Exploring Denver: Noto’s Picks for OR Out-of-Towners

With Outdoor Retailer moving to Denver, there’s a whole new world of options for eating, drinking and shopping to explore. While we’ll miss some of our Salt Lake regular spots (bye, Toasters!), here are some of our favorite picks:

If you walk

Union Lodge #1
Stout Street Social might be the most obvious stop for happy hour, but a short walk down Champa St. takes you to one of Denver’s best specialty cocktail bars. Five stars on Yelp, this bar is a throwback to the 1800s with great ambiance and amazing drinks.

If you take the 16th Street Mall Shuttle

Union Station
Hop on the free Mall Shuttle on 16th Street or walk the nine blocks down to Union Station on Wynkoop Street. Housed in a 100-year old train station, this mixed-use development still operates as a transit center for trains, bus and light rail. Check out Snooze for one of the best breakfasts in Denver or have a drink at the Terminal Bar in the historic Grand Hall.

If you take a Lyft

Avanti F&B
Just two miles away from the Convention Center in the Highlands neighborhood, Avanti Food and Beverage is a Collective Eatery with great views of the city. With a rooftop bar and a rotating selection of restaurant concepts, Avanti F&B is a great place to go with a group that wants to choose from a variety of eclectic and delicious options.

If you have a car

The Denver/Boulder area has a lot of great independent outdoor gear shops, but FERAL is one of our locally-owned favorites. They have a great selection, their screw knows what they’re talking about, and they create a great sense of community. A fifteen-minute drive from the Convention Center is worth the trip.