19 February 2015

A Visitor's Guide To Denver

Having just returned from a girls trip in Chicago, I've decided to pull together a Denver visitor's guide that highlights the best things to do, drink and eat in Denver. While planning my trip to the windy city, I searched high and low for a list similar to this - one that highlights a city's attractions from a 20-something perspective. Here is how I would eat, drink and play in the Mile High City...


Red Rocks - Photos via bassnectar.net
Denver Art Museum
Address: 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204
Hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Price: General Admission for non-Colorado natives - $13.00 

Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still is a famous pioneer Abstract Expressionist, who experimented with bold brush strokes and large scale.
Address: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, Colorado 80204
Hours: Monday Close, Tuesday - Thursday  10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Price: General Admission - $10.00

Rockies Game
We all know the Rockies are far from the best MLB team but Coors Stadium is still worth a visit, especially now that the new roof top deck is open.
Address: 2001 Blake Street, Denver, 80205
Price: The roof top deck is $14.00 with $6.00 towards drinks/concessions.

Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Concerts, Film on the Rocks, Yoga on the Rocks, and the Red Rocks Fitness Challenge are among the many things the Red Rocks Amphitheater has to offer.
Address: 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, Colorado 80401

Denver Botanic Gardens
Grab a bottle of wine and head to the gardens for a picnic or one of the famous garden concerts. With rotating exhibitions and beautiful views, the Botanic Gardens are a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Address: 1007 York Street, Denver, Colorado 80206
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Price: Adults - $12.00, Children - $9.00 (Children under 2 years of age - free)

Union Station
Denver's railway station was recently renovated to host the city's top restaurants, bars and shops.
Address: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Hours: Open 24 hours a day


The Cruise Room - Photo via Westword

Punch Bowl Social
Located among the favorite South Broadway bars, the Punch Bowl is a hot destination for bowling, food, drink and games.
Address: 65 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am, Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Price: $

Forest Room 5
This hip, artsy bar with a rustic indoor and outdoor atmosphere is great for artisan drinks and draft brews.
Address: 2532 15th Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
Hours: Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am, Happy Hour 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Price: $ - $$

The Cruise Room
Located downtown, in the Oxford Hotel, The Cruise Room is a post-prohibition Art Deco style bar with hand crafted cocktails.
Address: 1600 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 4:30 pm - 11:45 pm, Friday - Saturday 4:30 - 12:45
Price: $$

This ping-pong hall serves up Asian dishes and a fun night life.
Address: 501 East 17th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am, Saturday - Sunday 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Price: $

Denver Breweries
With over 200 breweries, Colorado is one of the most brewery-heavy states in America. With such diversity, it's hard to choose a select few. Some favorites in the Denver-Metro area are as follows:

Denver Beer Co.
Great Divide
Epic Brewery
Infinite Monkey Theorem
Stem Ciders
Our Mutual Friend
Strange Craft Beer


Linger - Photo via thegoodlifedenver.com

This 28 foot tall, vintage cream can dishes up the best ice cream in town. The lines tend to be long but a scoop of the salted Oreo is well worth the wait.
Address: 2620 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Price: $

Rosenburg's Bagels & Delicatessen
Located in Denver's up and coming RiNo district, Rosenburg's serves up Denver's best New York style bagels. Having transformed Denver water to match that of New York City, Rosenburg's bagels rival the texture and flavor of your favorite NYC spot.
Address: 725 East 26th Avenue
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 6:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Price: $

VooDoo Doughnuts
This cash-only bakery from Portland serves up quirky doughnuts - the maple blazer blunt, the gay bar, cock-n-balls, and the old dirty bastard to name a few.
Address: 1520 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80218
Hours: Open 24 Hours
Price: $

Denver Biscuit Company
Real Southern, Real Good. The Denver Biscuit Company, also known as DBC among the locals, is a hot breakfast spot. Get your biscuit in french toast form or smothered in gravy, no matter how you take it, you are in for a buttery, flaky treat.
Address: 3237 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80206
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm & Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Price: $$

Linger, an old mortuary turned restaurant, is located in the trendy Highlands area. The unique, small plates are meant for sharing, bringing a variety of worldly flavors to your table.
Insider Recommendation: Not interested in the full dining experience? Check out the famous roof top bar for happy hour and amazing views of the city. Happy Hours: Tuesday - Friday 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. (The reduced happy hour menu can be viewed here)
Address: 2030 West 30th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm & Friday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Price: $$$

A modern Mexican restaurant located in LoHi (Lower Highlands) was voted one of the Top Five Places To Drink Tequila in North America. This famous cantina serves up coin style margaritas, table-side guacamole and impressive highbrow cuisine.
Address: 1575 Boulder Street, Denver, Colorado 80211

Illegal Petes
Similar to Chipotle, Illegal Pete's is a home-grown "Mission Style" burrito restaurant with all natural, local ingredients. Inspired by burritos from San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, Illegal Pete's sets itself apart with its beer selection and potent margaritas.
Insider Recommendation: Make sure to try the popular fish tacos and breakfast burritos
Address: Multiple locations - Denver, Boulder & Fort Collins
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursday 7:00 am - 1:30 pm, Friday 7:00 am - 2:30 am, Saturday 9:00 am - 2:30 am & Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Pice: $

Cherry Cricket
Denver's long-time favorite, The Cherry Cricket, turns out classic burgers and fries alongside hoards of green chili. An old dive bar with great vibes and even better flavors.
Address: 2641 East 2nd Avenue, Denver, Colorado
Hours: Monday - Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 am (Daily Happy Hours: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm - midnight)
Price: $

The Source
An 1880's foundry building turned artisan food market is home to a French bakery, taquiera, brewery, floral and produce shop, wood-fired restaurant, coffee roaster, gallery and specialty food market. Located in Denver's River North District, The Source is a community full of great flavors and Denver's top artisans.
Address: 3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80216
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Price: $$$

Park Burger 
Park Burger is a neighborhood hot-spot known for its prizewinning burgers, fries, shakes and beer.
Address: 1890 South Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado 80210 (there are four other locations but this is by far the best)
Hours: Sunday - Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm & Thursday - Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: $

New-style ramen bowls and steamed buns are this neighborhood restaurant's specialty.
Address: 2215 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm & Sundays Closed 
Price: $$

Biker Jim's Gourmet Hot Dogs 
From street food vender to restaurateur, Biker Jim's turns out one of a kind wieners.  Rattle snake and pheasant to duck and vegetarian dogs.
Address: 2148 Larimer Street, Denver CO 80205
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm & Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Price: $

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