We’ve all been the victims of a nighttime snack attack – or maybe the nibbles linger after hanging out in one of Denver’s cannabis lounges. Regardless, the need for midnight in Mile High City is no accident.
After a devastating year of empty stalls and bar tops, restaurants across town are having to worry about how to reopen after the pandemic. But with a bit of luck, some of Denver’s favorites have turned their neon signs back to pizza, poutine and vegan donuts.
Here’s where to eat when the next time cravings knock and you’re looking for something higher than a chalupa.
Alex Barakos, grandson of the late Pete Contos, now runs Pete’s Kitchen along with the Satire Lounge next door, where he often works as a bartender. Before the pandemic, Pete’s was almost always open, serving everything from breakfast to the New York Strips and everything in between.
“The doors were never locked, it was just a beacon for dinner until late at night,” said Barakos.
Barakos also claims to have the fastest, most entertaining chefs in town. Take a seat at the bar and watch them prepare breakfast burritos and gyros on a two meter high grill.
Jonesing for an adult drink? Pete’s Satire Lounge next door is open until midnight most evenings where you can have a drink and order a plate from Pete’s Kitchen. Pete’s Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. to Sunday 9:00 p.m. The menu is available online at petesrestaurants.com. 1962 E Colfax Avenue, 303-321-3139
Offering a variety of eclectic sandwiches and French dips, Pony Up is an experience you won’t regret – that is, if you love French bread, roast beef, melted cheese, and savory dipping sauce. Other offerings include pony ups’ take on a Vietnamese classic, the Bánh Mi, and a spicy fried chicken sandwich served with dill and ranch.
This LoDo gem is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. See the menu on ponyupdenver.com. 1808 Blake St., 720-710-8144
East Tao Ramen
Ramen – a bubbly, tangy noodle soup topped with fresh herbs, an egg, and often chilli pepper – is an all-round excellent convenience, and East Tao serves it up late into the night in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
General Tso’s Chicken, Gyoza, and Fried Shrimp Rice are also on the menu. East Tao Ramen is open daily until 9:30 p.m. for eat and 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for take out and delivery. Go here to see the menu. 955 Lincoln Street, 720-667-1190
There’s something about late night pizza that always seems to get to the point. Fat Sully’s is an Atomic Cowboy favorite and the Denver Biscuit Company’s sister restaurant. So if there’s one thing these guys know it’s dough.
Go to the window until 1am on Saturday and Sunday and until 10:30 PM the rest of the week and get a piece for $ 3.95 at the Tennyson location. Fat Sully’s Colfax location delivers 20-inch New York-style patties right to your door Sunday through Thursday until 11:00 PM and Friday and Saturday until 1:00 AM. Fat Sully’s is also available at UberEats and Doordash. Don’t forget to check out the menu or order online at fatsullys.com
3237 East Colfax Ave., 303-393-1515; 141 South Broadway, 303-377-7900; 4275 Tennyson St., 303-393-1515
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot exceeds expectations. The menu, unlike so many other late-night options, offers a taste of finer dining.
Skip the breakfast plate and try the poutine, Canadian-style fries baked in gravy, or a southern classic, prawns and grits. WTF is open all week until midnight, Thursday through Saturday at 1am and the rest of the week at midnight. To see the menu, go to whiskytf.com. 2907 Huron St., 303-226-1540
Punch bowl social
A hipster-chic chain with karaoke, bowling and virtual reality, Punch Bowl Social is exactly what it sounds like – a party. Lobster fries, chicken and waffles and burgers are just a few of the options at this nightspot, along with a moist watermelon punch and playful mocktails.
The kitchen is open until 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 a.m. on Fridays and 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To see the menu, visit punchbowlsocial.com. 65 South Broadway, 303-765-2695
An all-night taco affair, Tacos Rapidos has been dubbed a legendary gem and loved even by elite yelpers. This humble passage with a menu that reads like a book marries fast, cheap, tasty and authentic no matter what time of the day.
Try the choked carne asada fries for $ 11.99 with a horchata for $ 3.10 or one of the many breakfast burritos for $ 5.75. Tacos Rapidos is open 24 hours a day. 2800 W. Evans Avenue 303-935-0453
Williams & Graham
This modern speakeasy combines Mediterranean potluck classics with an upscale cocktail menu. Step into the old-fashioned bar and enjoy a traditional cocktail, devilled eggs, or bacon and jam mac and cheese. Williams and Graham is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Visit williamsandgraham.com to see the menu. 3160 Tejon Str., 303-997-8886
Skip the Popcorn: A jelly-filled chocolate voodoo doll is the late night horror movie marathon companion you probably didn’t know you missed.
If you haven’t experienced the glorious pink box of bacon maple bars, glazed old-fashioned buttermilk donuts and yeast-raised donuts with oreos, then you’ll be delighted. Voodoo is open until 3 a.m. with two locations. Go to voodoodonut.com to take a look at the menu. 1520 E. Colfax Ave., 303-597-3666 and 98 South Broadway, 720-649-5666
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