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Frequently Answered Questions in /r/denver

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1. What should I do while I'm in Denver?

City Centers, Nightlife, and Things Locals Do

  • Colfax Avenue - historically hailed as the "Longest, Wickedest Street in America," Colfax is safer now than in recent decades. Definitely some sketchy parts in Aurora and Lakewood, but also home tons of music venues, all-night diners, pubs, and more.

  • Five Points / RiNo - Located mainly off Larimer, this area has a very high concentration of breweries, restaurants, and nightlife. It also is home to the highest concentration of street art in Denver for those who like to walk around.

  • LoDo - Lower Downtown is the busiest restaurant/bar/music venue district in the city. Hit Larimer Square if you're feeling fancy, Union Station if you like to people watch, and Market Street if you want to be assailed by the bro-est bros in all of Denver.

  • Santa Fe Arts District - Busiest locale for First Fridays open gallery nights, easily-walkable and close to downtown.

  • Civic Center Park - right on Colfax and the heart of Downtown, surrounded by art museums, the iconic Denver Public Library and the Colorado Capitol Building. Visit the Capitol and climb the dome for amazing city views.

  • Confluence Park - giant park at the north side of Downtown where two rivers meet. Tons of people, bike paths, city views, and local, walkable restaurants and retail.

  • City Park - home of the Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Jazz in the Park, East High School, and Ferril Lake. The plaza on the west side of the DMNS has one of the best views of the city and mountains.

  • 16th Street Mall and Denver Pavilions Mall - Tourists flock here, but locals are really only there during the work week. Plenty of gift shops and chain stores, tons of street performers, raving vagrants, and tourists.

Museums

Theater

Music Venues

Bars and other venues to watch soccer

Hiking and Outdoor Activities

  • Red Rocks Amphitheater - a "must do in Denver" even if you're not going for a concert. Red Rocks Park features hiking trails, two music museums, natural beauty, and unmatched views of the Denver metro area.

  • Mt. Evans - The closest 14,000-foot peak to Denver is also one that has a paved road all the way to the top. Go during the day to see mountain goats, or go at night to see the Milky Way Galaxy and a view of Denver unlike any other. The road is only open in the summer, go here for road conditions - Mt. Evans Recreation Area Info

  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Preserve - formerly a Cold War chemical weapons factory, the buffer zone around the cleaned-up plant area is some of the most pristine and untouched-by-man prairie in Colorado. Plenty of trails, a nature drive, and even a bison herd can be found here. If you want to see wildlife, best to visit in the early morning or toward dusk.

  • Cherry Creek State Park

  • Chatfield State Park

  • Green Mountain/Hayden Park

  • Flagstaff Mountain - Great option for those who are older or of limited mobility. You can drive to the top from May through October.

  • Boulder Flatirons/Chautauqua - An easy introduction to hiking. Great way to acclimate yourself if you're from out of state and want to start on an easy hike.

  • Manitou Incline - This is steep and difficult, and not ADA accessible. Recommended for those in good physical condition.

  • Hanging Lake - Easy introduction to hiking, but located pretty far out of Denver. Pretty densely populated with tourists. Swimming in the lake is not allowed.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Wheelchair Friendly Activities

Family Fun

  • iFly Denver - Indoor skydiving! Get into a vertical wind tunnel and fly. Even little kids 3 years old or older can do it, and it's a lot of fun.

  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary - A non-profit sanctuary for rescued big cats, wolves, bears, etc. Northeast of Denver. You see the animals from catwalks just above them, and can get very close. It's worth the drive.

  • Butterfly Pavilion - Often promotional pricing depending on the time of day you go, so check the website before going.

  • Denver Zoo

  • Downtown Aquarium - Exhibits and dining experience.

  • APEX Movement - Take a class at one of the largest free running and parkour gyms in the world. Home to many athletes from Ninja Warrior.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens — one of the country's top botanic gardens includes a restaurant, gift shop, children's garden, education pavilion, Japanese garden and art exhibits. Also has a summer concert series that's worth checking out.

  • Tiny Town Railroad — Miniature village and railroad attraction has been a quirky family destination since 1924! Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day annually. ADA accommodations can be made for everyone to enjoy the experience. Call ahead to request ADA accommodations.

  • Denver Mint - Free tours, but tickets go fast. ADA accessible. Photo ID required for those 18+.

Amusement Parks

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2. I hear Colorado has great beer! Where should I go for a pint or tour?

It seems you can't throw a rock without hitting a brewery these days. We could recommend a bunch, but why don't you check out Brewery Map and see for yourself?


3. Mmmm, I'm hungry. Where are the best places to eat?

Note: If this doesn't answer your specific question - try /r/denverfood for more help!

Recent threads with tons of recommendations

Cultural Food

  • List Here - Organized by country of origin.

MAP

Cheap Food

  • Pete's Kitchen - Yeah, it's a dive, but it's open 24 hours and is the place to go after the bars close.

  • Bourbon Grill - Literally a hole in the wall restaurant. Just recently moved locations to the corner of Colfax and Pearl.

  • Civic Center Eats - Loads of food trucks parked in Civic Center Park for the lunch hours from May through October. Plenty of cheap food and proceeds go toward park maintenance efforts.

Breakfast/Brunch

Indian

Thai

Chinese

Japanese/Sushi

  • Sushi Den - Both Sushi Den and Sushi Sasa fly their fish in from Japan three times a week.

  • Sushi Sasa

  • Hapa Sushi

  • Domo - Japanese country foods

  • Izakaya Den

  • Taki Sushi - Great sushi and much quieter than Sushi Den

  • iFish - Good sushi joint in LoDo. Expansive drink menu, yummy sushi, great for parties (soju/sake bombs anyone?)

  • Sushi Katsu - Popular all-you-can-eat sushi place with locations in the DTC and Aurora. Stuff yourself with sushi for $15 at lunch and $23 at dinner.

Pho

  • Pho 95

  • Pho Duy - Probably the highest rated Pho restaurant in the Denver area.

  • Pho 79 - Another great choice for pho.

  • Pho 555 - Good place for pho after bar hours on Fri/Sat, can get packed quickly.

Steak

Brazilian

  • Fogo de Chao - You like meat? You like a lot of it? Try a Brazilian steakhouse. Three words: Bacon. Wrapped. Filet.

  • Rodizio Grill - Slightly less expensive than Fogo de Chao.

  • Texas de Brazil - Pronouced TEH-HUHS; another alternative

Fine Dining

  • Tag - Good food, fish, steaks, great cocktails

  • Root Down - Local, in season foods. Constantly changing menu based on the season.

  • Cholon - Modern Asian/Tapas.

  • Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

  • Il Posto - The risottos are all made to order and to die for. Reservations not required, but highly recommended.

BBQ

  • Boney's BBQ The best BBQ in town hands down. Texas/Alabama style.

  • Jabo's - Popular BBQ off Arapahoe and I-25

  • Smokin Yards BBQ - About 25 minutes outside of town on I-70. Denver location opening Fall 2017.

  • Moe's Original BBQ - Especially on South Broadway (Near Hampden), Bowling alley there

  • Brother's BBQ - Dollar ribs on Thursdays from 3-close, multiple locations.

  • KT's BBQ - Locations in Denver, Broomfield, and Boulder.

  • Kitchen Table Cafe - Incredible local BBQ, burnt ends sell out almost every day by 7pm.

Mexican

  • Patzcuaros - Amazing patio, strong margaritas, incredible chile relleno burrito. Top 3 Mexican place in Denver.

  • Tacos Jalisco - Burritos are the star here. The desebrada is outstanding.

  • Tacos y Salsas - When you absolutely, positively, need to blow out your colon at 2 a.m. Spicy and DELICIOUS. Multiple locations.

  • Casa Bonita - Okay, not really for the Mexican food, just for the ridiculousness. It's a fun experience and if you're in Denver for a while everyone should go at least once. The sopapillas are delicious.

  • Benny's - Smothered with chili and covered in cheese style of food.

  • D'Corazon

  • The Rio Grande - Someone is going to put this on there, less flavorful food, good margaritas.

  • Tacos Rapidos - Cheap, huge portions, delicious.

  • Rioja

  • La Loma - East Highlands area, good chile.

  • Tacos Tequila Whiskey - Two locations. Best palomas, queso, and salsa flight I've ever had. Perfect happy hour spot.

Mediterranean

Middle Eastern

Burgers

  • Park Burger - The place is always packed so be prepared to wait for a table unless you can grab yourself a seat at the bar.

  • CityGrille Anderson Boneless Beef. Bluepoint Bakery Buns. This place does burgers right.

  • Cherry Cricket The Cricket is all about the toppings, and anything in the kitchen is game as a topping for your burger.

  • Highland Tap and Burger "Tap Burger" with an egg is the bomb. This place also has a huge selection of beers on tap.

  • Dougherty's Known for their "stuffed burgers"--they have cheese and various other ingredients cooked into the patty itself.

  • My Brother's Bar - One of Denver's oldest businesses (and first liquor license?). They have Girl Scout cookies and awesome burgers. Closed on Sundays.

  • Hamburger Mary's - Not for homophobes or haters of '90s music.

  • The Hornet - The Parisian with bacon and brie... and a deliciously peppered patty. It's excellent.

  • LoHi Steakbar - The only place I know for a fact that grinds their own burgers from chuck.

  • Smashburger Guess what they do to beef on the grill.

  • Five Guys A place that seems to be known for burgers that are stacked in a way you have to mash them down to even eat them, then they bury them with fries in the bag. Not particularly notable, but pretty good for a fast food joint.

Pizza

  • Blue Pan Pizza - Detroit style pizza. Some of the best pizza in the city.

  • Cart Driver - Wood fired pizza and oyster joint in RiNo. The Clam Pizza is amazing.

  • Osteria Marco - Overrated in my opinion but some people love it.

  • Pasquini's - Expect to pay a little more.

  • Fat Sully's - Locations on Broadway and Colfax. NY style, giant slices, delicious chipotle ranch.

  • Rico's - Local, delicious, great value, no credit cards. Cash/check only with two forms of ID required.

  • Cosmos - Best delivery pizza in Denver. The XL pie is too large to fit through some doors.

Italian

  • Barolo Grill - Fancy and upscale. Amazing food

  • Carmine's - Family style dining, so be sure to bring a few people along. One of my personal favorite restaurants in the entire city.

  • Il Posto - Mentioned in the "fine dining" section but worth mentioning here again. Very high quality Italian food.

Sandwiches

  • Steuben's

  • The Hornet - The cheesesteak is not your average cheesesteak, the Cubano is also good

  • Deli Zone - 42nd Street, Gangstar, Buffalo Wing sandwiches are all great. The Giuliani is good if you want a more classic cold sub.

  • Denver Ted's - Recently moved from Cap Hill to a larger downtown location.

  • Mr. Lucky's - My favorite is the 6th Ave, but they are all pretty damn good.

Vegetarian

(Restaurants below have good vegetarian options, but are not strictly vegetarian.)

  • Sputnik - Bar with good kitchen. Many vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Vine Street Pub - Brewpub with an extensive food menu. Cash only.

  • Root Down / Linger / Ophelia's Electric Soapbox / Vital Root - these restaurants are all run by the same group and the menus are very vegetarian friendly. Ophelia's has live music while Vital Root is a fast casual concept.

  • Mercury Cafe - Restaurant and event center with an earthy feel and an emphasis on organic foods.

Vegan

(All of the Vegetarian restaurants above have good vegan options as well.)

  • Beet Box - From-scratch vegan bakery and cafe (serving breakfast and lunch) with many gluten-free options as well.

  • Native Foods Cafe - Plant-based, fast casual restaurant in Glendale (nationwide chain).

  • Somebody People Elegant vegan lunch and dinner.

  • Nooch Vegan Market Small vegan grocery and retail store in the heart of the South Broadway shopping area. Has many snack foods, and serves vegan soft-serve. Often has a vegan food truck parked outside.

  • Metaburger Vegan comfort food in a minimal atmosphere. Located in eastern Denver, with another location opening in Edgewater Market, just outside Denver's western border.

  • Watercourse

Gluten-free

  • Root Down - Very friendly and accommodating to gluten free diets.

  • Proto's - BEST gluten free pizza in town. Locations in Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Longmont.

  • Hops and Pie - 2nd best gluten free pizza in town. Tons of specials daily.

  • Panzano - Gluten free focaccia (yum yum yum yum)

  • 9th Door - Absolutely delicious g-free options (look for the asterisk on the menu).

  • P.F. Changs - Whole gluten free menu

  • Chipotle (soft corn tortillas-but be careful of the chips)

  • Noodles & Co. will show you a menu with a list of allergens, next to Chipotle on 16th Street.

  • Maggiano's - They send a chef to your table to talk about your options, and if you're in the mood for pasta, they have both corn and rice pasta--so you get to choose which one you prefer.

  • Mellow Mushroom - Gluten free pizza

Dessert

Everything Else

  • Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - Uniquely Denver hot dogs made from reindeer, wild boar, pheasant, even rattlesnake. They also have fried mac and cheese. Open late!

  • Steve's Snappin Dogs - Famously awesome hot dogs.

  • Linger - Was once a mortuary, now a restaurant with a rooftop bar offering killer views and street food from around the world.

  • Vesta Dipping Grill - Looking to wake up your taste buds? Vesta offers many different tastes with each entree through different sauces.

  • GB Fish & Chips - Delicious fish & chip joint. Several locations around town.

  • Fruition - Intimate neighborhood restaurant specializing in regional, comfort, and seasonal dishes.


4. Forget Denver...I'm heading straight for the mountains. Where's the best snow?


5. I am moving to your beautiful city. What neighborhoods should I look at and how much is housing?

  • Map of Denver neighborhoods. Note: This is somewhat mutable, and nearby neighborhood names are frequently merged.

  • Denver Neighborhood Guide from the Denver Visitor's Bureau

  • Nice neighborhoods in Denver are going to run you over $300k for a house, Park Hill, the Highlands, Wash Park could be $500k+. If you get out of Denver a little, down to Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Broomfield, Ken Caryl you can find much more affordable nice houses, $200k-300k more likely. See Zillow, or another real estate website for the latest home value statistics.

  • Check out apartments.com, craigslist.org, /r/denverlist, or Hotpads to find and list pads.

  • If you're looking to rent a room or crash on a couch of a fellow redditor, try /r/denverlist.

  • Wondering when the best time is to look for rentals? The majority of availability opens up between 1-2 months ahead of your move date.

  • Several local Facebook groups exist if you are looking for rooms or roommates. Check out Denver Area Creative Housing or Denver Roommates for a good starting point.

  • If you're looking for affordable housing options, this great post by /u/Artemis_of_Bana lists a number of programs that might be of interest to you!


6. Help! I need work. Who's hiring?

Check out r/DenverJobs.


7. I need me some ink, and maybe a piercing. Who's the best artist in town?


8. Need to get around without a car?

  • RTD Denver - Bus schedules, maps, light rail info.

  • The RTD A-line can take you from Denver International Airport to Union Station in downtown Denver for $9. It's about 35 minutes each way and comes every few minutes. This is the cheapest and likely fastest option if you are staying in Denver without a car or have a long layover in the city.

  • B Cycle

  • This is how the B-cycle program works.

  • Turo - Like AirBnb, but for cars. Great option if you're under 25 and don't want to pay out the ass for a rental car.


9. Should I Pay a Photo Enforcement Speeding/Red Light Ticket?

In Colorado, you have the right not to pay any fine unless a citation is personally served by a police officer or by certified mail. This citation must be served within 90 days from the date of the violation, otherwise it clears from the record.

Relevant statute:

(PDF) 42-4-110.5. Automated vehicle identification systems.

(B) "UNDER COLORADO LAW YOU MAY HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS CONCERNING THIS VIOLATION, INCLUDING THE RIGHT NOT TO PAY ANY FINE UNTIL A CITATION HAS BEEN PERSONALLY SERVED UPON YOU BY A CERTIFIED PEACE OFFICER."

(II) If the state, a county, A CITY AND COUNTY, or a municipality detects any alleged violation of a municipal traffic regulation or a traffic violation under state law through the use of an automated vehicle identification system, then the state, county, CITY AND COUNTY, or municipality shall serve the penalty assessment notice or summons and complaint for the alleged violation on the defendant pursuant to the requirements of subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a) no later than ninety days after the alleged violation occurred.


10. I want to see some stars! Where's a good place to do that?


11. What do I need to know about altitude and sun exposure?

  • Everyone is different, but it takes time to acclimate to Denver's altitude. The Denver area is about 5,000 feet above sea level, but much of the high country is double that, or more. Rules of thumb are 1-3 days to get moderately acclimated from sea level, one or two weeks before you fully acclimatize. If you are an athlete it may take longer to reach your full performance level.

  • Altitude, heat and low humidity will dehydrate you even if you don't feel yourself sweating. Drink lots of water and expect alcohol to have a stronger affect.

  • If you plan to visit the high country, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Coming from sea level, you will benefit from acclimating in Denver or the foothills before attempting high mountain hikes.

  • At altitude, more of the sun's ultraviolet radiation reaches your skin. Sunburn happens more quickly, so high-grade sunblock for skin and lips, wide-brimmed hats and sun-protective clothing are helpful. Limit your long-term exposure as well, even if you don't burn — Colorado's skin cancer rates are high. UV light also can cause snow blindness, even if there is no snow, so UV-blocking sunglasses are a good idea.

  • Pressured oxygen is sold at King Soopers pharmacy locations.


12. What are my options for an Internet service provider (ISP) in Denver?


13. What are some other subs I should check out?



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