Here’s the 2015 Niche Media Conference Denver Fun Guide! This is your tour of our favorite places in this amazing city. Start in the LODO district and explore from there. This is a walkable city with great public transit!
There are so many fun places and cool dining options near Downtown Denver that it’s impossible to list them all. Instead, here’s a handy list to get you started exploring this incredibly fun city! Check out Conference speaker Daniel Brogan’s 5280 Magazine for more info on all things Denver!
All travel times are based on leaving from our conference Hotel Headquarters: the Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street.
For places to check out close to the conference hotel, here’s our lowdown on the nearby LODO district. You really can’t go wrong at Larimer Square. Stellar dining, hip bars, craft beer, eclectic shopping—it has everything.
The Cruise Room 1600 17th St. Just off The Oxford Hotel’s main lobby, this historic bar celebrated the end of Prohibition and is a great example of Art Deco design!
Society: Sports + Spirits 1434 Blake St. Game on! Popular sports bar with fine selection of whiskeys.
The Market 1445 Larimer St. Coffee with a slice of Spring Fling cake, please. Deli, coffeehouse, incredible desserts.
Little Owl Coffee 1555 Blake St. Best coffee in Denver? You be the judge.
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 1317 14th St. Eclectic bar bites. Try the duck poutine or the chicken and waffles!
ChoLon 1555 Blake St #101 For you foodies, modern Asian fusion fantastic-ness. We’d tell you more, but we can’t stop drooling over the menu.
Ocean Prime Supper Club 1465 Larimer St. Try this modern supper club for prime steaks and seafood.
The Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop St. #101 Explore your inner bean. Even Bill Murray hangs out here for the seasonal culinary intrigue.
HAVE CAB, WILL TRAVEL
These places are worth the short cab ride to the Highlands:
Linger 2030 W. 30th St. International tapas in a former mortuary…you have to see it to believe it. Cool, hip vibe and delicious food!
Root Down 1600 33rd Ave. Highly popular vegan dining spot that just happens to be good for you, too.
Little Man Ice Cream 2620 16th St. Ice cream shop is in a replica of a giant antique creamer, an architectural landmark. Serves craft ice cream, gelato and more. Can you say “Salted Oreo”?
NICHE PARTY CENTRAL
Here’s the lowdown on all our niche party locations:
Niche Orientation Party: Tomayo 1400 Larimer St. (Monday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm) Join us on the covered rooftop and get to know your fellow niche publishers! Publication Printers will have great drinks and snacks waiting for you!
Niche Xtreme Welcome Reception: Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret 1601 Arapahoe St. (Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm) Just around the block from the hotel! We’ve got a great show lined up for you! Located in the basement of Denver’s iconic clocktower, Lannie’s specializes in classic vaudeville and burlesque. Sit back, have a cocktail, and enjoy the show – Publishers Press always throws a good party!
Niche “After Party” The Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill 1605 Wynkoop St. (Tuesday, 8:30 – 10:00 pm) Not ready to call it a night after the Welcome Reception? Local printer Publication Printers wants to take you out for beer tasting. The Thirsty Lion has hundreds of beers to choose from!
Nichee Awards Party TAG Underground 1441 Larimer St. (Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm) End the conference with a bang! Trend Offset Printing is literally rolling out the red carpet for our annual award show.
ODDS & ENDS
Denver is craft beer nirvana. In LODO, check out Falling Rock Tap House 1919 Bale St., LODO’s 1946 Market St., and Wynkoop Brewing 1634 18th St. Prost, Crooked Stave and TRVE Brewing are all less than a 10 min cab ride.
Bright Lights, Big City. Union Station is a beautiful 100-year old train station artfully transformed into popular shopping/dining destination! Try the grilled Elk at 1515 Restaurant at…1515 Market St.
Best of the West shopping: Rockmount 1626 Wazee St. THE home of western wear. Celebrities from Elvis to Dylan to Clapton have shopped here.
Forgot something? Walgreen’s is just a few blocks away 801 16th St
Best place for a selfie: Denver Convention Center—see the 40-ft blue bear!
Here’s a niche to check out! Denver Bicycle Café 1308 17th Ave Part bike repair shop, coffee house and tap house. Just 7-min by cab.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
LODO Walking, running, a gurgling river oh my! Connecting Riverfront Park and the 16th Street Mall (16h St. and Chestnut Pl.) is the Millennium Bridge, a unique footbridge designed to resemble the mast of a great ship, stretching an impressive 200 feet into the sky. Climb the stairs or take the glass elevator to the top. You’ll be treated to a great view of downtown and the Platte River, where Denver was founded. On the other side of the bridge, Riverfront Park is a wonderful spot for walking and running, with winding trails running alongside the gently rolling river.
Enjoy your time in Denver! Let us know if you have any favorite spots we missed!