Denver Central Market
The Great Divide
After that we walked BACK down to the RINO neighborhood and had a wine flight at Infinite Monkey Theorem which is an AWESOME urban winery. We split a few different varieties, one of which had to be a rose because I just can't quit them.
Infinite Monkey Theorem
After that flight (yes, still standing, but feeling very groovy at this point) we walked down the street (still in RINO) to Our Mutual Friend brewing which was jam packed so we knew it would be great.
Another hour, another flight.
Our Mutual Friend
Ok, still keeping up?
Next we went to a super unique concept for a bar, First Draft.
I didn't take any photos here *face palm* but we did meet up with Sami and her sweet boyfriend Brian. Sami showed us the ropes on how this place worked.
Basically, think of this bar like one of the fro-yo places you've been to. They charge you by the ounce. So go ahead, pour however much you like into your glass, but it'll cost you.
We also learned that they cut you off after so many ounces. WE OF COURSE DIDN'T USE ALL OF OUR AVAILABLE OUNCES. ANOTHER TABLE DID.
jk. We might have used them. We weren't driving, and ounces are small.
Really unique concept, I hope they'll bring it to Dallas!
For dinner that night we couldn't resist the incredible tourist trap known conveyor belt sushi restaurant, Sushi Rama.
We paid too much for sushi and probably got hosed, but we had fun and smiled the whole time. (Smiles may or may not be due to using all of our available ounces at First Draft-- TBD.)
We also saw this sign which was crazy accurate....
Following dinner, we spotted what looked like a cool place with flashing strobe lights (my weakness) and headed in to Voicebox. I'm hoping you guys don't judge me with this story but if you do, then oh well. CB and I are very social when we have a beer or in today's case like 14 mini beers. Voicebox, as it turned out, was a group party Karaoke spot. Groups can reserve their own private room and karaoke - in private - with your friends. Well, CB and I were DYINGGGG to get into one of the rooms but obviously didn't have a group.
So we sat at the bar and tried to make small talk (aka - become best friends) with every last person who walked up.
We started with gems like, "So how bout them Broncos?" or "HAVING FUN IN THERE??!!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!?"
We were prepared to buy shots, whatever it took to get in a karaoke room.
Sadly, no one invited us in :( it was sad.
SO - if you ever hit up a Voicebox in your area and see two smiling people trying to make small talk at the bar, INVITE THEM INTO YOUR GROUP BOOTH DANG IT! They'll be an awesome addition to your party, I promise!
After that we called it a night and took an uber home.
The next morning we met Sami and Brian for a brunch we were very excited about at a place called Bacon Social House. I had my go-to Eggs Benedict, a Bloody Mary and - how could we resist - a bacon flight.
Bacon Social House
From there, CB and I found a spot to hunker down and watch the Super Bowl for the rest of the evening.
The next morning - Monday - we HAD to hit up Snooze for breakfast. I had so many recommendations for that place, that I couldn't NOT go there. Plus, we had tried to go to the one in Austin but the wait was just way too long. Heading there early on a Monday morning, we didn't wait at all!
Again, more Eggs Benedict, now do you see why I had to start the healthy eating train??????
One more mural and we were wheels up, back to Dallas.
I without a doubt fell in love with Denver. The RINO neighborhood reminded me so much of my favorite Dallas neighborhood, Deep Ellum, and I almost didn't want to leave! The people were all so chill. From what I saw, everyone was just really damn cool. No one was dressed to the nines, everyone was wearing kicks and jeans or comfy clothes. I honestly would fit right in in Denver.
Alas, Dallas has my heart, but Denver gets a major honorable mention. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it is less than $100 to fly there from Dallas on a handful of different airlines!
Until next time, Denver!