Denver

First Look: Pizza, Pints, and Playtime at Pindustry

Don't miss this all-in-one Greenwood Village destination.

Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry

More than 54,500 square feet with a 2,300-person capacity. A sprawling rooftop deck. Bowling lanes. An old-school arcade. Table games galore. A pizza kitchen. Not one but two bars, plus a beer garden with a stage for live music every weekend. And so much more. How’s that for a post-pandemic game plan?

So far, a popular one, according to Bob Koontz, the affable principal of local real-estate management and investment firm Kelmore Development, which conceived and designed the new Greenwood Village complex Pindustry. “We really haven’t done any advertising, and it’s been crazy busy” since the soft opening in late June, he says. “After two and a half weeks [in business], our Thursdays are looking like Fridays-so we’re smoking.”

Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry

That’s really no surprise given the relative dearth of options for adult recreation in the DTC (Denver Tech Corridor). Having been an early developer of commercial property in the area, the Kelmore team watched as “it grew significantly over the years,” Koontz explains. “There’s [already] 43 million square feet of office space all around us and millions of square feet of retail to the south of us”-and if adding more “made sense 30 years ago, maybe it wouldn’t going forward.” To breathe some nightlife into Greenwood Village instead, they joined the city council in creating the Arapahoe Entertainment District back in 2019, with Pindustry set to lead the way.

The concept began with an old auto service property “prime for redevelopment,” Koontz says, whose proximity to the light rail and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre “certainly gives it the potential to be the most walkable area” on the south side of town. As Kelmore began researching the nationwide trend toward what he terms “bartainment or eatertainment,” the diversity of venues they found inspired them to “take pieces of some of the best ideas that we saw and put them together in one collection.” The result: “broader activities in one venue than we’ve seen anywhere else.”

Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry

Putting the exposed metal-and-brick architecture of its former occupant to good use, the cavernous warehouse space revels in its retro ambiance, with vintage advertisements and quirky signage decking the walls amid the glow of chandeliers, industrial light fixtures, and, of course, plenty of neon. Anchoring it all are the bowling lanes-both ten-pin and duckpin-along with the arcade, which is seemingly endless. There’s pinball and more pinball. There’s your classic assortment of video games, including Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Centipede. There are ping-pong tables and pool tables and foosball tables and dartboards. There’s a life-size chess board and a cornhole arena on the Sky Deck (as the rooftop is called). And true to the adult-carnival vibe, “a couple of games are good for redemption prizes-Skee-Ball, basketball hoops-but instead of stuffed animals, the prizes are pizzas or beverages, a craft beer or glass of wine,” says Koontz.

Speaking of food and drink, he points out that Pindustry “is not a sports bar. We wanted broad appeal [in the offerings].” Certainly the cocktail list goes beyond the basics, what with concoctions like the La Dolce Mela-combining vodka, cream Sherry, Aperol, Fuji apple gomme, and lime-and the Great Scott with toasted coconut–infused bourbon, China-China Amer, and chocolate bitters. Meanwhile, the beer selection covers Colorado’s greatest hits (think Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, Avery White Rascal, and Denver Beer Co.’s Graham Cracker Porter), and the wine list, while hardly geeky, offers plenty more than just the “red or white” you might expect.

Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry
Courtesy of Pindustry

As for the menu, Koontz is not gonna lie about the staffing shortage: “We opened with three guys in the kitchen; that was the best we could do.” So for now, pizza is what you’re getting-not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially given the wide array of specialty combos with toppings like ‘nduja and smoked scamorza, brussels sprouts and green chiles, garlic cream and fig honey. (Not all together.) Soon, however, the options will expand to charcuterie boards and salads, and eventually, ciabatta sandwiches and elaborate savory toasts will enter the picture; brunch service complete with egg-topped breakfast pizzas is also on the docket. 

In the meantime, the record high score you got on that Star Wars pinball machine when you were 12 isn’t going to beat itself, so go grab yourself a glass of any of Pindustry’s 50 available whiskeys and make it happen.

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Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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