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The Joker
09-07-2011, 10:13 PM
Not sure if this counts as off-topic or not, move if necessary mods.

Anyway, I will finally be making it to Colorado in December to see my first Broncos home game, against the Bears. I'm flying from South Korea and a friend of mine will be flying from Ireland, the loose plan is to attend the game on Sunday (tickets already secured) and spend a week just getting drunk and having fun in Denver.

What I need from you Maners is advice on where to stay. Neither of us are exactly loaded so we're looking for a hostel or reasonably priced hotel in a part of town that will have plenty going on.

Also, advice on good tourist things to do in Denver, good restaurants to eat in (been in Korea for almost a year now eating mostly rice and soup, I intend to gain a tremendous amount of weight on my trip) and anything else you can think of would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

:bronxrox:

broncocalijohn
09-07-2011, 11:36 PM
There have been many threads on this and maybe one in the tailgate section. Hotel vq is next to the stadium and they have a shuttle to LoDo. That is the area u want to party. 16th street mall is good touristy too. I seem to use priceline.com for hotel and car rental. There are breweries throughout the one hour radius so check those out and grab a college game and concert.

enjolras
09-07-2011, 11:44 PM
Personally I'd stay anywhere Downtown. Easy shot to the stadium and plenty to do. There have been a few brewery openings in the city as well which makes it pretty easy to find really good beer really close to Downtown:)

MagicHef
09-08-2011, 12:19 AM
My most favoritest restautant ever, Jack-n-Grill, is about a 10 minute walk north of the stadium, at 25th & Federal. I would recommend it.

serious hops
09-08-2011, 12:26 AM
Don't have any advice on a specific place, but I'd agree that staying in the downtown area is going to give you access to the most stuff you want. The 16th Street Mall/LoDo (lower downtown) area is a little yuppy for my tastes, but proximity to the stadium is obviously important, and the free mall shuttle is convenient for going out eating and drinking. A few places I'd recommend if you do stay in that area:

La Pasadita (http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7DELA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=la+pasadita&fb=1&gl=us&hq=la+pasadita&hnear=0x876b80aa231f17cf:0x118ef4f8278a36d6,Denver ,+CO&cid=251309675852015586)

As good as hole in the wall Mexican gets, not far from downtown.

Falling Rock Taphouse (http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/)

LoDo bar, has the best beer selection in Denver as far as I know, and pool tables and couches downstairs. Chill place.

The Wynkoop (http://www.wynkoop.com/) is a solid brewpub in the same area.

RhymesayersDU
09-08-2011, 06:08 AM
Stay downtown, play downtown. Simple.

LittleFloyd
09-08-2011, 07:40 AM
Why come for a Bears game. The Denver Bears left town years and years ago.

El Guapo
09-08-2011, 07:52 AM
Agreed, it looks as if were making a move to become the Denver Chiefs.

TheElusiveKyleOrton
09-08-2011, 08:07 AM
Have to second the recommendation of Jack N Grill. God, I friggin' love that place.

Places to stay: Downtown is best, but if you're low on funds, you might want to try just north of Downtown. There are a couple of hotels at I-25 and Speer Blvd that are both reasonably close to the stadium (and Mexican restaurant La Loma runs a shuttle to the stadium on gameday) and reasonably priced.

Breweries:
Strange Brewing Co is just South of the Stadium, about a block from Brooklyn's at SA Field. Great beer. Try the Cherry Kriek and the Farmhouse Ale and the IPAphany.

Wynkoop Brewery - opened by now-Governor John Hickenlooper, this place is fantastic, with really excellent upscale bar fare and solid beers. Try the Milk Stout.

Great Divide Brewing Co. - Becoming nationally known, and is my favorite brewery (and brewery scene) in the entire state. 22nd and Arapahoe. Try... anything. Really. But especially good are the oak-aged Yeti Stout, Hades (a traditional Belgian ale), and the Collette. Exceptional beers. And usually during happy hour (and beyond) one of the local food trucks will be out front serving a range of cuisine.

Denver Beer Co. - Just opened in the Platte River/Confluence Park area, which is near the giant REI. When I say just opened, I mean like two weeks ago. They're still getting their footing, but they do have very good beer. Really enjoyed the Graham Cracker Porter. You could serve that ****er with marshmallows and chocolate, and nobody would complain.

Enjoy the city. Lots to do, especially when you've got a week.

gyldenlove
09-08-2011, 08:17 AM
If you are staying for more than the gameday, you definitely want to be downtown, if you are just in for the game I found it pretty convenient to stay at one of the airport hotels (they tend to be cheaper and newer) and take the airport transit downtown which is cheap and not too long of a ride.

The Joker
09-08-2011, 09:22 AM
Thanks for all the posts guys, really appreciate it.

Jack n Grill has made the list, and I'll do my best to get to all these breweries at some point.

Presently targeting a place on Colfax Ave to stay in. Close to Invesco and right in the heart of downtown.

One more thing, are tickets for the Avalanche and Nuggets easily attained? May as well check a game out for both of them while I'm in town.

Smiling Assassin27
09-08-2011, 09:32 AM
There have been many threads on this and maybe one in the tailgate section. Hotel vq is next to the stadium and they have a shuttle to LoDo. That is the area u want to party. 16th street mall is good touristy too. I seem to use priceline.com for hotel and car rental. There are breweries throughout the one hour radius so check those out and grab a college game and concert.


Name your price with Priceline is a hell of a deal every time. VQ's kinda dumpy despite its perfect location. Anywhere downtown is great--Warwick, Magnolia, etc.

Smiling Assassin27
09-08-2011, 09:33 AM
Thanks for all the posts guys, really appreciate it.

Jack n Grill has made the list, and I'll do my best to get to all these breweries at some point.

Presently targeting a place on Colfax Ave to stay in. Close to Invesco and right in the heart of downtown.

One more thing, are tickets for the Avalanche and Nuggets easily attained? May as well check a game out for both of them while I'm in town.


Colfax? YOu can probably find a, er, blowout sale on hookers as well! ;)

Peoples Champ
09-08-2011, 09:34 AM
My most favoritest restautant ever, Jack-n-Grill, is about a 10 minute walk north of the stadium, at 25th & Federal. I would recommend it.

Jack n grill is awesome, they have a 7 lb burrito challenge. U will definately gain weight then.

Peoples Champ
09-08-2011, 09:36 AM
Thanks for all the posts guys, really appreciate it.

Jack n Grill has made the list, and I'll do my best to get to all these breweries at some point.

Presently targeting a place on Colfax Ave to stay in. Close to Invesco and right in the heart of downtown.

One more thing, are tickets for the Avalanche and Nuggets easily attained? May as well check a game out for both of them while I'm in town.


I would stay as close to the stadium as you can. Their is nothing like just going to the game and stumbling to your hotel room. The lodo area around coors field and market street are probably the 2 areas that will be active. The down is a little dead though on sunday nights, I would go out friday or saturday night.

broncocalijohn
09-08-2011, 09:46 AM
Colfax? YOu can probably find a, er, blowout sale on hookers as well! ;)

Colfax is good if you are going to some of the concert halls or wanting to see the Guardian Angels in action. Ramada only place I stayed in Colfax area. Hey, if ethopian food is your taste, you are at the right location.

The Joker
09-08-2011, 09:47 AM
Jack n grill is awesome, they have a 7 lb burrito challenge. U will definately gain weight then.

http://data.whicdn.com/images/13961424/me_gusta_by_megustaplz-d30cns2_thumb.jpg

Peoples Champ
09-08-2011, 09:49 AM
Good mexican close to the stadium is La Lomas. Im sure there are a lot of good mexican places, but that is our favorite. Its on 24th and federal. Bennys is also good and fairly close to downtown.

Good Pizza down there is Old Chicago, even though its a chain, everyone I know likes their pizza and all the other things on their menu.

The denver chop house and del friscos are good steak places, but very expensive.

The 16th street mall has chain restuaruants like chilis or fridays, also many fast food options and bowling alley and some bars.

The wynkoop brewery has good food.

I would also consider taking a day trip to boulder, colorado springs, or ft collins, just to get a change in scenery. Or if you have time then even head up to the mountains to Breckenridge or Central City for some gambling.

Jacksons by Coors field has good food, and at night it gets bouncin with some young hot chicks. Same with Lodos, and the Sports Collumn.

Jacksons has good green chille for denver, but not as good as green chille in pueblo. But if you have never had it, I would try it whether its at jacksons, la lomas, bennys , or anywhere down there. Its a local colorado cuisine and Colorado claims to make it better then anywhere in the country. I like it. Even former bronco Mark Schlereth has his own frozen version in stores which is pretty good and also donates to charity when you buy it.

The Joker
09-08-2011, 09:50 AM
Colfax is good if you are going to some of the concert halls or wanting to see the Guardian Angels in action. Ramada only place I stayed in Colfax area. Hey, if ethopian food is your taste, you are at the right location.

Ramada was actually the place I had recommended to me, what did you think of it?

Sounds like I should maybe be staying somewhere else?

broncocalijohn
09-08-2011, 10:02 AM
Ramada was actually the place I had recommended to me, what did you think of it?

Sounds like I should maybe be staying somewhere else?

Like I stated, not the safest area if you want to walk around. There are much better places for the same cost by doing priceline and stay on Quebec street. All the action is far from colfax. Get a car so you can go to diff. Parts of the state. Fort Collins might have CSU playing same weekend and they have New Belgium Brewery there.

bfoflcommish
09-08-2011, 10:06 AM
Good mexican close to the stadium is La Lomas. Im sure there are a lot of good mexican places, but that is our favorite. Its on 24th and federal. Bennys is also good and fairly close to downtown.

Good Pizza down there is Old Chicago, even though its a chain, everyone I know likes their pizza and all the other things on their menu.

The denver chop house and del friscos are good steak places, but very expensive.

The 16th street mall has chain restuaruants like chilis or fridays, also many fast food options and bowling alley and some bars.

The wynkoop brewery has good food.

I would also consider taking a day trip to boulder, colorado springs, or ft collins, just to get a change in scenery. Or if you have time then even head up to the mountains to Breckenridge or Central City for some gambling.

Jacksons by Coors field has good food, and at night it gets bouncin with some young hot chicks. Same with Lodos, and the Sports Collumn.

Jacksons has good green chille for denver, but not as good as green chille in pueblo. But if you have never had it, I would try it whether its at jacksons, la lomas, bennys , or anywhere down there. Its a local colorado cuisine and Colorado claims to make it better then anywhere in the country. I like it. Even former bronco Mark Schlereth has his own frozen version in stores which is pretty good and also donates to charity when you buy it.

new mexico makes the best green chile hands down!!!!!! the best places in colorado that make it (ie: Jack and Grill)are new mexican resturants.

TheElusiveKyleOrton
09-08-2011, 10:14 AM
Ramada was actually the place I had recommended to me, what did you think of it?

Sounds like I should maybe be staying somewhere else?

Honestly, you'll be fine at the Ramada. Colfax -- especially that area -- has come a LONG way. Not the safest area in the world, but far from dangerous. ****, it's a major drag in a major American city. There are harmless bums and stuff, but you'll be fine.

Great dive bars along there too. Nob Hill is awesome. Good food and booze at Irish Snug.

bronco militia
09-08-2011, 10:26 AM
be sure to stop in for a brew and a sopapilla

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSnkbXN42A1hvcUQNdEKpcPT4OyYCSaF 3FMnEcZN-clbQTWCi1bJw

Meck77
09-08-2011, 10:31 AM
mon chalet

TheElusiveKyleOrton
09-08-2011, 10:37 AM
be sure to stop in for a brew and a sopapilla

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSnkbXN42A1hvcUQNdEKpcPT4OyYCSaF 3FMnEcZN-clbQTWCi1bJw

And diarrhea.

bronclvr
09-08-2011, 10:37 AM
mon chalet


Been there-get Suite #2 :strong:

broncosteven
09-08-2011, 10:43 AM
I always like to recommend "Dozens" for Gameday Breakfast. Not too far from Colfax, kinda near the art museum and near where Darrent Williams was shot.

TailgateNut
09-08-2011, 10:44 AM
Good mexican close to the stadium is La Lomas. Im sure there are a lot of good mexican places, but that is our favorite. Its on 24th and federal. Bennys is also good and fairly close to downtown.

Good Pizza down there is Old Chicago, even though its a chain, everyone I know likes their pizza and all the other things on their menu.

The denver chop house and del friscos are good steak places, but very expensive.

The 16th street mall has chain restuaruants like chilis or fridays, also many fast food options and bowling alley and some bars.

The wynkoop brewery has good food.

I would also consider taking a day trip to boulder, colorado springs, or ft collins, just to get a change in scenery. Or if you have time then even head up to the mountains to Breckenridge or Central City for some gambling.

Jacksons by Coors field has good food, and at night it gets bouncin with some young hot chicks. Same with Lodos, and the Sports Collumn.

Jacksons has good green chille for denver, but not as good as green chille in pueblo. But if you have never had it, I would try it whether its at jacksons, la lomas, bennys , or anywhere down there. Its a local colorado cuisine and Colorado claims to make it better then anywhere in the country. I like it. Even former bronco Mark Schlereth has his own frozen version in stores which is pretty good and also donates to charity when you buy it.


If you're going to suggest green chili please don't mention Mark Schlereths', that **** sucks. Santiagos is the best in town beside my chili (I think mine is better), and although Jack n grill has been around for some time, their chili is a joke.

TailgateNut
09-08-2011, 10:45 AM
And diarrhea.

NO DOUBT! I don't know why anyone would send a friend to that "dive".

bronco militia
09-08-2011, 10:48 AM
And diarrhea.

you don't eat their standard fair

....just skip on over to the sopapillas and Black Barts Cave

Ha!

TheElusiveKyleOrton
09-08-2011, 10:50 AM
If you're going to suggest green chili please don't mention Mark Schlereths', that **** sucks. Santiagos is the best in town beside my chili (I think mine is better), and although Jack n grill has been around for some time, their chili is a joke.

Agreed on all counts. TGN's chili is legit. Stink's **** is ****ty ****. Santiago's is excellent green chili, and they make really good breakfast burritos.

If you're going to breakfast, highly recommend benny's in Governor's Park. on the bus line and lots of people pre-game there. The sloppy burrito is out of this world.

Pre-game is good at Brooklyn's just south of the stadium, under the Colfax viaduct. Green chili is hit or miss, but the Bronco Burger (buffalo patty, jalapeno cream cheese) is outstanding, as are the steak tidbits and the chicken fingers. Order those with buffalo sauce. (Big fan of Brooklyn's because it's Montana's home base for football in Denver. Spent a lot of Saturday/Sunday afternoons there, so I've tried virtually everything on the menu.)

TheElusiveKyleOrton
09-08-2011, 10:51 AM
you don't eat their standard fair

....just skip on over to the sopapillas and Black Barts Cave

Ha!

You can't.

They make you order an entree when you walk in. $10 for a ****ty, runny, gubmint cheese-filled "food item" just so you can order a $5 beer and get some so-so sopapillas? Pass.

Sopas are better at Little Anita's, AND you won't be pooping funny for a week afterwards. That's what we call a "win-win."

bronco militia
09-08-2011, 10:54 AM
You can't.

They make you order an entree when you walk in. $10 for a ****ty, runny, gubmint cheese-filled "food item" just so you can order a $5 beer and get some so-so sopapillas? Pass.



huh..? new policy? I haven't been there in a few years.

RhymesayersDU
09-08-2011, 10:55 AM
You can't.

They make you order an entree when you walk in. $10 for a ****ty, runny, gubmint cheese-filled "food item" just so you can order a $5 beer and get some so-so sopapillas? Pass.

Sopas are better at Little Anita's, AND you won't be pooping funny for a week afterwards. That's what we call a "win-win."

LA's is another NM transplant. Love that place.

To the OP re: Nuggets/Avs. Any tickets can be had on the internet but I guarantee the NBA will still be locked out.

TailgateNut
09-08-2011, 10:57 AM
Been there-get Suite #2 :strong:

Nasty. Did you get your shots before or after your visit, or were you there to share diseases?

Mountain Bronco
09-08-2011, 11:06 AM
Honestly, you'll be fine at the Ramada. Colfax -- especially that area -- has come a LONG way. Not the safest area in the world, but far from dangerous. ****, it's a major drag in a major American city. There are harmless bums and stuff, but you'll be fine.

Great dive bars along there too. Nob Hill is awesome. Good food and booze at Irish Snug.

I totally agree with the location being fine (I actually prefer these bars over lodo bars), but you could just hotwire a 4* downtown and you will be happy as well.

bronco militia
09-08-2011, 11:11 AM
NO DOUBT! I don't know why anyone would send a friend to that "dive".

it's tradition

"the place is a dump, the food sucks and is over priced....you've got to go!!"

Ha!

bronclvr
09-08-2011, 11:14 AM
Nasty. Did you get your shots before or after your visit, or were you there to share diseases?



Oh, my friend, you don't know the half of it-Hilarious!

IHaveALight
09-08-2011, 11:14 AM
Skip jack n grill, can't understand why that place gets the rep. If you want some truly amazing (new) Mexican food go to el tepehaun on south Broadway and get a combo burrito (make sure you ask for chips and salsa). Julia Blackbirds on 32nd and lowell, get the 3 enchilada plate (chips suck but get some sopapillas). Those two will blow your mind but if that's not enough go to santiagos and get an Indian taco and some Chile cheese frys.

bfoflcommish
09-08-2011, 11:30 AM
I dont understand the love of Santiagos chile at all. Its either mild or hot, and neither have any flavor, I have ate there at least a dozen times and its always the same heat no flavor.

Peoples Champ
09-08-2011, 11:33 AM
If you're going to suggest green chili please don't mention Mark Schlereths', that **** sucks. Santiagos is the best in town beside my chili (I think mine is better), and although Jack n grill has been around for some time, their chili is a joke.


I wasnt really suggesting it, more trying to show that its a popular dish in Colorado.

Obvisouly homemade green chille from a restaurant is always going to be better then frozen kind at a grocery store. Thats a no brainer.

Peoples Champ
09-08-2011, 11:34 AM
sams diner downtown is a good breakfast spot, they have delicous breakfast burritos.

And last time i was there i ate breakfast next to Chauncey billups