In an age where secrets are hard to come by and trends and rumors spread like web-induced wildfire, these lesser known Mile High treasures are somewhat of a novelty. From music and money to bars and beer, here are some of the best kept secrets in Denver. SHHHHHHH!
1. $30,000,000 in cold hard cash...
...is on display at the
! (Well, almost.) The display shows what $30 million looks like, but most of the paper is not printed on, and therefore, not "real" money. Bummer.
2. Wynkoop Brewing Company's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout...
...made with, well, you know. What began as an April Fool's joke became a reality, and this small-batch beer made with "25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles," is just waiting for you to love it. With its dark, rich color and flavor notes of chocolate and espresso, you'll forget all about its nutty ingredients!
3. The Cooper Lounge at Union Station...
...is keeping sleek and classy alive with its perfectly shaken (or stirred) martinis, chic decor, and unbeatable views of Union Station's Great Hall, LoDo, and Downtown Denver. "Imbibe In Style" at
The Cooper Lounge
, one of the most elegantly understated bars in the city.
4. The Soiled Dove Underground...
...may just be the Migh High City's most intimate music venue and is located beneath Tavern Lowry in the Lowry neighborhood. They boast three tiers of seating (with no seat more than 45 feet from the stage) and a spacious dance floor with plenty of room to cut a rug. Go break a leg at the
5. Hot Chick-a-Latté...
...is just about the strangest phenomenon I've come across in Denver, and I'm not too sure if its the best kept, or merely the strangest secret in town. Scantily clad baristas serving up creamy delicious coffee concotions...AND a drive thru!? Let all the Menverites rejoice and rollick at
on East Colfax! (Please note plethora of hula hoops in front.)
6. APEX Movement...
...is revolutionizing the world of fitness and creating a community of like-minded Mile Highers interested in the exploration of movement arts.
introduces you to new physical and mental challenges, as you combine elements of parkour, martial arts, aerial dancing, rock climbing, and more!
7. iFLY Denver...
...is a magical place where nearly ANYone can fly! As long as you're in good health, and between the ages of 3 and 103, you can make your dream of flying a reality at
iFLY Denver's indoor flying facility
8. The patio at The Populist...
...is just about as close to al fresco perfection as you can get. The charming courtyard is intimately understated, and the food is equally as flawless and alluring. Grab your dearest and pop on over to
in RiNo and pop some bottles!
9. Every hole-in-the-wall on Federal Boulevard...
...should be experienced at least once, as it is a veritable treasure trove of ethnic eats and other hidden goodies. You really can't go wrong, but here are a few suggestions for lesser known options: Tacos Junior, Vietnam Bay, Viet's Restaurant, Taquería Mi Pueblo, and China Jade. Et al.
10. Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium...
...has a row of seats on the upper suite level that are perched at 5,280 feet - otherwise known as mile high!
11. Coors Field also has mile high seats...
...located on the 20th row of the upper deck and all decked out in purple rather than dark green. I think Prince would approve.