Author: Kait McNamee

Popular Denver Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a vibrant place in colorful Colorado, but nothing is more full of life than the local farmers’ markets in Denver. Ranging from small and simple to sprawling, you can’t spend a weekend in Denver without passing a market, and why would you want to? With treats like local honey, salsas and vegetables, Denver farmers’ markets have plenty of choices for every kind of eater. Check out each of the following markets on different weekends or all at once if you don’t mind filling up on free samples. Old South Pearl St Farmers’ Market May – November, Sundays 9-1 Old South Pearl isn’t your typical hipster market. The neighborhood of Platte Park provides a small-town atmosphere and the local shops that line the street give the pleasant air of a European market. Operating on Sundays from 9-1, from May through November, the Old South Pearl Farmers’ Market is small but packed with sophistication and local treats including green chilies and palisade peaches. The City Park Esplanade Fresh Market June – October, Sundays 9-1 Wedged …

Great Restaurants to Avoid During Happy Hour

Great happy hours can be one of the most wonderful things in the world, but in Denver, some places get too packed and a little too cozy for the 4-7 time slot. Denver happy hour tends to come with few rules, but one of them is that you shouldn’t have to wait over an hour just to enjoy a cheaper drink or food. Even if you’ve heard so much about a place, we recommend checking out the following places during off-hours instead of happy hour. Work and Class With a hip, minimalist interior and a Latin fusion menu, Work & Class located at 2500 Larimer Street is one of the most popular restaurants at 5 pm in Denver. We’re not exaggerating: any time between opening and 8 pm will be around an hour wait just to be seated. Instead of waiting, head down the street to one of the other bars on Larimer and check back around 9 pm for a quieter vibe (this doesn’t really apply on Fridays or Saturdays, but that’s true for …

Denver Restaurants: Dining Al Fresco Downtown

Denver’s sunny weather allows for outdoor dining during almost every season. Sure, a blizzard or two might throw Denverites off, but the 60-degree weather that always follows leads to outdoor cups of coffee and sidewalk snacking. If you’re looking for downtown Denver restaurants where you can dine outside, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to help you have an enjoyable meal. Where to Go Plenty of places along the 16th Street Mall have open-air dining, but if you’re looking for something a little quieter and calmer, avoid the stretch from Glenarm to Arapahoe. Union Station, recently completely renovated, has plenty of outdoor spaces for dining and also an outdoor water feature for playing if you need to cool down. Larimer Street is loaded with restaurants, and with such a short walk to Coors Field, it’s always a good option if you’re looking for something before or after a game. Higher End If you prefer sitting on a bit more of an upscale patio, try ChoLon at the corner of 16th and Blake. Known for …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Movie Theaters

Going to the movies might seem like an easy way to spend the day, but Denver has a wide range of options that might be confusing to a newcomer. From theaters that regularly show the Rocky Horror Picture Show to your average family-friendly cinema, Denver has options for any kind of moviegoer. If you’re indie and artsy… Head to The Mayan. Not only do they serve booze, but also this theater is located in the ultra-happening South Broadway area. The Mayan regularly shows avant-garde and indie flicks, as well as foreign films. With a unique interior, dramatic lighting and Mayan-inspired décor, the building is a historic site in Denver and makes for a great atmosphere. The Mayan only shows about three movies at once, so they come and go quickly. Make sure to check the monthly schedule so you don’t miss anything. Or maybe you’re edgy but not indie… Check out The Esquire on 6th and Downing. The Esquire regularly shows anime hits, including ultra-popular Miyazaki films, and throwback midnight movies like Jaws and The …

Dogs in Denver: What You Should Know Before You Bring Your Dog with You

Denver is a friendly city: bike friendly, weed friendly and definitely dog friendly. As you head out around town, you’ll see people with their pooches in all sorts of places, from King Soopers to the bike shop to the pharmacy. But before you bring your furry friends anywhere, you might want to read up on what’s allowed and what isn’t. The Basics Denver has a few dog-related rules that can result in citations if not followed. Dogs are required to be on a leash anywhere in Denver, except at the dog park. Authorities are particularly aggressive with ticketing dog owners at parks like Cheesman or Washington Park, so don’t just let your dog roam, as much as you want to. Additionally, all dogs in Denver are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. The Denver Animal Shelter provides low-cost rabies clinics as well as licensing. Stores Dogs are allowed on a storeowner-specified basis unless the store serves food. Food, while usually not a debatable item, now includes beer as many brewery owners found out …

Tips for the Best Experience at DIA (Denver International Airport)

Denver International Airport, the largest land-area airport in the US, is the most convenient way to get in and out of Denver without driving through cornfields or mountains. Unfortunately, it’s not always the most convenient airport to get to or navigate through, but we’re here to help you with some tips and tricks for any upcoming travel plans. Getting There The biggest problem with DIA is its location. When Denver’s Stapleton airport closed and eventually became a Denver neighborhood, Denver International Airport was built far, far away from the hustle and bustle of Denver. 25 miles outside Denver, DIA has completely different weather patterns, views and a whole lot of nothing surrounding it. Getting to DIA is easy by car, if you don’t leave during rush hour times, and parking runs between $9-$25/day. For short trips, driving is going to be your best option. A cab or Uber will take the same amount of time, but can be around $40-$60 per trip from downtown. The Super Shuttle is also an option at only around $14 …

Best Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill

Denver’s Capitol Hill is a bustling hub of restaurants, rentals and hip condos built in former mansions. Located adjacent to Denver’s downtown, the neighborhood is one of Denver’s most accessible via walking, biking and public transportation. With colorful roots—the neighborhood used to be both a resting point for the Beat generation and a sanctuary for the gay community—and even more colorful boundaries—the State Capitol, Colfax Ave and Broadway—Cap Hill is known for its mix of hipsters, young urban professionals, and Denver natives with deep roots in the neighborhood. With one of the highest rental rates in Denver at 78%, Cap Hill’s transient, always-evolving culture leads it to have an artistic, boho vibe without too much pretense. Locally owned shops, including the famous Wax Trax record store and the first ever Quizno’s, make the area quirky and fun for Denver-newbies. Just the Facts Median home listing price: $327,497 Average age: 32 Median household income: $50-75k Walkability score: 4.5 out of 5 Food & Entertainment Cap Hill is a neighborhood full of delightful holes-in-the-wall and less-than-fancy dining …

Staying Cool This Summer

Let’s be honest: Denver is hot. And we mean literally. Summers in the Mile High have temperatures well above 90 pretty often. And with our semi-arid environment, the dry air just makes it feel hotter. For those that moved here from coastal areas or the north, the weather can be quite a shock. There are a few ways to deal with the heat in Denver. While some of these are logical—drink tons of water!—there are still some that aren’t necessarily popular in places that many people have moved from. Here’s our local’s guide to beating the heat. In-House Cooling Okay, so we’ve all heard of air conditioning. But there is another way to cool your house, and if you’re from a humid area, you’ve probably never heard of it. The swamp cooler. A swamp cooler literally pumps humid air into your house and cools it down. From areas with high humidity, it sounds crazy to want things to be humid, but we swear, these actually work. They use a fraction of the electricity that AC’s …

Where the Locals Go: Ice Cream

With summer temperatures that top 90 most days, Denver locals know how to cool down: with a good, old fashioned ice cream. But like most things, Denver isn’t about being vanilla. Denver’s local ice cream shops, spread conveniently across the area so you’ll never have to drive far, are all about flavor, local vibes and chilling out. Every Denverite has their personal favorite, so try these all before you choose your own go-to shop. Liks Ice Cream, Capitol Hill Like most Denver creameries, Liks makes their own ice cream in house. The shop, a local hit since 1976, serves up a variety of flavors, including blueberry cobbler and banana cream pie. Unlike other shops, Liks has some really hearty flavors, as there is literally cobbler mixed into their cobbler ice cream. With a dog-friendly patio, Liks is also a great destination for people walking in Cheesman Park or the Cap Hill neighborhood. Little Man Ice Cream, The Highlands With its giant milk jug exterior, Little Man Ice Cream is a local landmark and ultra-popular destination. …

Biking in Denver: Rules, Roads & Shops

Even though Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities you’ll come by these days, being a bike commuter or casual cyclist in the Mile High can sometimes be difficult. This comes from a variety of issues, including driver animosity and just finding the right route. Before you hop on your fixie, or before you go Google “fixie” if you’re not from a bike-centric city, consider the following things to help you get around Denver. Know the Rules There are rules. Even thought you’ll see these broken regularly, for your own safety and to avoid a citation, you’ll want to keep them in mind. These rules include stopping fully at red lights and stop signs, and riding on the same side of the street as a vehicle would. For a full list, check out bikedenver.org. As you begin riding more regularly, you might start to think, “but I can just slow down at this red light then continue going if no cars are coming.” The Denver Police regularly patrol areas in which this happens and …