheese, sweet crème brûlée, and creamy chocolate pot du crème). 2245 W. 30th Ave., 303-477-1111