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Denver Bicycle Cafe

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Denver Bicycle CafeDenver Bicycle Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

1308 E 17th Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80218-1527
United States

(720) 446-8029 | map

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Added by rsdaugherty on 02-04-2012

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

A newer (Nov '11) local coffee/beer/light food cafe. Atmosphere was a decent mix of couch, table and bar seating with lots of exposed brick and a bicycle repair area. It is a cafe, and they have any preparation or serving style of coffee you could want. Being a BA I've honestly not had their coffee after 10 visits or so.

Now on to the beer. They have a very good & quickly rotating selection of drafts. Six craft only taps from a nice variety of (to my knowledge) only Colorado breweries (Stange, Copper Kettle, Avery, Denver Beer Co, Great Divide, Del Norte, Renegade, Dry Dock, Bull & Bush) that rotate with fantastic frequency (usually 1/6 or quarter barrels) and keep me coming back often. What they do have on tap are beers typically very difficult/rare to get on draft anywhere but the brewery. I am loving just swinging in here and getting the latest from breweries in/around Denver without all the driving! They try to carry only one tap of any style at a time, so you get a nice wide selection with their 6 taps.

The rest of their beer selection is a quality make-up of approximately 30 different CANNED brews from ONLY Colorado breweries (probably a dozen or so). Including some great seasonals that I can no longer get in a retail store (Ska Euphoria).

Light food is more for light breakfast or heavier snacks. Tamales I've had are good, burritos, bagels, pretzel, pie, pastries, and chips/salsa. They do allow/encourage you to order-in or bring-in food and have multiple menus available.

I've heard talk on growler fills which are not currently available, and also on special events or tastings for GABF. Red & White wine. Staff is very friendly and I've never left without a good patron conversation as well.

Have not yet utilized the outdoor patio. Happy hour. A go-to beer spot for me because of the beer and brewery variety & rotation, location, staff and very resonable prices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefbender
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Summer92
4.24/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Caleb
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of creffk
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A - a really chill place, can often be quiet filled with office t ypes, but can have a more of a meeting space feel. Love the beer garden, a good place to play some cards etc.

Q - as far as beer goes, they have draft and local cans. I guess, since I am an can elitist, that's the best. They have pretty good coffee espresso. Can get sparkling water with your espresso shot. Seem to be on top of their coffee game too.

S - never had a problem, it's an order at the counter type of place, but the folks I've met seem pretty attentive.

S - This is why I love this place. I get tired of seeing the same 3 colorado craft beers at every bar, that becomes really generic and boring. They do a really good job of pulling beers from alot of the self distributed breweries around that don't have CDC or AB bribing them with services or giveaways. Bleeding heart? Maybe, but there are so many cool little breweries that need exposure. Expect to find Arvada Beer Co, Denver Beer Co, Oddesey Beer Co, some Oskar Blues, Copper Kettle, etc... Also they have a really nice selection of cans, which again, is a superior vessel for storing and keeping beer, so 1^ !

F - It's small items, baked goods, a few warm dishes like a breakfast burrito etc...

V - And this is another reason I love this place, it's really reasonably priced. On a happy hour, don't be surprised if it's a 3$ beer or better.

Also, bikes are awesome. Save your life, drink a beer and ride you bike people!

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Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

A-The Bicycle Cafe is located on a busier street in a mixed commercial/residential area of town. As the name suggests, it is a cafe with lots of coffee/tee options and a bicycle repair area that consumes roughly a quarter of the floorspace. The vibe is slightly hipster, but with a decent dose of hippy and working professional. There is a bar in the center of place that seats maybe 20 people and a variety of communal-type and small tables and a few couches. Friendly and communal, if a bit cramped. The patio is a nice spot, but not terribly big.

Q-The place has six taps, which generally pour smaller/lesser-known local brews, e.g., Arvada Beer Co. They have a substantial CAN list of maybe 30 cans. Again, the list is dominated by locals, but with a broader selection that includes some of the bigger and better-known brewers from Colorado, e.g., Oskar Blues. You won't find Pliny or the like here anytime soon, but the quality is well-above your average Chili's.

Ser-The service has always been very friendly, but they use a pint glass for almost everything (sometimes you'll get a tulip if the beer is higher ABV) and they never leave any head on the beers. If you order a can, you get a can...no glass. Also, I'm not sure the servers know much about the beer they sling.

Sel-As noted above, the tap list is pretty minimal, but it is nice to get the smaller breweries away from the brewery. They also do a pretty good job of mixing the styles on tap, so you don't have to select from one of six different IPAs. The can list is pretty solid and offers a lot of variety. It might be nice if they branched out to neighboring states, but with so much good beer in Colorado to choose from...whatever.

F-The food service is pretty minimal and consists of things like bagels, cupcakes, coffee cake, and my favorite, pretzels. The food is nothing great, but if you need a little snack, at least it is not all fried. You can also BYO chow or order delivery.

O-I like this place, and not just because I'm a cyclist. The vibe is comfortable and moderately hip without being over-the-top hipster. It fits the neighborhood well and they serve a pretty good selection of beers. It is worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood and need to fix a flat tire on your bike or just feel like relaxing with some Colorado beer.

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Denver Bicycle Cafe in Denver, CO
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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