From New Cafés to a New Brewery, this is What’s New in Loveland
Colorado’s popularity among tourists and people looking to relocate has been very good for many parts of the state, including Loveland. Local businesses that cater to locals and tourists have been popping up for the last several years, with more on the way. From coffee shops to distilleries to arcade bars, Loveland’s bursting at the seams with new and exciting places to play, eat and drink.
I don’t have my finger on the pulse of every new business opening in Loveland, but here are the places I do know opened recently or are opening soon.
Dark Heart Coffee Bar opened in 2017 on 419 Jefferson Avenue to rave reviews. Loveland is not a town short on coffee shops, so Dark Heart set themselves apart by offering, in addition to coffee, kombucha, beer, and wine. They also host intriguing food and drink events like their kombucha mimosa and cupcake pairing at the end of this month.
A smattering of new cafés have opened over the last several years in Loveland. The latest café to open in downtown is Taste Local Café. They share a space with Starlight Dessert Bar & Bakery at 330 Cleveland Avenue. The café was opened in September 2017 by Vicky Bittner who operates a popular catering company in Loveland called Taste.
Taste Local Café features “healthy food and environmentally friendly practices.” Their scratch kitchen provides breakfast and lunch, and patrons can either sit for a while in their brightly lit space or grab something to go.
Across the street from Taste Local Café, Fresh Plate Catering & Café opened their doors at the end of 2016. I can personally recommend their chipotle chicken sandwich along with any of their scrumptious soups.
Another new kid on the block is The Flipside, an arcade bar that’s already wildly popular with Loveland locals who are excited about an entertainment venue in downtown Loveland. Located on the corner of 4th Street and Cleveland, The Flipside is an arcade featuring all the games we 40-somethings loved from childhood including Pacman and a variety of pinball machines.
In addition to games, The Flipside has a full bar serving up some of the most creative cocktails in Loveland, and they feature a great happy hour and all day drink specials. It’s the perfect place for a date night or an outing with friends, and in good news for families, The Flipside is kid-friendly.
While not located in downtown, it’s worth the drive to North Loveland to check out Big Fat Pastor Spirits, located at 6754 N. Franklin Avenue. This distillery opened in 2017, just a stone’s throw from another Loveland distillery that’s been around for a while, Spring44. Big Fat Pastor is a micro-distillery and uses one of the smallest commercial production stills on the market. Their tasting room is open Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m.
Dratz Brewing will open their doors at 965 E. 11th Street in Loveland this spring. This new brewery will serve eight standard beers on tap, as well as seasonal and experimental brews. They plan to specialize in American, German and Belgian styles.
The family-run brewery traces its history back to Holland where the family name was Dratz. A distant family member changed the name to Drake in order to “sound less Dutch,” but the brewery’s owners decided to name their new business Dratz in order to pay homage to the family’s roots.
Dratz will be the ninth brewery to call Loveland home. See an entire list of Loveland’s breweries here.
Several new pubs are slated to open in downtown Loveland this year, and Crow Hop Brewing Co. will move their taproom from E. 3rd Street to 4th Street.