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Date Night: FlyteCo Tower

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Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray table in its upright and locked position: FlyteCo Tower is taking off.

For your next date night or family outing, head to Central Park to check out the beloved, aviation-themed brewery’s newest location.

Situated inside the former Stapleton International Airport air traffic control building, the new bar and restaurant is the brainchild of Eric Serani (a CU Boulder alum), Morgan O’Sullivan and Jason Slingsby (also a CU Boulder grad), who bonded over their shared love of aviation and brewing before opening the first FlyteCo back in 2019. Before Denver International Airport opened in 1995, Stapleton International Airport served as Denver’s main airport for 65 years.

The FlyteCo crew is taking over the 164-foot-tall air traffic control tower from Punch Bowl Social, which closed during the pandemic. As such, many of Punch Bowl Social’s games and activities are accessible to visitors of the 20,000-square-foot space, including six bowling lanes, 18 holes of minigolf, a full arcade and family-friendly lawn games.

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On the food and drinks side, the menu includes beers from FlyteCo and several guest breweries, including Launch Pad, Bruz beers and more. Bartenders are also serving up wine and spirits, and the location opens at 7 a.m. to serve coffee and breakfast foods. Later this year, the co-owners will start brewing on-site on a small pilot system for experimental and small-batch brews.

FlyteCo Tower has a full food menu, including happy hour, with dishes that are upscale twists on traditional bar food. Think: wonton-wrapped fried pickles and crispy prosciutto deviled eggs, plus sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizzas.

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FlyteCo is also partnering with the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, which is lending aviation-themed exhibits to the space; the brewers are also creating special Wings Over the Rockies-themed beers, with some of the proceeds going to the museum, which is located three miles away. Other aviation-themed destinations in the neighborhood include United Airlines’ Flight Training Center, the world’s largest airline-owned flight training center, as well as the renovated former Stanley Aviation, which is now Stanley Marketplace.

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“The execution of making this space our own, while respecting its rich history, turned out better than we ever could have expected,” says Eric Serani, one of FlyteCo Tower’s co-owners. “From the on-loan Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum exhibits to a pilot beer program to beloved family-friendly games, the new location is an all-day destination for people of all ages.”

FlyteCo opened its first location in an 1800s electric plant building in Denver’s Berkely neighborhood in March 2019, adding many aviation-related pieces of decor, including a salvaged plane wing and a full-size replication of a Boeing 737 fuselage.

Photo courtesy of Dustin Holstein

The company also gives 10 percent of its profits to scholarships, veteran-focused organizations and groups supporting your engagement, a charitable practice that continues at the new location, too.

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