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Guidebook for Denver

Neil

Guidebook for Denver

Food Scene
A Neil favorite for dinner! Shells and Sauce a great open-air Italian restaurant and bar. It's great for its happy hour menu, evening dining or a Sunday brunch. My favorite area is the rooftop. Ask if rooftop dining is open and available.
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Shells & Sauce
2600 12th Avenue
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A Neil favorite for dinner! Shells and Sauce a great open-air Italian restaurant and bar. It's great for its happy hour menu, evening dining or a Sunday brunch. My favorite area is the rooftop. Ask if rooftop dining is open and available.
A Neil Favorite for delivery or pick-up! Peter serves up great Chinese food. It's pretty bare-bones for dining in but a great place to have your lunch or dinner delivered.
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Peter's Chinese Restaurant
2609 12th Avenue
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A Neil Favorite for delivery or pick-up! Peter serves up great Chinese food. It's pretty bare-bones for dining in but a great place to have your lunch or dinner delivered.
A Neil's favorite for dinner. I also occasionally go for their lunch or weekend brunch. If you're dining in the evening, find you're way to a table in the back bar. It's more intimate and hip part of the establishment.
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Trattoria Stella
3201 East Colfax Avenue
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A Neil's favorite for dinner. I also occasionally go for their lunch or weekend brunch. If you're dining in the evening, find you're way to a table in the back bar. It's more intimate and hip part of the establishment.
A Neil's favorite! Fat Sully's is a neighborhood pizza establishment with a full bar, and it's one of my favorites! It's a very short walk and serves up great New York style pizza by the slice, or you can share a whole pizza pie with your friends. The pies range in sizes up to an enormous 26". Pick-up or have delivered a 20" pie. Their salads are great too. Hours range from lunch to late night and even into the very late-night on weekends. Need an scrumptious, gourmet-style biscuit for breakfast or lunch? Check-out The Denver Biscuit Company. It shares the space with Fat SullIy's and serves out decadent biscuits from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The eats from both kitchens are yummy!
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Fat Sully's Pizza
3237 East Colfax Avenue
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A Neil's favorite! Fat Sully's is a neighborhood pizza establishment with a full bar, and it's one of my favorites! It's a very short walk and serves up great New York style pizza by the slice, or you can share a whole pizza pie with your friends. The pies range in sizes up to an enormous 26". Pick-up or have delivered a 20" pie. Their salads are great too. Hours range from lunch to late night and even into the very late-night on weekends. Need an scrumptious, gourmet-style biscuit for breakfast or lunch? Check-out The Denver Biscuit Company. It shares the space with Fat SullIy's and serves out decadent biscuits from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The eats from both kitchens are yummy!
Start your day early, late morning or even early afternoon here at the Denver Biscuit Company for an outrageous and simply decedent biscuit that is piled high with all sorts of breakfast or lunch essentials. It's shares space with Fat Sulley's- a pizza establishment serving lunch to late night. The Atomic Cowboy's is the umbrella company for these two establishments, which apparently is responsible for the full bar. I know, all these business names might seem a bit confusing, but I am always an enthusiastic diner here. BTW, you can also get a great breakfast at nearby Chef Zorba's. I often eat breakfast or lunch at this diner. It's even good for dinner Ask Neil.
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Denver Biscuit Company
3237 E Colfax Ave
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Start your day early, late morning or even early afternoon here at the Denver Biscuit Company for an outrageous and simply decedent biscuit that is piled high with all sorts of breakfast or lunch essentials. It's shares space with Fat Sulley's- a pizza establishment serving lunch to late night. The Atomic Cowboy's is the umbrella company for these two establishments, which apparently is responsible for the full bar. I know, all these business names might seem a bit confusing, but I am always an enthusiastic diner here. BTW, you can also get a great breakfast at nearby Chef Zorba's. I often eat breakfast or lunch at this diner. It's even good for dinner Ask Neil.
Mezcal is good for some nearby Mexican grub where you can enjoy a margarita from its full bar.
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Mezcal
3230 East Colfax Avenue
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Mezcal is good for some nearby Mexican grub where you can enjoy a margarita from its full bar.
Enjoy Tag's full bar and fat juicy hamburger. It's open for lunch and into the night.
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TAG Burger Bar
1222 Madison Street
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Enjoy Tag's full bar and fat juicy hamburger. It's open for lunch and into the night.
Four decades old, Liks delivers a delicious scoop and a great neighborhood atmosphere. There are classics but also adventurous flavors, including: almond roca, amaretto peach, caramel Irish stout, and PB&J. Bonus: There is a location of the shop in Conifer too.
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Liks Ice Cream
2039 East 13th Avenue
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Four decades old, Liks delivers a delicious scoop and a great neighborhood atmosphere. There are classics but also adventurous flavors, including: almond roca, amaretto peach, caramel Irish stout, and PB&J. Bonus: There is a location of the shop in Conifer too.
With a retro soda shop look, careful details that appeal to young and young-at-heart, this new addition to Congress Park offers a variety of unique ice cream flavors, plus the must-have gooey cooie.
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Sweet Cooie's Ice Cream and Confectionery
3506 12th Ave
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With a retro soda shop look, careful details that appeal to young and young-at-heart, this new addition to Congress Park offers a variety of unique ice cream flavors, plus the must-have gooey cooie.
This is another great neighborhood pizzeria where I typically have my pizza delivered. Westword – a local newspaper that is a great source of information for music, movies, restaurants, reviews – says this of Enzo’s end, “[It has] Neapolitan-style pies with authentic crispy-crunchy crusts and excellent toppings -- including amazing house-roasted red peppers -- make Enzo's the be-all and end-all for pizza lovers. A long list of suggested topping combinations makes it easy to order if you're looking for something different than the house pies, and you can bring a drink from the attached PS Lounge back to the dining room (cash only at the bar)."
Enzo's End Pizzeria
3424 East Colfax Avenue
This is another great neighborhood pizzeria where I typically have my pizza delivered. Westword – a local newspaper that is a great source of information for music, movies, restaurants, reviews – says this of Enzo’s end, “[It has] Neapolitan-style pies with authentic crispy-crunchy crusts and excellent toppings -- including amazing house-roasted red peppers -- make Enzo's the be-all and end-all for pizza lovers. A long list of suggested topping combinations makes it easy to order if you're looking for something different than the house pies, and you can bring a drink from the attached PS Lounge back to the dining room (cash only at the bar)."
This establishment has a faithful following. Here is a review from The ZAGAT: This hot pink Cheesman Park outpost of the Oregon-based donut company draws a cult following with its array of zany, sometimes risqué concoctions served 24/7. The cash-only, counter-serve setup has eye-popping, colorful decor but no seating, so prepare to transport your stash of bacon-maple bars elsewhere.
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Voodoo Doughnut - Colfax
1520 East Colfax Avenue
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This establishment has a faithful following. Here is a review from The ZAGAT: This hot pink Cheesman Park outpost of the Oregon-based donut company draws a cult following with its array of zany, sometimes risqué concoctions served 24/7. The cash-only, counter-serve setup has eye-popping, colorful decor but no seating, so prepare to transport your stash of bacon-maple bars elsewhere.
Paraphrased from their website: Humble Pie, home of nationally award-winning hand-made savory & sweet pies, including their famous Pie-Shake. The store features complete coffee/tea service as well as inspired cocktails, unique spirits, beer and wine. It's nearby. :-)
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Humble Pie Store
3550 E Colfax Ave
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Paraphrased from their website: Humble Pie, home of nationally award-winning hand-made savory & sweet pies, including their famous Pie-Shake. The store features complete coffee/tea service as well as inspired cocktails, unique spirits, beer and wine. It's nearby. :-)
A Neil's Favorite! FYI, street parking can be difficult but Benny's has a parking lot around the corner on Grant St. From their website: Benny's is a neighborhood place best known for serving authentic Mexican food at affordable prices in a warm and fun atmosphere. Winner of multiple "Best of" awards from various Denver publications,
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Benny's Restaurant & Cantina
301 East 7th Avenue
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A Neil's Favorite! FYI, street parking can be difficult but Benny's has a parking lot around the corner on Grant St. From their website: Benny's is a neighborhood place best known for serving authentic Mexican food at affordable prices in a warm and fun atmosphere. Winner of multiple "Best of" awards from various Denver publications,
A Neil's favorite for breakfast! It's a constant go to of mine for lunch. Simply, Chef Zorba's is a great neighborhood Greek diner and it's very nearby!
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Chef Zorba's
2626 East 12th Avenue
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A Neil's favorite for breakfast! It's a constant go to of mine for lunch. Simply, Chef Zorba's is a great neighborhood Greek diner and it's very nearby!
Within a short period, Snooze has become a sought after breakfast eatery along the Front Range. The lines can be long for a table but the service is great and there's free coffee while you wait — and who's not willing to stick around for pineapple upside-down pancakes or other sweet variations on flapjacks? Or if there is just a pair of you, belly up to the counter where you can typically find a seat right away or at least within a few minutes. While you can certainly go fancy, Snooze can keep it simple and treat you right with nothing more than huevos, a Bloody Mary and a mug of joe.
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Snooze an A.M. Eatery
700 Colorado Blvd
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Within a short period, Snooze has become a sought after breakfast eatery along the Front Range. The lines can be long for a table but the service is great and there's free coffee while you wait — and who's not willing to stick around for pineapple upside-down pancakes or other sweet variations on flapjacks? Or if there is just a pair of you, belly up to the counter where you can typically find a seat right away or at least within a few minutes. While you can certainly go fancy, Snooze can keep it simple and treat you right with nothing more than huevos, a Bloody Mary and a mug of joe.
Drinks & Nightlife
Goosetown Tavern has a youthful, fun and lively crowd and is just a short walk from Neil's. It's a well-established, neighborhood watering hole providing bar bites & local brews, plus weekly events.
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Goosetown Tavern
3242 East Colfax Avenue
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Goosetown Tavern has a youthful, fun and lively crowd and is just a short walk from Neil's. It's a well-established, neighborhood watering hole providing bar bites & local brews, plus weekly events.
This neighborhood wine bar is a cozy, relaxed place offering an ample wine list & Mediterranean-inspired small plates & desserts. http://www.siennawinebar.com/
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Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates
3422 East 12th Avenue
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This neighborhood wine bar is a cozy, relaxed place offering an ample wine list & Mediterranean-inspired small plates & desserts. http://www.siennawinebar.com/
Parks & Nature
One of Neil's favorite park happenings is Jazz in the Park. It happens on most June and July Sunday evenings. It's free and extremely popular. It's a Denver "happening". Need some gear for your picnic, just ask Neil to assist. Also know City Park is a Denver premier park and contains the Denver Zoo; the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and IMAX; tennis courts; horseshoes; baseball, football and soccer fields; two lakes; historical monuments and statuary; picnic sites and two playgrounds. Whew! It's three blocks away!
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City Park
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One of Neil's favorite park happenings is Jazz in the Park. It happens on most June and July Sunday evenings. It's free and extremely popular. It's a Denver "happening". Need some gear for your picnic, just ask Neil to assist. Also know City Park is a Denver premier park and contains the Denver Zoo; the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and IMAX; tennis courts; horseshoes; baseball, football and soccer fields; two lakes; historical monuments and statuary; picnic sites and two playgrounds. Whew! It's three blocks away!
It's a gorgeous and majestic park to drive through, run, stroll or catch the sunset. Yep, take a seat on the steps of the Pavillon and watch the sunset. Neil highly recommends its sunsets!
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Cheesman Park
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It's a gorgeous and majestic park to drive through, run, stroll or catch the sunset. Yep, take a seat on the steps of the Pavillon and watch the sunset. Neil highly recommends its sunsets!
Shopping
Cherry Creek Shopping Center offers the Rocky Mountain region over 160 retailers on the forefront of men’s and women’s fashion, technology, accessories, and home furnishing. Many of the stores at the center are exclusive to the area ranging from Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. Anchored by shopping staples Macy’s and Nordstrom, the center has the region’s best mix of luxury and specialty stores. In addition to world-class shopping, it offers a movie theater, weekly seasonal farmers markets, and fine dining. Neil also recommends Cherry Creek North. It's the tandem northern shopping and dining area to the mall. I like it! A lot!
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Qwest Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3000 East 1st Avenue
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Cherry Creek Shopping Center offers the Rocky Mountain region over 160 retailers on the forefront of men’s and women’s fashion, technology, accessories, and home furnishing. Many of the stores at the center are exclusive to the area ranging from Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. Anchored by shopping staples Macy’s and Nordstrom, the center has the region’s best mix of luxury and specialty stores. In addition to world-class shopping, it offers a movie theater, weekly seasonal farmers markets, and fine dining. Neil also recommends Cherry Creek North. It's the tandem northern shopping and dining area to the mall. I like it! A lot!
If you're looking to spend a few hours lingering in an amazing bookstore or just want to grab a local or national newspaper, The Tattered Cover Book Store is for you. It's a not-so-hidden neighborhood find and is simply an outstanding bookstore- a neighborhood treasure! It has three Denver locations and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. The Tattered Cover hosts prominent book signings, and is known for its customer service. Together, the stores maintain an inventory of over half a million books.
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Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax
2526 East East Colfax Avenue
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If you're looking to spend a few hours lingering in an amazing bookstore or just want to grab a local or national newspaper, The Tattered Cover Book Store is for you. It's a not-so-hidden neighborhood find and is simply an outstanding bookstore- a neighborhood treasure! It has three Denver locations and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. The Tattered Cover hosts prominent book signings, and is known for its customer service. Together, the stores maintain an inventory of over half a million books.
Essentials
I love this nearby market/grocery store. It's just the right size and has the essentials as well as some essential extras. You might not need to go further!
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Sprouts Farmers Market
3625 East Colfax Avenue
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I love this nearby market/grocery store. It's just the right size and has the essentials as well as some essential extras. You might not need to go further!
This is a just-the-right-size supermarket for me. I've shopped here for decades. It has all the necessary products of a supermarket. It is in the heart of Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is just directly west of us in Congress Park. It's an urban store where you might have to circle the parking lot a couple of times to find a spot, but it's my go-to store for more extensive grocery shopping. I suggest taking 12th Avenue east to the store during heavy traffic hours. You'll find the drive through Cheesman Park more scenic. If you're intimidated by my parking description, there a Safeway and King Soopers east, the opposite direction. Ask Neil for complete directions to either.
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King Soopers
1155 East 9th Avenue
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This is a just-the-right-size supermarket for me. I've shopped here for decades. It has all the necessary products of a supermarket. It is in the heart of Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is just directly west of us in Congress Park. It's an urban store where you might have to circle the parking lot a couple of times to find a spot, but it's my go-to store for more extensive grocery shopping. I suggest taking 12th Avenue east to the store during heavy traffic hours. You'll find the drive through Cheesman Park more scenic. If you're intimidated by my parking description, there a Safeway and King Soopers east, the opposite direction. Ask Neil for complete directions to either.
Want a yummy sandwich or need to pick-up essentials for a BBQ? Marczyk Fine Foods & Wine is market, which is passionate about great ingredients and provides a place for the best fish, meat and produce. The market offers up sustainably raised beef, pork and lamb from family farms, Italian imports, old-fashioned sodas, amazing Colorado-made products, in-house bakery items and more. It’s a neighborhood market where people can find great ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner or really excellent prepared food for an easy meal. Know that there is another nearby Marczyk on 17th Ave, which is nearer to downtown. Regardless, you'll be a winner at either of them.
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Marczyk Fine Foods
5100 East Colfax Avenue
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Want a yummy sandwich or need to pick-up essentials for a BBQ? Marczyk Fine Foods & Wine is market, which is passionate about great ingredients and provides a place for the best fish, meat and produce. The market offers up sustainably raised beef, pork and lamb from family farms, Italian imports, old-fashioned sodas, amazing Colorado-made products, in-house bakery items and more. It’s a neighborhood market where people can find great ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner or really excellent prepared food for an easy meal. Know that there is another nearby Marczyk on 17th Ave, which is nearer to downtown. Regardless, you'll be a winner at either of them.
Walgreens. It's a drugstore, pharmacy, convenience store. I think this one is open 24 hours. I'm not sure of that fact but wouldn't recommend it late night unless you're in real need. It's good to know that it's relatively close by, but also know that you can always text me for some Tums, a heat pad or peroxide. :-)
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Walgreens
2000 East Colfax Avenue
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Walgreens. It's a drugstore, pharmacy, convenience store. I think this one is open 24 hours. I'm not sure of that fact but wouldn't recommend it late night unless you're in real need. It's good to know that it's relatively close by, but also know that you can always text me for some Tums, a heat pad or peroxide. :-)
Need to bring home some libations? Colorado liquor stores are open 7 days a week and hours vary with each establishments. That said, Neil gives Argonaut a thumbs up and it's relatively (driving distance) nearby. It's large and has a great wine, beer and liquor selections at prices that you won't find lower anywhere for miles.
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Argonaut Wine & Liquor
760 East Colfax Avenue
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Need to bring home some libations? Colorado liquor stores are open 7 days a week and hours vary with each establishments. That said, Neil gives Argonaut a thumbs up and it's relatively (driving distance) nearby. It's large and has a great wine, beer and liquor selections at prices that you won't find lower anywhere for miles.
Wanting some beer, wine or liquor? Want a very short walk? This neighborhood store is a block away. My trusty neighbors give it a thumbs up!
Bayon Liquors
3101 E Colfax Ave
Wanting some beer, wine or liquor? Want a very short walk? This neighborhood store is a block away. My trusty neighbors give it a thumbs up!
Trader Joe's is nearby. What more is there to say? :-)
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Trader Joe's
750 Colorado Boulevard
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Trader Joe's is nearby. What more is there to say? :-)
This Massage Envy is in North Cherry Creek. Additionally there is one in downtown Denver. N Cherry Creek Shopping District has blocks of interesting, up-scale dining and shopping establishments . The Massage Envy is 11 blocks away. Two guests of mine recently indulged and came back extremely pleased with the experience. Go ahead- pamper yourself..
Massage Envy - Cherry Creek
201 Steele St
This Massage Envy is in North Cherry Creek. Additionally there is one in downtown Denver. N Cherry Creek Shopping District has blocks of interesting, up-scale dining and shopping establishments . The Massage Envy is 11 blocks away. Two guests of mine recently indulged and came back extremely pleased with the experience. Go ahead- pamper yourself..
The Sanctuary Day Spa is within the larger Cherry Creek Athletic Club. The entire facility has been well established in Denver for years and is a great facility, which is on the up-scale side. Non-members to the club can go to the Sanctuary Day Spa and there are a variety of services offered but note non-members do not have access to the wider gym area. That said, I predict you would have a great, pampered experience at the Day Spa.
Sanctuary Day Spa
500 S Cherry St
The Sanctuary Day Spa is within the larger Cherry Creek Athletic Club. The entire facility has been well established in Denver for years and is a great facility, which is on the up-scale side. Non-members to the club can go to the Sanctuary Day Spa and there are a variety of services offered but note non-members do not have access to the wider gym area. That said, I predict you would have a great, pampered experience at the Day Spa.
This spa is in the elegant Brown Palace Hotel, which was built in 1892. It's historically significant and simply gorgeous! People typically raise their eyebrow most favorably when you mention staying, dining and/or having high tea at The Brown Palace. It's is of course the same if you've indulged at their spa. It's downtown, which is about a 10 minute drive. I have a friend that indulges there on occasion. She loves it!
The Spa at The Brown Palace
321 17th St
This spa is in the elegant Brown Palace Hotel, which was built in 1892. It's historically significant and simply gorgeous! People typically raise their eyebrow most favorably when you mention staying, dining and/or having high tea at The Brown Palace. It's is of course the same if you've indulged at their spa. It's downtown, which is about a 10 minute drive. I have a friend that indulges there on occasion. She loves it!
Entertainment & Activities
Named as one of the Best Clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the Bluebird's capacity of 500 offers an intimate event venue w/ a vintage vibe. It was originally a vaudeville theater, turned movie theater in the 60’s. The theater is now an exclusive concert venue in the East Colfax Avenue district, surrounded by restaurants, bars, brewpubs, & shops. Seats & tables are arranged according to the type of entertainment & the exceptional sound and lighting makes for an unforgettable experience.
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Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue
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Named as one of the Best Clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the Bluebird's capacity of 500 offers an intimate event venue w/ a vintage vibe. It was originally a vaudeville theater, turned movie theater in the 60’s. The theater is now an exclusive concert venue in the East Colfax Avenue district, surrounded by restaurants, bars, brewpubs, & shops. Seats & tables are arranged according to the type of entertainment & the exceptional sound and lighting makes for an unforgettable experience.
Arts & Culture
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony-winning theatre and long-running cabaret shows. I highly recommend it and go with regularity. Catch it (an evening) if you can!
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Denver Center for the Performing Arts
1101 13th Street
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Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony-winning theatre and long-running cabaret shows. I highly recommend it and go with regularity. Catch it (an evening) if you can!
The DAM (Denver Art Museum) is located in our 5280 capitol city's Civic Center. If you can’t carve out time to visit the museum, at least drive by the latest DAM extension. Or better yet, walk around this world-class edifice. Paraphrased from an unidentified source: Libeskind’s (the architect) extension to the DAM silhouettes against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. His design consists of a series of geometric volumes inspired by the peaks and valleys of the mountain ranges. A sharply angled cantilevered section juts across the [13th] street, pointing towards the original Museum. And Neil says, “This architectural and structural marvel is astounding. See it!”
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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
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The DAM (Denver Art Museum) is located in our 5280 capitol city's Civic Center. If you can’t carve out time to visit the museum, at least drive by the latest DAM extension. Or better yet, walk around this world-class edifice. Paraphrased from an unidentified source: Libeskind’s (the architect) extension to the DAM silhouettes against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. His design consists of a series of geometric volumes inspired by the peaks and valleys of the mountain ranges. A sharply angled cantilevered section juts across the [13th] street, pointing towards the original Museum. And Neil says, “This architectural and structural marvel is astounding. See it!”
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.