There are so many layers in Denver. There’s the food scene, the beer scene, the outdoor lifestyle, the city lifestyle, and the downtown lifestyle. So, taking your special someone out can present some challenges.
This is doubly so when you are going out with someone for the first time and you don’t know the person’s preferences yet. The best you can do is play it safe and not do something totally outrageous on the first date.
To help you out, here are some tips.
Don’t get high
This may seem basic but we are in Denver, the land of the legal weed. It may turn out that your date may enjoy the good stuff as much as you do, but until you find this out, starting the date being high as a kite is not a good idea. If you find out that she is into that, then maybe on the next date. If not, well, you can introduce her to the bomb later on.
Don’t get hammered LoDo style
Nothing against LoDo, but the place is littered with bars with great happy hours. And when there is happy hour, there are more people getting drunk. Like “I just turned 21 and now I can drink” kind of drunk. Take her to a more relax and intimate place. Take her to a place with a nice view like Izakaya Den. The rooftop patio there is the bomb, and the large menu of small plates is perfect for sampling and sharing. There is also the Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel. Great view of Broadway and the Museum District, with great cocktails. Anyway, Denver has no shortage of chill places for first dates.
Try wholesome activities
Aside from hanging out in places with great views, you can also go to spots where there are activities you can do together like Ace Eat Serve. Aside from great Asian fares, they also have awesome ping pong tables. You can also go bowling at Punchbowl, or play Giant Jenga at the Matchbox. If those are not your jam, Denver has a lot of restaurants and bars with other fun activities.
Don’t order Bud, go Craft
You are in Denver, the best craft beer city, and you are ordering a Bud. That is just blasphemy to the Denver Beer Gods. If you are not yet baptized in the ways of the craft beer, you can download PintPass on your smarphone so that you know which restaurants serve craft beers, and which kinds they have on tap.
Last, be your (nice) self
It is a cliché, but it is true. It is a widely-known fact that most people in the world do not like pretentious assholes. So, do not be one.
It’s time to get off the couch and spend some quality Date Night time with your special someone. The excuse “There’s nothing to do around here” does not really work in the 303. There are tons of places and events that you can do in and around Denver, and your special someone would really appreciate it if you will you will give the effort to discover these with her. And since you are both adults, a bit of wine during the evening Date night will certainly help set the mood.
So without further ado, here are some great Denver Date night idea that involve wine and fun
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Instead of hanging out in typical bars, you can bring your lady friend here for a different take on wine tasting. They have the Tap Room where you can just chill and relax while being served wine straight from their barrels. This urban winery gives you alternative to the usual wines you are getting from bars. Plus, some of the best Denver food trucks are just around the corner. You can have good food and good wine while chillin with your special someone.
3200 Larimer Street Denver, CO 303.736.8376
What’s more romantic than cooking for your lady? Well cooking delicious new dishes with her guided by professional chefs. Join the great chefs of Cook Street for a fun evening that ends in your two learning to prepare a great regional menu. Plus, you get to enjoy paired wines perfect for the food that you guys will dish out.
1937 Market Street, Denver, CO 303.308.9300
Enjoy an intimate event where Frasca will be offering an exclusive four-course tasting menu for their guests. The four-course menu will be so special, it is the only menu offered every Monday. Various wines will be available to pair with the dishes. Call in advance for reservations.
1738 Pearl St, in Boulder, CO, 303.442.6966
Nothing more romantic than an evening of romance and some upscale dining at one of the most historic downtown hotels in Denver. Get the Romance Package Experience and share some Veuve Champagne delivered to your room as soon as you settled in. The hotel is at the heart of theater district and is adjacent to the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Get around with a complimentary transportation within 2 miles of the hotel. Request their turndown service, you will not regret it.
1100 Fourteenth Street, Denver, CO 303.228.1100
If you want to take your special someone out on a romantic date that will take her breathe away, Denver has multiple options that you can choose from. There are a number of establishments that can give you and your partner a romantic night to remember.
Here are some romantic date ideas that are sure to please.
No need to go to France for that quaint and romantic dinner at a Parisian street café or a French bistro. Tucked in away from the busy streets in Larimer, the place is perfect for couples who want a quite dinner with each other. They have excellent menu and an equally excellent service staff who will take care of all your dinner needs without the feeling that they are intruding. Request to be seated at the courtyard to up the romantic level.
1424 Larimer St Ste H, Denver, CO, 303-825-3232
You would think that a place that exclusively offers crepes is not the best place to bring someone on a romantic date but you will be surprised at how quaint the ambience feels when you step inside. It almost feels like a little French café tucked away from the busy streets. They have the most amazing crepes. They can put anything on crepes and it will still be delicious. Pair it with their onion soup and it would be perfect. Take advantage of their Date Night Certificate on their website. Package includes Wine, 2 regular menu savory crepes, 1 regular menu sweet, and 2 small soups or salads.
1512 Larimer St #6R Denver, CO, 303-534-1620
This urban bistro is accessible from anywhere in downtown Denver but still maintains its quaint ambiance. The best seats are by the fireplace so that is where you want to be, though the whole restaurant is very romantic as well. The food here is exquisite and they focus on a mix of American and Scandinavian inspired dishes. Who would think that beet salad could be so tasty? The servings here are fairly huge as well. You can also have the Chef choose the courses for you. You will not be disappointed. Try their “play” as well – be served with a series of cocktails that tells a story. That will surely make the night memorable.
2134 Larimer Street, Denver, CO, 303-379-9759
If you and your partner are in the mood for Italian fare then Osteria Marco is the best option. Your choice of meats for your Panini – lamb, pork, beef – is roasted right in the dining room. Their cheese and charcuterie are also crafted in house. They have an elegant brick dining room that is filled with different wine bottles from their own extensive wine list. Best of all, the prices are not too steep. You get elegant dining at casual dinner prices.
Not all romantic dates are about dinners in a posh restaurant. Sometimes a fun activity done together can do more for a relationship than a fancy dinner date. So why not have fun painting together. Color Me Mine is not only for children, it could be a lot of fun for adults too. They offer painting workshops for adults where your imagination can just run wild. Do it with your partner and have fun competing for the better paint jobs.
1938 Pearl Street Suite 100, Boulder, 303-443-3469
Treat your lady like a princess by taking her to a carriage ride through Downtown Denver. Make her feel special and she will see you as her knight in shining armor. This could be a nice nightcap to your lovely evening.
720-883-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s spring and it is the perfect time to take your special friend to somewhere different instead of the usual restaurants and bars. With the weather like this, some outdoorsy stuff is just what the doctor ordered for you and your partner.
To help you out, here are some great outdoor date ideas this spring:
As the name implies, this place is really much more of a winter destination than a spring one, but while you won’t be able to ski the slopes yet, you can bring her here for a lovely hike or just go mountain biking. You can even try the alpine slide for some bobsledding type of adventure. Cap it off with a romantic Chairlift ride around the resort.
You don’t have to go down to Texas to get your cowboy on. Go Western by visiting downtown Golden. Tour the small town and enjoy its old Western charm. Appreciate the culture through their various landmarks and tourist spots that preserves the history of the town.
Another option is a visit to Washington Park. This is for couples who just want to chill and walk around while appreciating the beautiful giant trees around or the preserved culture in the area. You can also just hunch down and rest while people watching as tourist flock this historic neighborhood.
The beautiful scenery along the Ben Tyler Trail can take your breath away. It is just so mesmerizing so you really must bring your special partner there for a bike ride. Cap the day with a nice picnic along the grasses under large oak trees.
This is one of the largest animal shelters in Denver. What better way to melt your partner’s heart but with cuddly animals who longs for hugs. You can even take your relationship to the next level and adopt an orphaned animal. Or you can also just donate to help them out.
[tps_header]It’s about that time again; summer time in colorful Colorado. With longer days and event packed nights here are a few summer date night ideas for the short 90 days of summer we get to bask in.[/tps_header]
[tps_title]GO ON A PICKNIC[/tps_title]
Is there anyone who doesn’t like a picnic? Colorado is known for its vast beautiful park selections and you should be capitalizing on that. Pack a picnic, choose a park (preferably near water) and enjoy uninterrupted one on one time. What is fantastic about picnics is they can be done as extravagant or as simply as you would like. I am a fan of the cheese, fruit and wine picnic basket myself. To make this simple fun idea extra romantic, light your picnic with a few candles. You can even get bug repellent candles for the bug hatters.
[tps_title]TAKE HER ON A HIKE[/tps_title]
Okay folks, you live in Colorado! Go on a hike! This doesn’t have to be a 14er, Morrison offers scenic trails that will not exhaust but make you feel appreciative of what you just accomplished. Again this give an awesome opportunity for one on one time to really get to know your date buddy.[tps_title]DINNER FOR TWO ON A CHARMING PATIO[/tps_title]
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If you haven’t caught on yet, I am a outside enthusiast. Here is a list of charming patios to dine at for these few months we get to savor the warmth.
Crepes n Crepes – both cherry creek and 16th street mall
Osteria Marco – Laimer Square
Baker st Pub and grill – Belmar
Linger – Highlands
Red Square Bistro – writers square
Stubben – Capital hill
A date night is a special event where you let your hair down and spend priceless moments you’re your close friend. If you want to make your date night in Denver really special, there are a number of interesting ideas you can explore. Going for these will make sure that your date night remains memorable and you fondly recall it for years.
One of the best places for a date dinner is the CubaCuba. This exotic eatery brings you flair and innovation in the menu and provides you with a stellar ambience and great, efficient service. A dinner here is sure to be memorable for a long time.
If you want to laugh your heart out and be in the company of nice, affable people, try attending a show at the Denver Improve . It is the perfect place to enjoy some great comedy with your date.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a place where you can enjoy your date night to the fullest with performances, Broadway style musicals and theater.
If dancing is your favorite thing to do on a date night, look no further than the Effervescent La Rumba. In the open dance floor, you can showcase your Salsa skills with your date without any inhibition.
If you want a great shopping and snacking experience, Cherry Creek North is the place to be in.
For a relaxing picnic, Chautauqua Park is a great option.
If you want to indulge in artistic activities, take your date to the Art District at Santa Fe.
Post your date night ideas in the comments below.