Autumn is inching closer to winter and the holiday season is upon us! If you’re still not sure about what’s happening in the city, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out about fun cultural events, new restaurants that have just opened or are opening this month, and more! Enjoy our round up of 34 neat things to do in Denver!
1-2. Be Dazzled at one of these Candlelight Concerts–and there’s even a special Coldplay tribute night.
These enchanting candlelit evenings are wildly popular here in Denver and they’re here for another sensational season. This autumn, enjoy the sounds of classic music and flickering candlelight with concerts featuring a tribute to Coldplay, a magical ballet special, and an aerial performance accompanying some of the best pop songs.
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? This is an experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is coming to Denver this October in Upper Larimer, so you can find out for yourself. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, and this year, they’ll be featuring a holiday special.
The Red Barber promises to be your new urban oasis, stacked tall with bench seating, beer-bearing gnomes, corn hole, and ample space–3,300 square feet of it. Situated on top of the Catbird Hotel, Red Barber has bottled cocktails, beer, and frosé.
Welcome to Ghost Donkey a hip and modern Mexican gourmet cantina and cocktail bar where the nights are long and the mezcal is smoky. Located inside Union Station, Ghost Donkey is the perfect spot for fans of mezcal and tequila alike, and those who may have never tried them before. We’d also highly recommend trying out their gourmet nachos.
Recently opened in the Santa Fe Arts District, this amazing new lounge is spinning vinyl records and serving up craft beer and natural wines. ESP HiFi is not like any other bar that Denver has seen crop up recently (aside from Sunday Vinyl), but something that’s more akin to the Japanese style of lounge rooms where the vibes are chill, the drinks are flowing, and the records are spinning unique, carefully curated beats
You may not know here to get fresh seafood here in Denver, but that’s why we created this list of some of the best in the city. From quick and easy seafood, to rolls stacked high and slathered in buttery, to more elegant plates of fish and even sushi, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.
18. Try out this global restaurant that was featured on the New York Times’ Best Restaurants of 2021
The New York Times has released their annual Best Restaurants List of 2021 that “reflect the rich mosaic of American dining,” through the nation’s best voted restaurants. Comal Heritage Food Incubator was NYT’s pick for Denver, praised for its mission to represent and teach underrepresented women in the culinary industry and serving food from their roots.
Desert Drinks & Exotics is Colorado’s number one snack shop, and they’re opening their new store November 15th, which is just around the corner! Try some of their most uniquely flavored snacks from all around the globe, like Lays Truffle Potato Chips from Taiwan, Smoothie Skittles from Australia, or a snack perfectly suited for Halloween, the Bag of Bones White Cheddar Cheetos from Canada.
Tickets have just gone on sale for the annual Trail of Lights brought to us by the Denver Botanic Garden. Tickets run for $15 from November 26th through January 2nd. When purchasing tickets, there are multiple slots you can choose from 5pm tom 8:30pm, every thirty minutes, so you’ll have many opportunities.
Dine al-fresco at one of these outdoor patios in Denver complete with string lights, mountain views, and some of Denver’s most amazing beer.
One of Denver’s best contemporary Asian restaurants, ChoLon, will be joined by another. Yumcha is a delicious noodle and dumpling spot that will accompany ChoLon under the same management, and is slated to open this month.
The Ponti is a brand new addition to the Denver Art Museum that’s doing fresh and locally-sourced, sustainable plates of food. Try dishes like fresh salads, salmon cooked to perfection, and locally-sourced burgers. P.S.: The chef behind The Ponti was also the first Denver local to make a James Beard award.
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