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Top of the Town 2013

We’ll come up with almost any excuse to abandon our office and get out and about. The best one we’ve managed so far: pulling together our annual guide to Denver’s best stuff. Read up and hit the town. You’ve got some exploring to do.

5280 July 2013


City Park

The inspiring DIY story behind one urban backyard’s transformation from afterthought to serene family retreat.


7.20.12: The Aurora Theater Shooting

Marcus Weaver, 42, Survivor

Unaccompanied Minors

One mother-to-be seeks the elusive balance between keeping her child safe and instilling a true sense of independence.


Kids and teens aren’t the only ones who have to deal with bullies. We all do—often at work. The question is: How will you handle it when it happens to you?

From the Editor

Our Secret Weapon

A letter from the editor of our July 2013 issue.

Front Range

Purple Hearts

Good Talk

Nerd alert: Check out Cafe Scientifique.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane…

Why drones aren’t just for warfare anymore.

Muddy Waters

Should we be cooling off in the South Platte River?

Coffee Mate

A java-fueled day in the life of a Denver office nomad.

Get Involved: This Land Is Your Land

Preserving Colorado’s endangered Plains.

Get A Grip

Two local bouldering professionals tell us why they dropped the rock-climbing ropes—and they just might inspire you to do the same.

Hall of Fame

On the occasion of 5280’s 20th anniversary, a look back at all 175 of our covers.


The Guide to RiNo

Not so long ago, River North was a collection of run-down warehouses on the fringe of LoDo. Over the past few years, though, this micro ’hood has evolved into a modern hipster hangout dotted with contemporary art galleries, minimalist eateries, and trendy indie music venues.

Air Control

A new way to buy airfare.

Building On The Past

Colorado craftsman Josh Mabe turns old wood into new furniture.

Supply and Demand

Shop Talk

Investment Property

Splurge wisely on a bag that will last a lifetime.


During the past 115 years, more than 400 movies have been filmed, at least partially, in Colorado. From old-timey Westerns to horror flicks, we present a timeline of our favorites.

Down By The River

Mother Nature can’t stop the music at Northern Colorado’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

The Last Picture Show

Indulge in the past at Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In Theatre.

Eat and Drink

Dish, Deconstructed

An inside look at Linger’s playful take on steak and eggs.

Liberty For All

Independence Day eats get an international twist.

How To Make Brandied Cherries

Mixologist Anika Zappe, formerly of Punch Bowl Social, on the iconic garnish

After Dark

Denver has the rep of being an early-to-bed town. But if you know where to look, there are plenty of spots churning out quality late-night noshes.

Size Matters

Remaking the humble sunflower seed.

Sweet Tarts

Jonesy’s EatBar flirts with a new mixer.

Rosenberg’s Bagels

How many pounds of poppy seeds does Rosenberg’s Bagels use each month?

Eat Cheap: Get Schooled

Assignments gets high marks for an affordable gourmet experience.


The rise and fall of LoHi’s Uncle.

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