As you probably know from reading this blog for a while, one of mine and Chris’s favorite things to do when we’re on vacation or on one of our weekend trips is trying out some restaurants and places that are unique to that particular city. We definitely had some unique eating and drinking experiences when we were in Denver, which is why I can’t wait to share them with you. Now keep in mind that this list is pretty short because we were only there for a weekend, but there are a ton of great places to eat and drink in Denver!
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
We just happened to be heading to Denver a few weeks after Emily had posted her first Denver review, and it included this gem on the list! Ophelia’s is located right in the heart of downtown Denver in what used to be an old brothel. After prostitution became illegal, the brothel was changed into an adult book store. When the adult book store went out of business, the next owners decided to keep with the theme of the establishment and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox was created. Featuring live music on a weekly basis with a little bit of a sexy vibe, Ophelia’s definitely keeps with up with their previous tenants.
We decided to head to Ophelia’s for an early brunch that Saturday since we had gotten into town so late the night before. When we arrived about 10 minutes before opening, there was already a line forming for brunch, so definitely make sure that you get there early enough! Because we had arrived so early we got some great seats on the second story that overlooked the stage, which made it perfect for when the live show started.
When we saw the menu, we didn’t know what we wanted to eat because everything looked so good, so we decided to split a few items. We started off with some cocktails because it was brunch, and Chris tried the Bourbon Milk Punch while I tried the Diamond Lil’s. Both were delicious, but I definitely always love something with some bubbles! They do have bottomless mimosas that you can get as well, which would have been my first choice, but we weren’t going to be there all day because we had other plans, so it didn’t seem worth it at the time to me.
For brunch we opted to start with the Green Chili Goat Cheese Cornbread which oh my goodness was so good! I don’t know how they did it, but with the goat cheese baked right into the cornbread it basically melted in your mouth! For our main course, I went for the Chicken and Waffles while Chris opted for the Blackened Shrimp and Grits. Obviously I thought that my choice was better, but Chris’s was pretty darn good as well!
Our brunch experience at Ophelia’s was pretty much out of this world, and I can’t recommend a trip there enough if you’re visiting Denver. Just make sure to make a reservation or get there early because I know that they fill up. I’m so glad that Emily wrote about this place, otherwise I don’t know if we would have visited Ophelia’s!
1215 20th Street
Denver CO 80202
Dinner- 5:00 PM Monday- Sunday
Happy Hour- 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Monday- Friday
Brunch- 10:00 AM-2:30 AM Saturday- Sunday
The Great Divide Brewery
When most people think of Denver, most of the time one of the first things they think of is the amazing brewery scene, so of course, Chris and I had to try out one while we were there. One of the most well known breweries in the Denver area is The Great Divide Brewery, and that was at the top of Chris’s list to visit, so that was our next stop after Chris and I finished up brunch.
We visited their location near the ballpark, and probably one of my favorite parts about that location was the huge murals that were all around that location. Everything was so colorful and pretty, and my inner blogger definitely came out trying to get some pictures of the murals.
The taproom was really small, so we were glad that we arrived relatively early for a tasting. We hadn’t really tried any Great Divide beers before so we decided to share a tasting of 4 beers between the two of us. While the beer was good, I think that Chris and I are always going to be partial to our local favorite and love, Saint Arnold. If you’re hungry and you visit The Great Divide, you won’t be able to order any food inside the brewery, but they have a few food trucks that are generally outside, so you can grab some food from there.
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver CO 80205
1812 35th Street
Denver CO 80216
12:00 PM-8:00 PM Sunday- Tuesday
12:00 PM-10:00 PM Wednesday- Saturday
We felt pretty hoppy after trying some beer, and we had some time to kill before our tasting and tour at Infinite Monkey Theorem, so we opted to grab some snacks at another place that Emily had recommended from her trip to Denver, ViewHouse. Located right near Coors Field, this rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect place to visit on a game day. You can practically see into the stadium, not to mention the fact that you’re in Denver, the beautiful weather made sitting outside so enjoyable! We ended up just splitting a few appetizers since we weren’t too hungry after brunch and grabbed a couple of cocktails and just enjoyed the time being outside. It was such a nice break from the extreme heat that was happening back home!
2015 Market Street
Denver CO 80205
11:00 AM-2:00 AM Monday- Friday
10:00 AM- 2:00 AM Saturday- Sunday
Infinite Monkey Theorem
I’ve already talked in depth about our time at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, but I can’t talk about where to eat and drink in Denver without mentioning the Infinite Monkey Theorem. While this definitely feels more like a brewery than a winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an experience not to be missed when in Denver. With a wide variety of wines to choose from on tap, you can visit for a brief tasting, or go behind the scenes and opt for a tour to learn more about how the winery was started. We opted for the tour, and loved our time so incredibly much!
3200 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Monday
4:00 PM-10:00 PM Tuesday- Thursday
2:00 PM-10:00 PM Friday- Sunday
Little Man Ice Cream
After our failed attempt at going to a concert at Red Rocks, we decided that ice cream would be the perfect way for us to soothe our hurt feelings and end our day basically eating and drinking our way around Denver. I’d heard nothing but amazing things about Little Man Ice Cream as soon as I started researching for our trip to Denver, and since it was located right outside of the downtown area, it was the perfect stop before we made our way back to our hotel for the night.
When we arrived, we had a hard time finding parking, and once we found a spot, we saw why parking was so terrible, the line to get ice cream was at least 50 people deep. But we’d already parked, so we were going to try this ice cream out by golly!
The area that Little Man is located was a cute little place, and what I thought was so much cool was that there was actually some dance lessons going on right next door with a live band and everything. Everybody looked like they were having so much fun, and the best part was that it was all out in the open because it’s Colorado and not blisteringly hot, even in the middle of the summer!
While there were several employees that came out and offered limited flavors to all of us waiting in line, Chris and I wanted to see all the flavors that they had, so we waited until the very end to get our ice cream. Little Man has a wide variety of flavors to choose from that are constantly changing, along with a wide variety of vegan flavors as well. I’m pretty sure that Chris and I opted for the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, and it was worth every single minute that we waited in line! It was delicious, and the perfect end to our day!
2620 16th Street
Denver CO 80211
11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sunday-Thursday
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Friday- Saturday
So there you have it, everywhere that we ate and drank during our less than 48 hours in Denver. We honestly didn’t eat or drink a bad thing while we were there (although some of the beer might have been a little too hoppy for us), and I know that we could have eaten at a hundred different restaurants and had just as happy of bellies while we were in Denver! So hopefully this list will come in handy when you’re planning your next trip to Denver! I’m linking up with these wanderful women again for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!
Have you ever visited Denver? Do you have any favorite restaurants in the Mile High City?
Other Denver Posts:
6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver
How To Spend A Weekend In Denver
Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
Red Rocks- More Than Just A Concert Venue