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The Grandaddy of LoDo, Over 35 Years Strong!

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Supper Club History Situated at the corner of 15th and Wazee Streets surrounded by brick and stone reminders of Denver's colorful past; the Wazee Supper Club has long been an inevitable destination for social gatherers. Founding fathers Angelo and Jim Karagas ventured forth from their native Detroit and in 1969 opened their first Denver enterprise, My Brother's Bar. The next acquisition in 1974 was a 1910 structure originally housing a plumbing supply house that became the current Wazee. Since then, the Wazee Supper Club, with its classic urban atmosphere, has earned favor with artists, politicians, architects, theater-goers, entertainers, businessmen, movers, shakers, and generally people of good character from around the globe. The Wazee also quickly became known as a source of the best pizza in the civilized world. The atmosphere at the Wazee is nothing if not unique. A classic black and white tile floor is framed by depression-era wainscoting and overhung by gas lights dating from turn-of-the-century Milwaukee. The back bar finished in bleached mahogany burl is an outstanding example of 30s deco style. It was removed from the American Hotel shortly before its demolition. As with many of the fixtures in the bar, the old telegraph clock hanging at its center has a story behind it. It dates back about 75 years and was originally in an establishment called Verne's in Detroit owned by the Karagas brothers. During a lease-breaking party, many of the patrons decided to avail themselves of the opportunity and pinch various items for the sheer sake of nostalgia. The culprit in this case ended up in Wyoming (employed at the University of Wyoming). He ran into the Karagas brothers and immediately arranged the return of the clock which had been gathering dust in his basement for an eternity. The benches in the restaurant were obtained when the downtown chapter of the Denver Elks Club decided to relocate. They still have little brass numbers on them. The three stained glass windows above the bar were bought from a guy in a pickup parked nearby. By far the most popular toy for people making their first trip to the bar is the converted 1937 garage door opener currently used in a dumbwaiter capacity to shuttle food and drinks. As with a few good establishments, many of the Wazee's customers think of it as a home away from home and many people stopping through Denver on travels make a point of popping in. Just a few blocks from the Wazee, is Auraria, the site of the original town of Denver and not far off the Smoky Hill Trail, the dusty road that pioneers traveled to reach deep into the West. Denver's original city hall stood a short distance away and reminders are everywhere of the rich past of this Historic District. In the old days, one of the more noteworthy features of this neighborhood was its Tenderloin District.
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Phone: (303) 573-1681

Phone: (303) 825-3199

Fax Number: (303) 573-1681

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, check, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Denver, LoDo, Central Denver
Categories
American Restaurants, Bars, Pizza, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

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RL80203

07/22/2011

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A Denver Classic: Great Casual Dining

This place is near and dear to my heart with great pizza, great beers, a staff that does a good job hovering, and food that doesn't break the bank. So many good nights out in LoDo start here for me- especially before my friends and I go out to concerts at the Pepsi center (or games).

The local parking situation isn't the best, but you can usually find street parking- unless it is a game day.

The biggest drawback: I wouldn't recommend WSC for a business lunch unless you are the customer... It's just a little too casual.

jojogunne56

10/28/2010

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Even the Pizza quality has declined.

I used to love this pizza joint. Wazee pizza was the best in the world and that was when the viaduct was still there. I have the poster framed on my office wall of the Wazee from the old days. My Bros bar was great for its JCBs, and still is, but Wazee has gone down hill in the quality of its food for sometime.

I taught at UCD and MSCD, and always had a semester-ending bash at the Supper Club, so I know it when it was in its hey day. Unless you knew your server, it never had good service. I hate to say it, but I have seen it deteriorate since its hey day to something unrecognizable. The pizza is no longer high quality and that is not good since the service is awful.

I am back in Denver and bought season tix for the Rox and looked forward to returning to one of my favorite places.

The manager is really a jackazz and seems very confrontational, and the corporate office knows it, so a change might be in the future. The pizza is only average, but the stromboli was good, especially the build-your-own.

I cannot recommend the Supper Club and that is disappointing since it was my favorite pizza joint in the country.

GET A MANAGER THAT CARES ABOUT THE CUSTOMER!!!

Coloradoite

01/07/2010

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Overall
Regulars know

Staff and decor make this a welcoming place. The food makes one return again and again.

Teresa28

01/01/2010

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Wazee = BAD SERVICE

I'm not sure what happened to the Wazee Supper Club lately, but the staff has really gone down hill. Eating here was a chore. It was as if me and my family had to coach and babysit our waiter through his job so we could make sure to get our food. I don't usually notice bad service, but man! The moment I walked through the door I felt invisible.

CalieoLucy

12/30/2009

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Worst Service I Have Ever Had

I ate at the Wazee Supper Club tonight and it was a terrible mistake. I don't know why, but the service was unbelievably terrible. First of all, the hostess left my family and I immediately once we walked through the door to go bus a table (that a bus boy was already cleaning). She left us there for about five minutes waiting with a line piling up behind us. During that wait, we were considering leaving (we should have). Then we were finally seated at a table, by the way it was not the table that she left us to go bus, and had obviously not been cleaned. Then, it seemed that our waiter went missing, because it took forever for us to get service. Not only that, but the food was terrible. It's not like this restaurant even have a good selection of food. Finally, when we were done, the waiter seemed to feel no urgency to bring us the check, and we had to continuously remind him to bring it. I've been here several times before and nothing has changed. Nothing about this experience was good. I will advise all of my friends in the Lodo area to stay away from this establishment and I will never be eating here again.

Craig20

03/19/2009

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Great pizza and location...I love this place

One of the great places with character in downtown Denver...good pizza, salad and calzones...I would recommend it to anyone.

Proc0n

02/06/2009

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Great Pizza, Wonderful Bartenders, and Friendly Customers

Funny thing about this place. You go in and you immediately feel at home. My wife and I love this place. The bartenders are great. The best we have found in Denver. Very funny and entertaining. Obviously they love their jobs. The wait staff is equally great. The food is really good and the kitchen staff is very competent and also friendly. Can't beat this ICON of LODO. Thanks to all.

rver

08/14/2008

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Pizza crust is tops

We had lunch and found this to be a very good restaurant. Very casual and the menu consists of pizza, calzone, salad, burgers and other typical items found in a bar atmosphere. The pizza crust is as good as you are going to get. Will go back as the service is tops as well.

lakewoodsteven

05/06/2008

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Awesome service and food!

Wazee supper club is a great place for lunch , happy hour , dinner, or a late night drink or meal. The service is great no matter who takes care of you, but if you want the best service go in and sit at the bar with Tony, Jenn, and Quinton or as his tabs say Qdog! the food is awesome but the atmosphere of the bar is great. Overall its the best pizza in lodo hands down! Make sure you go visit the wazee supper club you wont be disappointed!

Happy2008

03/27/2008

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Overall
Perfect

Great food, location, and atmosphere. We like the diverse menu. The video describes Wazee Supper Club perfectly!

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