Street View: Five Points

THE EPICENTER OF DENVER’S HISTORIC JAZZ SCENE

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Rolling Pin Bakeshop
, the elegant, old-timey café on Welton Street, grew from the expertise of co-owner Jay Thomas, an Aurora native and lifelong baker. For two years, Thomas served as the pastry chef at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, just next door, before opening his own bakery in 2016 with partner Michael Martinez. The cozy and nostalgic shop offers bread, cakes, sandwiches, coffee, and some of the flakiest croissants in Denver.
2716 Welton St. 

Spangalang Brewery, a closely guarded Five Points brand, serves its beer nearly nowhere outside the taproom—so if you want to sample a brew, you’ll have to wander in. Founded by a trio of brewers who met at Great Divide, Spangalang pays homage to the neighborhood’s jazz roots (the brewery’s name is a nod to a rhythm pattern in jazz drumming) while experimenting with clever brews made in small batches. 2736 Welton St. 

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, a Five Points phenomenon since its birth in 2014, elevates the artisanal Jewish deli to heights unparalleled anywhere else in Colorado—perhaps anywhere in the entire Intermountain West. The small but mighty eatery, founded by Jersey-born restaurateur Josh Pollack, minerally alters its water supply to mimic what comes out of the faucet in NYC, one of many painstaking steps the deli takes to create perfect, New York-worthy bagels. 725 E 26th Ave. 

715 Club, a central neighborhood bar and authentic artifact of Five Points’ past, was closed for decades before three neighborhood business partners reopened it in 2016, preserving as much of the watering hole’s history as possible, including antique décor and signage. Regular DJ sets and a patio with a window serving pizza by the slice make this a favorite spot for late-night revelers looking to escape the throngs of nearby LoDo. 715 E 26th Ave. 

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, a famous stop for jazz musicians in the early 20th century housed inside the old Casino Cabaret, now hosts musical acts of all genres in the same space where Duke Ellington and Count Basie once electrified crowds on tours across the West. Since 2003, Cervantes has been the neighborhood’s go-to venue for acts large and small. 2637 Welton St. 

Coffee at the Point is one of the neighborhood’s well-known gathering places for coffee, beer, or a quick bite. It’s also a regular host of book clubs, networking events, local art exhibitions, and more. 710 E 26th Ave. 

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