The Mile High City, Denver offers an amazing selection of places to get buzzed, belly up to and chow down at, in between playing–hard. Here, we merge Localicious lore and Fousquare check-ins to bring you the best boites in Bronco-ville:
Local winner for best pancakes, this joint is worth the two-hour wait (possibly three on weekends), for the six different kinds of Eggs Benedict, the red velvet pancakes, pineapple upside down pancakes, coffee and mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Tip: you can get your flapjack fix with a single of any flavor as a side order.
A re-imagined version of the classic American chrome-and-comfort-food diner, Steuben’s serves bacon-infused-vodka Bloody Mary’s as well as classics like fried chicken, mac and cheese, gravy fries and Monte Cristos in an ambiance that keep people coming back for more. Double bonus: veggie burger is “particularly veggie-full” and there’s a gluten free menu.
Dinner: City o’ City
Yes, it’s vegetarian and vegan, but the raved-about seitan Buffalo wings and croquette baskets are to die for, as is the great coffee. The burger and poutine platters will please even meat eaters. Locals say it’s the “best place to see local musicians.” Great happy hour specials make people, well, happy.
Coffee: Rooster & Moon
Voted Denver’s best new coffeehouse, you’ll “come for the coffee and stay for the food”, like the raved about tomato basil bisque and banana pudding. Bottomless coffee is a bargain to buzz about. With creatively flavored simple syrups for cocktails, it’s “fun to play” with them for coffee. Check out their happy hour Monday – Friday from 3-7PM.
Drinks: Rock Bottom Brewery
You won’t get bored—or thirsty—with this beer selection in Downtown Denver. Become a Mug Club member and on occasional Thursdays — usually once or twice a month — Rock Bottom gives away free pints from 6 to 6:30PM to introduce its newest beer. Or get a sampler of some of the newest beers. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Get Down: Beta Club
Westword’s “Best Dance Club” winner, Beta boasts a state of the art sound system, and uses sustainable materials wherever possible, encouraging patrons to recycle within the club. Hit the dance floor to the best DJs playing dub step, drum and bass, electronica and more. Tip: Get there early – lines get long after 10:30PM.
Get Out: Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre
More than the acoustically amazing ampitheatre , this majestic setting also features a park for hiking, biking , picnicking and more, nestled in the foothills of the Rockies. In addition to concerts, you can catch cult-status films during the summer film series. Tip: from about row 35 and up, you can take in a great view of Denver from the seats.