My trip to Colorado was the first time I had ever visited the state! My boyfriend and I visited Denver, Boulder, Breckenridge, and the Rocky Mountains, and overall the trip was fantastic. We rented out a beautiful cabin, and took the most amazing hike up to Dream Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It was September, so the Aspens were a bright, beautiful yellow which made our experience that much more wonderful. Down the road, I will do a guide to hiking the Rocky Mountains, and finding the perfect mountain cabin, but today I am going to focus specifically on Denver, and ever more specifically my favorite bars and breweries that we visited in Denver!
Before you go let me lend you a word of advice, or “disclaimer” if you will… Denver is the Mile High City. In this altitude, and thin dry air, dehydration and alcohol affect the body more quickly and intensely. Be sure to constantly drink water, even much more than you normally would. Also, give yourself a day or two to acclimate to the altitude before you partake in any strenuous activities or drinking. Take drinking very slowly and cautiously, and if you start to feel sick lay down for a little and sip on some water! My boyfriend and I were so dried out the first night (Floridians, ha) that we had to point the humidifier right at our faces!
If the bar theme isn’t for you, there are many other remarkable things to do in Denver. Some of my favorite are:
Denver Science Museum (there’s a great view of the city from here too)
Catch a Game at Coor’s Field
Visit the Red Rocks Amphitheater
Shop in Larimer Square
Now to get into the bar/brewery tour. We had an AirBnb close to our first stop, and found everything else pretty much walkable from there. However, we don’t mind walking 5-10 miles a day on vacation, so if you’d prefer not to walk, then Uber is also a great option.
Start your day at: Snooze A.M. Eatery
Okay, okay this isn’t a bar or a brewery, but you can grab a mimosa or Bloody Mary and pretend like it is. I just couldn’t leave this one off the list because I am a huge breakfast person. Have a yummy breakfast and coffee to get your day started. I tried the 3 pancake sampler and it was de-li-cious!
Next Stop: Great Divide Brewery
This brewery is the perfect first stop to introduce yourself to Denver Craft Beer. They were founded in Denver in 1994, and brew an exciting variety of local craft beer! It has a great hang-out atmosphere. We chatted it up with a few locals that we met at the bar before going on our way.
Have lunch at: Viewhouse
My boyfriend loves rooftop bars (I don’t blame him), so whenever we are exploring a new city we make it a point to visit a few. Viewhouse is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat because they have a great food and drinks on happy hour. They are located just a few blocks from Coors Field, and have a great view over Denver. We were able to hang here for hours in their comfy lounge chairs. We loved it so much we even came back the next day.
Head Over To: Denver Beer Co.
Another Denver Brewery with a passion for brewing craft beer! Denver Beer Company has a an open-air feel with just a roof separating guests from the outdoors. My boyfriend and I had the beer flight so we could sample a variety, and I loved the sour beer! Denver Beer Co. also has games, and hosts local events!
See the Sunset at: Linger
Linger is the second rooftop bar we visited. We loved it because it has a unique vibe to it. It is decorated with vintage signs, string lights and a Bar-V (an old RV on the roof that has been turned into a bar). It was a beautiful evening to share a drink, appetizer, and watch the sunset. Right across the street you can get dessert and Little Big Man’s Ice Cream.
End Your Night: Williams & Graham
This was an awesome little speak-easy! To get it, you have to walk through a candle lit secret entrance behind a bookshelf. The cocktails are a little pricey, but they are delicious and definitely worth it! It’s the perfect spot to relax and soak up the atmosphere after a long day.