The Hot List: 10 Things To Do In Denver

VISIT A HOT SPRINGS: I can’t think of anything more fun than relaxing in a hot spring in the winter! This pic, from @sonyaher is from Strawberry Park Hot Springs, so if you’re making Steamboat Springs one of your ski stops this winter, get on over there! Here’s a great comprehensive list that The Denver Post put together on Colorado hot springs, if you’re looking for something closer to you, or your vacation!

GRAB A TIKI DRINK: If you’re stuck in town this weekend and needing a respite from the cold, drink a boozy tiki drink. Really loving the fun Polynesian-inspired bar that is Adrift! Try the Typhoon Tilly if you like fruity vodka drinks or the Zombie for a (two kinds of) rum drink. The decor is unlike any I’ve ever seen in Denver – as if a Hollywood production designer took all the aspects of an island-themed bar and put them together. They have a fantastic menu, whether you’re looking for kitsch (onion rings on a pupu platter), burgers, or light Polynesian-ispired bites, like the poke. They also have up to five beers on rotation. So go! Enjoy!

SANDI CALISTRO’S OPENING RECEPTION: One of my New Year’s resolutions is too see more art and I’m really excited for Sandi Calistro’s show, Avec Mes Reves, going up at Ritual Cravt. Her work is sometimes whimsical, often haunting but always so incredibly rich and beautiful. I love that she works across many mediums, as she’s a tattoo artist as well. And if you’re not ready to commit to art on your body, for life, come to her show and buy one of her stunning pieces.

WHEN AND WHERE: This Saturday, January 14, Ritual Cravt, 2842 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, from 6pm – 9pm.

GO TO STANLEY MARKET PLACE: I’m crushing HARD on Stanley Marketplace, for so many reasons. First of all, I got to gander the work of three of my favorite public artists, Jamie Molina (I met him in person and couldn’t put a real sentence together, that’s how excited I was), Pedro Barrios and Axel Geittmann. Just the fact that Stanley Marketplace put such a high value on showcasing amazing art in their market makes me really excited when I visit. But the fact that they are fast filing up with some of my favorite local and independent food and drink places, makes them gold.

While we wait for the likes of Glazed and Confused and Denver Biscuit Company to open, there’s still plenty of goodies at Stanley Marketplace. I love Comida for their for margs and amazing Mexican food, Logan House Coffee has fantastic coffee AND a fireplace and you have not one but two choices for beer, here. There’s Stanley Beer Hall which looks like a fun, hipster hang, and when you go, have the Cast Iron Pie and the Pork Cracklings which my friend, @nam_eats calls, “Soooooo fresh and not greasy and so dang good with beer!” There’s also  Cheluna, which I got to try first hand, and is a true gem. If you go to Cheluna, get the Coco Xoco Porter – such a great winter porter!

TRY SOME PLACE NEW: There… just started serving brunch and Zagat named them one of the 12 Best Places to Brunch in Denver. 12 at Madison just started serving brunch, as well. Frozen Matter will toast homemade fluff and add it to your scoop of ice cream or hot chocolate and I’m so glad I know that’s a thing.  I’m unsure which has the better bacon and green chile croissant, Wooden Spoon or The Rolling Pin, but they’re both damn near perfection and I think you should have some perfection in your life. Acorn has this life altering combo (pictured) added to their lunch menu: crescenza, cheddar, ramp pesto & it’s served with a tomato & red pepper soup! Get some! (And ask about the daily house-made donut, too!)

CUPCAKES AND BEER: At Ratio Beer, you don’t have to choose between cup cakes or beer, because not only do they have both, but they are brilliantly pairing them together! Church of Cupcakes brings her delicious wares and you’ll get to knock back  Ratio’s Genius Wizard Russian Imperial Stout, Young Pilgrims Raspberry Belgian Dubbel, and Dear You Citra Hopped French Saison, alongside her cupcakes.

WHEN AND WHERE: This Saturday, January 14, 1-4pm. Over 1,000 people have registered their interest on Facebook, so grab your $16 tickets before they sell out, here! Ar Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

GET YOU WINTER HIKE ON: You want to go on a winter hike but you don’t want to worry about picking a trail, or figuring out the weather or the right gear – no problem – you can book a winter hike (that might be a snowshoe, depending on the weather) with Natalie Magee aka @yogimagee. She’s one of my favorite adventurers, who also runs her own outfit, where she leads groups on yoga and other retreats. You can sign up for this adventure, and buy your $45 ticket, here (quick, there’s only 3 spots left)! Or if you’re looking for a longer, overnight adventure, check out Natalie’s Winter Petite Retreat!

Photo: 303 Magazine

MEGA SALE: Lady Jones is having a 30-80% OFF sale. Go buy yourself something pretty at one of Denver’s best boutiques! You can read more about them, in this article, by 303 Magazine.

WHERE: Lady Jones, 4016 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

BOTTLE AND A BOARD FOR $25: If one of your resolutions was to have more fun, but spend less money, then Butcher’s Bistro has a deal for you!  Join them from 11am-6pm Monday – Thursday and for $25 get a charcuterie board and a bottle of either red or white wine. Such a steal!

Photo: Black Shirt Brew

GET DRUNK & DRIVEN AROUND RINO: Ever just want to drink and explore RiNo, without a care in the word? Now there’s a bus just for that! It’s the Drink RiNo Circulator Bus and it wants to cruise you around to the best booze spots! The bus is in collaboration with the RiNo Art District you can hop on the it every Saturday from 2PM-10PM and the First Friday of every month from 5PM-MIDNIGHT. Check out the bus route, here, and when you click on the map, it will show you all the great places to eat, drink & see art, at that stop.