Local Info & Restaurant Guide


SSAWW 10-13 OCTOBER 2012


The Denver Visitors’ Bureau is the best location to find maps and directions, and get updates on events, sites, and deals. Visit http://www.denver.org

Cultural sites in Denver include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Museo de las Americas.

Sites of historical interest include the Colorado State Capitol, the US Mint, LoDo architecture, Molly Brown House and Museum, Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave, Byers-Evans House Museum, History Colorado Center, and the Brown Palace Hotel.

Family-friendly sites include the Denver Aquarium, the Denver Children’s Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Firefighters’ Museum, and the Butterfly Pavilion.

For shopping, strolling, and eating, visit LoDo and Larimer Square, Cherry Creek North, Highlands around 32nd and Lowell, Uptown along 17th (Logan to Josephine), Platte Street by Confluence Park, and Old South Pearl Street.

Art Districts include ArtDistrict on Santa Fe, Golden Triangle Museum District, River North Art District (RiNo), LoDo.

Special Opportunity: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (1485 Delgany Street) is offering SSAWW registrants $1 admission to the museum on Saturday, October 13th.  Of special interest to SSAWW members will be the newly installed exhibition on conceptual writing.  (Please be prepared to show conference nametag on admission.)  The MCA is easily accessible either by foot or via the free 16th street shuttle.  For museum hours and more information, visit: http://www.mcadenver.org/


The Westin Denver Downtown is a central location, from which you can easily access excellent restaurants, museums, and shopping.  You will find the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle the best way to move around downtown (or you can walk). The Shuttle stops at every corner on 16th Street between Civic Center and Wewatta Street. 

Many of the downtown restaurants recommended below are in the LoDo area of downtown (Larimer, Market, Blake, Wazee, Wynkoop streets). Here you will also find many galleries and shops between 14th and 20th streets. Larimer Square, between 14th and 15th streets, is the hub of LoDo. 

Other sites of interest in or near LoDo and downtown Denver:

  • Tattered Cover Bookstore: a Denver institution (16th and Wynkoop).

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (1485 Delgany street). The MCA is providing SSAWW attendees with $1 admission on Saturday October 13th – see details above.

  • The Denver Art Museum (13th avenue between Broadway and Bannock)

  • The Denver Public Library (10 West 14th avenue)

  • The newly opened Clyfford Still Museum (1250 Bannock street, next door to the Denver Art Museum)

  • History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway)

  • REI Flagship store (1416 Platte street) and Confluence Park.

  • If you enjoy galleries, you may want to venture into the Santa Fe Art District. This will be about a 20-minute bus ride on route 1. Bus fare is $2.25 one way. Take the 16th Street Shuttle to Champa St., where you can catch the bus. Kalamath St. is the one-way south equivalent to Santa Fe. Get off on Kalamath around 6thAve and walk a block east to Santa Fe.

  • If you have kids with you, the Denver Aquarium, the Firefighters Museum, and the Children’s Museum are all in the downtown area as well.


Metro Taxi: 303-333-3333

Yellow Cab: 303-777-7777

Freedom Cab: 303-444-4444


The Denver Visitors’ Bureau http://www.denver.org lists many restaurants all over the city. There are lots of eating and drinking establishments very close to the hotel; it’s easy to grab a quick bite, sandwich, or burger on the 16th Street Mall.


The following restaurants/drinking establishments are either walking distance or a free mall shuttle ride from the Westin:

9th Door, 1808 Blake St., http://www.9thdoor.com/. Really good tapas. Becomes a scene after 9pm or so.

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer St., http://www.bistrovendome.com. Lovely French bistro with lots of atmosphere.

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake St., http://www.cholon.com/denver/. Really interesting cocktails. Try the house-made tonic with Leopold’s gin.

Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., http://www.euclidhall.com/. Homemade sausages and good beer.

Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/. Over 75 beers on tap. The real deal.

Green Russell, 1422 Larimer St., http://www.greenrussell.com/. A cocktail cave. House made mixers.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 2129 Larimer St., http://www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com/. If you’re an east-coast pizza snob, Marco’s might not do it for you, but they do have tasty pies.

Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer St., http://www.osteriamarco.com/. Homemade salami and cheeses, pizzas, and delicious fare all around.

Panzano, 909 17th St., http://www.panzano-denver.com/. Northern Italian. Good happy hour. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pint’s Pub, 221 W. 13th Ave, http://pintspub.com/. Cask conditioned ales and the “purveyor of the largest selection of single malt whisky this side of Edinburgh, Scotland.” Not really downtown, but within walking distance.

Restaurant Kevin Taylor, 1106 14th St., http://www.ktrg.net/. Very upscale, very good, very expensive.

Rioja, 1431 Larimer St., http://www.riojadenver.com/. Mediterranean. Highly recommended.

TAG Restaurant, 1441 Larimer St., http://tag-restaurant.com/. Funky small plates and cocktails.

Tamayo, 1400 Larimer St., http://www.richardsandoval.com/tamayo/. Very good modern Mexican cuisine.

VestaDippingGrill, 1822 Blake St., http://www.vestagrill.com/. Great bar and small plates here.

WazeeSupperClub, 1600 15th St., http://www.wazeesupperclub.com/. Excellent pizza and beer. Casual and fun.

WynkoopBrewingCompany, 1634 18th St., http://www.wynkoop.com/. The place that led the renaissance of LoDo. Brew pub and fare.

Confluence Park Area

Take the 16th Street Mall Shuttle to the west end, walk down to 15th St and head west-ish.

HouseofCommons, 2401 15th St., http://www.houseofcommonstea.com/. Tea house with good salads, sandwiches, scones and cream.

Mona’s, 2364 15th St., http://monasrestaurant.com/. Breakfast and lunch. Very good.

Paris on the Platte, 1553 Platte St., http://www.parisontheplattecafeandbar.com/. Café and bar. Open late.

Proto’sPizzeria, 2401 15th St. (actually on Platte St.), http://www.protospizza.com/. Excellent pizza, fun atmosphere.

Sushi Sasa, 2401 15th St., http://www.sushisasadenver.com/. Some say the best sushi in Denver.

Zengo, 1610 Little Raven St., http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengodenver/. Asian-Latin fusion – and it works.


A bus ride (the 20 down 17th) or long walk or cab.

Cheeky Monk, 534 E. Colfax, http://www.thecheekymonk.com/ . Belgian brews and pub fare. The 15 bus.

dBarDesserts, 1475 E. 17th Ave., http://www.dbardesserts.com/. More than just desserts. Always a crowd.

Il Posto, 2011 E. 17th Ave., http://www.ilpostodenver.com/. Worth the trip. Delicious, fresh, innovative Italian.

Olivea, 719 E. 17th Ave., http://www.olivearestaurant.com/. Mediterranean small and large plates.

Parallel 17, 1600 E. 17th Ave., http://www.parallelseventeen.com/. Modern Vietnamese. Good for small plates and large.

Steuben’s, 523 E. 17th Ave., http://www.steubens.com/. Funky diner-ish with good cocktails.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt St., http://www.stringsrestaurant.com/. An institution. Always good.

Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St., http://www.mountainsunpub.com/. Great beer, good pub fare.

Capitol Hill/Congress Park/Cherry Creek

A few are walkable, but most require driving. All of these would be worth the price of a cab.

Barolo Grill, 3030 E. 6th Ave., http://www.barologrilldenver.com/. A special occasion meal. Northern Italian. Fantastic. Pricey.

Bones, 701 Grant St., http://www.bonesdenver.com/. Amazing. Noodle bowls and fantastic apps. Tiny place.

Fruition, 1313 E. 6th Ave.. http://fruitionrestaurant.com/. One of America’s top new restaurants in 2007. Intimate, lovely, local.

Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria, 410 E. 7th Ave. http://www.lalaswinebar.com/ Casual. Great wine list and really nice happy hour.

Le Central. 112 E. 8th St., http://www.lecentral.com/. “The affordable French restaurant.”

Luca d’Italia, 711 Grant St., http://www.lucadenver.com/. One of Denver’s best from one of Denver’s top chefs. Pricey.

Mizuna, 225 E. 7th Ave., http://mizunadenver.com/. Same chef as Luca. Often voted Denver’s best. Pricey.

Potager, 1109 Ogden St., http://www.potagerrestaurant.com/. All local. Small and large plates. No reservations.

Table6, 609 Corona St., http://www.table6denver.com/. Interesting combinations, delicious results.


A hopping neighborhood. All of these are highly rated restaurants that you can reach by bus or easy cab ride.

Bang! 3472 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.bangdenver.com/. Comfort food.

Duo, 2413 W. 32nd Ave., http://duodenver.com/. Local food.

Highland’sGardenCafé, 3927 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.highlandsgardencafe.com/. Old Victorian houses. Lovely.

Lola, 1575 Boulder St., http://www.loladenver.com/. Modern Mexican.

RootDown, 1600 W. 33rd St., http://www.rootdowndenver.com/. Funky, fresh, local. Known for their cocktails.

SushiHai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.sushihai.com/.

ZCuisine, 2239 W. 30th Ave., http://www.zcuisineonline.com/. French Bistro.

Old South Pearl

Not close to downtown, but both of these are excellent. And, South Pearl is fun to stroll. Probably a 15 minute cab ride.

IzakayaDen, 1518 S. Pearl St., http://www.izakayaden.net/.

SushiDen, 1487 S. Pearl St., http://www.sushiden.net/.

Also of note:

BuckhornExchange, 1000 Osage St., http://www.buckhorn.com/. An institution. Big game, etc. Take light rail.


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