Posted: Thursday August 17, 2017
Planning a Trip to Denver
Denver has an average of 300 days of summer a year and there are dozens of spots to visit during the day, whether it be the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Mint, one of the many museums near downtown, restaurants or thriving nightlife spots in the area south of Colfax, home of the South of Colfax Nightlife District.
One of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago, the Denver Art Museum boasts more than 70,000 works of art that are split between ten permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary and more.
Next to Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum showcases the art of the modern art master Clyfford Still and a leading figure in the Abstract Expressionists alongside Jackson Pollock and Mart Rothko.
History Colorado Center, just a block away from the Denver Art Museum, is dedicated to preserving Colorado’s rich history and it offers engaging exhibits and education as well being one of the main spots for reaching the state.
The Denver Mint, which produces billions of coins each year, offers free guided six tours a day, Monday through Thursdays. Pro tip: look for a “D” underneath the year on a penny to tell if it’s been made in Denver.
If you want to just get feel for the area, there are free walking tours, which begin at the Veteran’s Memorial (1449 Lincoln Street) and run every day May 1 through October 31 at 10 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. November 1 through April 30.
Among the many restaurants near SoCo, City O’ City offers high-end vegetarian fare while also sporting a bar that serves craft beer, cocktails and specialty coffee. It serves, breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a prime spot for a late-night bite since it’s open until 2 a.m. every day.
DJ’s 9th Avenue Café, on the other hand, is open just for breakfast and lunch and serves six variations on eggs Benedict, pancakes and sandwiches.
Although there are dozens of brewpubs around Denver (and throughout the state) LowDown Brewery is the only one in the Golden Triangle. A great place to have a finely crafted brew and meals made from scratch.
Torchy’s Tacos, an Austin institution that opened its Denver in 2016, serves nearly two dozen different kinds of specialty tacos, including breakfast tacos. It’s perfect for fueling up for dancing at Club Vinyl, located across the street, or Bar Standard a few doors down.
Speaking of nightlife, SoCo offers five different venues.
The four-story Club Vinyl is the perfect dance spot for nearly everyone as each floor features different genres like house, EDM, Top 40 spun by some of the biggest names in the DJ world as well as local talent. The club boasts a state-of-the-art sound systems, large dance floors and a rooftop indoor/outdoor patio that offers superb unobstructed views of the mountains and city skylines.
The Church Nightclub, which opened in the early ‘90s in what was once St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, has a long history as one of Denver’s premiere nightclubs. The high-energy dance club brings in local resident DJs to spin for its popular weekly Latin and goth nights while also booking internationally known DJs on a regular basis.
While Club Vinyl has a terrific rooftop patio, Bar Standard has one that’s just as compelling. Bar Standard, located in the former Jonas Brothers Furs building, hosts weekly dance nights while also bringing in nationally known DJs. The club also offers a designated VIP booth section.
In the basement of the Jonas Brothers Furs building, Milk offers a more underground experience. With a décor that’s an homage to the Korova Milk Bar in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, Milk is the ideal spot for its weekly goth and retro nights. Milk sports three different rooms, including cozy and posh of seating of the Jazz Room as well as the more private Green Room and Red Room.
A few doors down from Bar Standard is The Living Room, a warm, casual venue with intimate seating, low lights, great music and an amazing menu of wine, beer, and small dish food options. The Living Room’s Enomatic wine sampling system offers 24 different wines in one ounce tasting sizes.
Make sure to check out our events page to find your perfect night out!