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You've checked in, and now there's one question: Where are the cool places to hang out? Homewood Suites by Hilton has you covered. Here, the top non-tourist hangouts in Denver. It's your chance to eat, shop, and have fun like a local.

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1. Brewery Bar II

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150 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 893-0971
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The best green chile in Denver is a hotly debated subject, but Brewery Bar II is where to go to have the spiciest green chile west of Broadway. This place, a total dive, is where you can grab cheap neon-green margaritas, and the option to order hot, mild, or “half and half” (hot and mild split in the bowl) green chile.

2. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 440-9880
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Jewish delis in Denver are hidden gems — you can count them on one hand. But Rosenberg’s, a relative newcomer to the scene, has perhaps the best bagels in all of Denver and ample whitefish and pastrami, too.
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3. Izakaya Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0691
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Wash Park’s Sushi Den is the hardest restaurant to get into in Denver, period. You can easily expect a 2-hour wait on weekdays, more on weekends. But its sister restaurant, Izakaya Den, shares a kitchen with Sushi Den and serves just as high quality sashimi and nigri with shorter wait times. Plus check out their excellent list of sake and cocktails.
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4. City O' City

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206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6443
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This best brunch in Denver for those who hate to wait to be seated— and carnivores won’t even realize that the menu is vegetarian. Even meat lovers will freak over the pork-free green chile spread generously on breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. Mornings are best for a quick brunch and then walk to the Denver Art Museum, but late-night snacks and drinks make it a stellar Capitol Hill hotspot to hit in the evening.

5. Ice Cream Riot

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1238 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 475-1853
Tucked away on Colfax is the unassuming Ice Cream Riot, where you’ll find offbeat flavors reminiscent of childhood like Goldfish, Captain Crunch cereal, and Fruity Pebbles.
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6. Wynkoop Brewing Co.

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1634 18th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-2700
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A true Denverite story, this the brewery that gave Governor John Hickenlooper his start. A visit to Denver is not complete without trying the Patty’s Chile Beer, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (made with real Rocky Mountain oysters — look it up if you don’t know what rocky mountain oysters are), and the Colorojo red ale.
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7. Pinnacle at REI

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1416 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 756-3100
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A way to get a climb in without even leaving the Denver metro area: this 47-foot tall rock climbing wall. The wall was modeled after the bluffs of the Front Range and Flatirons in Boulder, and has plenty of routes designed for beginners. The REI store in Denver also has rock climbing classes, yoga, and even free beer tastings.

8. Mayan Theatre

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110 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 744-6796
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One of the only Art Deco/Mayan Revival architectural-style movie theaters that still remain in the country, the Mayan Theatre was built in the 1930s and revamped into an independent movie theater. It’s conveniently located near many more bars and restaurants on Broadway.

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Downtown

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550 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Denver — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Denver Tech Center

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199 Inverness Dr W
Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 706-0102
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The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites by Hilton provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
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1. Brewery Bar II

150 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80223
The best green chile in Denver is a hotly debated subject, but Brewery Bar II is where to go to have the spiciest green chile west of Broadway. This place, a total dive, is where you can grab cheap neon-green margaritas, and the option to order hot, mild, or “half and half” (hot and mild split in the bowl) green chile.
150 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80223

2. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

725 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Courtesy of Rosenberg's
Jewish delis in Denver are hidden gems — you can count them on one hand. But Rosenberg’s, a relative newcomer to the scene, has perhaps the best bagels in all of Denver and ample whitefish and pastrami, too.
725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

3. Izakaya Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Adam Larkey
Wash Park’s Sushi Den is the hardest restaurant to get into in Denver, period. You can easily expect a 2-hour wait on weekdays, more on weekends. But its sister restaurant, Izakaya Den, shares a kitchen with Sushi Den and serves just as high quality sashimi and nigri with shorter wait times. Plus check out their excellent list of sake and cocktails.
1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

4. City O' City

206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
This best brunch in Denver for those who hate to wait to be seated— and carnivores won’t even realize that the menu is vegetarian. Even meat lovers will freak over the pork-free green chile spread generously on breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. Mornings are best for a quick brunch and then walk to the Denver Art Museum, but late-night snacks and drinks make it a stellar Capitol Hill hotspot to hit in the evening.
206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Ice Cream Riot

1238 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Courtesy of Ice Cream Riot / Facebook
Tucked away on Colfax is the unassuming Ice Cream Riot, where you’ll find offbeat flavors reminiscent of childhood like Goldfish, Captain Crunch cereal, and Fruity Pebbles.
1238 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

6. Wynkoop Brewing Co.

1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202
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A true Denverite story, this the brewery that gave Governor John Hickenlooper his start. A visit to Denver is not complete without trying the Patty’s Chile Beer, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (made with real Rocky Mountain oysters — look it up if you don’t know what rocky mountain oysters are), and the Colorojo red ale.
1634 18th St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Pinnacle at REI

1416 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202
A way to get a climb in without even leaving the Denver metro area: this 47-foot tall rock climbing wall. The wall was modeled after the bluffs of the Front Range and Flatirons in Boulder, and has plenty of routes designed for beginners. The REI store in Denver also has rock climbing classes, yoga, and even free beer tastings.
1416 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202

8. Mayan Theatre

110 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
One of the only Art Deco/Mayan Revival architectural-style movie theaters that still remain in the country, the Mayan Theatre was built in the 1930s and revamped into an independent movie theater. It’s conveniently located near many more bars and restaurants on Broadway.
110 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Downtown

550 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Denver — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.
550 15th St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Denver Tech Center

199 Inverness Dr W, Englewood, CO 80112
The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites by Hilton provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
199 Inverness Dr W
Englewood, CO 80112

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