Close to the confluence of meandering Cherry Creek and the mighty South Platte River lies a mixed use, pedestrian friendly neighborhood the locals call LoDo. The LOwer DOwntown area is historically Denver’s oldest neighborhood and serves as one of the most defining examples of successful urban renovation. The one time warehouse district is encompassed more or less by California Street to the south, Wewatta Street to the north, Speer Boulevard to the west and 20th Street to the east. Although not historically accurate, many refer to the nearby Ballpark, Auraria Campus, Riverfront Park and Prospect districts as part of LoDo.
Zoned for business, residence and pleasure, the mixed use LoDo neighborhood offers a variety of vibrant dining experiences that young urban hipsters in other city settings only dream about. Known for authentic grit interspersed with artfully alleviated urban decay, the lower downtown district is home to restaurants that feature everything from vegan cuisine at Root Down at 1600 W 33rd Ave to cowboy worthy buffalo burgers at Hopdoddy Burger Bar at 1747 Wynkoop Street. Those who enjoy a good bar crawl now and then will find a range of top shelf drinking establishments, trendy martini bars and rowdy rocknroll clubs within walking distance of each other.
Trivia buffs take note: There are more microbreweries in Colorado than in any other American state. Some of the best are in LoDo. The oldest of them all is Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded in 1988 by John Hickenlooper. As an aside, John Hickenlooper happens to be the 42nd and current governor of the Centennial State and his handcrafted beer is considered by microbrew aficionados to be among the best anywhere in the world.
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