From a speakeasy and less-than-legal activities to an open-air coffeehouse, Black Eye Coffee is a place steeped in history where every detail stirs the imagination and stories flow freely from every corner. Get ready to be lost in conversation while enjoying a delicious cup of handcrafted coffee. Intimate and open this carefully-crafted coffee shop pays homage to the building’s past and provides everyone with a space to relax with a cup of joe or host a private party. Serving myriad coffee-based drinks as well as beer and wine, you will immediately feel welcomed by our knowledgeable staff.
Like the iconic North Denver neighborhood that we call home, this place has a rich and robust history filled with plenty of heart, grit and good old-fashioned character. Long before it was a coffee house, this building was known for a different kind of brew—Coors beer, to be exact. Opened as a combination live theater and bar in the early 1900s, the Coors family held performances here to entice customers who would then stay to buy their beer, making it the first place Coors sold its product outside of its bottling facility. Years later, during the Prohibition era, the neighborhood became the center of liquor-running, speakeasies, and other less-than-legal activities. Locals who grew up in the area say the building took a somewhat notorious turn during that time, becoming a haven for gambling, gangsters, and yes, back-alley boxing brawls—the inspiration for our name and logo.
Whether this is your first time here or you are a Black Eye regular, we invite you to take some time to savor the surroundings while you enjoy a beverage or one of the many locally-sourced pastries, light eats or desserts. You'll find there's a lot to see and plenty to enjoy with a daily happy hour featuring wine and craft beer.
Black Eye's open floor plan, high ceilings, exposed brick, vintage décor, and original hardwood floors make it a beautiful backdrop for your special event, private dinner party, business meeting or corporate events.
Our Boxer — the mainstay of our brand — stands ready to face anything that comes his way and is a tribute to the ﬁghting spirit of this historic neighborhood. The logo is inspired by an image of Jack Broughton, the name behind bar knuckle street boxing and the one that developed some of the original rules. In addition to boxing, we hope you embrace our spirit of hospitality.