South Broadway's Stylish New Wine Café
Wine and dine at Postino Broadway
Photos courtesy of Postino WineCafé/Tim Gillies
What started in an old post office in Phoenix has expanded into two design-forward locations in Denver's hippest neighborhoods. Postino WineCafé's second Denver location brings its tasty bruschetta, boards and wine selection to South Broadway.
Housed inside a restored 1895 brick building, Postino Broadway is open and bringing funky style to the Denver neighborhood. 145 N Broadway was constructed in the late 1800s, and has housed several businesses in the past century, including Purity Creamery Co., from 1942 through 1967. From there, the building was home to a string of bars, including one of Denver’s oldest gay bars, Compound Basix, which closed its doors in 2018 after a 25-year run.
Designed in conjunction with Xan Creative, the 3,885-square-foot renovated space seats 134 inside and 68 on its spacious patio.
The Postino team restored the building’s original features, including its brick walls and street-facing windows. The restaurant features eclectic furnishings, vintage-found objects, pop art and oversized, colorful light fixtures such as a large rainbow Murano glass chandelier hanging above a sophisticated, yet comfortable interior lounge area.
Further paying homage to building’s history, the Postino Broadway logo was inspired by the typography used in Purity Creamery Co.’s original store sign.
Postino Broadway also showcases a 300-square-foot art installation wall, highlighting 1960-70s vintage concert posters. The posters feature groovy, fun designs with psychedelic fonts and evocative colors.
The restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, but always features a large selection of bruschetta, from- scratch soups, salads and panini sandwiches. New to the menu are “Snacky Things,” which include shareables such as meatballs and goat cheese; sweet potato wedges; crispy cauliflower; carpaccio; and more.
Postino serves an ever-changing selection of boutique wines – including more than 30 wines by the glass – along with a dozen beers on tap, including selections from local Colorado breweries such as Bull and Bush, Elevation, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Upslope and more.
The restaurant is open Monday -Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is available every day until 5 p.m., during which all wine-by-the-glass and pitchers of beer are $5. Postino serves up brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every Monday and Tuesday evening, after 8 p.m., guests can enjoy a bottle of wine and bruschetta board for just $25.