Support Local. Inspire Change.
Historically, business owners of color have had to fight against an array of systemic racial boundaries to get any business off the ground. This week, we decided to create a small list of local, black-owned restaurants, bars, and watering holes in Denver. At Handoff, we believe supporting local business is a great way to invest in our community. Everyone from every background loves a cold beer and a delicious meal, so we hope this list inspires our Denver community to break down racial barriers, support local black-owned businesses, and inspire commitment to change! We’ve included links to each business’s Instagram page, so be sure to follow them and show some love ♥
BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES
305 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Located in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood, Novel Strand is the ideal spot to stop for a quick pint. Currently, their taproom is closed due to COVID, but you can still pick up any of their beers in a 16.9oz can from the pick-up window. Their current operating hours are from 12-7pm daily. You can place a pick-up order online, over the phone, or in-person at the brewery.
1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204
Ready for some seriously delicious, new and local liquor? Rising Sun distills small batches with new tastes and organic ingredients to bring an extra burst of electricity to your beverage experience. They are currently working to reopen their tasting room, but in the meantime, they have delivery and pick-up options readily available. They also created a line of hand sanitizer. If you place an order of $35 or more, you will receive a free, 4 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. Head down to Sun Valley to grab some of their incredible coffee liqueur and vodka to whip up the best espresso martini you’ve ever slid down your gullet!
(Photo: Novel Strand Brewing Company)
3440 Larimer St
Recently featuring a lineup of what they’ve dubbed the “#porchpounder” cocktails, Bar Helix has adjusted in some fantastically creative ways to combat the business limitations of the COVID crisis. The #porchpounder cocktails are premixed, take-out style cocktails for a good ol’ afternoon happy hour on the porch. They’ve also created a rotating list of small plate snacks to take your #porchpounding experience to the next level!
710 E 26th Ave
The lobby and patio are recently reopened! From 7am-7pm on Monday-Saturday, and 7am-5pm on Sundays, you can swing down to Five Points for a cup of joe, a beer or two, and maybe even a special event! The Point also provides space for a number of community-driven groups to get together for a choice beverage and a good chat. Thursday community game nights, Wine Women Wednesdays, and local art shows are just a blip on the radar! There’s always something cool going on at The Point, so check out their Instagram page for upcoming event details.
1612 Wazee St
Located in LoDo, the NATIV Hotel is a full-on experience. You can stay at the hotel, pop in for a top-notch cocktail, book a party, or have a bangin’ meal. You know the feeling when you walk into a place and think “ohhh baby… it’s gonna be a good night!” That is the NATIV Hotel. Check out the all-day happy hour specials on their website, and head on down to LoDo for a staycation. Added bonus: the hotel is pot-friendly, making it a one-of-a-kind Denver party destination!
(Photo: Coffee at The Point)
18601 Green Valley Ranch Blvd. #101. Denver, CO 80249
955 S. Kipling Pkwy. Lakewood, CO 80226
If you’ve never blessed your palette with the unique taste of African cuisine, you have got to check this place out. With one location in Green Valley Ranch, and another in Lakewood, African Grill & Bar serves Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian, and South African food. They have just reopened per new Denver guidelines, so there’s limited capacity and seating by reservation only. However, when you get a look at the drink list, and take your first bite of their famous “Akwaaba plate,” you’ll be calling back to make another reservation ASAP!
8241 East Northfield Blvd
As you know, at Handoff, we like to drink. Sometimes, the absolute best way to follow a night of indulgence is to grab a massive brunch. Intersections serves breakfast, brunch, and beignets. Currently, they are only doing take-out orders, but that just means you get to fill your gut with some good eats as soon as you show up! Cruise up to Northfield and feast on the brunch you dreamt about the night before. NOM NOM NOM!
5707 E. Colfax Ave.
Abyssinia has become a legendary Colfax dinner stop since opening in 1996. The restaurant is currently open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you like spice, love Ethiopian food, and want to wash it down with an Ethiopian beer you haven’t tried before, look no further. With a comfortable dine-in experience, and proven quality with the pick-up option, it’s a guarantee you’ll be full, happy, satisfied, and hopefully have some leftovers to warm up for breakfast in the morning.
(Photo: Intersections Restaurant)
We know this list is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you know of any other cool black-owned businesses we should check out, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to go show some love and feature our favorite places on social media! After all, love is a two-way street!