This article was published on July 1st, 2018
Denver, Colorado has long been known as a progressive oasis in the Rocky Mountain states of America. Those looking for a West Coast attitude, without the hassles of Los Angeles or San Francisco, often choose Denver for the laid-back lifestyle, high quality of life, mild temperatures, green space, and cosmopolitan feel without overbearingness of bigger metropoli. Being one of the largest out west cities, Denver plays host to many great events throughout the year, too. With plenty to do and an open for all friendliness that permeates the city, Denver is where it’s at for a fun, stress-free gaycation.
While there’s not a central gayborhood, the entire city of Denver is gay friendly with plenty of queer places to go to. Colfax Avenue and the Capitol Hill region are the more popular gay areas. For nightlife, start on Colfax Avenue for the best area to explore gay nightlife, with plenty of popular bars. You’ll want to strategically plan ahead and know you will have to take a Lyft or Uber from one bar to the next since Denveridians don’t have a traditional gayborhood with a centralized bar strip.
Some of the more popular venues include:
Xbar is a favorite watering hole for the locals that is inclusive of all sexual orientations. Tracks Denver is a massive warehouse converted into a gigantic night club. Most major gay nightlife events that happen in Denver take place here. Charlies is a great place to enjoy cheap drinks (though, it is supposedly closing at the end of June) with a large dance floor, while R&R is Denver’s oldest gay bar. Blush & Blue has the best outdoor patio. Sunday nights are gay nights at Club Vinyl, a popular multi-level + rooftop bar. Triangle features plenty of room outside on the patio and a brand-new basement dance area that just opened. And last, but not least, Hamburger Mary’s is always a great place to immerse yourself in gay.
For a central business district, Downtown Denver has a lot to offer! Begin exploring the Mile-High City by taking a walking tour of Downtown Denver, known as The Mall, that also has a bus that is free to ride.
Check out Denver Union Station for great local restaurants, a hotel, and seasonal Saturday morning farmers market. Get all decked out in cowboy gear at Rockmount Ranch Wear. A Denver mainstay since 1971, the Tattered Cover Book Store has one of the largest book collections in the area: If you’re looking for a book, they will have it.
Larimer Square is a historic Victorian block with urban shopping and dining. The Denver Performing Arts Center has multiple tours and performances through the year and has a featured dancing men sculpture.
Nearby is another massive sculpture, the Big Blue Bear. A 40’ blue bear peeking into the Colorado Convention Center, the Big Blue Bear welcomes visitors to downtown Denver.
In the Capitol Hill neighbourhood is one of Denver’s most visited sites: Molly Brown’s House. The upper-middle class house was the home of the Titanic survivor who was later nicknamed ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’. The home is open daily for tours and is a great opportunity to see a beautifully restored home filled with beautiful antiques.
During the winters, Denver plays host to a slew of adventures. Winter activities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more. Summer activities include concerts, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and ATVing.
From BBQ Fest to Comic Con, there are plenty of great events each weekend. Denver also plays hosts to one of the biggest gay Pride festivals in the region. The annual Denver PrideFest welcomes thousands of people from all over the western United States, solidifying its reputation as being one of the queerest friendly places in America.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to stay in the heart of it all, book your accommodation in central downtown Denver at the Capitol Hill Bed & Breakfast. Located in the center of Denver’s Millionaire’s Row, Capitol Hill B&B is a historic landmark and gay-friendly hotel catering to LGBT travellers for decades.
Denver is the epitome of a perfect, low key city to visit on holiday. A warm, welcoming attitude even in the cold winter months, Denver has all you need for the complete vacation experience. To plan your trip to Denver, Colorado, go to: www.VisitDenver.org.