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Exploring Denver’s Cider Scene

It used to be that if you didn’t like beer, you were left with minimal options to consume an alcoholic beverage save a few malt beverages or cider options (assuming, of course, wine and hard alcohol weren’t appealing). However, as multiple cider mills have opened up across the country, including here in Colorado, hard cider has become a viable drink option in its own right. And while it might not be as easy to do a “cider crawl” through Denver as it would be for checking out local beer taprooms, Denver is increasing its presence in the cider scene with a number of cider mills, bars and tasting rooms that are making a name for themselves at both local and national levels. Stem Ciders Located off of 28th and Walnut, Stem Ciders offers a rotating selection of both popular and seasonal ciders on tap and take home in bottles or growlers. They offer a wide selection of ciders from standard apple and crab apple to those made with apricots or coffee. Throughout the week, the …

Beyond the Theater: Fun Date Nights in Denver

If you’ve been dating for awhile all dates can start to look the same. And while dinner and a movie or dinner and a show can be fun, these options don’t create a lot of opportunity to spend quality time together. However, as Denver grows, the number of creative options for date nights has grown too. From active adventures to craftier pursuits, dating in Denver has never been better. Top Golf A fairly new addition to the Denver metro area, Top Golf is a year-round driving range where players hit golf balls containing microchips towards targets. Players can track how far they hit their balls, and points are awarded based on the achieved distance and whether or not a player hits the target. The rates vary throughout the day, and the bays are cheapest to rent in the hours before noon. Each bay is climate controlled, meaning that regardless of how hot or how cold it is outside, it will be a pleasant experience. Couples will enjoy lighthearted competition against each other in a fun …

Where the Locals Go: 4 Day Trips From Denver

If you live in Denver and work in Denver, there’s a pretty big chance that you don’t really leave the city during the week. Sometimes the urge to get out of town can be strong, and outside of ski season, it can be tough to come up with fun day trips from Denver. Our list of suggestions includes travel time—so no matter how many hours you want to spend out of town, you can get a little bit of your wanderlust satisfied. 2 Hours: Golden or Red Rocks If you want the feel of the mountains but you don’t want to actually head into the mountains, take the 25 minute drive to Golden for a short excursion. Golden is full of quaint shops, short hiking trips and it is the home of the Coors Brewery. Take the 30-minute brewery tour (including free beer at the end!) or just roam around town looking at the shops and restaurants. If you’re into hiking, Mount Galbraith is full of short hikes and Table Mountain has a short, but …

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 …

An Exploration of Outdoor Art

Over the last few decades, Denver has become an even more interesting destination for art lovers. And as one of the sunniest cities in the country, Denver has a lot of great outdoor and public art, much of which is in a day’s good walk. A great way to spend a day getting to know Denver with the kids is to take a (long-ish) walk through Denver, checking out the art, and enjoying the scenes along the way. Start: Denver Public Library & Denver Art Museum The Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) next door are pieces of art unto themselves. Just outside the Denver art museum you’ll find the sculpture “The Yearling,” a red chair with a life size horse on top. Next door, the DAM’s The Hamilton building juts out jaggedly along the sky scape. The building was completed in 2006, and the metallic exterior and unique shape are interesting viewed from the outside or within. While most of the art is housed indoors, there are a number of great …

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 …

Outdoor Movies for the Family This Summer

The warm summer nights provide the perfect opportunity for screening outdoor movies in Denver, and families living in the Denver metro area are not at a loss for options. Many parks throughout the area play movies for free during the summer months, and they often allow attendees to bring in their choice of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Other venues provide a more unique backdrop and experience, which results in a cost for attendance. Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park Throughout the summer months, Infinity Park, located in Glendale, screens free movies on select Monday nights. The gates open at 7 and the film starts at 8 pm, and while there are food vendors on sight, those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs to make the experience more enjoyable. During summer 2016, the park will show 5 films, all of which are relatively “family friendly.” Centennial Center Park Located off of Arapahoe Road, Centennial Center Park, renowned as one of the best park’s in the Denver metro area, has a few …

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. …

Festivals for the Family to Enjoy this Summer

Summertime in Colorado means long days filled with sunshine, which provides ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy what Denver has to offer. During the summer months, Denver and the surrounding areas play host to a number of great festivals. While many of them are focused on adult entertainment, there are a number of options that are fun for the whole family, including parents. The Renaissance Festival Located about half an hour south of Denver in Larkspur, The Renaissance Festival runs on weekends throughout the summer from early June to early August. Kids will enjoy the musical entertainment, jousting and animal shows, and parents can get into the artisans and the variety of food provided. The whole family can enjoy the mirth and an experience only a day at the Renaissance Festival can provide. Adult tickets cost about $20, kids 5-12 are $12 and anyone under 5 gets in for free. However, coupons are often available at stores or restaurants in the Denver metro area. Denver Chalk Art Festival Early on during the month of …