Food & Drink

The 5 beery brunches that'll make you get out of bed before noon

Published On 08/30/2013 Published On 08/30/2013
brunch dishes at Billy's Inn

The first thing everyone thinks after waking up from a night of partying is, "I am proud of the many sound, smart decisions I made last night!" "UGHHHHHHHHHH, WHYYYYYYY???", which is immediately followed by, "I could go for brunch. And more beer." We're here to help, with what to order for brunch at five of Mile High's finest bars, along with suggested beer pairings to make your morning/early afternoon a little brighter.

Bar: Highland Tavern
The unassuming LoHi spot sports a ping pong table, a killer patio, and an incredible brunch. The move here is the Pig and Grits, a dish with twice-cooked smoked pork, buttermilk grits, and a slow poached egg. Pair it with the delightfully hoppy Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi IPA.

Bar: Tavern Uptown
The Tavern has a rep as a party bar, but brunch shouldn't be overlooked. And given the size of their massive chorizo burrito, overlooking their brunch is also physically impossible. It's stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheddar, chorizo, and potatoes, all smothered in green chili. Wash that beast down with Durango's Steamworks Steam Engine Lager.

Bar: The Hornet
Homemade pop tarts and pupusas are reason enough to drag your butt out of bed on a weekend. But don't sleep on their savory Bourbon Banana French Toast served with bacon and potatoes, which'll mesh nicely with Breckenridge's Agave Wheat.

Bar: Vesper Lounge
This Gov Park bar may be small, but they dish out huge Greek and Spanish-inspired flavors. A shaved lamb benedict with mint hollandaise and housemade tots should sop up any leftover booze in your system, and is especially great paired with an Upslope michelada.

Bar: Billy's Inn
Another Highland highlight is the neighborhood watering hole where dishes like the huevos con queso potato boats (warning: these are only buoyant in gravy) are menu highlights. Two poached eggs, three cheeses, sauteed Poblano peppers/ onions, and applewood-smoked bacon pair best with a beer that won best IPA at the World Beer Cup: MAN BEER from Bull & Bush.

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1. Vesper Lounge 233 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)

Carrying on the vibe and spirit of The Lancer Lounge, its newborn little bro The Vesper Lounge is filling its shoes with beer/ shot combos, hefty bar bites, and signature cocktails.

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2. The Hornet 76 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (Baker)

They have homemade pop tarts, bourbon banana french toast, beer, and... wait, do you need more reasons to get out of bed for brunch?!

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3. Billy's Inn 4403 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Inside and out, Billy's Inn gives off a welcoming, familial vibe that's inevitable for a restaurant that's been open for close to a century. Billy's speciality is Mexican food, and though its servings of homemade chili and nachos are time-tested classics, the pub isn't scared to venture beyond its south-of-the-border classics. Case in point: the burger menu, where the Skippy burger, topped with peanut butter, mayonnaise, pepperjack cheese, and sugar-cured bacon, is a stand-out.

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4. Highland Tavern 3400 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Highland Tavern has a great patio, ping pong table, and brunch. With endless grits, eggs, and beers. 'Nuff said.

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5. Tavern Uptown 538 E 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Tavern Uptown has lots of chorizo, beer, and brunch-related grub that will make you happy you got out of bed.

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