Guidebook for Lakewood

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Guidebook for Lakewood

Food Scene

Great food, intimate atmosphere, family style dining. Try the gnocchi.
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Cafe Jordano
11068 W Jewell Ave
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Great food, intimate atmosphere, family style dining. Try the gnocchi.
Locals favorite. Free taco bar at happy hour (4-6:30p everyday, only upstairs). Festive atmosphere. The margaritas are great.
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Jose O'Shea's
385 Union Boulevard
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Locals favorite. Free taco bar at happy hour (4-6:30p everyday, only upstairs). Festive atmosphere. The margaritas are great.
The joke is if you survive the food, it's like the Mexican food Disneyland. For $15 you get an all-you-can-eat dining experience (actually, the sopapillas are great) and entertainment which is second to none: vingette performances compete with cliff-diving, a rip through Black bart's Cave, and arcade, etc. It's a Denver icon.
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Casa Bonita
6715 West Colfax Avenue
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The joke is if you survive the food, it's like the Mexican food Disneyland. For $15 you get an all-you-can-eat dining experience (actually, the sopapillas are great) and entertainment which is second to none: vingette performances compete with cliff-diving, a rip through Black bart's Cave, and arcade, etc. It's a Denver icon.
Gourmet tacos, patio, drinks, local hangout.
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Tacos Tequila Whiskey
3300 West 32nd Avenue
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Gourmet tacos, patio, drinks, local hangout.
This is the bar where Jack Kerouac hung out a pontificated his next moves. You'll have to have a keen eye, or Google Earth to spot it, no signs or fanfare. Get the Johnny Burger.
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My Brother's Bar
2376 15th Street
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This is the bar where Jack Kerouac hung out a pontificated his next moves. You'll have to have a keen eye, or Google Earth to spot it, no signs or fanfare. Get the Johnny Burger.

Sightseeing

It's Red Rocks. You'd be lucky to see a show there in the summer. In the meantime, run the stairs, hike the trails, visit the museum.
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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It's Red Rocks. You'd be lucky to see a show there in the summer. In the meantime, run the stairs, hike the trails, visit the museum.
See Buffalo Bill's grave and visit the museum to learn about him and his Wild West Show. Hiking trails, Mother Cabrini Shrine, and Nature Center nearby.
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Lookout Mountain
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See Buffalo Bill's grave and visit the museum to learn about him and his Wild West Show. Hiking trails, Mother Cabrini Shrine, and Nature Center nearby.
It's your chance to summit a 14er the easy way...by car. Beautiful drive and stunning views of the Front Range and the Rocky Mountains.
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Mt. Evans Scenic Byway
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It's your chance to summit a 14er the easy way...by car. Beautiful drive and stunning views of the Front Range and the Rocky Mountains.

Parks & Nature

Great proximity for a trail walk with views of mountains and downtown Denver.
Main Reservoir
Great proximity for a trail walk with views of mountains and downtown Denver.
Some challenging trails, open views of front range, the metro area and downtown Denver.
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Green Mountain
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Some challenging trails, open views of front range, the metro area and downtown Denver.
Challenging trails, some open views of the city, some pine forest walking. Make it to the top for some historical surprises.
Mount Falcon East Parking Lot
Challenging trails, some open views of the city, some pine forest walking. Make it to the top for some historical surprises.
Good challenge with a variety of options. You can stay in the valley and experience some seclusion from the city, or you can hike higher to get great views of the city. There are multiple lengths of loops.
Apex Trail
Good challenge with a variety of options. You can stay in the valley and experience some seclusion from the city, or you can hike higher to get great views of the city. There are multiple lengths of loops.
Alpine angles at a low elevation and seclusion from the city without driving too far.
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Mount Galbraith Park
21992 Golden Gate Canyon Road
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Alpine angles at a low elevation and seclusion from the city without driving too far.
Secluded and challenging with a number of options for length and difficulty.
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Deer Creek Canyon Park
13388 Grizzly Drive
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Secluded and challenging with a number of options for length and difficulty.
Some of these trails can be challenging, but the views are well worth it.
Flatirons Loop
Some of these trails can be challenging, but the views are well worth it.
Not as challenging, away from the city, more in the trees.
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Alderfer Three Sisters Park Trailhead
30357 Buffalo Park Rd
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Not as challenging, away from the city, more in the trees.
Open vistas, hiking through historical and geologic wonders away from the crowds.
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South Valley Park
90 Valley Road
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Open vistas, hiking through historical and geologic wonders away from the crowds.
Large lake park with a sweet view of the downtown skyline. Large grassy areas for laying out or playing all sorts of park games and sports. Near Highlands, downtown, and Edgewater dining and drinking.
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Sloans Lake
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Large lake park with a sweet view of the downtown skyline. Large grassy areas for laying out or playing all sorts of park games and sports. Near Highlands, downtown, and Edgewater dining and drinking.
It's Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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It's Rocky Mountain National Park.
You can boat, picnic, camp, swim, enjoy a nature walk, etc. In the spring and summer, if you get there early, there is the likelihood you could catch a hot air balloon taking off. Call Surf'SUP (720) 635-7873 to get a standing paddle board for the day.
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Chatfield State Park
11500 N Roxborough Park Rd
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You can boat, picnic, camp, swim, enjoy a nature walk, etc. In the spring and summer, if you get there early, there is the likelihood you could catch a hot air balloon taking off. Call Surf'SUP (720) 635-7873 to get a standing paddle board for the day.

Getting Around

Get to downtown without the hassle of driving or parking. $9 round-trip. The last return train leaves downtown at 1am.
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Federal Center Station
11601 W 2nd Pl
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Get to downtown without the hassle of driving or parking. $9 round-trip. The last return train leaves downtown at 1am.

Drinks & Nightlife

Great, unique selection of beers. Beer mixes and fruit puree additions are unique to the beer scene.
Great Frontier Brewing Company
2010 S Oak St
Great, unique selection of beers. Beer mixes and fruit puree additions are unique to the beer scene.
Locals feel, great sports bar. Pool tables and video games. Great food: get a Grab the Mike Burger, open for breakfast, great lunch special ($5.50 burger + $1.00 beer) or stop in on a Friday for a great steak deal.
Fiddlesticks Bar & Grill
10815 West Jewell Avenue
Locals feel, great sports bar. Pool tables and video games. Great food: get a Grab the Mike Burger, open for breakfast, great lunch special ($5.50 burger + $1.00 beer) or stop in on a Friday for a great steak deal.
Great tour of industrial beer making, and three free samples at the end. If you just want the beer, park close, walk to the lobby and ask for the "short tour." You can also take the self-guided long tour.
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Coors Brewery Tour
13th Street
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Great tour of industrial beer making, and three free samples at the end. If you just want the beer, park close, walk to the lobby and ask for the "short tour." You can also take the self-guided long tour.
Golden has an amazing small, mountain town feel close to the city. This place has a great selection, great patio, and food trucks on most days.
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Mountain Toad Brewing
900 Washington Avenue
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Golden has an amazing small, mountain town feel close to the city. This place has a great selection, great patio, and food trucks on most days.
Great selection, great patio, food trucks.
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Green Mountain Beer Company: local taproom with craft beer
2585 S Lewis Way
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Great selection, great patio, food trucks.
Infamous locals spot with unique atmosphere. Famous for it's blues shows.
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The Little Bear
28075 Colorado 74
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Infamous locals spot with unique atmosphere. Famous for it's blues shows.
The food is so, so. The GIANT margaritas will refresh you and cure what ails you after a hike nearby at Red Rocks or Mt. Falcon. The patio is upstairs, stairs to the right of the main bar.
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Morrison Inn
301 Bear Creek Avenue
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The food is so, so. The GIANT margaritas will refresh you and cure what ails you after a hike nearby at Red Rocks or Mt. Falcon. The patio is upstairs, stairs to the right of the main bar.
Great selection.
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Twisted Pine Brewing Co
3201 Walnut Street
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Great selection.
Highlands neighborhood pub. Bar games galore (video games, shuffleboard and ski-ball!) and good drink specials. Gives you a great Denver drinking experience without having to go into Lodo (yikes).
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Three Dogs Tavern
3390 West 32nd Avenue
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Highlands neighborhood pub. Bar games galore (video games, shuffleboard and ski-ball!) and good drink specials. Gives you a great Denver drinking experience without having to go into Lodo (yikes).
Trendy crowd, large outdoor and garage-doored area. Near Commons Park and South Platte River Walk.
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Denver Beer Co
1695 Platte Street
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Trendy crowd, large outdoor and garage-doored area. Near Commons Park and South Platte River Walk.
Typically there is a great show, likely a local band showcase or the like.
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Herman's Hideaway
1578 South Broadway
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Typically there is a great show, likely a local band showcase or the like.
Typically great local music showcased.
The Toad Tavern
5302 S Federal Cir
Typically great local music showcased.