Awesome Things To Do in Denver
Eat, shop and hang out at Union Station
Denver’s 100-year-old “living room” has food, drink, shops, fun local events and good people watching – and still serves as a working train station.
Walk or ride the South Platte River Trail
Stop at the many green parks and local sites as you walk or bike down the South Platte River Trail through the heart of downtown Denver.
Nightly Spirits Denver
A haunted pub crawl where you’ll learn about Denver’s creepy past while visiting the best local pubs.
Denver Microbrew Tour
Experience Denver’s craft brew scene with a guide.
Mile High Wine Tour
Explore urban Denver’s winery scene on the Mile High Wine Tour.
Starbucks – 1420 Stout Street, Denver, Co
In the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, where the LITA Forum action is.
Backstage Coffee – 1000 14th St, Denver, CO
“Artsy haunt open all day attracts theatergoers with coffee, tea, sweets & savory bites, plus a bar.”
ink! Coffee – 618 16th St, Denver, CO
“Coffee. Above all else” is their motto. Enough said.
Restaurants & Bars
The 1up – tons of arcade games, giant jenga and a bar in the middle.
9th Door – Spanish tapas, Iberian wines, outdoor seating.
Backcountry Delicatessen – local place with homemade sandwiches, salads and soups.
Biergarten – affordable pub fare with pour-your-own craft brew.
Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs – gourmet dogs with an award winning vegan option.
Bistro Vendrome – French-influenced fare with epic brunches.
Blue Agave Grill – Southwestern and seafood dishes, patio seating.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill – small local chain with extensive Japanese menu.
Bubu – quick stop for Asian fusion (limited seating).
Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen – innovative pub food, good for groups.
Freshcraft – upscale American comfort food and cocktails served until midnight.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill – healthy Mediterranean with counter service.
Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar – casual place serving Japanese and Hawaiian fusion.
Hearth and Dram – whiskey bar and new American food in a trendy atmosphere.
Hopdaddy Burger Bar – what it says on the tin.
Illegal Pete’s – fast Mexican food with a happy hour.
La Loma – family-run place known for authentic Mexican dishes.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – huge “gastro-brothel” with live music and eclectic American food.
Ostario Marco – Italian cafe with artisanal pizza, good for groups.
Machete Tequila + Tacos – street tacos and salsa galore, plus a happy hour.
The Pig and The Sprout – American fare with multiple bars and spaces to hang out, good for groups.
Polished Tavern – authentic Polish food with a DJ on the weekends.
Public School 303 – modern gastropub with a schoolhouse motif.
The Refinery – happy hour, power hour and an endless list of infused vodkas.
Sam’s Diner No. 3 – vintage American diner featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Sliceworks – local pizzeria with outdoor seating.
Squeaky Bean – farm to table with a robust happy hour.
Union Lounge #1 – cool place specializing in classic cocktails.
Vesta – new American with barrel-aged cocktails and craft brews.
Zoe Ma Ma – carefully sourced Chinese street food, dumplings and noodles.
Zoë’s Kitchen – Mediterranean and Greek cuisine with quick counter service.
The Crimson Room – 1403 Larimer Street, Larimer Square, Denver, CO
Stylish speakeasy with live jazz, acoustic sets and blues nights with cocktails crafted table-side on vintage bar carts.
El Chapultepec – 1962 Market St, Denver, CO
Small, well-known jazz bar in downtown serving Mexican grub and live music every night of the week since 1933.
Mile High Distillery’s – 2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO
Distillery tasting room featuring billiards, live music, weekend dance parties, yard games, and Denver’s best food trucks.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – 1215 20th St, Denver, CO
Self-described “gastro-brothel” (it used to be a brothel) featuring live music during their Beatles brunch, Jazz Dinner, or 90’s Dance Party. Check their calendar online to see what’s happening next.
Breweries and Distilleries
Denver Beer Co. – 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO
Offers a German-style beer garden and a rotating list of unique brew in their taproom just a few block away from the convention center.
Great Divide Brewing Co. – 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO
is in Denver’s LoDo district near Coor’s field – enjoy their world famous Yeti stout at the bar or outside on the patio. Best for small groups.
Jagged Mountain Brewery – 1139 20th St, Denver, CO
describes itself as a “hopping, no-nonsense brewpub offering an array of housemade craft beers in an industrial space.”
Leopold Bros – 5285 Joliet St, Denver, CO
offers tasting of their most famous and newly minted spirits a few hours a day at their distillery near downtown Denver.
Mile High Distillery’s – 2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO
tasting room features tastings, billiards, live music, weekend dance parties, yard games, and Denver’s best food trucks.
Rising Sun Distillery – 1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO
is a small, relaxed place with signature cocktails crafted from award winning (and sometime organic) spirits.
Tivoli Brewing Co. – 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO
is located inside the historic original Tivoli Brewery building, built in 1859. Great for large groups!
Wynkoop Brewing Co. – 1634 18th St, Denver, CO
is one of the oldest craft breweries in Denver – it brews 40 different beers and is located near Coors Field in a 19th century brick building. Try their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout if you’re feeling adventurous!
Check out this Denver Breweries Guide for information on all the great breweries and tap houses in Denver.
Attractions and Sights
Denver Art Museum
With an extensive collection of Western American art, along with Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dalí, this is one of the West’s best museums. It’s also just a few blocks from US Mint.
The Downtown Aquarium
Denver’s unique, family-friendly Downtown Aquarium has aquatic and geologic exhibits with over 500 species of sea life, interactive stingray exhibit, full restaurant and upscale lounge.
Denver Botanical Gardens
Explore Denver’s Botanical Garden’s York Street garden with 24 acres of botanical splendor or take the trek to their 400 acre working farm in Jefferson County.
Denver Mountain Parks
Denver has 46 Mountain Parks with terrain ranging from glaciers to grasslands to 300 million year old geological formations in Red Rocks. You might see bison or Buffalo Bill’s grave.
Molly Brown Museum
Learn about the life and times of Titanic survivor Molly Brown in her historic Denver home.
Museum of Nature and Science
Visit Denver’s family-friendly Museum of Nature and Science to explore a variety of interactive exhibits or learn about our universe in the planetarium. Check their calendar for monthly “after dark soirees.”