Getting food at 3am can be tricky, but with Denver’s 24 hour diners you can get your coffee and bacon whenever you want! These spots have the classic diner feel and food, with vinyl booths and swivel stools, cup of coffee (or something stronger), all burgers served with fries, but you can have the side salad for a few bucks more. Most of these spots don’t have websites, just addresses and open doors 24 hours a day.
SEVEN 24 HOUR DINERS IN DENVER
1# DENVER DINER
Corner of Colfax and Spear is a Denver landmark – the Denver Diner with a neon sign, vintage seating and plate stacked high with comfort food. They are open 24/7 (except Christmas) and offer free parking behind. When a fire in 2014 closed them down for a bit, they renovated and came back swinging plates for patrons with a menu featuring the old favorites and new delights.
2# PETE’S KITCHEN
Pete’s Kitchen is a part of a family-owned group of restaurants. Serving breakfast all day (and night!) they have a great mix of American/Greek options on the menu. You can get a hamburger and a Gyro,or compliment your breakfast orders with Spinach, Feta, Kalamata Olives or Pepperoncinis. Interestingly, some of their most loved food is their burritos. Go figure.
3# TOM’S DINER
Tom’s Diner is well known as a great place to people watch on Colfax, plus they have customer parking (a lot harder to find these days). They have been been serving up specials at all hours for almost two decades. Regulars suggest trying the “French Toast Milkshake”, or any of the milkshakes, the BLT with an egg, and for a huge portion get the “Chicken and Waffles”.
4# MCCOY’S RESTAURANT
McCoy’s Restaurant looks like the Dennys that you ate at with your grandparents when you were a kid. Corned beef hash, piles of french fries and extra ranch dressing on the side salad. You can get that side of pie with extra whipped cream at 4:40am, no questions asked.
5# TOM’S URBAN
Tom’s Urban is an interesting joint that has its own TV programming with live guest selfies, cat videos, useless facts and music video playlist. They often show the latest sports games and you can see what they will be broadcasting on their website. Brunch happens every day from 6am to 4pm so you can get the “Crispy Chicken and Cornbread Pancakes” almost any time of day. They have other unusual delicious things on the menu like “Grilled Fig Jam and 3 Cheese” or a Pick 2 Lunch for $10.50 like “Ginger Chicken Potstickers” with “Lemon Rosemary Tots”.
1460 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Open 6 am to 12:30/2am on weekends)
6# BREAKFAST KING
7# GREAT SCOTTS EATERY
Great Scotts Eatery leans right into the American Diner style (including waitstaff in ’50 style costumes!) with classic decor, food and tunes. Some of their more interesting specials include “Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes” for breakfast and “Roasted Turkey Dinner”. They also host Classic Car Shows throughout the year with prizes and giveaways. If you want to bring the classic vibe home or to your office they do deliver and cater!