“The perfect mix between reality and fantasy, it’s where people want their new address to be. There is nothing but growth here,” says Shelly Landaal, community outreach organizer at Snooze Eatery. Comprised of Lower Downtown (or LoDo as it prefers to be called), Union Station, Ballpark, and the Central Business District, Downtown Denver is the city’s liveliest area. It’s home to over 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses, anchored by Coors Field at its north end, and Larimer Square to the south. It’s the hub for nightlife and culture, and the perfect place to call home if you like life on the go.
The rebirth of a neighborhood.
Over the last two decades, blocks of abandoned warehouses, saddleries, car dealerships, and ice houses have been converted into chic, high-end luxury lofts in what’s been hailed "an urban renaissance" in downtown Denver. Fueled by the migration downtown following the opening of the Rockies stadium in 1995, loft living has become the trend in residential real estate in LoDo. Now, these ever-popular living spaces — featuring open floor plans, post and beam lofts, huge windows, and swanky interior design — have taken the real estate market by storm.
Walk to your favorite team.
Denver is home to some passionate sports fans. And, it's no wonder why. It’s one of only 13 cities boasting all four major professional sports teams. Not only that, but from LoDo, you can walk to see them all, and Denver is the only place in America where you can do that. Coors Field, located at the northern end of LoDo, features our fan-favorite Colorado Rockies. On game day, we recommend walking or taking a pedi-cab around town if you want to get anywhere fast. The Denver Broncos star at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, south of LoDo. And, the Pepsi Center is home to the Nuggets and the Avalanche. If sports are for you, LoDo is the place to be.
1515 — New American — The wild-caught Alaskan cod en papillotte is unlike anything else in town.
Avelina — New American — A beautiful space with beautiful food (really, follow them on Instagram, it's worth it).
Bistro Vendôme — French — A taste of France in the heart of Larimer Square. Frites galore.
Blue Sushi — Sushi / Japanese — The most extensive "not raw" sushi menu in town (don't worry — they have the raw stuff too).
Bubu — Asian Fusion — Like Chipotle, but with sashimi-grade salmon and fresh veggies.
Butcher’s Bistro — New American — The crispy pig-head, beef hearts and the Wagyu tri-tip are out of this world.
ChoLon — Asian Fusion — The highlights: kaya toast, sweet onion Gruyère soup dumplings, and Wagyu skewers.
Dairy Block — Mixed-Use Market — Sixteen different concepts all in one space, set along a beautiful alleyway filled with local art.
Euclid Hall — New American — Our favorites are the Pad Thai pig ears, the house-made pickles, and the duck poutine.
Kachina — Southwestern — Agave margaritas, corn-inspired murals, and a full-sized Airstream.
Latigo — Mexican — Modern, sophisticated Mexican food, right across from Coors Field.
Osteria Marco — Italian — Don’t miss the burrata. We’re serious.
Otra Vez Cantina — Mexican — Bottomless margs make this one of the best happy hours in town.
Racca’s Pizzeria — Pizza — The only certified Neapolitan pizzeria in Denver!
Rhein Haus — German — Solid German food and a great variety of German-style beer.
Rioja — Spanish — The recently renovated interior is the perfect setting for this Denver stand-by.
Sam's No. 3 — American Diner — Classic diner known for incredible breakfasts and a kitschy vibe.
Tamayo — Mexican — A well-stocked AYCE $40 brunch on weekends makes this one of our favorites.
The Corner Office — New American — Great for happy hour, or dinner and a drink before a show across the street at the DCPA.
The Kitchen — New American — A Colorado farm-to-table legend, perfect for every occasion (including brunch).
Urban Farmer — Steakhouse — Modern steakhouse with herbs so fresh they're literally grown in the restaurant.
Ultreia — Spanish Tapas — Shared plate pinxtos inspired by the cuisines of Spain and Portugal. Home to one of our favorite happy hours in town.
City Stacks — Coffee + Bookstore — Books and coffee, a classic combination.
Freshcraft — Beer Hall — Craft beer is king at this casual dowtown restaurant.
Great Divide Brewing Co. — Brewery — We’re fans of the chocolate-oak-aged Yeti stout.
Little Owl Coffee — Coffee — A perfect little minimalist coffee shop in the lobby of the Sugarcube.
Poka Lola Social Club — Bar + Lounge — Grab a drink inspired by the soda-fountain culture of the 1950s.
STK — Bar & Lounge — Steakhouse meets club in this sexy downtown spot.
The Cruise Room — Bar — Opened in 1933, the very day after Prohibition was repealed. It hasn’t changed since.
Wynkoop Brewing Company — Brewery — One of the largest brewpubs in the world — and Denver's first.