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A Denver Days cocktail-in-the-making at Avanti
A Denver Days cocktail-in-the-making at Avanti
Emily Hutto

Cheap Fast Casual Cocktails in Denver: Where to Drink Up Now

The fast casual craze has brought affordable cocktails with it.

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A Denver Days cocktail-in-the-making at Avanti
| Emily Hutto

The fast casual wave has hit Denver like a hurricane. One of the positives to this scenario is the slew of inexpensive cocktails left in its wake. It is possible to celebrate Eater's fourth annual cocktail week and not break the bank at the following fast casual spots, all of which serve high quality cocktails for under $10.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cart Driver

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2500 Larimer St Ste 100
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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Cart-Driver's batched cocktail selections reflect classic Italian flavors. They're quick and easy for the small restaurant's counter service approach. The current lineup ranges from rye-based cocktails, to the timeless negroni, to the "spritz" with prosecco and Contratto Apertif.
https://www.facebook.com/724432647583531/photos/pb.724432647583531.-2207520000.1444931542./1237235686303222/?type=3&theater

2. Carbon Beverage Cafe

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 428-8565
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Customizable cocktails are the name of the game at Carbon Beverage Cafe. Beginning with the base spirit, the cocktails are cheap and built from the ground up- add garnishes, mixers, bitters, herbs, etc. as you go.
https://www.facebook.com/habitcarbon/photos/pb.329584323901304.-2207520000.1444931703./405778816281854/?type=3&theater

3. Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

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1900 16th St Unit C
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 420-0614
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Drink with honor at Justin Brunson's new fast-casual venture, Honor Society. Cocktails start at $9 and pair up well the the wide range of food options.
https://www.facebook.com/honorsocietyeatery/photos/pb.423752677794823.-2207520000.1444933083./486303044873119/?type=3&theater

4. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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The food hall concept is quickly becoming the king of fast-casual all over the country. LoHi's Avanti aims to impress with many different fast-casual dining options, a cool communal space, and a top notch bar program. Cocktails are cheap and pair well with the eclectic variety of food options.
https://www.facebook.com/avantifandbacollectiveeatery/photos/a.293473844176384.1073741826.290498621140573/427527984104302/?type=3&theater

5. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

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4262 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-3000
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Cocktails at Scratch Burrito start at a very reasonable $7. From cocktail standbys like margaritas and horse feathers to more unusual options like a seasonal caipirinha, these cheap cocktails should be on your list.
https://www.facebook.com/ScratchBurritoAndHappyTap/photos/a.515351431840077.106502.514920115216542/557816227593597/?type=3&theater

6. Masterpiece Delicatessen

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1575 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 561-3354
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The Masterpiece location in LoHi recently added cocktails to the menu, and we're sure happy they did. Grab an inexpensive libation, a meaty sandwich, and a chair on the sunny patio today.
https://www.facebook.com/masterpiecedeli/photos/pb.188389694550194.-2207520000.1444933678./843562719032885/?type=3&theater

7. OneFold

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1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 954-0877
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Denver's new breakfast gem does not have a full bar but does serve up mimosas and micheladas for breakfast. The a.m. classics are cheap and keep an eye out for Onefold's new evening hours.
https://www.facebook.com/onefolddenver/photos/a.797239827016892.1073741827.793737310700477/842112339196307/?type=3&theater

8. Pizzeria Locale

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1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-3003
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Pizzeria Locale's Italian-influenced cocktail selections start at $7 and are a must alongside the Neapolitan style pies. The limoncello, prosecco, and basil creation is a citrusy treat and pairs well with the Hawaiian pizza.
https://www.facebook.com/PizzeriaLocaleUS/photos/pb.617601378254487.-2207520000.1444936541./1161914153823204/?type=3&theater

9. Olive & Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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Cocktails at Uptown's Olive & Finch are between $5 and $8 and some even have the option to be upscaled to a carafe.
https://www.facebook.com/OliveAndFinch/photos/pb.170123333164239.-2207520000.1444936938./514529832056919/?type=3&theater

10. Sunnyside Burger Bar

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3759 Lipan St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 255-2485
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Happy hour is dirt cheap at Sunnyside Burger Bar- well cocktails are served up for only $4. Seven days a week, in both the early evening and late night, enjoy drinks on the cheap.
https://www.facebook.com/sunnysideburgerbar/photos/pb.597609950354985.-2207520000.1444937199./811093815673263/?type=3&theater

1. Cart Driver

2500 Larimer St Ste 100, Denver, CO 80205
https://www.facebook.com/724432647583531/photos/pb.724432647583531.-2207520000.1444931542./1237235686303222/?type=3&theater
Cart-Driver's batched cocktail selections reflect classic Italian flavors. They're quick and easy for the small restaurant's counter service approach. The current lineup ranges from rye-based cocktails, to the timeless negroni, to the "spritz" with prosecco and Contratto Apertif.
2500 Larimer St Ste 100
Denver, CO 80205

2. Carbon Beverage Cafe

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/habitcarbon/photos/pb.329584323901304.-2207520000.1444931703./405778816281854/?type=3&theater
Customizable cocktails are the name of the game at Carbon Beverage Cafe. Beginning with the base spirit, the cocktails are cheap and built from the ground up- add garnishes, mixers, bitters, herbs, etc. as you go.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

3. Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

1900 16th St Unit C, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/honorsocietyeatery/photos/pb.423752677794823.-2207520000.1444933083./486303044873119/?type=3&theater
Drink with honor at Justin Brunson's new fast-casual venture, Honor Society. Cocktails start at $9 and pair up well the the wide range of food options.
1900 16th St Unit C
Denver, CO 80202

4. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
https://www.facebook.com/avantifandbacollectiveeatery/photos/a.293473844176384.1073741826.290498621140573/427527984104302/?type=3&theater
The food hall concept is quickly becoming the king of fast-casual all over the country. LoHi's Avanti aims to impress with many different fast-casual dining options, a cool communal space, and a top notch bar program. Cocktails are cheap and pair well with the eclectic variety of food options.
3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

4262 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
https://www.facebook.com/ScratchBurritoAndHappyTap/photos/a.515351431840077.106502.514920115216542/557816227593597/?type=3&theater
Cocktails at Scratch Burrito start at a very reasonable $7. From cocktail standbys like margaritas and horse feathers to more unusual options like a seasonal caipirinha, these cheap cocktails should be on your list.
4262 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

6. Masterpiece Delicatessen

1575 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
https://www.facebook.com/masterpiecedeli/photos/pb.188389694550194.-2207520000.1444933678./843562719032885/?type=3&theater
The Masterpiece location in LoHi recently added cocktails to the menu, and we're sure happy they did. Grab an inexpensive libation, a meaty sandwich, and a chair on the sunny patio today.
1575 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

7. OneFold

1429 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
https://www.facebook.com/onefolddenver/photos/a.797239827016892.1073741827.793737310700477/842112339196307/?type=3&theater
Denver's new breakfast gem does not have a full bar but does serve up mimosas and micheladas for breakfast. The a.m. classics are cheap and keep an eye out for Onefold's new evening hours.
1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

8. Pizzeria Locale

1730 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
https://www.facebook.com/PizzeriaLocaleUS/photos/pb.617601378254487.-2207520000.1444936541./1161914153823204/?type=3&theater
Pizzeria Locale's Italian-influenced cocktail selections start at $7 and are a must alongside the Neapolitan style pies. The limoncello, prosecco, and basil creation is a citrusy treat and pairs well with the Hawaiian pizza.
1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

9. Olive & Finch

1552 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
https://www.facebook.com/OliveAndFinch/photos/pb.170123333164239.-2207520000.1444936938./514529832056919/?type=3&theater
Cocktails at Uptown's Olive & Finch are between $5 and $8 and some even have the option to be upscaled to a carafe.
1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

10. Sunnyside Burger Bar

3759 Lipan St, Denver, CO 80211
https://www.facebook.com/sunnysideburgerbar/photos/pb.597609950354985.-2207520000.1444937199./811093815673263/?type=3&theater
Happy hour is dirt cheap at Sunnyside Burger Bar- well cocktails are served up for only $4. Seven days a week, in both the early evening and late night, enjoy drinks on the cheap.
3759 Lipan St
Denver, CO 80211

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