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Where to Dine Before a Show at the Bluebird Theater

Dinner and a show is an absolute must in this neighborhood.

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Welcome to Eater's new "Dinner and a Show" series, where we will be helping you to plan your perfect night out - broken down by venue/neighborhood.

The Bluebird Theater hosts a fantastic variety of musical performances every week and the surrounding area is becoming more and more of a dining destination. This list features some of the hottest and best restaurants within reasonable walking distance from the venue.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mezcal

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3230 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-5219
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The new and improved Mezcal is an excellent choice for dinner before a show at the Bluebird. The revamped family Mexican joint received both a design facelift as well as a menu facelift. Enjoy a margarita and the on-point fire roasted tomato salsa with tortilla chips.
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2. to the wind

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3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 316-3333
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If you plan to enjoy a romantic dinner at this unparalleled setting on Colfax, make sure you leave plenty of time before the show starts. To The Wind does not accept reservations and wait times can be long, but that is not always the case.
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3. Steve's Snappin' Dogs

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3525 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-7627
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Want something casual and quick before the night's activities unfold? Swing by Steve's Snappin' Dogs on Colfax for a fun and inexpensive dinner.
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4. Ethiopian Restaurant

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2816 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-5939
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Dubbed simply as "Ethiopian Restaurant," this family-run restaurant is one of the best-kept secrets on Colfax. The secret's out now. Stop in before the show for traditional Ethiopian dishes. This would be an excellent choice for vegetarians as Ethiopian cuisine tends to lean in that direction.
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5. Fat Sully's Pizza

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3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-4440
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Need a pre-show slice? Fat Sully's can accomodate both your take-away and dine-in slice needs. With an excellent beer list featuring local craft beers and a fun, open atmosphere, get your party started at Fat Sully's.
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6. TAG Burger Bar

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1222 Madison St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 736-2260
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For a burger and a beer pre-show, TAG Burger Bar is the prefect spot. The casual eatery is tucked into a quaint Congress Park neighborhood enclave located within ten blocks of the Bluebird Theatre.
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7. Tommy's Thai

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3410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-4244
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Tommy's Thai offers a bit more of an ethnic flair to the dining options surrounding the Bluebird Theater. But beware of ordering menu items too spicy - Tommy's does not fool around with spice and it could very well ruin your night if you bite off more than you can chew.
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8. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

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4990 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 550-7665
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If you're willing to cross Colorado Boulevard to seek out some excellent food, head to Chop Shop. The 48-hour slow-cooked short rib is to die for, as well as the Szechuan glazed pork tenderloin. Just make sure you don't break out in the meat sweats while boogeying down at the Bluebird.
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9. Pinche Tacos

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1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337
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Another option for margs and tacos pre-show is Pinche. Beware: The popular modern Mexican spot gets absolutely packed nightly starting at about 5:30 p.m.

1. Mezcal

3230 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Adam Larkey
The new and improved Mezcal is an excellent choice for dinner before a show at the Bluebird. The revamped family Mexican joint received both a design facelift as well as a menu facelift. Enjoy a margarita and the on-point fire roasted tomato salsa with tortilla chips.
3230 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

2. to the wind

3333 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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If you plan to enjoy a romantic dinner at this unparalleled setting on Colfax, make sure you leave plenty of time before the show starts. To The Wind does not accept reservations and wait times can be long, but that is not always the case.
3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

3. Steve's Snappin' Dogs

3525 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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Want something casual and quick before the night's activities unfold? Swing by Steve's Snappin' Dogs on Colfax for a fun and inexpensive dinner.
3525 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

4. Ethiopian Restaurant

2816 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
Dubbed simply as "Ethiopian Restaurant," this family-run restaurant is one of the best-kept secrets on Colfax. The secret's out now. Stop in before the show for traditional Ethiopian dishes. This would be an excellent choice for vegetarians as Ethiopian cuisine tends to lean in that direction.
2816 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

5. Fat Sully's Pizza

3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
Need a pre-show slice? Fat Sully's can accomodate both your take-away and dine-in slice needs. With an excellent beer list featuring local craft beers and a fun, open atmosphere, get your party started at Fat Sully's.
3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

6. TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison St, Denver, CO 80206
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For a burger and a beer pre-show, TAG Burger Bar is the prefect spot. The casual eatery is tucked into a quaint Congress Park neighborhood enclave located within ten blocks of the Bluebird Theatre.
1222 Madison St
Denver, CO 80206

7. Tommy's Thai

3410 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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Tommy's Thai offers a bit more of an ethnic flair to the dining options surrounding the Bluebird Theater. But beware of ordering menu items too spicy - Tommy's does not fool around with spice and it could very well ruin your night if you bite off more than you can chew.
3410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

8. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

4990 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
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If you're willing to cross Colorado Boulevard to seek out some excellent food, head to Chop Shop. The 48-hour slow-cooked short rib is to die for, as well as the Szechuan glazed pork tenderloin. Just make sure you don't break out in the meat sweats while boogeying down at the Bluebird.
4990 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

9. Pinche Tacos

1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206
Another option for margs and tacos pre-show is Pinche. Beware: The popular modern Mexican spot gets absolutely packed nightly starting at about 5:30 p.m.
1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206

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