The intersection of Five Points, Cole and Elyria Swansea is looking a lot different these days after massive building projects like Mission Ballroom and The Hub have come online, with more on the way.
Near Walnut and Downing streets, a tiny bar and coffee shop was added to this mix late last week.
Queens Eleven, from the owners of nearby Blue Sparrow Coffee, hopes to be a little hamlet away, even as it sits on the ground floor of the new Hub creative campus. The Hub is a two-building construction that houses businesses like HomeAdvisor and WeWork.
But Queens Eleven doesn’t at all feel like it lives inside a sterile office park. Instead, it follows after some other recent Denver bar additions — such as Lady Jane and Dead Battery Club — all built on the ground floor of new mixed-use projects, but designed to feel otherworldly and escapist.
Queens Eleven manages to escape its concrete surroundings with the help of a dream-like wall mural by Valencian artists PichiAvo, and a gallery throughout the bar displaying works by Denver artist Kristen Hatgi Sink. To take it all in, there’s a reading room corner with leather couches tucked into stocked bookshelves.
As for the food and drinks, Queens Eleven has some more tricks up its sleeves. Onefold breakfast burritos will be served in the mornings alongside house coffee drinks. Come afternoon and evening, the menu switches to cocktails and sangria with complimentary bowls of potato chips. The owners say an evening food menu also is on the way.
3603 Walnut St., 720-583-1143, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday, queenseleven.com
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