Here is my personal guide to things to do in Denver especially focused on eating and drinking and things that you can walk to from the 16th St. Mall.
Disclaimer: This is my personal list, it reflects places I’ve been and things that I enjoy. Good luck!
PDF attached below or scroll down for links and a separate map…
ACI – Welcome to Denver! Steve’s Guide
ACI – Welcome to Denver –
The Mile-High City, Queen City of the West, Queen City of the Plains, Wall Street of the West and a whole lot more!
Welcome all my fellow ACI attendees to Denver. I can tell you right now that I’m quite proud of our fine city. We’ve done a tremendous amount of work in the past many years. This is a photo from the Denver Post of the Rockies opening day twenty years ago…
The city is barely recognizable from this photo. Old Mile High in the foreground – gone. McNichols Arena next to it – gone. No Coors Field, LoDo a place you didn’t go because there was no reason to go. We’ve got a tremendous amount of in-fill and density happening. We’ve got light-rail; we have a recovered river. It’s good stuff.
In some ways, it’s back to the future…
Wow! Downtown is exciting again. And that brings me to the objective of this missive. One thing I can say about the people at ACI is that they work hard, really hard.
They barely leave the hotel. So this is my clarion call to you to… leave the hotel!
A great city is at your doorstep when you are downtown like this. I’ve put together my personal list of favorite places to eat and drink, listen to music and focused it primarily on what you can walk to with a few exceptions.
Just like your great city, the history is rich and pride runs deep.
I hope that you can take a few minutes or better yet, an extra day or two and see some of what we have to offer. Once again, welcome!
My twitter handle is @elstevebyers and if you want to reach me that way for guidance or an opinion, I’ll do my best!
Denver Art Museum – a few blocks from the conference and really lovely. If you’re in early, Georgia O’keeffe leaves after 4/28.
Confluence Park – at the west end of the mall, ride the tram and then walk a few blocks, the river should be raging with the moisture we’ve had!
16th Street Mall – once you’ve been up and down it a few thousand times it loses a little charm, but pretty fun all and all, look for the pianos up and down the way. Bars, eateries and shopping all along.
Red Rocks – west of town, incredibly beautiful, no shows yet, too early!
Clyfford Still Museum – one man’s art. If you like modern art (as I do) this is a great stop.
Tattered Cover Bookstore – a really great independent bookstore towards the west end of the mall – hours of fun for bibliophiles!
Rockies vs Rays on Friday – we sometimes have professional baseball here J
Nuggets – yep, they could still be playing!
And of course, you can get outside. We have a couple of outdoor activities around here…
Eating and Drinking – these are few of my favorite things…
Drinking – off the mall, but all within a block or three of the mall bus…
Falling Rock Taphouse – many, many beers on tap, close to Coors Field
Freshcraft – ditto with lots of locals. We have a LOT of excellent local beer…
Whiskey Bar – a “nice” dark, “dive” bar. Go to Biker Jim’s (below) and then cross the street to the Whiskey Bar. 200+ whiskies, firewater, what have you…
Pints Pub – do you like single malt? Do you? How does over 260 of them sound? I thought so.
On the Mall – The Yardhouse – convenient and plentiful selection
Eating – likewise off the mall but all easy to get to…
Larimer Street – this is the place, go just south of 16th St and you’ll find a plethora (yes I like big words) of mid to upper end places, tons of great ones. If you’re looking for a really good, organic, local, etc. somewhat pricey meal I recommend The Kitchen.
On the other hand…
Biker Jim’s – fantastic wild game Brats. Really one of my favorite places to eat. Great sides and sauces matched up with the brats.
Snooze – a magnificent breakfast eatery. There can be a line here any day of the week and especially on weekends.
Crepe’s and Crepe’s – just off the mall with a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes. Here’s a challenge, get a group together and let them decide only between Crepe’s and Crepe’s and Biker Jim’s – Ha!
Sonoda’s Sushi – if you’re a sushi snob, this probably isn’t the place, but I like it and it’s in a basement!
Okay, this is a short list, I could probably go on and on, so good luck out there and for God’s sake have some fun too!
We’ll be here to meet you!
More eating and drinking!
Steuben’s 523 East 17th Avenue
Really great lunch and dinner, diner style. Not a terribly long walk.
Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe 534 East Colfax Avenue
A local chain, fabulous beer, decent food, probably too far to walk
Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue
Cross over the Platte by foot or go by taxi. This is my new favorite in Denver. Truly fantastic, affordable Korean inspired food.
Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue
Haven’t been here, but it’s supposed to be fantastic. This and Uncle above are in Highlands. If you go here, there are great places all around you. The amazing Johnny Cupcakes personally recommended this place to me.
Amerigo Delicatus 2449 Larimer Street
Low-key, neighborhood style type of place really nice. Italian dishes, good deals on wine, Bruschetta Bar.
Jazz @ Jack’s – one guess what they have here. Right on the 16th St. Mall, so very easy…
Ogden/Fillmore/Bluebird – Indie, alt. music, rock, etc. Old theater style venues. My favorites!
Larimer Lounge/Hi-Dive/Herman’s Hideaway/Cervantes Other Side – Indie, alternative, etc. Bar type venues
Paramount – right off the mall, big time theater type venue – John Prine on Friday night!
See schedule below…