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Look Inside Oskar Blues’ LoDo Restaurant, Bar, and Music Venue

The two-story space underwent a massive, rock-themed renovation

Music touches abound at the new LoDo Oskar Blues Grill & Brew at Market and 16th Streets
Jonathan Phillips

Downtown Denver’s first Oskar Blues location is preparing for its grand opening in January after a $2.5 million renovation on a 130-year-old building at Market and 16th Streets.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew is a restaurant, full bar, and music venue in-one. It spans two floors and more than 10,000 square feet at 1624 Market Street. Previously occupied by Croc’s and Brendan’s Pub, the once separate spaces have joined together to create a sprawling 300-person main floor restaurant and bar, as well as a 350-capacity basement venue. Food, largely consistent across three Grill & Brew locations, ranges from seafood gumbo, to smoked brisket, and fresh-shucked oysters. Both the upstairs restaurant and downstairs venue serve a food menu and stock full bars with 48 beer taps.

Eater took a tour with co-owner and chef Jason Rogers, who partners with Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis on all of the beer company’s “fooderies.” The Denver project is especially close to Rogers, a music lover who had the vision which Bray Architecture and designer Sara Blette brought to life. Fun design features include a drum-stick (music not food) chandelier, a guitar pick-covered bar, and a hologram-ish likeness of Hendrix (try to spot it in the pictures below).

Eater photographer Jonathan Phillips captured the space, which is in a soft-opening phase leading up to the grand celebrations on Saturday, January 13. Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page as well as the music venue’s page for event details, hours, and updates.

Oskar Blues has come to Denver. The two story spot houses a restaurant and bar on the main floor and a live music venue in the basement
Jonathan Phillips
Oskar Blues serves up Tom Waits seafood jambalaya
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High-top tables cover the floor of the basement with all eyes on the stage for live music
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The guitar-pick bar at The Black Buzzard basement music venue
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Oskar Blues serves up the wood grilled steak with a side of fresh fries
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The entrance to Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Tables in front of the open kitchen and overhead a drum stick chandelier at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Toked wings with bleu cheese, carrot salad, and extra sauce
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Jimi Hendrix looks over the long tables at the back of the dining room at Oskar Blues
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Half a dozen oysters shucked fresh and served with all of the trimmings
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One of the bigger booths in the main dining room at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Denver location
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The midnight toker platter, heavy on the brisket
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The main bar upstairs at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew on Market Street in Denver
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Who doesn't want a side of candied bacon?
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1624 Market St, Denver, CO 80202 Visit Website

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