Just north of downtown, you will find Denver’s most distinctive neighborhood—RiNo. Also known as the River North Arts District, this community is packed with galleries, shops, studios, and boundless murals. Immerse yourself in a dense pocket of Denver culture filled with delectable food and beverage spots!
Here’s our top 5 list:
1. Improper City – Food trucks, local music, craft drinks, and a MASSIVE patio. They also open at 7am on weekdays for you folks that ‘work remote.’
2. First Draft – A craft beer lover’s dream. 40 taps of beer, wine, and cider with no lines! Pour your own and leave the crowded bar scene in the past.
3. Death & Company – Perfect spot to get unique, handcrafted cocktails and small bites before or after hitting the town.
4. Finn’s Manor – Open back patio with rotating food trucks outside, cozy bar with 400 whiskeys inside. Need we say more?
5. Fish N Beer – Do you have hesitations about seafood in this coastally-challenged city? If so, Fish N Beer will squash them. Always delicious, always fresh.
We’re not even three months into 2018 yet, and already there are plenty of new restaurants and bars adding to Denver’s thriving culinary scene. Need a new date spot that goes beyond your regular fare? Looking for a great location for a birthday dinner or work event? Try one of the new places featured below—before everyone else in the city catches on.
3258 Larimer St. – https://www.facebook.com/JulepRestaurantDenver/
You’ll come for the awesome patio and stay for the delicious Southern-inspired food. Located right off of Larimer Street in bustling RiNo, it’s easy to see why Julep’s popular. Owners (and husband and wife) Kyle and Katy Foster offer a full lunch and dinner menu inspired by their childhoods in the South. There’s also a full bar, because nothing tops off the Juniper & Rosemary Rubbed Lamb like an Old Fashioned.
Zephyr Brewing Company
1609 E 58th Ave. Unit G – http://www.zephyrbrewingco.com/
Open only four days of the week, Zephyr is proving to be one of the most exclusive places to drink in Denver—with none of the attitude. As laid-back as they are knowledgeable, the staff at Zephyr are truly beer connoisseurs. Their new location in North Denver is sure to be just as big of a hit as the previous one in RiNo. The taproom has foosball and other games, the perfect accompaniment for the Blood Orange Pale Ale or Kiltin’ Me Softly Scottish Ale.
3501 Wazee St. – https://zeppelinstation.com/
Where else can you find bibimbap, indian street food, poke, and homemade gelato all under one roof? That would be at Zeppelin Station, a brand-new food hall right off the light rail station at 38th & Blake, that serves up these and many other cuisines. Also home to live music and two bars, there’s something for everyone here. Don’t miss a banh mi sandwich at Vinh Xuong Bakery with the Voodoo donut gelato sandwich at Gelato Boy for dessert.
Haykin Family Cider
12001 E 33rd Ave. Unit D – http://www.haykinfamilycider.com/
Serving up sweet bubbles made from Colorado apples, Haykin Family Cider is a treat for locals and visitors alike. All of their ciders are made small-batch and are free of additives and processed sugars. Haykin is open only on Thursday and Saturday evenings, so get there early! Be sure to try the Winter Banana or Rome Beauty, and stay for a chat with co-owners Daniel and Talia Haykin.
The Way Back
3963 Tennyson St. – http://thewaybackdenver.com/
Recently relocated to lively Tennyson Street in the Berkeley area, The Way Back is back in business—good news for the devoted followers who have been eagerly anticipating its reopening. The eclectic American menu changes weekly and focuses on sustainably sourced local ingredients. For something different, check out the Squid Ink Fettucine or Charred Bison Heart, and end the evening on the patio with a Elyx Moscow Mule.
Denver Eater (photgrapher: Sara Schiffer):