For the first time in 25 years, Denver Public School teachers have gone on strike, negotiating for fair pay and a revamped salary structure. Now, three days in, a slew of Mile High City eateries have come out in support of our educators, with deals ranging from free meals to steeply discounted tabs—after all, picketing in the cold is sure to work up an appetite. All promotions, unless otherwise noted, require a valid teacher’s I.D. and do not include gratuity. We will update this list as the strike continues.
Avanti Food & Beverage
3200 Pecos St.
Teachers and their families may visit this collective eatery, home to seven globally-inspired eateries and a full bar, and receive 50 percent off their bar tab. They can also get 20 percent off their tab at the Rotary, 25 percent off at Bistro Georgette, a dollar off burgers at American Grind, and discounted margherita pizzas at Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada.
2412 E. Colfax Ave.
This hip bar is offering happy hour priced wine and beer for teachers for the duration of the strike.
Blue Pan Pizza
3509 E. 12th Ave.
The Congress Park location of the Detroit-style pizza joint is offering teachers a $5 lunch special—a two-topping Detroit pie, a house or Caesar salad, and a pop—instead of the usual $10 (note: Blue Pan only offers 15 such lunch specials a day). Teachers can stop in until close, however, and order a three-topping Detroit-style pizza for $5. Both offers, which will last until close this Sunday, are valid for dine-in only.
4280 Tennyson St.
This charming bookshop cum cafe is throwing an Educator Cocktail Hour on Friday, February 15 from 5-7 p.m. There will be complimentary wine, as well as giveaways and talks on some of the best new classroom books out there. Check out the website for more details.
1477 Monroe St.
Teachers can head to this science-inspired taproom for a free beer until the end of the strike. Additionally, anyone who shows up wearing red in support of DPS and the strike will receive 50 percent off the crowler of their choice.
The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria
3901 Fox St.
Teachers can grab a free 10-inch pepperoni pizza and soda from now until the 17 of February.
Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Vital Root, El Five
DPS Teachers are encouraged to stop by any Edible Beats joint for a free drink (alcoholic or otherwise).
Locations on Colfax Ave., S. Broadway, and Tennyson St.
On the first day of the strike, Fat Sully’s gave away more than 100 pizzas to DPS teachers via its mobile food truck. The NY-style chain has now shifted to an in-store special for the duration of the strike: one free (one-topping) slice per teacher.
French for Sugar
1201 E. Colfax Ave., #103
Teachers will receive a free coffee of their choice until the end of the strike at this sweet cafe.
High Point Creamery
Hilltop, Berkeley, and RiNo (Denver Central Market) locations
Teachers can stop by any of the three High Point Creamery locations and receive 50 percent off any size ice cream order.
Nixon’s Coffee House
695 E. Louisiana Ave.
On February 13, DPS teachers on their way to picket can stop by this Wash Park coffee spot for a complimentary cup of joe.
6115 E. 22nd Ave.
This old-school pizzeria stands with DPS teachers: For the duration of the strike, the restaurant is offering a free meal, as well as a beer or glass of wine, nightly from 7:30-9 p.m.
2611 Walnut St.
This modern ramen shop, helmed my chef Jeff Osaka, is offering free lunch (Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) to all DPS educators until the end of the strike.
2615 Walnut St.
The RiNo location of this popular Denver burger chain is offering a free cheeseburger to DPS teachers after 6 p.m. for the rest of the week.
Pride & Swagger
450 E. 17th Ave.
Present this post with a valid I.D. to your bartender and receive one free Smirnoff cocktail.
934 16th St.
This week, teachers can order one entrée from Rialto’s upscale American menu free of charge until 4 p.m.
1426 E. 22nd Ave
This City Park West ice cream shop is offering free scoops to DPS teachers on strike.
Capitol Hill, Jefferson Park, and Old South Pearl
Show your DPS teacher’s I.D. until the end of the strike and receive a free slice at any of Sexy Pizza’s three Denver locations.
2615 Larimer St. and 4960 S. Newport St.
This popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant is offering free lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) to all DPS educators until the end of the strike.
TAG Burger Bar
1222 Madison St.
The inventive Congress Park burger spot is offering teachers a basic $5 burger all day, every day until the end of the strike.
Teatulia Tea Bar
2900 Zuni St.
Until the end of the strike, DPS teachers can stop by this Lohi cafe for a free tea or coffee of their choice.
2231 Oneida St.
Until the end of the strike, teachers can stop in for a free batch brew.
Washington Park Grill
1096 S. Gaylord St.
Through the duration of the strike, teachers who eat at this neighborhood spot will receive 25 percent off their entire bill.