Denver is the hipster capital of Midwest America and makes for a spectacular place to visit over New Year. Come and hang out in a city where looking cool is easy.
From gourmet farm cooking, craft beer bars and heritage clothing, Denver is one of the leading hipster cities in the world. The Mile High City was previously a ‘boom-or-bust’ gold town and the frontier city has plenty of hostels in stay in over New Year.
Are you travelling to Denver for New Year? Taking your fixie bike and hipster beard? Here are some quality tips of stuff to look out for while in Denver for the festive season.
What To See and Do In Denver at New Year
What: Colorado State Capitol
Where: 200 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado
Why: If you want to do one cultural thing in Denver before hitting the craft beers then check out the Colorado State Capitol. The neo-classical masterpiece is like the White House but with less tourists hovering around the gates.
Looking out across Civic Center Park, visitors can join free tours of the building every 45 minutes. The Colorado State Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
What: Lodo Historic District
Where: 1616 17th St #478, Denver, Colorado
Why: LoDo is Denver’s former warehouse district and has been tastefully restored for the modern age. Loved by hipsters for its gritty sense of authenticity, LoDo is home to craft beer pubs, restaurants and vegan cafes. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, Downtown Denver is bustling with new life and a joy to discover on foot.
What: New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Downtown Denver
Where: 16th Street Mall, Denver, Colorado
Why: If you’re a proper hipster then you probably won’t even look at the fireworks because you’ll be downstairs in some vegan coffee shop. But if you’re a little more relaxed and enjoy coming together for the bells then Denver always puts on a glitzy show. Expect clowns, drunk couples taking selfies and a glorious riot of colour.
What: Craft Beer New Year
Where: Various Bars, Denver, Colorado
Why: With a love of craft beer and an excellent reputation for microbreweries and cafés, hipster travellers looking for a craft beer will have a great time in Denver. Thousands of beer lovers from across the Midwest make a trip to the Mile High City to sample their finest brews.
Some of the city’s best bars include the Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew (OMF), a vintage brewery, hop garden and taproom located in the River North neighbourhood of Denver.
Hipsters of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.
Where to Stay in Denver
- AAE 11th Avenue Hostel offers newly renovated dorms and private rooms only a few blocks from the Colorado State Capitol and trendy craft beer pubs. Perfect for first-time arrivals in Denver, the Wi-Fi friendly hostel is a great place to hang out in Colorado. Dorms are available from €20.
- AAE Denver Ramada offers a free Downtown shuttle serve and free Wi-fi to all guests. Exceptionally clean and offering great value for money, this AAE Guesthouse provides private and dorm rooms for 1-4 people. Dorms are available from €22.