Denver Coffee House Menus: Paris on the Platte, Muddy’s and the Mercury Cafe


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Hi Adelita. So many great connections happened there. It's amazing that you remember exactly where and when you discovered Nin!

Hi Michelle. You're welcome! Thanks for sharing your memories.

The Muddy’s menu seems to be a version I never read, as it’s missing the all-important Crowbar. I drank pitchers of that caffeine-blasted concoction nightly for years, while wearing my black, biker leather jacket and Docs.

Hi Chris. The menu we have is from the original Muddy's, so if you hung out at the 2.0 version, perhaps that's why? There's a Crowbar on the Paris menu (which somehow was omitted from the original post, so you've done your civic duty by drawing my attention to this! It's now up there). And also, yes, leather jackets were definitely part of the uniform!

Yes! First started going to Paris when I was 14 and did theater with the older kids who could drive there. I also loved, and still do, the Market. I took swing lessons at the Merc. Fond memories of all of those places.

I feel very fortunate I had so many memorable experiences at all three of these Denver gems. The Merc for the Crash Worship show in ‘94 where the DFD came as uninvited guests and later in 2017 for my brother’s wedding reception. After several trips downtown from the burbs as a teen to hear music, socialize and, of course, smoke like a chimney, Paris became my local coffeehouse in the early ‘90s. My future husband reintroduced me in my twenties and shortly after moved me into his studio apartment just over on 16th & Boulder. Your right, Laura, I can still taste those Mexicanos. We continued to go there right up until the end. I didn’t make it to the original Muddy Waters, but I did to Muddy’s Java Café. Before said husband started taking me there after blood-pumping nights at 23 Parish and Rock Island, as a teen I saw the two-man show “Zoo” in the basement theatre and had my very first coffeehouse experience.

Jim Jarmusch’s (love him) LA coffee-goers in “Coffee and Cigarettes” have nothing on us Denverites.

Always have loved being a Gen Xer.

Hi Herm. Thanks for sharing your reminiscences! I loved the film "Coffee and Cigarettes" and definitely had it in mind here. Glad to share a generation with you!

Why be a dock jeez just don't read it if your so perturbed d_bag

Also St Mark's

City Spirit Cafe too - and the clubs, 24 Parrish (The Garage) & Rock Island

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