By Jen Murphy, Correspondent

11 p.m. In need of a nightcap? Lady Jane (2021 W. 32nd Ave.), LoHi’s new neighborhood bar and Denver’s most stylish cocktail spot, stays open until 1 a.m. The bar’s midcentury-modern Palm Springs décor (palm trees and brass light fixtures galore), laid-back, lounge-y vibe and exceptionally executed drinks have already earned it a loyal clientele.


9 a.m. Follow the smell of buttery brioche down Larimer Street and into the unassuming white bungalow that houses Call (2845 Larimer St.). Since being named one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit last year, the tiny cafe is always packed, and with good reason. All of Call’s breads, from sourdough English muffins to maitake-studded bialies, are made from scratch. If you’re feeling indulgent, order the pork and fried egg sandwich served on a brioche bun. Coffee is taken just as seriously as the baked goods, prepared in the city’s first Mavam espresso maker. Another first for Denver: the ticketed dining concept that debuted in November at neighboring sister restaurant Beckon (2843 Larimer St.). Chef Duncan Holmes serves multicourse meals featuring Scandi-influenced dishes — think lamb belly with skyr and vadouvan — priced at $95. For an added $65, talented sommelier Zachary Byers will match wines such as a 2017 Pax Syrah. The counter seats only 18, so you’ll need to buy a ticket on Tock up to a month in advance to score a reservation.

11 a.m. Wander over to Denver Central Market (2669 Larimer St.), an industrial 1920s building that houses 11 local artisans and purveyors, including a coffee shop, bakery, butcher, fish market and rotisserie. A box of almost-too-pretty-to-eat bonbons from Temper Chocolate and Confections is a great souvenir. The neighborhood section of the display case features more than a half dozen flavors created in collaboration with businesses in the surrounding RiNo ’hood, including Block Distilling Co. and Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery. High Point Creamery has an outpost here, so make an exception and have dessert before (or in place of) lunch. The ice cream shop’s Ice Queen Sandwich — ice cream of your choice (the earl grey and shortbread is a local fave) sandwiched between a croissantlike kouign-amann pastry made by neighbor Izzio Artisan Bakerywith a side of fudge or caramel sauce — has attained mythical dessert status.

1 p.m. After hosting a series of beloved lobster-roll pop-ups last summer, Maine native Drew Ryan appeased other New England transplants by opening a brick-and-mortar spot in LoHi this July. Maine Shack (1535 Central St.) would do any New Englander proud with its spot-on menu of classics such as fried whole belly clams, lobster pot pie topped with crumbled Ritz Crackers (a riff on his mom’s recipe) and whoopie pies. Drew and his team fly in over 1,000 pounds of lobster a week from Greenhead Lobster, a family-run outfit out of Stonington, Maine. Lobster rolls are, of course, the star. Of the five versions, try the Maine Shack roll. The secret to its deliciousness: The lobster meat is soaked overnight in mayo cut with sea water, drained the next day, then drizzled with hot butter and stuffed into a toasted bun.

4 p.m. Rent a bike from B-Cycle ( ) and go on a tasting crawl of the city’s most exciting breweries. Recommendations include Station 26 Brewing Co. (7045 E. 38th Ave.) for its easy-drinking, single-hop series beers; Baere Brewing Co. (320 Broadway St., Unit E) for saisons; and Cerebral Brewing (1477 Monroe St.) and Comrade Brewing Co. (7667 E. Iliff Ave., Unit F) for stellar IPAs.

8 p.m. When it comes to a perfectly executed dining experience, there’s no place more consistently sensational than Tavernetta (1889 16th St Mall). The sister restaurant of Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine, the 2019 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Service, dazzles diners with its attention to detail. Vintage Slim Aarons photographs of effortlessly chic Italians line the walls, echoing the restaurant’s celebration of la dolce vita. The menu is ideal for sharing, so sit back and let your server guide you through the salumi, crudi, primi and secondi — there’s no shame in ordering two of the house-made pastas. Wine director Carlin Carr’s list is a deep dive into Italy, with one excusable detour to Champagne. If you love iconic producers, such as Sassicaia and Orenllaia, she’s got you covered, but it’s also fun to go off the beaten path and try coastal whites from Campania and reds from Mount Etna.

11 p.m. By the end of the year, you’ll be able to hop across the alley from Tavernetta and end the night with a final drink at the restaurant group’s new wine bar, Sunday Vinyl. Until then, head to the Ramble Hotel in RiNo, where the cocktail savants behind Death & Co. have opened an outpost of their cult bar (1280 25th St.). During winter, you can be super exclusive and book one of the 24 seats in the mezzanine-level cocktail lounge, Suite 6A.


10 a.m. Technically, Stanley Marketplace (2501 N. Dallas St.) lies just over the Denver border in neighboring Aurora. Don’t let that discourage you from making a trip. If you’re feeling virtuous, sign up for a class at Fly Kickbox or Kindness Yoga then grab a cold-pressed bottle of Morning Glow from the Juicing Tree. Or, you can sleep in and soak up last night’s negroni with a Jersey Boy sammy — pork roll, a fried egg and American cheese on an egg bagel — from Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen. Want to brunch hard? Put your name down at Annette. After chef Caroline Glover was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs this year, her scratch-to-table cooking always has a wait. If you need a reason to stick out the line, ogle Glover’s rhubarb orange water, cream cheese and cardamom sweet rolls on Instagram (@annette_scratchtotable).

Jen Murphy is a travel writer based in Boulder, Colo. Email:

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