Denver is an art lover’s paradise. The city attracts some of the world’s leading designers, creatives and thinkers, creating a unique art experience for residents and visitors.
Ready for an authentic art experience in the Mile High City? Here’s our insider’s guide to discovering Denver’s art scene.
The Mercury Café has been around for decades, and it’s the quintessential Denver hangout for all things art. It’s a Bohemian style bar, lounge, dance hall, and venue that hosts everything from poetry readings to swing dance. The cafe is also home to weekly meditation classes, tango and blues dancing, and yoga. The restaurant sources its ingredients from a handful of “conscientious Colorado purveyors” and offers vegetarian and vegan options.
Take a Walking Tour of the RiNo Arts District
The River North Arts District (RiNo) is where you can find the headquarters for a handful of Denver-based creative businesses, lots of coffee shops, eccentric boutiques and shops, studio spaces, craft beer bars, and street art. Try a CBD infused iced coffee from Blue Sparrow Coffee, or grab a beer brewed fresh in-house from Ration Beerworks, an edgy fun hangout with a great outdoor space.
Check Out Public Art Installations Around Denver
Home to eight city parks and over five thousand acres of public art space throughout the county, Denver is a dream for outdoor lovers seeking an urban refuge. Renowned public art installations sprinkled throughout Denver’s many parks adds that “Denver only” creative flare wherever you are. From a giant disco ball-like dog, to dozens of murals and the infamous airport art like the spooky gargoyle “cursed” giant horse, it’s easy to enjoy art anywhere in the Mile High City.
Attend a Live Music Show
Denver’s music scene is one-of-a-kind, it’s a little bit rock-n-roll, punk rock, experimental, psychedelic, and techno. There are so many music venues in Denver, some of the city’s best include the Lost Lake, Syntax Physic Opera and The Black Box, Larimer Lounge, The Church, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox and 3 Kings Tavern are just a few of the vastly different venues offering small tastes of the music scene in Denver. Check out music festivals like the 303 Music Festival and publications like the Westword and 5280 for more events and venues.
This post is only a brief overview of what the Denver art scene has to offer. There are so many classic spaces and new ones always emerging, that it could take years to fully experience everything this city has to offer.