Ten best hipster restaurants in Denver

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Lori Midson
The Source opened a new chapter in hipster hangouts with Comida.
Mirror, mirror on the graffitied wall -- which is the hippest hangout of all? Denver is suddenly bursting with hipster neighborhoods, spiraling out from the longtime center in Capitol Hill to South Broadway, LoHi and the burgeoning RiNo area. And not only are these neighborhoods home to cool coffeehouses and watering holes, but increasingly they're attracting some of the most interesting restaurants in town. The lineup changes rapidly, but here's our list of the ten best hipster restaurants in Denver (presented in no particular order), right now!

See also: Denver's ten hippest bars

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10) Sputnik
3 South Broadway

Sputnik continues to be a favorite hipster bar -- but it pulls its weight as a restaurant, too. Turning out eclectic interpretations of commonplace bar snacks (like fried pickle chips and hand-dipped corn dogs), Sputnik feeds the hungry hordes that come in for lazy weekend brunches, productive breakfasts (courtesy of the free WiFi), and pre-and-post show bites. The menu is seasonal, with offerings ranging from mac-and-cheese to falafel pitas and bibimbap; Sputnik prides itself on a menu that is vegetarian and vegan-conscious, too. And meals are usually graced by the sounds of a live DJ spinning vintage vinyl or something new that you've never heard of.

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9) Illegal Pete's
270 South Broadway

Illegal Pete's has always been a go-to for pints of cheap beer and plates of tacos, either when you're on the move or lingering to watch the ever-changing stream of bands that come through some locations almost nightly. (After he founded the Boulder-based Pete's chain, founder Pete Turner started Greater Than Collective, a record label conceived with Virgil Dickerson in 2011.) But when Illegal Pete's opened its sprawling location on South Broadway this year, it also created a hipster headquarters in a neighborhood already brimming with hip. The place oozes a casual sort of cool, conducive to hours of relaxing inside at the bar, or outside with beers and a lawn game.

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8) City, O' City
206 East 13th Avenue

To put City, O' City in a vegetarian box would be wrong. Yes, this Capitol Hill mainstay serves up an incredible line of vegetarian dishes that stun even the most devout of carnivores -- seitan wings, a fork & knife sandwich made with "meatless" loaf, steaming udon noodles served in a carrot, ginger broth -- but it serves up so much more in character and cool. City, O' City is a vibrant mix of coffeehouse, hippie haven, cozy lunch and dinner spot, and raucous bar. And whether they're sitting down for lunch or heading to that bar (which screens movies and usually has a live DJ), patrons rarely pass up the pastry case, which doles out all-vegan treats (like its take on a classic ho-ho) from the in-house bakery.

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7) Colt & Gray
1553 Platte Street

Colt & Gray, the Platte Street gastropub, is bigger and better than ever, serving up bone marrow and burgers topped with fois gras like nobody's business. The bar, however, is why hipster beer and spirits geeks originally flocked here: The staffers, perhaps enjoyed best when given full creative license, mix expert cocktails with a profound knowledge of what's stocked at the bar and beyond, in an intimate setting that makes it too easy to stick around. The recent dining room expansion, plus the long-awaited opening of underground Ste. Ellie, are destined to make this even more of a hipster hangout, with a speakeasy feel and plates of charcuterie cured in-house.

Location Info

Map

Sputnik

3 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Illegal Pete's

270 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

WaterCourse Foods

837 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Comida Cantina

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Universal

2911 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Cafe|Bar - CLOSED

295 S. Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Root Down

1600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Ace

501 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Populist

3163 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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88 comments
Hillary Jules
Hillary Jules

Adrienne Michelle Britta Beans Clearly, way too hipster for us when we can't even recognized the ingredients in the dishes

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

I've changed my mind. Every time you used to post (and repost and repost) one of these "hipster" articles I would write some critique and tell you to live up to your potential as a local weekly. Now I've decided that you should increase your use of "hipster" and repost even more of your articles - the more you do it, the faster the burn out will come, rendering the term and your fb practices bankrupt. So, let's do it Westword: Ten "hipster" traffic violations, or top five "hipster" crosswalks. How about the top fifteen hipster toilet stalls or light posts? Let's do this.

swan4587
swan4587

5) The Universal

Located in North Denver in the Sunnyside Neighborhood. Not located in "The Highlands".

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

Comida is great and check out the rest of "The Source". To bad Westword didn't write about that!

AmandaBW
AmandaBW

It's cute that Westword is hiring interns from Ohio to write pieces about what's "cool" in Denver, but seriously, can we try being a little more contemporary? These places were "hip" five years ago, as was the term "hipster," but now this just shows how painfully out of touch this publication has become. Get it together, Westword. You are about as relevant as an episode of Golden Girls. 

Colin Clark
Colin Clark

Dear Westword. I'm done. You blow. What even happened to you? Jesus...

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

So hipster refers to the atmosphere but not the QUALITY of the food?

Dan Davis
Dan Davis

I can't wait/ soon soon soon!!

Elka Schmidt Staley
Elka Schmidt Staley

So, everything that opened in the last five to ten years translates as "hipster." Hmm. Ok, well I'm 40, no one in the wildest dreams would even begin to call me a hipster, and I like many of these places. I think Westword has to abandon the word "hipster." Your usage is deeply annoying.

Janice Quist
Janice Quist

Ugh I've been to most of these places and refuse anything with hipster in it... Can't this just be called "Try these places... They have good food"

Steve Santus
Steve Santus

Westword's 10 lamest articles with the word "hipster" in the title. . .

Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

Dweeb? Haha Man you suck. Why are you starting shit with me anyway? I haven't smoked weed or drank in 10 years and I own my own house, so try again. If you want to run your mouth I could meet you somewhere and we could solve your problem right there, Sterling. Haha.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Sorry, but I HAS TO HAVE my gluten. Fuck them hipster scum.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

False advertising. I don't see Shamu or Paul McCartney's larynx on the menu.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

How mature of you to poke fun at my moniker -- that which I had no control over at the time of my birth, mind you. I just can tell how much of a "hit" you are with such bits at the impromptu stoner sessions you have in your elders' basement, DWEEB.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip: "hipster" is only half of the compound adjective "hipster-douchebag"


hth.

Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

Brilliant observation Sterling. I am so humbled. What kind of a name is Sterling anyway? I guess you cant help being a total douche growing up with a name like that.

Whales & Beetles
Whales & Beetles

Thanks for sharing we love food here at Whales & Beetles

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Maybe. Instead, it's more of a DWEEB city -- with unkempt dickhead transplants from the Midwest desperate to live out their childish mountain man fantasies (or spend hours on end in front of their console/computer screen when the temp gets above freezing), vertically challenged douchebags from SoCal and the East Coast escaping high rents and ,bigger, muscled-up douchebags back home (and thereby driving up the cost of living here), and, of course, asshats from TexAss who think of the entire Rocky Mtn region as their personal shit box (because the rest of the Southern US is already full of shit).

Tyler Longpine
Tyler Longpine

This is (at least) the third time Westword has linked to this story. Rest assured, everyone now knows about them. You can stop recycling this clickbait.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Yet, you care enough to let everyone else know how you purportedly don't care.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

We are not a hipster town so enough already about freakin hipsters!!!again NO ONE CARES ABOUT HIPSTERS OR WHERE THEY EAT!!!!

Alyssa Whitney
Alyssa Whitney

Never thought I was a hipster. But I guess I am since some of these are my fav restaurants.

Morgan Bethany
Morgan Bethany

"Why can't you find good restaurants, why is it always Hipster stuff?" You're an idiot. And by all means, don't go and enjoy the fabulous food at any of these amazing restaurants because Westword decreed them "Hipster". Keep eating at fucking Olive Garden, please.

Ginger Hostetler
Ginger Hostetler

Lydia Hostetler and Liz Liz MH Lanphear and Kory Lanphearand Cory Coppock...I didn't know Root Down has a branch at DIA...and I think I see where you got the juice glass idea. You guys are hipsters. thanks for sharing some of your hipsterness with us.

Josh Powers
Josh Powers

The obsession with the word hipster is the weirdest cultural phenomenon because there does not exist a definition of hipster that everyone can agree on. Therefor it is used as hatred towards anyone who may appear more cool or hip either out of jealousy or differences in fashion sense. It's fucking useless.

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

Just to amplify previous comments: drop the hipster shit. What do you even mean by it? Apolitical white suburban kids marginalized and overeducated in a neoliberal economy destroying jobs and culture, or young and sophisticated artists and foodies, who reject dominant parochial norms about food, art, entertainment (i.e. about "taste")? Because if you don't know what you mean, you're being fucking stupid putting it in your article titles and letting it shape your decision-making about relevant topics/stories.

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

Well, by definition, if I've heard of it, it can't be terribly hipster, can it?

Devon Van Fleet
Devon Van Fleet

Why can't you just find good restaurants? Why is it always hipster stuff?

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

The only reason to go to the Source is to make fun of the hipsters who actually think it's cool to eat in a graffiti covered, dirty warehouse next to a train track.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... if god wanted Texans to ski, he would have made bullshit white.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Next feature -- Westweed's Top Ten Top Ten lists.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... I feign disinterest in your general direction.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip: if you think you're hip, you're not



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