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Explore Denver at the 2019 NABT Annual Conference
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EXPLORE DENVER

The Mile High City is bursting with opportunities for adventure. Whether you're into arts, entertainment, hiking, restaurants, or breweries - Denver is the place to find it. Check out some of the fun just waiting for you! 



Best Restaurants

Buckhorn Exchange 
Founded in 1893, this is Denver's oldest restaurant and saloon. Serving prime beef and buffalo steaks, ribs, and elk in a genuine Old West setting. Private parties on roof garden terrace. Lunch Monday to Friday, dinner nightly.

Guard and Grace
Guard and Grace’s spectacular 9,000 square foot space is located in the heart of Downtown Denver’s business center on the street level of the 56-floor Brookfield Building.  Prime, certified Angus and local grass-fed cuts of beef in 4 to 22 oz. portions appeal to multiple appetites, from a light bite to ravenous; and fresh seafood, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses as well as vegetarian selections offer something for everyone.  With a 4,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, multiple private rooms and multi-course party menus, Guard and Grace can meet nearly any need.

 

 

Mercantile Dining & Provision
High-performance space includes a New American eatery, wine library, artisanal market & barista bar. from James Beard award-winning chef, Alex Siedel.

 

 

 

Table 6
Table 6 is a classic American bistro, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. Chefs Tyler Ryen and Jason Clark prepare simple dishes, delivered with an elegant style and grace. Their nightly fare is complemented by a dynamic wine list, created by owner/sommelier Aaron Forman, which represents most of the flourishing wine districts from all over the world.   

 

Best Nightlife

Family Jones Spirit House
The Family Jones Spirit House is a craft spirits distillery/tasting room that accentuates the interplay between distiller, chef, bartender and guest. Found in Denver’s Lower Highland neighborhood, the Spirit House mixes old and new in a space that is uniquely elegant. The team works alongside one another in a bar and kitchen hybrid. The playful experimentation extends to both the food and cocktail offerings, with a menu comprised of small plates and custom cocktails. 

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Ophelia's is a restaurant, bar, and live music venue. Continuing the Edible Beats tradition of delicious, responsibly-sourced food, the upscale, gastrobrothel-inspired menu will include fresh, craveable takes on flatbread pizza, small plates, burgers, and shareable charcuterie boards. Simple, handcrafted cocktails with fresh, local ingredients as well as kegged cocktails and a tap draft line featuring all-Colorado beers.

Skyline Beer Garden 
Celebrating Colorado’s dynamic craft beer culture, the Skyline Beer Garden features close to 40,000 square feet of outdoor area with vast open air and tented seating.  Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Beer Garden offers a fun and comfortable environment with communal Oktoberfest-style picnic tables that can collectively seat more than 350 guests, a family-friendly game area with Ping Pong, 9-Hole Miniature Golf Course, and Cornhole, as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays.  With a focus on Colorado and hand crafted brews, the Beer Garden features a thoughtful selection of 12 different brews on tap and serves up your favorite casual fare including locally-made street tacos with your choice of carne asada, slow-roasted pork, chicken or fish, fresh salads, Mexican corn, nachos and rotating dessert options.

Rhein Haus 
Rhein Haus is a beloved independent Bavarian-inspired restaurant that opened in 2015 in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood. A unique space featuring two stories of inspired décor sourced from around the world, Rhein Haus offers four indoor bocce ball courts and two separate bars. The restaurant serves house-made sausages and pretzels, as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches and entrées, and a variety of German, Belgian and American beers, with a heavy focus on lagers. Rhein Haus serves dinner, weekend brunch and happy hour and late-night menus, and is host to private events of all sizes.

Dazzle
Rated as Denver's Best Jazz club by Westword Magazine for 15 years running, Dazzle is a live music and culinary staple in the Denver arts scene. Now located in the historic Baur's building, Dazzle's history is combined with one of Denver's oldest iconic landmarks.

 

Sightseeing Opportunities

This year’s agenda allows for some down time on Friday afternoon, August 23rd, to enjoy Denver’s vibrant and beautiful city. If any of these group activities peek your interest, please let us know by July 23 to allow time for group reservations.

 

Downtown Aquarium Underwater Adventure
Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

 

 

Epic Escape Game Denver
Epic Escape Game is your home for escape room fun. Also known as puzzle rooms, Epic Escape Game Denver is a locked escape room adventure where you have 60 minutes to gather clues with your team and figure out how to escape.

 

 

 

Great Divide Brewing Company
Established in 1994, our original Denver brewery and Tap Room are located in the heart of downtown. With 16 taps of seasonal and year-round brews, you can enjoy award-winning, hand-crafted beer straight from the source. Take a tour of the brewhouse, chat with our friendly staff at the bar, or
enjoy the Denver sunshine on the patio. Tours and food trucks daily

 

Popular Attractions

U.S. Mint

Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint can produce more than 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for Denver. Free guided tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change. Same-day tickets available starting at 7 a.m.; no advance reservations. 

History Colorado Center 

The History Colorado Center, one of Denver’s newest cultural attractions, is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history through high-tech and hands-on exhibits, programs for children and adults, and special events.

 

The Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center

The Colorado Convention Center is home to “I See What You Mean,” AKA the giant Blue Bear that peers into the Center’s interior. Created by Colorado-based artist Lawrence Argent, the curious blue bear stands 40 feet tall – you can walk under it and get a great photo.

16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall

Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long 16th Street Mall has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people-watching. Renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus – they're free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.

Lodo Historic District

Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes. While you're in Lower Downtown (LoDo), stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one of Esquire Magazine's 50 best bars; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub opened by former Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor), John Hickenlooper. For the best directions to LoDo from the hotel, click HERE

Confluence Park

Denver was founded at Confluence Park as a gold mining camp in 1858. Today, the river park is the heart of Denver's 85-mile bike trail network, and is surrounded by attractions. Ride the Platte River Trolley to the Downtown Aquarium to see stingrays and sharks and The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, with dozens of interactive "playscapes" for younger kids; eat and drink in the nearby neighborhoods of RiverfrontLoHi and Highlands.

City Park

City Park, Denver's largest park, has several lakes, spectacular mountain views, a public golf course, flower gardens and a hiking/jogging trail that is exactly one mile high.

Denver Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears – and so much more, on lovely grounds make the Denver Zoo one of the most popular zoos in America. Go underwater with polar bears at Northern Shores, or eyeball-to-eyeball with a gorilla in Primate Panorama. Predator Ridge recreates the plains of Africa with a pride of lions, while Tropical Discovery is rain forest teeming with crocodiles and Gila monsters. 

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
, a 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city, has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and explore the new Mordecai Children's Garden. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is the largest single structure tropical conservatory in the U.S., including banyan tree roots and cloud forest orchids.

 

   

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