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The River North Art District "where art is made" goes by the nickname of "RiNo" and has even adopted a rhino design for its official logo, so look for creative rhinos in art and signage all around the neighborhood!
The district's interesting blend of urban charm and unique industrial revival makes it a great destination for visitors. Historic warehouses and factories now house jazz bars, restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries and working studios.
RiNo boasts a diverse mix of creative businesses ranging from visual artists, designers and furniture makers, to craft distillers and brewers, winemakers, creators of unique outdoor gear and small-batch coffee roasters. The art definitely extends beyond gallery walls in this neighborhood, with its colorful and innovative street art murals in alleys and on buildings around almost every corner!
Lonely Planet named RiNo one of the top 10 neighborhoods to visit in the U.S.
“Even as The Mile High City expands, RiNo still clings to its punk-rock roots. You’ll find it in the street murals that seem to pop up overnight, in the experimental galleries that play open house on Friday nights, and in the innovative food halls and rockabilly microbrews that play host to the city’s young, bold and tattooed. [RiNo] is playing center stage for the resurgent arts and cultural scenes that have transformed D-Town into the cultural dynamo of the American West.” – Greg Benchwick
See the neighborhood map below to start exploring.
RiNo is home to some of the best restaurants in town, offering flavors inspired by the globe but at the same time are quintessentially local. Il Posto personifies chic with its opulent interior decorating and sophisticated food and wine menu. Craving sushi? Head for the conveyor belt over at Sushi-Rama RiNo where you'll find high-quality food delivered in an approachable manner (the menu is in English with decoded ingredients). For a twist, or rather a fusion, Koko Ni offers a Japanese and French-inspired 10-course tasting menu with ingredients heavily drawn from local farms or from sustainable American seafood operations. James Beard award-winning chef Alon Shaya will more than satisfy your cravings for Israeli food at Safta Restaurant. Nothing will put you in a better mood than the tropical atmosphere and Latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails at Mister Oso. If you're looking for something that's unpretentious and fun, Work & Class pays tribute to the working class with its Latin and American menu. The Woods, meanwhile, is a triple threat: restaurant, bar and beer garden, featuring dishes paired with New Belgium Brewing craft beers. And for the time of your life, head to Number Thirty Eight. Why? Check out these stats: 20,000-square-foot patio; 120 taps from 15 always-changing Colorado makers; and free entertainment every night.
RiNo is home to several indoor food halls and markets. From The Source Hotel & Market Hall, Zeppelin Station and Denver Central Market, find everything you need for dining, drinking and shopping under one roof.
Looking for good wine and a party? Head to Noble Riot where you'll find both every night of the week. Honey Elixir Bar, meanwhile, uses artisanal spirits, organic herbs and spices, fresh juices, and raw honey (instead of sugar) in its wide variety of cocktails. They also have plenty of non-alcoholic options. Federales is open-air tequila and taco bar with a fun vibe. If you're looking for something more spacious, Improper City features 36 taps, specialty cocktails and a menu that rotates seasonally. And The Local Drive combines fancy golf simulators with a forty-foot bar, serving up craft cocktails, beers, ciders and seltzers from around Colorado.
RiNo has become an incubator for Denver's craft brewing industry. There are favorites like Ratio Beerworks with its giant patio, River North Brewery, RiNo's oldest, Great Divide Brewing Co. — Barrel Bar, with barrel-aged and limited-release offerings, Left Hand RiNo, with 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space and located just across from Mission Ballroom, and Black Shirt Brewing Co., with handcrafted pizzas and concerts in the backyard. For something unique and, shall we say, specialized, try the German lagers at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, or beers inspired by the Czech Republic at Cohesion Brewing Company, and let's not forget Blue Moon Brewing Company — RiNo District where you can find special beers brewed only at this location. You can explore more breweries all over town via the Denver Beer Trail.
The neighborhood is also home to urban wineries such as Infinite Monkey Theorem and Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery; distilleries like Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse; and cideries like Stem Ciders (gluten-free). For a tasting room experience that you'll only find in a handful of places in the United States, head to Colorado Sake Co., which follows traditional Japanese sake brewing methods.
RiNo is home to several boutique hotels such as The Ramble Hotel with its marquee lobby bar Death & Co; the Catbird with full kitchens, a rooftop deck and even a dog run for overnight visits or extended stays; the striking Source Hotel with bright, airy rooms and directly tied in with its culinary complex/market hall; and Vib by Best Western Denver RiNo, a short walk from the A Line that will take you to Denver International Airport or Denver Union Station in no time.
Globe Hall Live Music & Kitchen is a small music hall that features big acts or at least soon-to-be big acts. They also have a spacious back patio with tons of great food options. Larimer Lounge is another great spot with an outdoor patio and is known for featuring rising indie and DJ performers.
Two-way bike lanes make it easy to get around. Explore RiNo in style in an eTuk or on three wheels with Denver Pedicabs, with multiple stops throughout the neighborhood. Looking for an insider's guide to RiNo? Check out Drink RiNo.
It's impossible to have RiNo Art District without the art, and thankfully there's no shortage of it. Stop in at local favorite Plinth Gallery for contemporary ceramic art; experience contemporary dance performances at Wonderbound, where tradition and innovation meet, and visit fooLPRoof contemporary art, a gallery that caters to the newest art crowd.
There are tons of shopping options and unique finds in RiNo. To help you carry all that as well as your outdoor and travel gear, head to Topo Designs, a Colorado company that makes backpacks, bags, apparel and accessories. And don't miss Temper Chocolates and Confections where you'll find gourmet chocolates from America and Europe.
For a different perspective, head to the Arkins Promenade, a 400-foot elevated walkway that overlooks the South Platte River. It's next to the RiNo ArtPark, a hub that brings together artists and creatives. The Historic Denver Coliseum hosts numerous major events like the annual National Western Stock & Show Rodeo, while the National Western Center is an emerging urban hub for food and agriculture discovery, including the CSU Spur, a three-building education and research campus.
Throughout the district, you'll find murals, created by local artists and sanctioned by the neighborhood and city. Keep your eyes peeled - some walls can change weekly! Or, book a walking tour with Denver Graffiti Tour to learn the story behind the murals, graffiti and street art.
Don't miss the concerts at The Mission Ballroom, with blockbuster shows from world-renowned artists.
Tucked in an artfully-restored warehouse, Nocturne features live jazz nightly, curated wine and cocktail options and a seasonal culinary program.
Explore the neighborhood during this monthly event with more than 50 studios and galleries opening their doors to the public until 9 p.m. And experience some of the city’s best local talent will set a swingin’, jazzy soundtrack in your favorite restaurants and watering holes along Welton St. during Five Points Jazz Hop.
One of the largest events of its kind in the country, it features more than 1,500 dancers from close to 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces.
This venue's expansive space allows for events to suit everyone's fancy. Check out the calendar of events on their website.
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