“I consider time spent in my hotel room and not out exploring to be wasted.”
8 Things to do in Denver
That being said, I thought she would be the perfect person to ask for recommendations if you were looking to make the most of 24 hours in Denver. Here’s what Brittany would do:
1. First things first, breakfast! I love Mod Market (900 16th St.). It’s healthy, fresh and delicious.
2. Before checking out the Denver beer scene, take in some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art (1485 Delgany St). It’s a smaller museum and very manageable in an hour or so. After you’ve had your art fill, check out the rooftop cafe for coffee with a view.
3. After the museum, head out of downtown across the Platte River to the Highland neighborhood, one of my favorite areas. It’s a pretty walk across the bridge, and on the way you can check out the flagship REI store.
4. Fuel up at Postino (2715 17th St.) with the best bruschetta ever. Seriously, I still think about it. I can also recommend the salami with pesto and the prosciutto with figs and mascarpone, but you can’t go wrong.
5. First beer stop: Denver Beer Co. (1696 Platte St.). This place is great with tons of indoor and outdoor seating.
6. Continue the afternoon at Linger, a former mortuary turned restaurant/bar (2030 W. 30th Ave). Head up to the rooftop and grab a drink out of their Airstream bar and take in the views.
7. Now, it’s time to head back toward downtown, where I often stay for work. It’s hard to go wrong with a Colorado brewery, but one of my favorites is Great Divide. They have food trucks everyday, so check them out for dinner!
8. Round out the night in Capitol Hill, a quick ride from downtown. You’ll see the beautiful state capitol building as you make your way along Colfax Avenue, what Playboy once called the “longest, wickedest street in America.” I’d recommend two stops here – Lost Highway Brewing Company and Alpine Dog Brewery. Alpine Dog has delicious beer and great merch – I bought one of my favorite pint glasses there.
Most importantly, one last tip from Brittany: drink more water than you think is necessary. The beers may go down easy, but the altitude will dehydrate real quick!