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Avelina is a hangover brunch must-stop
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The Hungover Holiday Brunch Guide

Where to cure the weekend beast when coffee just won’t cut it

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Avelina is a hangover brunch must-stop
| Lucy Beaugard

We’ve all been there. Sunday morning (or late afternoon), waking up with the worst hunger pangs, a headache, and the need for some hair of the dog.

With an impressive beer, wine, and cocktail culture, it’s no surprise that Denver is crowded with brunch-goers and equally as many options for a midday breakfast. But the search can be daunting when one is already suffering a weekend hangover. For precisely this reason, we offer a list of several brunch spots and, at each, a guide to ease even the worst post-party funk.

From an endless supply of sparkling mimosas to the fattest stacks of pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, and build-your-own bloody marys, there’s a place and a remedy to cure all the hangover hankerings.

Note: Map points are listed from West to East. If we missed your favorite hangover brunch spot, please feel free to share with us in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Universal

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2911 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-0815
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First, a disclaimer: There is no bottomless anything at the Universal. But it certainly has all the fixings for the perfect hangover cure. The service is quick and friendly, and though there’s usually a wait, it’s never too long, and it’s definitely worth it. Order a side of the house sausage, the biscuits and gravy, and don’t forget to get the crowd-pleasing blueberry pancake. All that’s left is that instantly refreshing bloody mary.

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2. Low Country Kitchen

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1575 Boulder St A
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 512-4168
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Even the worst hangover can be cured with a little bubbly and a dose of hearty comfort food, which is precisely why the “bucket on bucket” special at Low Country Kitchen should be high on any drinker’s list of morning-after go-tos. For $32, enjoy a five-piece bucket of crispy, juicy buttermilk fried chicken and a bottle of Mas Fi cava on ice.

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3. Postino LoHi

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2715 17th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-6363
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For those sweet-tooth hangover cravings, enjoy glass after glass (or bottle after bottle) of wine and a stack of the ciabatta french toast at Postino. For the dish, thick slices of bread are served with berry preserves, almonds, vanilla crème fraiche, and syrup on the side.

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4. Avanti Food and Beverage

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3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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Brunching with a crew and can’t agree on a spot? Luckily, cocktails can be ordered before perusing the stalls at Avanti. The bar offers pitchers of mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys, and the assortment of restaurants includes all kinds of morning fare from breakfast sammies to scones, pho, and arepas.

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3254 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 500-3254
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Go for the bottomless sangrias. Add in the trailer toast (two pieces of local Hinman's Texas-cut white bread, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and drizzled with Vermont maple syrup). And stay for the ‘80s power ballads and maybe even a costume-clad waitstaff. Also, bring friends; the restaurant recently expanded, adding a new gelato counter and snack bar.

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6. Avelina

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1550 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 904-6711
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Since opening last year, Avelina has continued to impress Denver dinner-goers. So it’s no wonder that weekend brunch is just as impressive. The duck hash is made with duck confit, harissa crema, crispy potatoes, roasted tomatoes, and topped with a perfectly fried egg. Pair it with bottomless mimosas to make the ultimate Sunday hangover cure.

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7. The Nickel

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1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 889-2128
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Located just inside Hotel Teatro, The Nickel offers a weekend charcuterie bloody mary bar with all the fixings. We’re talking several juices, cheeses, meats, and more to create the perfect cocktail. Of course, the food menu is equally impressive — try the chicken and waffles.

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8. The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

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1401 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500
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Beyond the obvious draws — bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own bloody mary bar — The Corner Office is also known for creating memorable classics while adding an extra twist. The ranchero Benedict is made with two poached eggs served over pan-fried sopes and black beans then topped with cotija cheese, pico de gallo, and hollandaise.

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9. Max's Wine Dive Denver

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696 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 593-2554
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Depending on your tolerance level, try the sweet potato pancakes or the birthday pancakes to start. The latter are made with sweet yellow cake batter then topped with buttercream glaze, fresh whipped cream, and lots and lots of sprinkles. Best part? It doesn’t have to be your birthday.

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1. The Universal

2911 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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First, a disclaimer: There is no bottomless anything at the Universal. But it certainly has all the fixings for the perfect hangover cure. The service is quick and friendly, and though there’s usually a wait, it’s never too long, and it’s definitely worth it. Order a side of the house sausage, the biscuits and gravy, and don’t forget to get the crowd-pleasing blueberry pancake. All that’s left is that instantly refreshing bloody mary.

2911 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

2. Low Country Kitchen

1575 Boulder St A, Denver, CO 80211
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Even the worst hangover can be cured with a little bubbly and a dose of hearty comfort food, which is precisely why the “bucket on bucket” special at Low Country Kitchen should be high on any drinker’s list of morning-after go-tos. For $32, enjoy a five-piece bucket of crispy, juicy buttermilk fried chicken and a bottle of Mas Fi cava on ice.

1575 Boulder St A
Denver, CO 80211

3. Postino LoHi

2715 17th St, Denver, CO 80211
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For those sweet-tooth hangover cravings, enjoy glass after glass (or bottle after bottle) of wine and a stack of the ciabatta french toast at Postino. For the dish, thick slices of bread are served with berry preserves, almonds, vanilla crème fraiche, and syrup on the side.

2715 17th St
Denver, CO 80211

4. Avanti Food and Beverage

3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
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Brunching with a crew and can’t agree on a spot? Luckily, cocktails can be ordered before perusing the stalls at Avanti. The bar offers pitchers of mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys, and the assortment of restaurants includes all kinds of morning fare from breakfast sammies to scones, pho, and arepas.

3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

5. there...

3254 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211
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Go for the bottomless sangrias. Add in the trailer toast (two pieces of local Hinman's Texas-cut white bread, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and drizzled with Vermont maple syrup). And stay for the ‘80s power ballads and maybe even a costume-clad waitstaff. Also, bring friends; the restaurant recently expanded, adding a new gelato counter and snack bar.

3254 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Avelina

1550 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
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Since opening last year, Avelina has continued to impress Denver dinner-goers. So it’s no wonder that weekend brunch is just as impressive. The duck hash is made with duck confit, harissa crema, crispy potatoes, roasted tomatoes, and topped with a perfectly fried egg. Pair it with bottomless mimosas to make the ultimate Sunday hangover cure.

1550 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

7. The Nickel

1100 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
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Located just inside Hotel Teatro, The Nickel offers a weekend charcuterie bloody mary bar with all the fixings. We’re talking several juices, cheeses, meats, and more to create the perfect cocktail. Of course, the food menu is equally impressive — try the chicken and waffles.

1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

8. The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
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Beyond the obvious draws — bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own bloody mary bar — The Corner Office is also known for creating memorable classics while adding an extra twist. The ranchero Benedict is made with two poached eggs served over pan-fried sopes and black beans then topped with cotija cheese, pico de gallo, and hollandaise.

1401 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202

9. Max's Wine Dive Denver

696 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
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Depending on your tolerance level, try the sweet potato pancakes or the birthday pancakes to start. The latter are made with sweet yellow cake batter then topped with buttercream glaze, fresh whipped cream, and lots and lots of sprinkles. Best part? It doesn’t have to be your birthday.

696 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203

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