Mile High Adventures
Collected by Alexis Silver
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Clyfford Still brought new energy to the art world after World War II with his large-scale, color-splashed paintings, and is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Though his influence on the Abstract...
2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
The city that helped launch the craft beer revolution has turned its attention to liquor. Here are three distilleries worth a visit. 1. STRANAHAN’S The whiskey is made from barley grown in the Rockies. Factory tours end with a tasting in the...
1500 Wynkoop St #101, Denver, CO 80202, USA
The Squeaky Bean's dining room is an oak-and-leather space that was once a saddlery. It’s a casual backdrop for the cuisine of chef Max MacKissock, who tops his hot carrot soup with lime-Sriracha peanuts and savory ice creams. During happy...
1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
You've got two options: a drink at Wynkoop Brewing Company, or a wander through the Denver Modern Art Museum. I chose wrong. It took half a dozen pints of Cowtown Milk Stout to wash away the memory of that museum's dreadful third floor exhibition....
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Known for hosting readings by big stars in the literary firmament, Tattered Cover Book Store originally opened in 1971 in a mere 950 square feet of space in the Cherry Creek North area. The enterprise has grown to...
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
With over 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum can't be fully taken in during just one visit. Its permanent collection has a number of focuses, including art of the region, but it also contains works from farther afield. The museum...
1600 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
To get a sense of the serious city pride around here, stop by the I Heart Denver Store downtown, a gift shop run on a consignment model for locally produced crafts and souvenirs. Items range from Adam Sikorski’s Coloradical...
8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249, USA
While traveling through A Gates at the Denver Airport, you may have been curious about the colorful patterns of the tiles below your feet. Stand directly on them and you cannot see it's true form but take a quick minute to traverse upstairs and...
800 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Visiting new and emerging art galleries is always a lot of fun. Combine it with a once-a-month art walk, and you'll find yourself with an eclectic group of people enjoying everything from antiques and art, to food trucks and people watching. First...
1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
This cafe recently opened and I'm so glad we were able to experience it before we moved. DBC is a bicycle maintenance shop, cafe and beer hall all in one. It's a great space for studying, unwinding from a long day or grabbing a drink with friends....
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Before you go through the West entrance of Colorado State Capitol Building for their free historical tours, the 15th step bears the inscription "One Mile Above Sea Level." Don't be fooled, it isn't the actual one-mile marker. After two inaccurate...
2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Sometimes I love to have long lunches “for one.” Either in the company of my laptop, a good book, or simply my thoughts. I pick a place with good food, uncrowded seating, and I plop myself down for an hour or two. Le Grand Bistro is one of my...
1001 16th St, Denver, CO 80265, USA
Architect I.M. Pei's firm designed the 16th Street Mall so that, when seen from the air, the repeating pattern of red, white, and gray stone that makes up the pavement would resemble the markings on a diamondback rattlesnake. At ground level,...
1106 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Food is always better when it's pretty. Kevin Taylor, a big name chef in Denver, offers up a six-course dinner with food that looks like art. Colorful veggies served like checker boards, whipped purple potatoes, and cantaloupe sorbet orange enough...
1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA
After your Saturday night fever has broken, head to The Corner Office for Disco Brunch, once you can muster the strength. Get your energy back with some hair-of-the-dog Bell Bottomless Libations, like the Dy-no-mite Bloody Mary and Boogie Oogie...
2115 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Head to Mexico City Restaurant and Lounge, a Denver staple since 1968, the next time you feel the craving for a delicious taco. It’s a great spot to hit before a Rockies Game. The menu’s loaded up with all kinds of Mexican fare, but skip the...
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
"The Yearling" is my second favorite sculpture in Denver (after Big Blue Bear). I admire how the pinto pony stands, unafraid, surveying the world before it—on this massive red chair of nearly two stories. All of us should be this brave!
1626 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Contrary to popular belief, most Denverites do not dress like cowboys. But those hipsters that do, do it right at Rockmount Ranch Wear. Some seriously cool fashion pieces have been flying off the racks here since 1946, when the shop opened in at...
2736 Welton St #103, Denver, CO 80205, USA
There was a time when Five Points in downtown Denver was the country's jazz hub west of the Mississippi. Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie played here. The neighborhood is centered on a...
1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Inspired by Brooklyn's Barcade and Portland's Ground Kontrol, The 1up is Denver's take on an arcade bar. Stocked with 15 pinball machines, 3 skeeball lanes, giant Jenga sets and 45 classic arcade games including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac Man, NBA...
2615 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Call it what you like—weed, pot, reefer, cannabis—marijuana is legal and accessible in Colorado. There are roughly 30 retail licenses registered in the state offering a variety of bud with names like Death Star and Headband, edibles, and...
3200 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Maybe because Denver is a beer town, drinking wine from a can makes a kind of sense. Urban winery Infinite Monkey Theorem serves a selection of their own reds and whites, made from grapes grown on Colorado's Front Range and on the plains of Texas....
1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
Chef Alex Seidel is more than a chef, he is the farmer of most of the fresh food being served. On his 10-acre farm, he tends to herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, pigs and bees. With the addition of sheep in 2010, he created Colorado's first...
2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Robust, flavorful coffees, a packed pastry case, and a delectable menu make Crema Coffee House the perfect gathering place. Intentionally outlet-free, the café hopes to spark conversation over a cuppa rather than gadget-fueled quiet. This approach...
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