Food & Drink

Where to do late-night in Denver

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013

Sometimes you have to embrace the fact that every awesome night out has to come to an end eventually. Or does it? When you're desperately in need of late-night sustenance, these late-night joints are here for you.

Pete's Kitchen

Pete's Kitchen
Open 24/7, this greasy spoon is a Denver staple that has been serving all kinds of delicious Greek-style diner food to the people of Colfax for more than 70 years. The Breakfast Burrito Supreme lives up to its superlative billing far better than anything Taco Bell has ever done.

Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza

Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza
Open until 3a on the weekends (or until the crowd starts to thin out) this legendary LoDo pizza dive is known for having loud music, cold beer, and mustache-rocking pizza tossers. Build your own from a topping list that includes Transylvanian garlic, meatballs, and ricotta cheese, or just order the Shroom N' Spinnn and place your trust in the masters.

The Breakfast King

The Breakfast King
Another diner that hasn't changed in years because it doesn't need to, Breakfast King is known for attentive service, cheap prices, and food that lives up to the place's royal name. Order the french fries smothered in green chile and cheese or a big pile of flapjacks if you're feeling more breakfast-y. Actually, it's 3am, so get both.

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Denver Diner
Another 24hr joint (a city can never have too many), DD offers some high quality late-night people watching after the bars have closed down. But because you can't (or at least shouldn't) eat people, the food is also not to be missed. Get a Mountain Man omelet, so named because it's size and meaty, cheesy fillings are FIT for a Mountain Man, not made from one.


Capitol Hill
Open until 4a on Friday/Saturday, Barricuda's excellent juke box sets the soundtrack for a menu that covers most continents (sorry Antarctica), with friendly service and a dive bar vibe... what else could you need?

Jerusalem Restaurant

Jerusalem Restaurant
Open until 4a (upped to 5a on the weekends), Jerusalem Restaurant has been turning out top Middle Eastern cuisine since 1978. The heaping plates of classic falafel, shawarma, and gyros will simultaneously settle and expand that beer belly.

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1. Denver Diner 740 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Northwest)

Denver Diner is a no-frills 24hr greasy spoon perfect for battling the booze in your stomach with eggs and hash browns after a night spent out at the bar.

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2. Pete's Kitchen 1962 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Pete's Kitchen is Mediterranean food done really, really deliciously. They've been in Denver for over 50 years, and are pretty adamant on not leaving before they serve you some of their tasty eats.

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3. Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza 1626 market street, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Open until 3a on weekends (Thur-Sat nights) and 2a the rest of the week, Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza is a favorite LoDo spot to grab a pie after hitting the bars. A playful atmosphere and dough-tossing theatrics keep the masses entertained while you wait for your slice.

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4. Breakfast King 300 West Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (Southwest)

Open 24/7, this 70s-esque diner delivers cheap, huge portions of traditional diner fare, all served by friendly waitresses in throwback aproned outfits.

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5. Barricuda's 1076 Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218 (Southwest)

Barricuda’s is outfitted like any good Denver dive bar should be: with karaoke, pool, cheap drinks, and more locals than a Broncos game. The atmosphere is moody (if slightly musty), with red overhanging spotlights and dark wooden tables and chairs atop a carpet that’s been a party to one too many beer spills. The best part about leaving Barricuda’s late at night is that you can drag your hungover self right back in the morning (read: afternoon) for the bar’s daily brunch, featuring three-egg omelets, eggs Benedict, and biscuits and gravy.

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6. Jerusalem Restaurant 1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80111 (University)

Open until 4a daily and 5a on Friday and Saturday, Jerusalem Restaurant's got your late-night middle eastern cuisine needs covered.



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