Take note: The D-Note in Arvada
When you relocate to a new city, you’re pretty much stuck with two options for finding places to hang out/eat/drink/play/mingle. You can explore and just go sight unseen, and take your chances, or you can follow a recommendation from a friend/co-worker/taxi driver.
In the case of my wife’s birthday (barely three weeks after arriving), we went the recommendation route. I’m usually skeptical of most recommendations, because not many people have the picky list of requirements I do for places that land on the “favorites” list. But this was a friend I trust so…
Off we went to the D-Note. Has this already been reviewed here? If so, sorry for the repeat, and sorry for my laziness in not searching the archives before posting.
The D-Note is stuck away in the construction zone known as “Olde Town Arvada”. I live deep in the bowels of northwestern Denver suburbia, so this little slice of old town made me feel very comfortable. The doors were wide open, and the sounds of a singer-songwriter letting loose with his guitar were floating into the street.
The first thing you notice upon entering…
is the wide open space. There are tables all over the place, and a huge stage, with the bar tucked quietly into the back. Hardwoord floors and exposed ductwork enhance the “industrial” look.
Each of the pizzas on the menu are named after a classic rock song. Dishes like “Back in Black” sound enticing; we ended up ordering the “Good Vibrations”. But don’t let the menu stop you… you can build the pie however you like. The ingredients list is filled with the ordinary and the gourmet… things like smoked gouda cheese slices, fresh artichokes, and the like make this anything but a typical pizza joint.
The beer selection isn’t huge, but what they offer is good stuff.
Here’s the thing about D-Note… there’s some kind of music going on all the time. It’s a music venue, gourmet pizza shop, and neighborhood bar all wrapped into one. It’s the kind of place much like the places I would frequent back in Portland, yet something about it feels distinctly local. Maybe it’s the committment to local beers, local musicians, and art on the walls done by local artists, or maybe it’s just that there is nothing else like it, at least that far out into suburbia. I haven’t ventured closer in to downtown to see what’s there, but for the time and gas money, if you’re on the west side of town, catch a few tunes, a good brew, and a pizza pie that is nothing short of amazing at the D-Note.
PS- If you can catch the Clamdaddies Transcendental Blues Jam, do it. It’s worth the time.