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The Mile-High City may be most well known for its stunning mountain scenery, plethora of nearby hiking trails, and sports prowess, but after dark, there are just as many things to do as during the daytime. Whether you’re searching for date night ideas in Denver, the best Denver bars and breweries, or some artsy entertainment, you’ll find plenty of options in Denver. The Big Apple may be the city that never sleeps, but the 303 is certainly a night owl too.
From critically acclaimed restaurants to greasy late-night grub, and from ballets and orchestra concerts to punk rock clubs, Denver’s evening hours are just as fun and exciting as those sunny days spent hiking or watching a Rockies game. But after your favorite kind of night has ended, you’ll need a place to rest your head.
Stay Alfred’s Denver travel apartments can be found in the most exciting and up-and-coming neighborhoods, so you’re never far from your ideal evening activities. We’ve got Stay Alfred on Little Raven Street in the middle of trendy LoDo (Lower Downtown), Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts Denver near Coors Field in the Ballpark neighborhood, the swanky Stay Alfred at Dylan in RiNo (the River North Arts District), and in the hip LoHi (Lower Highlands) district, you’ll find Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi. No matter where you stay, you’re never far from top places to eat in Denver, local breweries, music venues, and more.
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Raise a glass at one of Denver’s many local breweries
If there’s one thing Denver’s good at, it’s beer. Whether brewing it – the Mile-High City produces more craft beers than any other US metro – or drinking it, beer is an essential part of Denver culture. And when there are so many welcoming taprooms and beer-focused bars, it’s easy to understand how winding down with a cold one is the favorite evening activity of many a local.
One of the 303’s most-loved breweries, Great Divide Brewing Co. has also won several awards and the hearts of critics around the world. The original taproom is in the Ballpark neighborhood, just a 5-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts, and beer lovers have been gathering there since its opening in 1994. For more Great Divide beer, head over to the Great Divide Barrel Bar in RiNo, a 6-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Dylan. Before or after savoring a pint, you can take a tour of their brand-new, state-of-the-art bottling facility.
RiNo could be considered Denver’s best neighborhood for craft beer, since you’ll also find Black Shirt Brewing Co. and Ratio Beerworks here. In addition to tasty suds, Black Shirt is known for their outdoor patio which hosts live music regularly and for their creative, rule-breaking philosophy. Ratio also has breezy patio vibes and a collection of board games, and they welcome furry friends and competitive jenga players. Not so into beer? No problem! Try a craft cider at Stem Ciders, another RiNo favorite, which serves both original and seasonal fruit-infused hard ciders on tap.
But your craft beer tour of Denver wouldn’t be complete without swinging by the trendy LoHi ‘hood, where you’ll find the renowned Denver Beer Co. This beer destination hosts food trucks on a regular basis and, if you can sense a pattern here, also has a dog-friendly patio. Or for something with a more European vibe, you’ll be wishing you had brought lederhosen to Prost Brewing, a German-style brewery in the heart of LoHi and a 2-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi.
A date night isn’t complete without a meal at one of these romantic restaurants
Whether you’re searching for a destination for a first date or a gemstone-themed anniversary, Denver has no shortage of restaurants that will impress. From Michelin-starred credentials to slightly macabre histories, these Mile-High City eateries are truly special.
Discerning foodies need to add this founding member of the RiNo restaurant scene to their Denver agenda: For creative dishes with a decidedly local twist, head to Vesta, a 9-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts. Each plate incorporates seasonal dishes, so each time you dine is a new experience. And you can’t get much more local than ingredients from Colorado farms, so locavores flock to Highland Park’s Duo Restaurant, a cozy farm-to-table spot with a spectacular wine list.
Though the most trendy neighborhoods in the 303 might hog the restaurant spotlight, incredible eats are found through the city, so explore and you will be rewarded. In the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Mizuna draws from elegant French techniques to create unique New American fare while retaining its neighborly vibe. And just north of City Park lies The Plimoth, serving upscale, locally inspired dishes in a cozy, rustic atmosphere. But taking the cake for Denver’s most romantic restaurant, Barolo Grill is probably the next best thing besides a whirlwind trip to Italy. Northern Italian fare cooked with amore and a lengthy wine list make this spot a winner.
But maybe you’re looking for a more… shall we say unique? experience. When we said Denver is home to some restaurants with dark pasts, we weren’t kidding. One of the 303’s most talked about and acclaimed restaurants is, in fact, an “eatuary” – that’s a combination of eatery and mortuary. In the middle of LoHi, Linger serves eclectic small plates in their mortuary-turned-dining-room and drinks on the buzzing rooftop, and it’s just a 7-minute walk from Centric LoHi. But that’s not the only slightly creepy place to eat in town. Take your date night to the next level at Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, an iconic restaurant known for exotic meat dishes (Rocky Mountain oysters, anyone?) and decorated with lifelike taxidermy. If your date is vegetarian, this one probably won’t go over too well. In that case, stick to Linger.
Give your evening some dramatic flair with a night at the theatre
Denver may have a reputation for its laid-back, drama free vibe, but when it comes to the Mile-High City’s theatre scene, it’s anything but boring. Denver is home to the second largest performing arts center in the world, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which is the 303’s destination for all things theatre. There are 10 spaces hosting musicals, dramas, stand-up, and more, with dozens of performances every week.
But there are more intimate, historic venues in Denver too, and the grand dame is most definitely the 1930s-era Paramount Theatre. With performances ranging from comedy to drama in this Art Deco showhouse, there’s always something interesting going on. For more laughs and tears (it’s just allergies, promise!), The Bug Theatre is an intimate venue with regular shows in Lower Highland, a 13-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi.
It’s great to see the big names and touring shows, but what about local talent? Look no further than Buntport Theater Company (which also shows kid-friendly plays) and Curious Theatre Company. Both of these local acting groups put on completely original productions that often push the envelope and tackle tricky subjects. And another option for Denver-based talent is the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, which regularly hosts opera and ballet performances. “The Ellie” is home to the Colorado Ballet and the venue of many Colorado Opera productions.
So you’ve stayed out a bit later than you expected and dinner is a distant memory. There’s no reason to try to fall asleep on an empty stomach when you’re surrounded by tasty late-night food options! And these aren’t your average greasy spoons; late-night spots like Avanti Food and Beverage, a LoHi food hall of sorts made out of shipping containers, have plenty of character and charm. Avanti is open until 1 a.m. on weekends and is just 3-minute walk from Centric LoHi, so you don’t need to worry about catching a ride.
Craving a burger before bed? My Brother's Bar is open until 2 a.m. every night except Sunday, when they’re closed, and is known for their decadent burgers and slightly misleading lack of signage. Pro tip: There’s no sign on the door. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a midnight burrito? Illegal Pete's LoDo (and their other locations in the Denver metro) serves Mexican fare until 2:30 a.m. on weekends and midnight the rest of the week.
There’s no better late-night snack than pizza, and the 303 has a surprising amount of slice slingers that burn the midnight oil. In the Ballpark neighborhood, Cart-Driver serves pizza until midnight (and it’s a convenient 6-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts) and Marquis Pizza has a staggering 3 a.m. close on weekends (Thursday to Saturday).
But if you’re a dedicated night owl (or a really eager early bird), a meal at Denver Diner or Pete's Kitchen may be in your future. Both of these longtime Downtown Denver eateries are open 24/7. Don’t miss Pete’s delicious Greek fare and award-winning breakfast burrito – though all of Pete’s breakfast options are available around the clock.
Shaken or stirred? Make it a classy night at one of Denver’s best cocktail bars
The Mile-High City is certainly known for its beer scene, but in recent years, craft cocktail bars have popped up around the city. Although the drinks are always easy to enjoy, the bars are not so easy to find, so prepare to go on a little treasure hunt to find some of the best bars in Denver.
In the heart of LoHi, Williams & Graham channels Prohibition vibes in their cozy speakeasy space behind a bookstore. Choose a beverage from their ever-changing menu, or if you don’t see something that piques your interest, their expert bartenders will create something especially for you. Another hidden bar is Ste. Ellie, found underneath the Colt & Gray restaurant in LoHi and just an 8-minute walk from both Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi and Stay Alfred on Little Raven Street. And in the CBD, if you can find it, Union Lodge No.1 serves up some seriously swanky drinks in a sophisticated atmosphere.
But not all Denver bars are tucked away behind some mysterious facade; Finn's Manor in RiNo features an expansive patio and hosts food trucks on a regular basis. And in the middle of Denver’s CBD, Roosevelt pours classic cocktails with a literary theme – and decor like vintage bookshelves and typewriters. How about a happy hour drink? Hudson Hill’s cozy lounge in Capitol Hill offers a different discounted cocktail every day.
Sing along to your favorite tunes at the best live music venues in Denver
When it comes to live music, you can’t get much more Coloradoan than the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This outdoor venue hosts headliners and festivals when the weather is nice, and the gorgeous mountain surroundings are just as much of a draw as the music. Let’s just say it is 100% worth the 20-minute drive out of the city. For more big-name concerts, the Pepsi Center draws artists ranging from Ariana Grande to Childish Gambino to Fleetwood Mac to play for 15,000+ fans.
But we know mega-concerts aren’t for everyone, and when you’re in the mood for an intimate show, LoDo and Ballpark have plenty of smaller venues. With a punk and metal bent, Summit attracts local and touring bands to its LoDo location. In the nearby Ballpark neighborhood, the Marquis Theater and Ophelia's Electric Soapbox (both a 6-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts) host indie talent regularly.
How about a show in a city landmark? Both the Ogden Theatre (built in 1919) and the Fillmore Auditorium (built in 1907) are nestled in quaint Capitol Hill, and they continue to host famed artists from around the country and beyond. And when the big names in classical music come to town, they are most likely playing at the Boettcher Concert Hall at Denver Performing Arts Complex, one of 10 theatres at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
And there’s nothing like a romantic night at a jazz show. The Mile-High City has at least two notable jazz bars, most famous being El Chapultepec (nicknamed “The Pec”), a legendary jazz bar with casual Mexican eats. Or head to Nocturne, a swanky jazz venue between Ballpark and RiNo (a 9-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts) known not only for their smooth tunes, but also for their tasty small plates and strong cocktails.
Swirl, sip, and wonder why Colorado wine is so underrated at the top wine bars in Denver
Move over, Napa; the Denver metro area is home to over a dozen wineries and an ever-growing number of fabulous wine bars. Whether you’re craving an old world cab or a white blended right here in Colorado, you’ll find a plethora of options to satisfy your vinicultural appetite.
Denverites love all things local, and wine is no exception. Sip to your heart’s content at one of the Mile-High City’s favorite wineries: Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery & Restaurant. This RiNo gem (10-minutes from Stay Alfred at Dylan) boasts brick-lined walls and rustic vibes, and they offer tours of their facility so you can learn more about Colorado wine production. For a truly memorable experience, you can blend your own wine during a "Winemaker for a Day" session.
But Bigsby’s isn’t the only Denver winery worth visiting; Wild Women Wine features a vibrant tasting room and regular wine tasting classes, so in addition to getting a nice buzz, you can grow your vocabulary of pretentious-sounding wine tasting lingo. Do you taste a hint of paint in that glass? Nope, that’s just the smell of a fun wine tasting and painting night at another Mile-High City winery, Bonacquisti Wine Company. Though it’s a few minutes’ drive outside Downtown proper, it’s worth the trip for one of their art nights, poetry readings, or some live music. And we just can’t talk about Denver wineries without mentioning The Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo, which hosts local food trucks and fun events on a regular basis.
Besides painting, there’s another art technique that pairs wonderfully with wine: cheese plate arranging. That’s art, right? At The Truffle Table in LoHi, an 8-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi, the beautifully arranged platters of cheese and charcuterie are the perfect complement to their selection of wines from around the world. In the mood for a glass of chianti? Just a few blocks away, Postino LoHi pours Italian wines and serves tasty small plates. How about some more Mediterranean vibes? Head to Sienna Wine Bar in Congress Park for happy hour and savor one of their 20+ wines by the glass. If you can’t make up your mind, why not try
Sit back and relax at the Mile-High City’s best movie theatres
Let’s face it, some nights you want to skip the clubs, the rowdy sports games, and the fancy restaurants and you just want to chill out. When those low-key movie nights call to you, the best movie theatres in Denver are the perfect venues for a night out.
Want to catch the latest blockbuster? The best stadium-style movie theatre in Denver is probably United Artists Denver Pavilions 15 in the heart of Downtown. Here you’ll find plush seats, massive bowls of popcorn, and a myriad of show times so you can always watch something good.
But if you’re more into independent and foreign films, check out the Sie FilmCenter. This non-profit theatre shows artsy pictures and is home of the Denver Film Society. And if you’re a big-time movie buff, you might want to time your visit with the Denver Film Festival, which runs for two weeks in late October to early November. Favorites from film festivals around the world are also shown at the Esquire Theatre and Mayan Theatre, which are both just south of Capitol Hill.
And then there are the nights when you can’t decide whether to go out to a nice dinner or stay in and watch a movie. No need to make that tough decision when you have Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake nearby! This unique theatre-restaurant hybrid lets you dine (and drink!) while watching your film, and you can choose from a variety of classic flicks or recent box-office smashes.
Feed your competitive spirit at a Denver sports game or sports bar
Sports fans, you’re in the right place. The Mile-High city is one of the only US cities to have teams competing in each of the big four sports: football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. At night, watch the Denver Nuggets shoot hoops at the Pepsi Center. This mega-arena also hosts the local hockey team, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Mammoth rugby squad. Evening games usually start between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Pepsi Center is just an 11-minute walk from Stay Alfred on Little Raven Street.
Or maybe you’d prefer to watch the game from the comfort of a barstool and skip the overpriced stadium beverages? Two of Denver’s favorite sports bars are found in LoDo, just a 15-minute walk from Stay Alfred on Little Raven Street: Society Sports and Spirits and The Pour House Pub. Both are known for their lively atmosphere and pub grub, and The Pour House has a breezy rooftop. If you’ve spent the afternoon at a Rockies game, there’s no better place to celebrate a win than at Sports Column (one block from Coors Field and a 9-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts).
But if your competitive spirit drives you to actually play a game instead of watching one on TV, Denver is home to several bars that will get the competitive juices flowing, like Highland Tavern in LoHi, which has ping pong tables that will really test your hand-eye coordination, especially after a drink or two. For some less athletic bar games, head to The 1up in LoDo, which boasts a wide assortment of arcade games. And if what you and your friends/family/co-workers need is a an hour locked in a small room together, Epic Escape Game is one of the best escape rooms in Denver, just west of City Park. See if you can solve the puzzle before the time’s up, or else you just might be stuck in there forever (kidding).
Put on your dancing shoes and head to Denver’s best clubs and lounges
Though Las Vegas isn’t far away and often hogs the nightlife spotlight, Denver’s club scene holds its own. From world-renowned DJs to lively salsa nights, you’ll find a bit of everything in the 303 after dark.
Fans of festivals like Ultra and Electric Zoo flock to Denver’s EDM-focused Beta Nightclub. This Ballpark-area hotspot is just a block from Coors Field and hosts famous DJs on a regular basis. Also known for house music, Downtown Denver’s Club Vinyl features four levels of dance floors and a New York-style industrial atmosphere. Tryst Lounge is another good bet for electronic music, and the space itself is equally tech-savvy, featuring modern screens and sophisticated lighting. And if you still have energy, head to The Church, another club spinning techno tunes in a wildly different ambiance than in its beginnings as a chapel in 1865.
But if house music isn’t really your thing, don’t worry, Denver’s club scene is more than throbbing base lines and strobe lights. La Rumba is known for its Latin vibe and salsa classes, and Milk is a unique 2-in-1 club featuring 80s and Goth-themed dance floors. Both of these are in central Denver, perfectly located for a late-night stop at Pete’s Kitchen or the Denver Diner.
Or maybe you’re looking for something else… Try one of these unique evening activities in Denver
Clubs, restaurants, cocktail bars… you can visit those anywhere. For a truly special Denver experience, check out these offbeat and eclectic evening experiences in the Mile-High City.
If you like to laugh (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Denver is a hotspot for gut-busting comedy. The Ballpark neighborhood is home to not one, but two comedy clubs: Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (known for stand-up) and the Comedy RoomRoom. Both are just a couple blocks from Coors Field and less than 5-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts.
If you ever wanted to play a real-life version of Clue, Adams Mystery Playhouse is the place for you. This unique dinner venue hosts an interactive murder mystery show, so after you enjoy a buffet meal, you can channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and solve a whodunnit. But since everyone is assigned a character, who knows, maybe you’re the bad guy (or girl)!
Although, if you had visited Mercury Cafe, you might already know how the mystery ends. This funky cafe serves organic food accompanied by entertainment ranging from dance lessons to tarot card readings. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts and features eclectic, Pinterest-worthy decor.
Wind down at the end of the night at one of the best places to stay in Denver
At the end of a wild night on the town, the last thing you want to do is have to take an Uber out to the ‘burbs. Why not stay in the middle of all the action so you’re always within walking distance (or a very short drive) from the best that Denver has to offer? And you deserve more than a questionable shared crash pad or a cramped hotel room, so treat yourself to a spacious, stylish stay at one of Stay Alfred’s travel apartments in the Mile High City’s favorite neighborhoods.
In the heart of LoDo, steps from Union Station, Stay Alfred on Little Raven Street is the perfect combination of contemporary and cool. From the barbecue stations to the refreshing outdoor pool, there’s no better place to take advantage of Denver’s 300 days of sun per year. And inside, every apartment comes standard with modern furnishings, free cable TV and WiFi, and a full kitchen.
When it comes to locations, we’ve really hit a home run with Stay Alfred at Premier Lofts Denver. Steps from Coors Field and all the favorite Ballpark neighborhood restaurants and bars, you’re never far from evening entertainment here. But even if baseball isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do in the building (when you’re not luxuriating in your spacious apartment), including a game room with billiards tables, a sunny outdoor terrace, and a 24/7 fitness center.
Among some of Denver’s best restaurants and trendiest bars, Stay Alfred at Centric LoHi has everything you could ever want in a 21st-century home away from home. Like all of our Denver travel apartments, every unit includes a full kitchen and a spacious layout, but this building’s amenities are definitely not ordinary. Take a dip in the saltwater pool, hang out in one of the three cozy courtyards, or snuggle up in front of the fireplace on a chilly Colorado afternoon.
And in the eclectic River North Arts District, Stay Alfred at Dylan has the full package of outstanding amenities and jaw-dropping views. Take in the mountain vistas from the rooftop deck, or meditate on the powerful desert serenity in the yoga room. Or just splash around in the pool and forget about all your responsibilities. Hey, you do you. The in-unit kitchens feature glamorous stainless steel appliances, so when you do feel like adulting, it will be there for you.
No matter what brings you to Denver, whether you’re in search of business deals or the best burritos, we’re here to make sure your trip is memorable – in a good way. When you choose a Stay Alfred travel apartment, you can rest assured that you’ll arrive to a professionally cleaned and managed property, and you can always count on our friendly 24/7 support team to help out when needed. After all, we’re all about giving you your own place in the city so you can enjoy beautiful Denver, Colorado to the fullest.