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South Broadway, affectionately known as SoBo, has always been a major transportation corridor for Denver, even from its early days as a rough road used for hauling produce into the city.
Today, South Broadway and the Baker neighborhood offer an eclectic mix of neighborhood taverns, vintage clothing stores, unique eateries, bookstores, art galleries, international restaurants, craft shops, an arthouse movie theater and hip live music venues.
South of Alameda Avenue, Broadway becomes "Antique Row," a bargain hunter's dream with an amazing collection of nearly 100 antique stores packed into just 18 blocks. Whether you are looking for something to do or something to buy, there's a good chance you'll find it on South Broadway.
See the South Broadway neighborhood map below to start exploring.
You can find a world of flavors in this neighborhood. La Chiva Colombian Cuisine brings you cuisine straight from the heart of Latin America like empanadas, bandeja paisa and sancocho. Colore Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a family-owned establishment, offering a full range of dishes from classic to contemporary, plus a full drink menu with acclaimed wines. If you're looking for a quick lunch or evening excursion and are craving a taste of Australia, head to Chook Charcoal Chicken - Platt Park where the chicken and veggies are cooked on a charcoal rotisserie. Ciao down at Carmine's on Penn, serving up big portions of family-style Italian fare since 1994. Looking for some fun? Punch Bowl Social's cavernous dining and entertainment venue ups the grown-up fun factor with bowling, darts, billiards, marbles, table tennis, shuffleboard, vintage arcade games and karaoke. And at Bar Standard/Milk, you can enjoy two clubs in one location. The Jazz Room offers music from Denver's most talented DJs while the retro-designed Clockwork Orange Room offers an intimate experience or head to the GrooveTop, a rooftop lounge with a panoramic view of the city.
You won't go thirsty in this neighborhood with a variety of craft breweries to choose from. Looking for something laid back? Novel Strand Brewing Company focuses on the hoppy, sour and classic offerings. Baere Brewing Company has something for everyone: artisanal-made craft beers, seltzer, gluten-free beer and plenty of non-alcoholic options. For a little bit of everything from a brewery that doesn't take itself too seriously, Banded Oak Brewing Company makes a full range of classic American and German beers. And if you're in a head-banging mood, check out TRVE Brewing Co. where the metal music never stops.
Postino WineCafe goes by the motto: “Drinking wine at lunch is not a crime.” In other words, enjoy a glass any time along with its signature bruschetta. For some of the best local spirits, head to Laws Whiskey House. Or grab a glass of fresh, hard cider at Colorado Cider Company.
You'll find some of the coolest and most eclectic theaters and clubs in this neighborhood. The Gothic Theatre is a local iron, built in the 1920s and renovated in 1998. It brings in top talent from all over. Swallow Hill Music is all about community, offering music lessons and performances. Temple Denver is a temple to artists, offering a nightlife experience with stunning lighting, a custom sound system and an art gallery. As the name implies, The Church is almost like a spiritual experience with stained glass, gothic architecture and 70-foot ceilings. With multiple dance floors and patios, it's not your average nightclub. And Levitt Pavilion Denver in Ruby Hill Park offers 50 free concerts each summer. All you need is a blanket or some lawn chairs to enjoy great music and the outdoors.
South Pearl Street is one of Denver's most popular shopping districts, stretching from Buchtel to Jewell avenues. You'll find a mix of locally owned boutiques, pubs, restaurants and seasonal events.
Looking for a challenge or ways to relieve stress? Aqua Golf offers two 18-hole miniature golf courses, a water driving range and indoor table tennis. If you've always wanted to destroy glassware, electronics and furniture (safely), SMASH*IT Breakroom has you covered. All you have to do is choose from the armory of wrecking tools.
South Broadway has grown from a major artery into downtown to an eclectic and funky mix of taverns, clothing stores, unique eateries, bookstores and hip, live music venues with rainbow crosswalks and dedicated bike lanes. From craft breweries, distilleries and cideries to sundrenched, rooftop patios, South Broadway thrives on the unique energy of its residents and visitors.
Home to Antique Row, South Broadway is not only a destination for pieces from the 17th century, but also for immersive art experiences at vibrant, independent galleries.
During the summer, you can experience Denver's premier indie festival, featuring more than 200 local and national music acts performing in nearly 20 venues over three days. UMS is one of The Mile High City's most anticipated annual music events.