Denver >Bars & Clubs > Mercury Cafe
2199 California St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020539.750743 -104.985120
Tu-F 5:30p-2a Sa-Su 9a-3p & 5:30p-2a Tuesday To Friday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Five Points, Northeast Denver
Best (only!) swing dance nightclub around, cheapest date on the planet – $1 Swing dance lessons on Sundays, with national champs, and reasonable prices for the Tuesday and Thursday lessons. 3 nights a week Swing takes over. You're back in 1937 all over again. It ain't dancin' with the stars, it is however something else truly amazing and inspiring. Young, old, black, white, rich poor, dressy or not, you'll feel at home here. Sure the service isn't the best, all the time, but the drinks are poured strong, the music is always perfect, and its just about as cool of a bohemian place as there is. Theres a ton of parking right there, so you don't have to deal with that, and if you want to sit in a table all night and take up space, read a book, and drink 40 cups of coffee, by all means, they'll let you. Poets tear it up, tango dancers glide somberly across the floor, and you never know when you're going to see a world class piano player, a fire-eater, a juggler, a tarot card reader, or a celebrity here. Famous folks go out of their way to come here. Ocassional national musical acts, professional theatre, and more also grace the calendar.
They offer budget weddings, organic food, and gluten free deserts. A lot of business is done with co-ops and small farmers, so you know ifs good for the local economy. They are not installing windmills to power the place. If you're at all green, this place will make you happy.
Its not the Macaroni Grill. If thats what you're looking for, well go there instead, but if you want something that makes you think of New York, Seattle, or Argentina, this is the place. You have to visit to understand it. Art shows, food specials, fun dancing, and romantic lighting, I really can't describe all the things that make this place fun. Go, when you're not in a hurry, and with someone you love, or go looking for someone to love, you won't be dissapointed.
A Denver legend, the Merc draws an eclectic crowd, thanks to its wholesome food and funky music. – In Short
Punks, tattooed bohemians and hippies of all ages quaff and break bread at this funky oasis. Live jazz, swing and more exotic sounds draw music fiends. Poetry and small-theater buffs also get their fix here. The daily fare is revered by many and Sunday brunch is a tradition for all demographics, whether they're ordering egg-and-meat plates or the hippie-fied house specials. There are also specials that feature seafood, organic produce and Mexican touches.
Yummy! Quality Ingredients but Inconsistent – The Mercury's recipes and ingredients are amazing, and when spot-on, the eggs florentine is the absolute best in Denver. The service, however, is inconsistent. I've had a couple of bad experiences, one of them the last time I was there.
The staff complained loudly that the remaining customers would never leave so they could go home. While this was going on, my table's food sat around getting cold. We would have been long gone before quitting time if the food been brought to us when it was still hot.
I disagree with the other reviewer that says people think the service is bad because the staff doesn't conform. The staff is generally friendly and fun... they just forget about you sometimes. Nevertheless, you *should* give it a try. I recommend going during peak times. Honestly, you have the best shot at hot food and good service if you do.
Great Food-Great Atmosphere! – This is a great restaurant for dancing, performances, or even just a drink or coffee. Unique atmosphere and friendly staff. But, beware-they don't take credit-cards--bring cash!
A little of this, a little of that – The Mercury is one of my favorites in Denver because they have a great ambience and organic/natural food. I wouldn't, however, go out of my way to say that their food is excellent every single time. Last time I was there, I had a delicious piece of fish that was cooked perfectly. The time before that I had a kebab and it was also quite moist and tasty. Alas, there are some misses that come with the hits. A reasonably tasty main dish might have undercooked veggies. You might get a dessert sampler to marvel at the pie, but wonder why they have to make their vegan cake so......um....dry! The cooks seem to have the most struggle with under-and over-cooking, but other than that, it's yummy food and great for a date. Check out Valentine's Day, where they assemble a whole menu of aphrodisiac foods.
Service? A" the Merc..You care why? – ? You've probably moved here from somewhere else, but the Merc has been around for 20 plus years and refuses to conform to your version of a restaurant, be it a steak house or veg paradise. The wait staff conforms to the menu, not the diner, and most of the "slow service" can be attributed to having your food made to order. The only reason I'll ever move back to Denver is to eat at the Merc...
Funky and Fun – I have been going to the Merc for years. Best healthy and creative food in town. They have interesting staff and a great menu. I think the specials are always the way to go. Love the bread. You can get 1/2 meals for 1/2 price. Service is often spastic, so just sit back and chill.
Hot Tomatoes are Better... – We've been dancing at the Mercury several times, but one time ate there with a group of 20 friends. I want to recommend it and I want it to be successful, but I have to say it was the worst dinner I've had in Denver. I love many things about the Mercury Cafe, but the food just isn't one of them. I ordered a tofu stirfry without mushrooms, and it came out looking perfect and crispy but with mushrooms as the main ingredient. I sent it back and it took over 30 minutes for the replacement to come. Many of my friends had left by then! The replacement was gooey and raw. I was nothing but charming to the staff, but I was so disappointed. My husband doesn't even want to go there to dance anymore after that.
Great Variety – Great place when you are dining with some vegetarians and some meat eaters. There are items on the menu for both. The ambience is unique although the waitstaff is a bit slow and strange in my experience.
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