INN & OUT: DENVER & SURROUNDING AREA
Found yourself with a surprise trip to the Mile-High city? We recently spent a lovely weekend galavanting between Denver and Golden, Co. Of course, the views are everything you can imagine, however… Colorado has so much more to offer than natural aesthetics. Here’s a few of our suggestions you should go see first hand:
Avanti Food & Beverage: Cocktails, views and many snacks… what else do you need? This food hall has a rooftop overlooking downtown Denver with an outdoor area for summer (or those who can brave a chilly winter) and an indoor area with the same view. Make sure to go hungry because there are several tasty options to pick from their restaurant selections. The cocktails are fantastic but don’t sleep on the food! You’ll get the picture just looking at their Instagram, literally.
The Family Jones Distillery: First off, quite impressed by the spirits. Order the flight so you can really taste what they’ve done here between vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. We appreciated all the family pictures in their menu, reminded us a lot of ours in the 1970’s and 80’s. A swanky place for sure and fantastic food options, arguably as good or better than the home-made spirits!
Mythology Distillery: Creative cocktails with their own local batches. After exploring the Lower Highlands district we were in need of some refreshments, so we tried a few of their summery choices like ‘Kelso’s Country Store’ & ‘Lester Had A Coconut’. If fun summer cocktails are your thing, these won’t disappoint! (Side Note: they accurately distinguish ‘The Classic Old Fashioned’ and ‘Your Grandfather’s Old Fashioned which has a splash of soda. We’ve found they still serve it this way when traveling the midwest)
Terminal Bar: Located inside the historic ticketing office of Denver Union Station (circa; 1914), the Terminal Bar is a great metamorphosis of old and new. We highly recommend the Wynkoop Sour for those bourbon lovers seeking a refreshing boost!
The Tatarian: An adorable craft cocktail bar in the heart of the Tennyson District. There isn’t a season or time of day we don’t love this bar (and the town itself). The mixologists here are about as talented as we’ve seen putting on a display of fire and smoke behind creative and delicious drinks. Don’t believe us? Put them to the test and have them create a custom cocktail for you by what experience you seek. We did… they didn’t disappoint!
The High Lonesome: On our afternoon jaunt, we simply stumbled upon this gem. Clearly, its built in one of Denver’s historic industrial buildings which drew us in, but when the bartender told us the building has been home to a bar at least 60 years… we were in! It mixes a trendy watering hole with the classic divey neighborhood bar appeal. We could have stayed for hours just pumping dollars into the jukebox. (PS: They have great happy hour prices).
The Crawford Hotel: Also inside the historic Denver Union Station, this luxury hotel has it all (including iconic views of the Rocky Mountains). Plus, the Terminal Bar is on the same property!
The Dove Inn: If you seek something a little different, might we recommend venturing to neighboring Golden, Co. where this 1866 Victorian inn is quiet, quaint and moves more at a weekend pace. Not quite an AirBnB, not quite a boutique hotel but something in between. You are left to your own devices in a house built by one of Golden’s original mayors. Seriously, if you’re looking to slow your pace… this is your dream come true. We will be back! PS- We stayed in the Serenity room and it felt like we were spending the night at a family member’s house..
Barcelona Wine Bar: We went on a double date and it was a ten all around. Would it be crazy to say we liked the croquettes better than Spain’s? Not one dish was subpar. Try 10 or more, they’re perfect to split up in a group of four! Warning, this place is a scene and kinetic in speed and sound. If that’s not your thing… continue walking the area, RiNo District has so many incredible options. (Tip: Bacon wrapped dates, order it)
Root Down: Built into an old gas station in the Lower Highlands, this is the perfect brunch spot to meet friends or a first date. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or a spicy chorizo; no one is left out at Root Down. The cocktail selections are delicious and their bottomless mimosas don’t stop coming.
River North Art District (RiNo): If you’re familiar with (and enjoy) the Wynwood District in Miami, FL. then you’ll LOVE this area. Yesterday meets today with art galleries, cocktail lounges, markets and trendy restaurants in revamped industrial buildings of Denver’s 1920’s.
We highly recommend several hours for exploration, meals and a few drinks!
Lower Highlands District (LoHi): We spent the day exploring this neighborhood in the midst of its renaissance. Houses and businesses that in some cases date as far as the late 1800’s right next to ultra-modern structures giving the neighborhood a unique vibe. There are a number of great bars and restaurants in the area, our jaunt took us day drinking & snacking at local distilleries, restaurants and a few revitalized bars paying homage to the cities historic industrial architecture.
Honestly, this blog could go on forever but we know we must stop at one point. Tell us some of your favorite Denver spots and we’ll be sure to give it a go upon our next visit.