Exciting restaurants and attractions all hallmarks of the many things new in Denver that beckon visitors to the mile high city
Voted the best place to live in the United States by US News & World Report, Denver is a beautiful getaway destination with a lot to offer. Visitors can expect famous museums, attractions and restaurants, all with a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. Here are some of the restaurants, bars and attractions new in Denver.
CONSTELLATION ICE CREAM
In March of 2019, the owners of Little Man Ice Cream Factory opened up Constellation Ice Cream. The name pays homage to a famous aircraft from the mid-20th century: the Lockheed Constellation. With its 75-foot replica aircraft wing, it also highlights Denver’s history of the famous Stapleton International Airport. And not only does it have a unique design, but it also has a “Scoop for Scoop” program, where the shop donates to local schools to support STEM education.
THE SOURCE HOTEL + MARKET HALL
This urban gourmet market and hotel features two new restaurants–Safta, the highly anticipated Israeli restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef, Alon Shaya; and barbeque joint, Smok, from Acorn’s former Chef Bill Espiricuetta–in addition to the acclaimed Acorn restaurant and Reunion Bakery.
RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE AND COLORADO MUSIC HALL OF FAME
If you are visiting Denver, the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a must-see. It is an absolutely beautiful phenomenon, being “the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.” This theater allows visitors to see some of the most famous and popular artists in the world with events year-round, all while giving them a one of a kind view. During the day, the venue is a city park, free and open to the public with easy hiking trails and a visitor center. Stop by the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and explore the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
The CMHOF has been created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to preserve and protect historical artifacts and to educate the public regarding everything that’s great about our state’s music.
In April of 2019, Quiero Arepas opened its second location as a 100% gluten-free food truck. The food truck, and the original location on Pearl Street, is famous for Venezuelan arepas. One arepa and one of their signature coconut water drinks (that, yes, are served straight from the coconut), and that’s all you need.
Attimo Winery, from Snooze co-founder Jon Schlegel, opened in January 2020. The winery and tasting room features wines made in the Piedmont region of Italy, alongside Italian-style cocktails and shareable food that pairs with both.
While this music bar has been open for a while, it went under new management in the summer of 2019. Along with that, they changed their name, adapted a whole new menu and introduced a new bar program. This bar offers live music seven nights a week and gives you a special “Roaring Twenties” ambiance.
With the original building built in 1863, this is a place with a lot of history and many stories. The current bar, which opened in February of 2019, offers inexpensive, but good, food and many signature drinks. This bar gives you a complete “old school” pub feeling. Just don’t ask about the ghost(s).
Also new in Denver, this New England-inspired restaurant gives visitors and residents a the taste of Maine. The Maine Shack opened its doors in July of 2019 and has been serving authentic East Coast delicacies ever since. And, to ensure the highest quality food, the restaurant partnered with Greenhead Lobster Company to get shipments of lobster directly from Maine four times a week.
Welcoming wine connoisseurs as well as the wine-curious, this bar offers a great wine menu as well as great foods that pair well with it. Transforming what was previously the Greenlight Lab, the owners of the wine bar wanted to offer an experience for everyone who walks in their door. They also offer one-time wine school classes as well as a club membership program.
In 2021, Meow Wolf, the artist collective responsible for Santa Fe’s immersive art exhibit ”The House of Eternal Return,” will open its second permanent installation in Denver. Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production and extended reality content.
DENVER GRAFFITI TOUR
See a different side of the city as you explore street art, murals and graffiti. Denver Graffiti Tour provides leisurely two-hour strolls through the vibrant RiNo (River North) Art District. Not only will you learn about the artists and their work, but get insider tips on go-to bars and hip restaurants.
This is just a taste of attractions new in Denver, so be sure to explore www.Denver.org when planning your next group outing to the Mile High City.