Original and Historic LoDo: Top 10 Dates You Must Pursue

Old and historic LoDo; the lower downtown section that is ultimately the oldest settlement in Denver. Although this area is rich in history and charm, its nightlife success and popularity also lives up to its lucrative yet evolving standard. The next time you decide to live it up with your partner for an adventurous date night, make sure to remember these top 10 dates in LoDo:


1. Eat from a Meticulous Mediterranean Food Table at Rioja

Inspired by modern, creative, delicious Mediterranean dishes, plus local and seasonal ingredients; Rioja is still one of Denver's most highly regarded reputable restaurants with an award-winning Chef. They have a dazzling wine cellar and a large cocktail selection. The bread and pork belly is certainly delectable, but the rest of the menu is diverse and equally as impressive. Feast in a multi-course meal with wine pairings and go all out while sitting inside or outside on their comfy patio to people watch along Larimer Square!

2. Sip Classy Drinks in a Luxurious, High End Bar at Cooper Lounge

An upscale lounge that sits you right over Union Station with spectacular views of the beaming lights of LoDo. The décor is old Hollywood vintage inspired, the staff is very attentive and the drinks are top quality. The food is also highly regarded and presented by Chef Lon Symensma; who provides tasty plates like Colorado wagyu steak tartare (tuffled yolk with sriracha dressing), bershire pork terrine (dijon, cornichons and bacon), and the cheese cart du jour (assorted accoutrements, grateful bread), plus a few more. Sip with elegance and top drinks plus perfect plates.

3. Create Cool, Unique Art Projects, and Drink Afterwards at Upstairs Circus

Pick from their over 25+ of their projects; everything from leather making to jewelry making and all in between. They provide 100% of the supplies with "creative assistants" to help guide you in your art project. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy a drink from their hip and artsy full bar that includes service of wine, specialty cocktails, local craft brews, mocktails and even some small bites truffle corn popcorn or cheese and crackers! And if you're really hungry, they'll bring you menus from local restaurants - just ask!

4. Treat Yourselves to Mouth-Watering Pasta at Americatus New-World Italian

Pasta, cheeses, and desserts made from scratch daily? Sign us up! Americatus has a great selection of your favorite, perfect Italian food combined with a laid back attitude and atmosphere. As an additional perk, they hold a special "Date Night" for couples on Thursday nights as a dinner package with wine included. Also try their sausage linguini, homemade limoncello, and key lime pie!

5. Take a Thrilling and Outstanding Mile High Wine Tour

Visit top Colorado wineries with a group of people or even request a private tour. The tour has surprise stops, where they also bring you to different well thought establishments to taste and try other special drinks like highly regarded champagne. Plan a dinner/wine tour and they'll take you to one of their recommended restaurants with some fun bars in store after the meal.

6. Taste Hand Crafted Cocktails in a Prohibition Era Style Bar at Green Russell

This chef driven, old-time feel bar is unique in not only its ambiance, but the bartenders are officially referred to as "mixologists" by everyone and die-hard fans alike. They also offer theme nights like "Tiki Party" with a matching menu displaying interesting corresponding foods. With a stunning cocktail den and plush chairs, this Larimer Square gem is a fantastic way to savor good taste.

7. Have a Laugh and See a Comedy Show at Comedy Works Downtown

An impressive establishment with lineup of talented comedians, high value entertainment, drinks and small tasty bites. They also provide top-notch service, as well as smile-inducing antics. Some of comedy's best regularly roll into this venue and put on the most outstanding shows you'll ever witness! Turn off your phone and put it away for the night, you certainly won't need it here!

8. Try Global Fare and Farm Fresh Entrees at Mercantile Dining and Provision

Not only does this casual yet elegant and innovative restaurant offer traditional American fare but you can diversely find detail oriented global fare entrees with top quality ingredients as well. The modern décor is aesthetically pleasing and alluring. Endure a dinner and show experience by reserving the Chef's table, with front row seats to the beautiful open kitchen and receive complimentary amuse-bouche and wine from the head chef!

9. Pour Pitchers of Award-Winning Beers and Eat Colorado Meats at Wynkoop

The oldest brewery in Denver that celebrates award-winning beers and comfort food (local meats) to devour. Have anything from burgers to oysters or pies for dessert! The beer selection is vast and their imperial IPA is not only memorable but will have you dreaming for more! The upstairs has pool tables and shuffle boards with darts. For great beer and grub, you can't ask for a better place to visit while in LoDo.

10. Go All Out Beautifully with a Spa, Dining, Drinks, and Hotel Room at The Oxford Hotel

Throw in the towels and treat yourselves to a spa, dining, and hotel room combination experience at historic Oxford Hotel. Pamper yourselves at the spa to freshen up and rejuvenate, or take a yoga class together, as guests get complimentary access to the fitness center/steam room. The hotel has two well-raved over restaurants/bars: McCormick's Fish House and Bar and The Cruise Room. McCormick offers fresh fish blown in daily and The Cruise Room has a neat Art Deco style and is known for amazing cocktails created by in-house mixologists. Afterwards, top it off by unwinding in an old world, antique and European style comfortable room!


All of the above and more can be expeditiously arranged and reserved officially for you by Denver Date Nite. Pick what appeals to you the most, or our simple question form with banks of fun suggestions will generate your date night for you. Get a real feel of this original, momentous, eventful section of Denver that will keep you on your toes, and begging for more!

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