Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile or 5,280 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. Denver is known for its outdoor activities and boasts that it is one of the healthiest cities in the US. Home to the Denver Broncos, Nuggets and the Colorado Rockies, Denver is active all year round. One of the more interesting areas of Denver is the 16th Street Mall. One of the main north/south streets in Denver is blocked to all automobile traffic and is lined with restaurants, nightlife, shops and music. As Colorado is the home to Software Test Professionals the staff wanted to point out some of their favorite places on and around 16th Street.
When the craft beer revolution began nearly 20 years ago, Yard House was there pioneering the way. Taking its vast experience with brews and breweries and coupling it with a kitchen that prepares over 100 items made from scratch daily, Yard House has become a modern public house where food and beer lovers unite. The Yard house is attached to the STPCon event hotel and is a great place to network or just wind down after a long day of sessions.
Address: 1555 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202
Menu: Chow Down
The Kitchen Denver is a farm-to-table bistro. Our menu evolves seasonally and reflects the simple and straightforward preparation of comfortable classics. Located in the heart of LoDo, we serve from 11 am daily, with options including our raw bar, meat, fish and seasonally prepared vegetarian dishes. The Kitchen Denver donates 20% of Community Night sales to help plant gardens in Denver Public Schools.
Address: 1530 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Open Table: Make a Reservation
The idea behind 5280 Burger Bar started with two guys who love really good, high-quality burgers. With that in mind, we serve the finest, chef-crafted burgers, salads, appetizers and sides made from local, fresh, all-natural ingredients. We do this by serving burgers made from Colorado beef, never treated with hormones or antibiotics, and we source as much of our produce as possible from local and regional farms. We are so committed to freshness that we don’t even have a freezer in our kitchen! The 5280 Burger bar proudly offers 12 Colorado craft beers on tap daily.
Address: 1500 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Menu: Let’s Eat!
Café Colore is an Italian oasis in the frenzied pace of downtown Denver, boasting fresh ingredients in a quaint cafe setting. It is a wonderful place to experience casual al fresco dining during your busy day, or a cozy dinner for two. Café Colore features house made salad dressings and sauces, and all of our pastas and pizzas can be prepared gluten free using local dough from Boulder’s Gluten Free Bistro.
Address: 1512 Larimer St., R12, Denver, CO 80202
Menu: Buon Appetito!
The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant provides sanctuary from the problems of the world while serving the best dang margaritas and Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande. Located halfway between The Pepsi Center and Coors Field in LoDo, The Denver Rio is the perfect place to get your night started. So grab a seat in Denver’s number one neighborhood for fun, whether you’re people watching, enjoying the fun, or keeping up with your favorite sports teams on the televisions in our bar.
Address: 1525 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
Menu: Check out the Margaritas!
Open Table: Make a Reservation
The Paramount Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and was declared an historic landmark by the City of Denver in 1988. Today, The Historic Paramount Theatre remains a vibrant, multi-event facility where Denver Metro residents enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options each year. From rock concerts to dance performances, comedy to lectures and movies to Wurlitzer organ performances, the Historic Paramount Theatre remains a top choice in Denver’s entertainment scene.
Address: 1621 Glenarm Place Denver, CO 80202-4301
Located in the South of Colfax Nightlife District, The Church is where beautiful people, beautiful music and a beautiful vibe come together within a spectacular setting of stained glass art, Gothic architecture, 70’ ceilings, a sushi bar, multiple dance floors in 10 rooms & 3 floors. Voted “best nightclub in the country,” two years in a row!
Address: 1160 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80203
The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is the largest performing arts complex under one roof, and the second-largest center of its kind in terms of number of venues and seating capacity. Connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof, DPAC houses ten performance spaces on its four-block, 12-acre site. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning repertory theatre company, Broadway touring productions, contemporary dance and ballet, magnificent chorales, a major symphony orchestra, internationally-acclaimed opera and more.
Address: 1400 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80202
Calendar: What’s Going On?
The Mall offers Denver’s best people-watching. There are 42 outdoor cafes along the Mall, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Denver Pavilions, near the south end of the Mall, is a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theatres and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. At the north end of the Mall, 16th Street continues as a pedestrian path over three bridges connecting downtown to Commons Park and LoHi, a hip neighborhood filled with restaurants and brewpubs.
Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado’s Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry’s reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.
Address: 700 Water Street Denver, CO 80211
Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science traces its origins back more than a hundred years to one man’s efforts and a little log cabin tucked away in the mountains. In 1868, pioneer and naturalist Edwin Carter arrived in Breckenridge, Colo., and devoted himself to his true love-the birds and mammals of the Rocky Mountains. Carter soon assembled one of the most complete collections of Colorado fauna and displayed his specimens in his log cabin home, dubbed the Carter Museum. As word spread of the Carter collection, the need became apparent for a larger fireproof building to preserve and display his growing natural history collection. Funds were soon raised and The Colorado Museum of Natural History (now Denver Museum of Nature & Science) was incorporated on December 6, 1900.
Address: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205
Hours: Open Every Day 9am to 5pm
As you can see from this list, there is no shortage of things to do in Denver. Want more? Check out www.Denver.org. Come a couple days early, unwind, enjoy yourself and get ready to attend the Leading Conference on Software Testing, STPCon.