It's going to be an exciting weekend as the Denver Broncos face off against the Indianapolis Colts during the January 11 AFC Divisional matchup at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. There's no doubt there's plenty to do in The Mile High City this week before the game.
Visitors coming to see game can also dine out in a restored train station, stay at new "historic" hotels, grab brunch in the trendy LoHi, Baker, or RiNo neighborhoods, or take a walk on the Denver Beer Trail in America's craftiest beer city.
River North (RiNo)
Short for River North, RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood that is exploding with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and even a winery (with the grapes supplied from the Western Slope of Colorado, four hours away). Swing by The Source, an old brick manufacturing plant that now houses a bakery, butcher, florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant, street tacos at Comida, Crooked Stave brewery known for their wide variety of sour beers and several shops. Work & Class, Populist, the Butcher Block, and Amerigo Delicatus are just some of the new restaurants gaining national attention. Down the block, Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery is building a name for their canned sparkling wines, while Epic, River North, Black Shirt and Our Mutual Friend are just some of Denver's breweries located in this area.
Lower Highlands (LoHi)
Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, Lower Highlands (LoHi) has become Denver's "go-to" dining neighborhood with an excellent selection of popular eateries and breweries. Linger is housed in an old mortuary and was selected by Travel + Leisure for having one of "America's coolest rooftop bars." Sister restaurant Root Down has a menu dedicated to locally sourced foods, while Ale House at Amato's has 45 local beers on tap, outdoor fireplaces and a great city view. The walls of Denver Beer Company literally "roll up" (it was once an auto repair shop) and the outdoor beer garden has picnic tables and food trucks. Nearby, Prost Brewing has copper kettles from Germany and a delicious selection of sausages. Colt & Gray, Old Major and Duo are local neighborhood favorites, while My Brother's Bar is a Denver institution, once frequented by beat generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy.
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