Lower Downtown, or Lodo as it prefers to be called, is by far the liveliest area in all of Denver. 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. In between are iconic Denver landmarks like Union Station, which is currently under a massive transformation, Elitch Gardens, the only downtown amusement park in the country, the Downtown Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum and so much more. It’s the hub for nightlife and culture, and the perfect place to call home if you prefer to be on the go.
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. Perhaps inspired by Tom Hanks’ loft in the movie Big and 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.
REI’s flagship store occupies the renovated 1901 Denver Tramway Building at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Perched along Denver’s popular bike path, the REI store attracts locals in search of the latest gear and visitors wishing they knew what the gear is used for. Next door to REI is My Brother’s Bar, allegedly the only bar left in Denver that served Beat Generation comrades Keruoac and Cassady.
Walk to your favorite team
Denver is home to some passionate sports fans. And no wonder. It’s one of 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 American 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 Invesco Field, south of Lodo. And the Pepsi Center is home to the Nuggets and Stanley Cup Champs, The Avalanche. If sports are for you, Lodo is the place to be.
Reservations, Not Barbecues
Lodo is home to some of the hottest dining in the city. From Wynkoop Brewery to ChoLon, the history of Denver's preeminent entertainment district is written in its venerable and most spectacular restaurants. Larimer Square alone houses Capitol Grille, TAG, Rioja, Corridor 44, Bistro Vendome, Osteria Marco and Ocean Prime. Try out Denver landmark, the Wazee Supper Club, for a bite out of the city’s rich history. Closer to Coors Field, diners frequent Steuben’s sister restaurant, Vesta Dipping Grille, and the Denver Chop House located in the historic Union Pacific building. Endless options for all palates, the dining scene in Lodo is sure to impress.