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.

Visit D-Note’s website.

PS- If you can catch the Clamdaddies Transcendental Blues Jam, do it. It’s worth the time.

6 Comments so far

  1. Jake (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    Yeah, the D-Note is good stuff, for sure.
    I’m a big fan of the Grandview stretch of Ye Olde A-Town in general, really. Plenty to recommend it for all tastes.


  2. Kath (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    The only thing the D-Note is lacking is free Wi-Fi.

    Also, families with screaming kids tend to frequent the D-Note on weekend days, so I’ve started going later at night.


  3. Jason Ackerman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 8:24 am

    WiFi would be nice… there are a lot of restaurants that still oppose it based on the “turning tables” argument. I haven’t been during the day, I would love WiFi there at that time, but I can’t imagine trying to use the internet in the evening when live music is going on. As a performer, I’d really dislike that as well.

    That being said… WiFi is almost always a better option than not.

    As for the family thing… that’s pretty much typical of any all-ages joint, the families are in earlier and they clear out by bedtime. I’m sure I’ll be in there with my family at some point, but my kids have been trained by following me to coffeeshop gigs for years that screaming in public just isn’t ok. Now if I could get them to understand that at home…


  4. Kath (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    The point about the screeching kids is that the acoustics of the D-Note greatly amplify the screechiness….big time.

    Was there one night and 3 little kids were running from the bar to the front door with their high-pitched migraine-inducing noise for over 20 minutes.

    I finally complained and they were taken home…seems their parents were friends of management.

    Thanks for training your kids to be civilized. More parents need to take a page from your book!


  5. Jason Ackerman (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    oh, and incidentally, I was walking past D-Note this morning and noticed a giant WiFi sign in the window, so it would appear the wifi deficiency has been cured.


  6. Kath (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    Sweet! You made my day. Thanks Jason!



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