Colorado Part II: River North Art District
By far, Saturday was definitely my favorite day in Denver. We slept in until lunchtime so we decided to eat at Smash Burger. I had never eaten there before but it was pretty good; I was obviously not counting my calories on this trip. We met Sam’s friend, Stefan, a couple of blocks down in RiNo, the River North Art District. They were childhood friends back when Sam had lived in Colorado and it had been 12 years since they had last seen each other. They had a great time catching up and telling old stories. I found out that Stefan was studying to be a graphic designer, so it was fun to talk about our common passion.
Stefan showed us around the art district, which was filled with amazing graffiti wall art. First, we went to a micro brewery that was started in the late 90s called Ratio Beerworks. I loved their branding because it is simple, hip, and grungy. Check out their website here. Next, we went to Epic Brewing Co. and tried a beer. I don’t remember which one I had tried, but I do remember it being good! Dos Santos was next, a fun little Mexican place, where we had some tequila and a delicious appetizer called Raw Tuna Tostada Bites. Later, we ended up at Denver Bicycle Cafe; Stefan works here. It’s a bike shop, beer hall, and coffeehouse all-in-one, how cool! I drank a hard cider called Branch & Bramble; it was very good and was in a well-designed can. We ended up playing Scrabble for a bit because it was game night at the beer hall.
Our night ended with bowling at Monaco Lanes with Stefan’s friends. Sam and I hadn’t played in a while so we weren’t doing too well but his friends were really good. This bowling alley was very nice compared to some of the places around me at home. They even had my favorite, fried mac & cheese! After bowling, we called it a night and headed back to the hotel.
To be continued…
Check out Colorado Part I here.