All of a sudden, Blake Street is a place to drink again. From Jovanina’s basement wine cellar to Pony Up’s fireside living room, this historic Denver stretch is getting back to its saloon roots, and as of Monday, February 4, Brass Tacks is the latest option of the bunch.
The bar and counter-service eatery located in the former Blake Street Vault comes from the group behind Denver Central Market’s Curio bar and Green Seed restaurant. After establishing themselves in RiNo, Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, Stephen Julia, Stuart Jensen, and chef Zach Spott wanted to create a downtown space where people could pop in leisurely from late morning until after midnight. They wanted a place where customers would feel comfortable stopping and staying for a while at any time of day.
On the all-day menu are breakfast sandwiches and coffee, lunch options, happy hour specials, better-than-bar dinner food, and all manner of cocktails from boozy bottled shooters to draft palomas (see also 20 beers on tap, four wines, and four non-alcoholic beverages).
And while the jukebox- and knickknack-studded downstairs will be Brass Tacks’ daily gathering room, the parties happening upstairs in an 1860s brick loft will be the ones to watch for. There, ‘80s movies will be playing on an antennae TV, the fake fireplace will be roaring in front of a game corner, and special cocktails by guest bartenders will be pouring behind the neon-backed bar. The space won’t be open daily or even keep regular hours, but it just makes Brass Tacks, and Blake Street, that much cooler.
Status: Starting Monday, February 4, Brass Tacks opens from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily at 1526 Blake Street. Find menus and more information online.