Exploring Denver’s RiNo






River North Art District, RiNo, is an up-and-coming Art District in a warehouse area near downtown. There are many galleries and some retail stores. The Ice Cube Gallery at 3320 Walnut Street, Rule Gallery next door at 3340 Walnut and Redline Gallery at 2350 Arapahoe were recommended to me by a local artist. There are First Friday openings as well as Second Saturday openings and art walks.

RiNo is jumping with several new restaurants and bars. The New York Times likes the Mile High Winery at 2811 Walnut, The Meadowlark Bar at 2701 Larimer, MegaFauna, a boutique featuring art and apparel by local artists at 3102 Blake St. and Americatus, an Italian restaurant at 2449 Larimer.

There is also the River North Brewery where you can taste their Belgian-inspired ales. 2402 N. Blake St. #1. There is also Epic Brewing at 3001 Walnut with a Tap Room for tasting. For spirits, make sure to visit the tasting room for Mile High Spirits at 2201 Lawrence St.  They feature their own line of gin, vodka, rum, tequila, peach whiskey and bourbon whiskey.

The Source is one of my favorite new finds in Denver. Located in RiNo, the River North Arts District, at 3350 Brighton Blvd., this is a former 1880’s steel foundry that is a hot new “foodie”destination. Here you will find an artisan food market, restaurants and stores featuring Babettes Artisan Bread, a French bakery with the best almond croissants; Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe for meat and provisions; a specialty produce market; Beet & Yarrow floral shop and SYPER ORDINARY, an attractive design store. There is The Proper Pour for wine and spirits and the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, a small brewery specializing in sour beers. There is Boxcar Coffee Roasters; Mondo Market, a cheese, spice and speciality food store and CapRock Farm Bar for craft cocktails and juice bar. There are special events, cooking classes and mornings talks.

Comida, a modern Mexican taqueria, started from a food truck is popular. The hot restaurant is Acorn, which is a wood-fired restaurant and cocktail bar owned by the group that owns the popular Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder.

For mid-century furniture lovers, make sure to visit Mid Mod Mall next door at 3434 Brighton Blvd.

The Populist: At 3163 Larimer, this is a popular restaurant, featuring small plates and communal tables.

Nearby is the popular Snooze Eatery for breakfast and brunch at 2262 Larimer where you will see lines out the door on Sunday mornings.

I really liked the vibe and coffee on a Sunday morning at Crema Coffee House at 2862 Larimer.