Get a taste of America's second most hipster city (Denver ranks third) without ever stepping outside the Centennial State.
Photo Illustration by Sean Parsons
Another steak house arrives downtown in June. Urban Farmer—which Denver-based hospitality giant Sage Restaurant Group debuted in Portland, Oregon, in 2008 and which was named one of the country’s best steak houses by Travel & Leisure—will take over the former McCormick Fish House & Bar space at 17th and Wazee streets.
Portland borrowed a South Korean concept—private karaoke rooms—when it launched Voicebox in 2008. Then Denver borrowed the idea from Portland when the Mile High City’s rendition opened this past September.
Technically this isn’t a Portland brewery, but...as a law student in Portland, founder Kevin Daly frequented McMenamins Fulton Pub and Brewery. When he opened Mountain Sun in Boulder in 1993, he incorporated many of the McMenamins miniempire’s elements—chalkboard art, community tables, and even some burger combinations and menu designs.
“Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon have a thing for gritty streets: They opened the original Voodoo near Burnside Street, Portland’s equivalent to LA’s Skid Row, in 2003. Ten years later, when they brought their beloved pink boxes and cream-filled phallic designs to Denver, the duo planted their first shop on the country’s “wickedest” street, aka Colfax Avenue.
Fire on the Mountain
Of course Portland’s signature wing joint is named after a Grateful Dead song. And of course the lone Denver outpost, launched in 2012, is located in one of the city’s original hipster hoods: West Highland. Just remember to roll up the sleeves of your flannel before diving into the meaty wings glazed with your choice of FOTM’s 12 sauces.
Clyfford Still Museum
Abstractionist Clyfford Still was one of the 15 “Irascibles” who complained that New York City’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art was “hostile to advanced art.” When Denver won the bid to house Still’s entire body of work after his death, the city tapped renowned Portland- and New York–based modern architecture firm Allied Works to design the museum.
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