Ahh, Friday! How good it is to see you old friend. The only thing better than Friday is… happy hour(s) (I have never seen it, but I imagine any place that only offers specials for one hour either has no patrons or a bank run at 5pm every day). There are lots of options in LoHi for happy hour, but my absolute favorite is at Pasquini’s.
So what makes this happy hour (they call it happier hour) the happiest? Oh, just a little thing I call INSANITY! First and absolutely foremost, Pasquini’s Highlands has their happier hour EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! None of this nonsense about not having happy hour on Saturday or Sunday. And, it’s not just the fact that they have it every day that makes it great, they have it TWICE every day. Breathe deep, I know this is hard to fathom. Ready? Ok, here are the details: Monday through Friday is 4pm-6pm & 9pm-11pm (they take care of those that work late, well). Weekends: 11am-6pm & 9pm-11pm. I believe their business model is to get everyone too drunk to leave.
I am having a hard time getting over the fact that whenever I want to go to Pasquini’s, it’s happy hour. Pinch. So what do they serve? Only $5 pitchers of Bud Light, $10 pitchers of craft brews (good luck beating that anywhere else), $1 one-topping slices, $4 meatball
sliders (my favorite) and so many other things that it pains me to think about them before having lunch:
$1 pizza slices, one topping
$4 meatball sliders
$4 eggplant rotoli
$5 Pitchers of Bud Light
$10 Pitchers of Craft Beer
$1 Cans of PBR
$2 Pints of Bud Light
$3 Pints of Signature Draft Beers
$3 Premium Wells
$3 Glasses of Red or White Wines
$3 Glasses of Housemade Sangria
$7 Bottles of Housemade Sangria
Not only are they providing happy hour nearly all hours of the day, they have also recognized how many adults miss ordering happy meals. They have the “Highland Happy Meal” which consists of a one-topping slice, PBR and a premium well shot (after that you won’t care that it didn’t come with a toy).
It’s almost impossible not to notice that something has been going on, or better in, at 19th & Central recently. What better use for a vacant building than… a brewery! Yes, this place just got that much better.
What makes Prost (the soon-to-be brewery inhabiting 2540 19th) different? They will only be serving German style beers (a dunkel, a hefeweizen and a pils), brewed in equipment purchased from a German brewer that shut it’s doors last year. After a long journey across the Atlantic, the 72.25-barrel brewhouse will have a new home. 72.25?! That seems like a lot of capacity for a brewery only making 3 (and a seasonal) styles of beer. That is because it is. Prost will also contract brewing for companies that are unable to meet the demand for their own brews
The German feel doesn’t just come from the equipment and the brews to be served, but also from the planned taproom, beer garden and the copious amounts of beer you will be drinking from your Maß (abbreviated from Maßkrug of course). These things hold a litre of beer. Not all of Prost’s brews will be consumed onsite though; the brewery plans to supply some local liquor stores with their creations as well.
So get excited LoHi. We have plenty of craft-brew startups in the Denver area, now it’s time for some good, old-fashioned German beer. Water, barley and hops. Long live the Reinheitsgebot! Prost!
It doesn’t take long to realize that the Highland area (and specifically LoHi) has taken off in the last year. The lack of active listings is being felt across the Denver metro area with offers coming in within the first two weeks in all price ranges and multiple offers a regular occurrence. The days where buyers were able to take their time and have their pick of properties have passed. The market has shifted from a “buyer’s market” to a “seller’s market” (hate those phrases) very quickly, particularly in LoHi.
One can drive around and notice the lack of “for sale” signs in yards (never noticed how many there were until I started in this business, now I see them everywhere, even when they’re not there), but it’s easier to check the numbers. One year ago, the average days on market for a listing in LoHi was 101 days (it was much higher in other parts of the city and price points, some as high as 250) and the average price per square foot in LoHi was $243. Now? Try 74 days on market with an average per square foot of $259 (note: these statistics are based on both single family/condo properties ranging in price from $0 – $600K). That means that in one year we have seen the average appreciation of 6.58% and a decrease in the time it takes to close of 26.7%.
What has caused this? The amount of homes for sale has dropped by over 50%, rates have remained relatively stable (some decrease) and there are more buyers in the market. Combine all of that with the fact that LoHi is walking distance to downtown, restaurants, shops and every sporting event in the city (sorry Rapids) and it has quickly become the best place to sell a house in the city.