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The owners of Brass Tacks, from left: Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, Stephen Julia, Stuart Jensen, and Zach Spott
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LoDo’s Latest Bar Wants To Be Your All-Day Hangout

By the owners of Curio at Denver Central Market comes Brass Tacks

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.

Long barroom with yellow booths and quirky accents
Brass Tacks has been redesigned by Scout Interiors inside the former home of Blake Street Vault
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From the bar — six draft cocktails, 20 draft beers, four wines on tap, kombucha, nitro cold brew, Vietnamese iced coffee, and classic bottled cocktails

Diners can order their food under the Bingo board and watch for their number to light up when it’s ready

Wings come in dry (pictured), wet, and rubbed varieties with all the fixings
The upstairs bar at Brass Tacks will be reserved for special nights, parties, and events

The little game corner upstairs at Brass Tacks

From left to right, Brass Tacks partners Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, Stephen Julia, Stuart Jensen, and chef Zach Spott

Brass Tacks

612 Live Oak Street, , TX 77003 (713) 352-7626 Visit Website
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