SEATTLE — Starbucks is turning baristas into bartenders by adding booze to the menu at a growing number of coffee shops around the country.
Starbucks is serving beer and wine at five more locations this week, bringing the total to 70 nationwide. The company is expanding the menu to include booze at coffee shops in New York, Denver, Miami, the Orlando suburbs and Northern California.
There are now nine Denver metro-area Starbucks that are serving alcohol:
*10339 Tower Road in Commerce City
*250 Columbine St. in Denver
*200 Fillmore St. in Denver
*1406 Larimer St. in Denver
*870 Cpl. Max Donahue Lane in Highlands Ranch
*10611 W. Florida Ave. in Lakewood
*92 Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood
*3795 Kipling St. in Wheat Ridge
*14456 Delaware St. in Westminster
Starbucks said it will start serving booze on Wednesday in Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood with no shortage of bars. The company was already serving alcohol at one other location, at Macy’s in Manhattan.
This week’s ramp-up is occurring in places where the alcohol menu has already taken hold.
Starbucks has been testing its “evening program” for years, starting in Seattle in 2010. Within five years from now, the company hopes to have beer and wine on the menu at 2,000 of its 12,000 coffee shops in America.
The company’s online menu offers a selection of wines, including Malbec, pinot noir, pinot gris and Prosecco. “Ask your barista about our current selection of curated craft beers,” reads the menu.
The drinks are served alongside dishes that are not the usual Starbucks fare. Small plates include truffle mac & cheese, chicken skewers, artichoke & goat cheese flatbread, meat balls with tomato basil sauce, bacon-wrapped dates, a cheese plate and truffle popcorn.