Denver, Colorado: Urban Excitement and Nightlife
by Ross Dyer
Touching down in the mile-high city of Denver and stepping out into the bright, autumn afternoon sun, I already feel liberated. I’m excited to discover the city of Denver – this booming metropolis nestled so perfectly beneath the Rocky Mountains, serving as a gateway to some of the most breathtaking scenery, skiing and year-round outdoor fun that the U.S. state of Colorado has to offer.
Denver Pubs and Breweries
In a city filled with world-class museums, parks, restaurants and entertainment, it might seem very British to head straight for the pub, but believe me when I tell you: Denver is a beer lover’s paradise!
They brew more beer in the Denver Metropolitan area than in any other city in America! The beer culture is relaxed, fun and innovative, where microbreweries take advantage of Colorado’s pure mountain water to produce over 200 different beers every day.
Heading for the trendy LoDo Historic District (Lower Downtown) with my ‘Beer Trail’ map in hand, I find dozens of brewpubs like the Denver Beer Company, with its brilliantly adventurous, constantly changing menu. With loads of brewery tours, rooftop cafes, sports bars, restaurants and shops, Denver offers seemingly endless choices and a great vibe.
Shopping in Denver
Denver offers stunning and varied options for shopping. Try the high-end Cherry Creek Shopping District, with both and indoor and outdoor mall, and the 16th Street Mall, where you’ll find all your favorite American brands.
An absolute must is a stop at Rockmount Ranch Wear in the LoDo district. This shop pioneered and helped popularize American Western wear across the world. They invented the famous snap shirt worn by icons such as Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland. It’s still part of Rockmount’s classic core American look and is fused with modern fashion.
And, if a unique, local shopping experience is your thing, check out the boutique shops at Larimer Square right in the heart of downtown. You’ll find a range of high quality and distinctive local designers offering clothing, accessories, jewelry, wine, chocolate, home goods and salon/spa services.
Traveling between Denver destinations is made even more fun by catching a Mile-High Pedicab – a modern rickshaw. The drivers often love acting as mini tour-guides while pedaling you to your next downtown destination. Or, you can hop on a B-cycle at one of the city’s 80 bike-share stations.
While Denver’s terrific art and historical museums do a great job of linking the city to its old Western roots, you’ll find living history within the walls of one of the city’s most famous and luxurious hotels: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa on 17th Street. Guided tours are available, where you can learn about the time that John, Paul, George and Ringo stayed here in 1964, during the Beatles’ famed concert at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre nearby.
Even though Denver offers a world-class experience, the city’s vibe never feels invasive or pretentious. It’s a casual city, home to those who appreciate the beauty and richness of the great outdoors and the unique urban offerings around them.
Official Denver, Colorado: Urban Excitement and Nightlife Travel Site
Official Denver Travel Site