This February, my best friend and I escaped to Denver for a fantastic Girls' Weekend! We rented a cute AirBnB in the LoHi neighborhood and absolutely loved the area. The LoHi (Lower Highlands) area is vibrant and quirky with several reimagined buildings that have been converted to something new. I've never been in one location with so many different repurposed buildings: a tea boutique that used to be an auto body shop and a trendy restaurant in a former mortuary. Prepare yourself for lots of walking and some good hills as you explore this rapidly changing neighborhood near downtown Denver. Please enjoy a savory guide to eating, drinking and FUN with 48 hours in Denver.
http://crepesncrepes.net/ - Exactly what it sounds like! This restaurant was quiet on the Friday morning when we arrived. We enjoyed some celebratory breakfast/lunch crepes and champagne to fill us up before our first stroll around the LoHi neighborhood in Denver.
http://www.rootdowndenver.com/ - We met up with friends for a large group birthday celebration and they put us in a cute semi-private room. The food was delicious. The bottomless mimosas were served in giant water glasses. Get the breakfast pastries to share! We filled up on carbs and eggs to prepare for a day of brewery hopping.
https://denbisco.com/ - I've been to Denver 3 times in the last year and visited Denver Biscuit Company on each visit. I know I can get fried chicken in Texas but nothing compares to this incredible treat. There are a few locations. That almost always have a long wait on the weekends. We went to the one downtown, but there were several shops to check out along the same street while we waited for our "get in here" text!
http://www.recessbeergarden.com/ - We liked this spot so much we came twice on our trip. The vibe is fun and casual. There's a great patio, if the weather is nice. Even though it was cold out, the back bar and patio were packed late on Saturday night. There are also a couple cute instagram-worthy walls. Check out the sweet wood patterned wall in some of my photos above.
http://truffletable.com/ - This was undeniably our favorite discovery in the LoHi neighborhood. We enjoyed the best wine/cheese happy hour ever. $5 wines, super cheap & delicious cheese-related snacks. Grab your best girlfriends and get to this happy hour. Drink bubbly. Eat every appetizer and leave full and happy. The ambiance is also warm and cozy and the service was attentive without hovering.
http://denverbeerco.com/ - This was a fun brewery with a great patio and tons of dogs. The patio was laid back and crowded on a Saturday afternoon. Even on a chilly day the sun and beers kept us nice and warm.
https://www.zunistreetbrewing.com/ - This small brewery was around the corner from our apartment. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon it was packed inside and out. They had a small VW van with a photo booth, live music and board games. Our group played several rounds of Guess Who and had a blast.
http://williamsandgraham.com/ - this is a really fun speakeasy-type place. They take a limited number of reservations, or you can go and put your name on the list (you have to do this in person). We went on a Sunday night and waited about 20-30 minutes to get in. May be a fun thing to do with just your sister - I think it's easier to get in as a smaller group. Great cocktails, good snacks. Amazing brownie (regular type).
http://lingerdenver.com/ - This is the restaurant that used to be a mortuary, O'lingers. Linger. Get it? I thought it would feel creepy or morbid but it really didn't. They have a rooftop that's supposed to be super cool but was still closed for the season when we went.
http://www.coohills.com/ - We met up with a group of friends here in the semi-private dining room for a birthday celebration. It was definitely the fanciest place we ate during the trip. The menu was set for restaurant week and while the presentation was nice, the food was nothing to write home about. They did have a fantastic smoked whiskey beverage that was inventive and so tasty. Honestly, I'd just pop in here for a fancy drink at the bar and move on for food.
http://www.mizudenver.com/ - This restaurant prefers reservations. We had none so sat at the Kid's Sushi Bar - a really low and tiny set of seats in the corner of the sushi station. Ha! It was cozy but still delicious sushi! On the pricier end - but who really wants discount sushi while in Denver?!
Red Rocks Amphitheater, which was very beautiful and fun (http://redrocksonline.com/). There are hiking trails all around it, but also it's a really good workout just to go down those stairs and back up. Even covered in a thin layer of ice and snow, the stadium was full of people getting their workout on! I come here on every visit. The views are amazing and it's a fun way to earn your fried chicken biscuit. :D