3. Savor a (private) dinner at Solera’s bar
My husband and I have lived in Denver for so long now that it’s virtually impossible to go on a date without running into someone we know—which is no way to spend a romantic night out. So lately, we’ve been planning our evenings around spots that sit off the beaten downtown path. In particular, we steal away to Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar, on a lonely strip of East Colfax Avenue. Though usually busy, the upscale eatery—complete with warm walls and a handsome, dark bar—has, thus far, been a haven free from run-ins. We like pulling our stools close together, bowing our heads over the cocktail list (ask for the refreshing spiced pear martini), and quietly discussing how best to tackle the menu. And then, it’s on to the free-flowing conversation that date night is all about. —Amanda M. Faison
In the Know Avoid unwanted run-ins with acquaintances and friends by skipping happy hour (Tuesday through Sunday, 5–7 p.m.), but make sure to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat mussel night on Tuesdays for just $17.
The Details 5410 E. Colfax Ave., 303-388-8429, solerarestaurant.com