LoDo / Larimer / Riverfront
Over the past two decades, LoDo (lower downtown) has been restored and renovated into one of the liveliest areas in the city. With one of the largest concentrations of Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture in the country, LoDo is home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and coffeehouses as well as the site of Coors Field (2001 Blake St.) home of the Colorado Rockies. You'll see a lot of creative types roaming the streets as the area is home to a number of advertising agencies, graphic design studios, Internet design firms and a plethora of art galleries.
Nearby Larimer Square was the first revitalization of an historic neighborhood in America and opened in 1969. Complete with glittering lights strung over the entire block, the area is at once charming and elegant with a nightlife that defines hip urban renewal. The 18 shops and boutiques carry more than 200 fashion lines from the fashion capitals of the world. Men and women seeking unique clothing and accessories need only to spend an afternoon in Larimer Square, and some of the city's top chefs call this block home.
Behind Union Station, along the eastern bank of the South Platte, Riverfront is literally on the other side of the tracks. The area is booming with new housing and offers instant access to the 40-mile bike path that follows the river. Attractions in this area include Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park (2000 Elitch Cir.) the only downtown amusement park in the country, the Children's Museum of Denver (2121 Children's Museum Dr.), the Downtown Aquarium (700 Water St.)and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver designed by London architect David Adjaye. The bordering Confluence Park and Cherry Creek pedestrian path are often filled with runners and bikers, as kayakers navigate the rushing water. The area is also home to My Brother's Bar (2376 15th St.) the only bar left in Denver that was a hangout to Beat Generation heroes Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.
Where to Find It
The heart of LoDo is located at 20th and Blake, adjacent to Larimer Square at 15th and Larimer. Just to the north of these two areas is Riverfront, along the banks of the South Platte River. All three areas connect seamlessly for visitors on foot.
The free 16th Street shuttle connects LoDo with downtown Denver. LoDo is also easily accessible via public transportation.
The streets between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center boasts some of the city's most popular nightlife and some of the best dining the city has to offer, serving as the pivot point for Denver's entertainment scene.
Larimer Square hosts the Denver Chalk Art Festival in early summer. In the fall, Oktoberfest is a signature LoDo event.