Denver has the young LODO (Lower Downtown) and the 30-somethings Highlands (NW of downtown across the highway), but unless you live in this trendy, quite, newly thriving nook of town in between the two, the term LoHI (Lower Highlands) might have slipped your radar. One local establishment however is leading the way to put this neighborhood on the map, The Highland Tap and Burger, “HTB” or “The Tap” located at 32nd and Vallejo.
HTB is helping host a two day music soiree with the efforts of part owners Paul Brown and Juan Padro, the LOHI Music Festival May 13th & 14th. The stage will be situated in the parking lot right next to The Tap, featuring a mix of musical genres with Funkin’ Friday and Reggae Saturday. The main acts will start at 5pm on both days and there will also be free family and kids events all day Saturday from 10-4.
There will be food served in the parking lot as well as in the bar but if you are a burger lover like I am you need to get in the bar and order up a “Tap Burger”. This monster is a 1/3 lb of the highest quality beef topped with, chef Eli Odell’s root beer pulled pork, cheddar, a huge onion ring and “tap sauce”, I also suggest the fried egg to really round it out. I just had this burger yesterday and it seems a little overwhelming with the steak knife sticking out of the top, but this pile of goodness smashes down nicely and stays together perfectly. One of the greatest things about this burger is that despite all the different ingredients, each bite allows you to enjoy every different flavor individually, nothing takes away from the amazing beef flavor.
The Tap also serves up a great variety of appetizers like smoked chicken wings and fire roasted artichoke hearts served with truffle aioli, which you can actually taste the delicious truffles. If the Tap Burger doesn’t have a rich enough flavor for ya, throw a side of duck fat fries along side of it, wow! The Tap is also known for its exceptional selection of local craft beers on draught from all around Colorado.
So get out there this weekend and enjoy some great local music, food, beers, and family fun at the LOHI Music Festival and The Highland Tap and Burger and experience the big fun this little neighborhood has to offer. And be sure to check back with StyleDenver for our post event write up.
For More information about the restaurant check out: http://www.highlandtapdenver.com