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Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & 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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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!

Location
1215 20th Street
Denver CO 80202

Hours
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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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 Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Locations
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver CO 80205

1812 35th Street
Denver CO 80216

Hours
12:00 PM-8:00 PM Sunday- Tuesday
12:00 PM-10:00 PM Wednesday- Saturday

ViewHouse

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2015 Market Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
3200 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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 Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2620 16th Street
Denver CO 80211

Hours
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

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A small listing of where to eat & drink in Denver if you're there for a weekend. From brunch to a brewery to ice cream. There's a little bit of everything!

Red Rocks- More Than Just A Concert Venue

The first thing people usually think of when they think of Red Rocks is the fantastic concert venue that’s located right outside of Denver, Colorado, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was one of those people too. But during our trip to Denver last year, we found out that Red Rocks is actually way more than just a concert venue, it’s a truly beautiful place to visit for any occasion! So I’m going to break down the three ways that you can experience Red Rocks during your next trip to Denver!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Red Rocks- The Concert Venue

Like I stated earlier, the number one thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Red Rocks is this mega huge concert venue that all the big name artists want to play because it’s so beautiful but also so acoustically pleasing. And what I think makes it even more special is the fact that it was completely made by nature! I am definitely in that bucket of people which is why I looked up the concert information when Chris and I were planning our trip to Denver.

I personally didn’t recognize any of the names that were going to playing the Saturday that we were in town, so Chris and I didn’t think that we’d have any problems getting tickets if we wanted to go during our trip. This trip hadn’t been very well planned for my Type A personality so we were planning on just going with the flow. That is definitely NOT something that you can do with Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Even if it looks like Jo Schmo is going to be playing at Red Rocks the random weekend that you happen to be visiting Denver, you still need to buy tickets in advance for his concert at Red Rocks. I guarantee it will be sold out the day of, which is exactly what happened with us. We still attempted to get into the venue, but when they say sold out, they mean sold out! So that is definitely my words of wisdom if you’re planning a trip to Denver specifically for a concert, buy your tickets ahead of time! From what we could hear outside of the venue though, it sounded like it was going to be an amazing concert!

Red Rocks- The Workout Facility

Don’t worry, if you happen to miss out on a concert at Red Rocks during your trip to Denver, you can still get a chance to visit the beautiful amphitheater because it is open every day from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset during non event days and one hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM on event days. That gives you plenty of time to get out and explore this beautiful area that was created by nature.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

When you arrive at Red Rocks, you’ll immediately notice how many ramps and stairs you have to walk up in order to get into the actual amphitheater, and once you’re inside you’ll notice how many stairs you have to walk up in order to actually get to a seat, if you were going to a concert. That’s why Red Rocks is used a lot by many Coloradans as a workout facility!

When we arrived the Sunday that we were going to leave, we walked up to the Amphitheater to just see what it looked like, and we fully expected to see other tourists like ourselves checking it out as well. We were completely surprised when we saw how many work out groups there were spread out all over the Amphitheater running up bleachers, lifting weights, and using basically anything and everything they could find around the Amphitheater. It definitely would be motive for me to get in shape if I saw how many stairs I’d need to climb on a daily basis!

Red Rocks- The Park

While you might remember that the Red Rocks Amphitheater was created naturally from the earth, sometimes it’s hard to remember that this beautiful concert venue is surrounded by even more beauty in the surrounding areas, which is why you definitely need to try and hike during your trip to Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

That was our main objective when we visited that Sunday afternoon, and after finding a map online we set off on a small trail that wasn’t too extreme for us Texans that are used to being on flat ground at sea level! I was so glad that I brought my big camera with me because seriously around every turn I felt like I kept on seeing even more beautiful rock formations that just didn’t seem real!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

During your hike you can definitely expect to see lots of native Coloradans out for an early morning hike with their favorite pooches, but you might also run into some native animals that include deer! Chris and I were very lucky and ran into a beautiful doe when we were hiking and spent a long time just taking in the beauty of the surrounding area and the animals before heading back on our hike.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I believe that Chris and I hiked the Trading Post Trail, which had easy access from the Amphitheater, and it definitely wasn’t too hard for us Texans. It was quite toasty outside once we got done though! Afterwards we stopped into the Trading Post to cool off for a bit and to pick up a souvenir, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

As you can see, while most people might consider a trip to Red Rocks to be a once in a lifetime experience to see a concert, there really is so much more that this venue has to offer! I definitely recommend planning a morning or afternoon to go hiking, or if you’re a huge workout buff, don’t miss the opportunity to work out here either!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I guess that it’s getting harder and harder for me to sit down and write travel posts these days, so I’m very excited to be 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 Red Rocks in Colorado before? Have you attended a concert there?

Other Denver Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver
How To Spend A Weekend In Denver
Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

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Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

When most people think of Denver, Colorado, they probably think of the great outdoors and all of the beautiful mountains and scenery first and the great brewery scene second. When Chris and I visited last year, we were both very excited to visit a few breweries, but when I was doing my research for Denver I stumbled upon a little something extra that was right up our alley, a winery located in the heart of downtown Denver, The Infinite Monkey Theorem.

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

Now I’ll be the first to admit, when I think of a winery the first thing that comes to mind is all of the beautiful wineries in Napa Valley with the sprawling vineyards and the big beautiful house where you sit down and have a seated tasting and they explain to you all about the flavors that you’re experiencing with your wine. That is not what you can expect from the Infinite Monkey Theorem. Instead of a “classy” Napa experience, definitely expect a much more laid back winery experience that almost feels like you’re in a brewery instead of a winery.

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

The Infinite Monkey Theorem winery started in Denver back in 2008 when the owner decided that he wanted to throw all of the normal winery pretentiousness out the door and focus on making good wine out of local ingredients, which is how the name came to be, that you can make a really good product out of all the normal winery chaos. So he started growing grapes in Colorado and harvesting them at their best time and then began to make wine in a warehouse in downtown Denver, and that’s exactly where you can go today for a tour and wine tasting!

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

Chris and I actually arrived a little bit earlier than our tour time at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, but instead of just sitting around, we were given a glass of wine to help hold us over until our tour started which, of course, was on tap. Now I don’t know about you, but having wine on tap and readily available is definitely a perk to me! Chris and I relaxed outside for a little bit because Denver outside in July is actually bearable, unlike in Houston, before we headed on our tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

Our tour guide was a ton of fun and did a great job of explaining us to the history of the winery, how the production works, and of course just tasting and talking about wine. We tried a few different types of wine, but one of my favorite parts was getting to try out their canned cider and wine because at the time it was such a unique concept, now not so much. I still think that it would be a blast to get some canned wine and take them to a tailgate, so I could drink wine instead of beer, although that will definitely have to happen next year instead of this year.

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

Overall, our experience at The Infinite Monkey Theorem couldn’t have been better. Now if you’re not going to be in the Denver area anytime soon, don’t worry, The Infinite Monkey Theorem actually has another location besides Denver, and that’s in Austin, Texas. Both Denver and Austin are funky cities and Austin is located pretty close to the Texas wine region so it just makes sense for their second location to be there. So next time you’re visiting the capital of Texas, make sure to stop in for some wine as well! I’m very happy to be linking back up with these wanderful women 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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver

Have you ever visited a winery in a city before? Have you ever visited The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery before? 

Other Denver Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver
How To Spend A Weekend In Denver

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A unique experience in an urban environment, a winery in downtown Denver. Be sure to visit The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery in downtown Denver!

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