Celebrating an anniversary? Taking your crush on a first date? Want to rekindle the spark? Funky eateries, cozy hideaways, outdoor adventures, the perfect night in—we’ve planned for every occasion. We’ll leave the hard part (finding that special someone) up to you.
The 1st Date
A casual, no-pressure excursion that encourages conversation and interaction but isn’t too intimate.
LoHi Steakbar balances a laid-back neighborhood eatery vibe and a polished, upscale bar ambience. When you arrive—if you’ve driven over together—bypass the scour-the-side-streets-for-parking routine by dropping your ride with LoHi’s valet (Friday and Saturday nights). The crowd inside is jovial and social, so if a two-top seems too cozy, stake out some real estate at the long, bar-style center table. You’ll be close enough to chat easily, but the community seating keeps the vibe light and fun. Plus, the table’s central location makes for convenient people watching—an easy conversation starter if your dialogue stalls. Menu-wise, LoHi’s unpretentious yet unexpected options, like classic steak and eggs and a delicate broiled scallop salad, will work for anyone.
Save room for dessert, though: Little Man Ice Cream is just a couple of blocks away. Order a scoop of salted Oreo and stroll the Highland pedestrian bridge above I-25 for a killer view of the city skyline. If you’re not ready to call it a night, cross Commons Park and grab a nightcap at McLoughlin’s—but keep it quick; you don’t want to push your luck.
Make it happen: LoHi Steakbar, 3200 Tejon St., 303-927-6334, lohisteakbar.com; Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St., 303-455-3811, littlemanicecream.com; McLoughlin’s Restaurant & Bar, 2100 16th St., Ste. 145, 303-573-5131, mcloughlins.us
TIP: Want to steer the conversation so you can mention your love of travel or show off your oh-so-sensitive humanitarian side? Little Man’s Scoop for Scoop program lets the company match every ice cream scoop it sells with a donated scoop of rice to a village in need in the developing world.
The 4th or 5th
A lively outing that brings out your playful side. You’re less self-conscious at this point and ready for an activity that lets you relax and be goofy while you get to know each other better.
Everybody digs a good brewery tour…but visiting four in one afternoon? Yes, we agree: best date ever. Sign up for a 3 p.m. Saturday excursion with Denver Microbrew Tour, and wear your walkin’ shoes. For $25 apiece, you’ll take a two-and-a-half–hour guided stroll (1.5 miles) through LoDo and the Ballpark neighborhood, starting with Breckenridge Brewery and then hitting Wynkoop Brewery, Falling Rock Tap House, and Rock Bottom Brewery along the way. You’ll sample 10 handcrafted local brews and end on a pint of your choice; plus, get your fill of suds trivia and juicy historical tidbits about LoDo’s scandalous brothels and saloons. If you’re both beer geeks, this just might be the day you fall in love.
Stick around downtown when the brew-hopping is over and grab a bite at a casual (and beer-friendly) joint like Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, just a few blocks away from the free outdoor ice skating rink in Skyline Park. We know, straight out of a chick flick, but really, when else do you have an excuse to do this? Forget your klutziness—better yet, laugh at it together—and skate to live music till 11 p.m. on Saturdays from late November through Valentine’s Day.
Make it happen: Denver Microbrew Tour, 303-578-9548, denvermicrobrewtour.com; Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th St., 303-595-4255, euclidhall.com; Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, southwestrink.com; Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, 2148 Larimer St., 720-746-9355, bikerjimsdogs.com; Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., 303-292-0200, coloradorockies.com
TIP: Planning your brewery date for warmer weather? The tour ends in just enough time to catch the first pitch of a Rockies game after a pit stop at Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs down the street from Coors Field.
BEST DATE: "Before my wife and I got married, we traveled to Boulder to see if it was a place where we might want to live. On a beautiful summer afternoon, we enjoyed a picnic, several glasses of wine, then tubed down Boulder Creek. Inspired by that day, we soon moved to Colorado." —John Shors, author of Cross Currents, The Wishing Trees, Beside a Burning Sea, and Beneath a Marble Sky