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Your Collaborate 13 guide to Denver!

If you are attending Collaborate 2013, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to wander around town to experience a bit of Denver’s magic. The city offers opportunities to fit all tastes, and even though we know many of you don’t need a GPS for fun, we have put together this activity guide as part of our efforts to make your Collaborate Denver experience both productive and fun!

Denver Dining

With its charming street lights on all year round, Larimer Square offers a variety of unique restaurants and shops from which to choose. Within walking distance from the Colorado Convention center, this outdoor entertainment area will be especially convenient for Collaborate foodies. Among the amazing restaurants, we recommend you try:

  • TAG Raw Bar: raw food is one of the newest trends in dining. Here you will find a variety of vegetarian items along with highly inventive sushi, sashimi and more.
  • Rioja: features a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients impeccably brought together with local and seasonal products.
    Tamayo: offers a revolutionary take on Mexican food. Thanks to its modern menu and remarkable bar, Tamayo has gained loyal followers among those seeking something new.
  • TAG: one of Denver’s most innovative restaurants. It provides a constantly changing menu and an atmosphere that is at once elegant and casual. Extensive wine list.

Outside Larimer Square but in the area:

  • Le Grand Bistro and Oyster Bar: For Francophile foodies and seafood lovers. This Parisian bistro’s ambience takes customers back to a time long passed. 1512 Curtis Street.
  • The Corner Office: offers traditional favorites with an international twist. Ideal for Happy Hour due to its extensive cocktail list. 1401 Curtis Street.

Denver Brewing

Did you know that Colorado ranks first in the country for Gross Beer Production? The Centennial State boasts over 140 breweries and is frequently ranked in the nation’s top five for beer production and number of breweries. Apart from being the capital of Colorado, Denver could also be called the beer capital, and luckily for Collaborate 13 attendees, some of the breweries are within walking distance from the Downtown area. If you are a beer enthusiast, some of the breweries you should not miss are:

Rock Bottom: Created 20 years ago, it has grown to be one of the most popular brewery chains, with over 37 locations nationwide. 1001 16th Street.

Great Divide: Established in 1994, this globally-inspired brewery has become a Denver classic, its motto being “Distinctly Denver”. 2201 Arapahoe Street.

  • Wynkoop Brewing Co: Denver’s first craft brewery was founded in 1988 by Governor Hickenlooper and other entrepreneurs in the hopes of rejuvenating the Denver LoDo area. Go see how they did at 1634 18th Street.
  • Breckenridge: What began as a mountain town craft brewery quickly became a Denver favorite. A must before or after a Colorado Rockies baseball game. 2220 Blake Street.
  • Denver Beer Co: The owners of Denver Beer have come a long way from their initial homebrew. Their beer selections change with the seasons. 1695 Platte Street.

Denver Touring

Springtime in Colorado is where you want to be – you can actually ski at Vail in the morning and be back in Denver to play golf in the afternoon. Seriously, locals do that. Without getting into such a hectic day, here are some other suggestions that might make your business trip to Denver an unforgettable experience:

Outdoor Adventure

Nature lovers will find Red Rocks park to be the ideal spot for hiking, biking and picnicking. Less passionate ones will enjoy the stunning scenery comfortably sitting at the Ship Rock Grille restaurant. The park’s unique amphitheater provides one of the most amazing natural stages in the world.

Professional Sporting Events

  • Coors Field, home stadium to the Colorado Rockies baseball team is within walking distance to the Convention Center. Catch them in Denver on Sat 6 and Sun 7.
  • For those who prefer the NBA, it’s your opportunity to see the Denver Nuggets in action, who will be playing two games at the Pepsi Center during Collaborate 13 week.
  • NHL fans are also in luck: the Colorado Avalanche team will be local on Fri 5 and Mon 8. Tickets on sale through the Pepsi Center.

Downtown Indoor Adventure

Those who like adrenaline but cannot afford the time to go out of town should swing by REI Denver. Their store features an indoor Climbing Pinnacle 47-foot long, with over 6,400 square feet of hand-sculpted rock surface. You can also take one of their classes on outdoor activities such as rock climbing or navigation. 1416 Platte Street.

Jazzing it up

Since 1933, El Chapultepec has brought the finest Jazz music to Denver, both thanks to its house band and featured guests. The “Pec” is an iconic jazz club that has lent its stage to many genre legends, and a must-see place for those who enjoy rowdy, soulful places filled with history.1962 Market Street.

(Drinking) History at its Finest

The Cruise Room was downtown Denver’s first bar to open after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Boasting Art Deco décor, this bar was fashioned after one of the lounges on the Queen Mary. At The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Street.

Yet More Dining

Those craving a laid-back day (and some of the finest food in Colorado) should head up to Boulder, only 30 minutes away. Boulder has been named one of the Foodiest Town’s in America. Its dining scene is as diverse as the community itself, offering virtually anything from organic establishments featuring “farm to table” food to award-winning chef restaurants.

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While there is a lot to do in and around Denver, the real reason why our companies are sending us here is of course to take advantage of all of the educational opportunities available at the event.

And IT Convergence has you covered on that end too.