What is Bellwether and what makes it unique?
Bellwether is a full coffee house and cocktail bar open 7 days a week from 7am to 10pm on weekdays and 7am to Midnight on the weekends. We wanted Bellwether to feel like a second home while still offering something unique to the community. The barbershop in the back that serves the homeless, neighborhood regulars as well as some of Denver's finest athletes adds an interesting twist and the fact that the coffee we serve is roasted on site makes sure we're putting a great product out that sets us apart. We really want the culture of this place to expand beyond our menu and our walls.
What was the vision for Bellwether when it began and how has that vision changed through the years?
We started as a whiskey only spot and have recently evolved into a full bar that serves up great cocktails, a solid beer selection, and some other tasty offerings (rosé all day). Evolution and adaptation are part of modern business. You're either getting Better or you're getting worse. You're either growing or you're dying. We pride ourselves on continually adapting to our neighborhood and community needs.
How does Bellwether add value to its community and the culture of Colfax Ave?
We love our community and our location on Colfax. The vibe we create caters to all walks of life and it's what we thrive on. Because of our location we are able to fill some amazing community needs such as free coffee and free haircuts to those in need. We want everyone, no matter what walk of life you're from, to feel welcome and accepted here.
Bellwether has some pretty unique artwork and design throughout its space - what's the story behind those?
We have some amazingly talented friends in Axel Geitman and Christian Watson that blessed us with their talents. We couldn't have asked for a better team to bless our walls.
Lastly, what's your favorite drink?
Our nitro whisky on tap is the only of its kind in the nation. You truly have to taste it to realize what you've been missing out on. And on the coffee side, our house Cortado and our nitro cold Brew are also fan favorites!