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Neighborhood profile: LoDo

Eric Niehoff

Advertising Manager

We’re writing about neighborhoods in preparation for our Housing and Resource Fair on May 1. This is part three of our series.

If you’re an Auraria student and you’ve missed all of the fun things to do in LoDo, your eyes must be closed. From restaurants and bars to art galleries and shops, this neighborhood features more varied activities than any other area in the Mile High City.

Situated in the heart of downtown Denver, no review of this historically preserved area would be complete without a description of the 16th Street Mall. This pedestrian walkway features rustic red-and-gray granite, and runs through the center of downtown. A free bus shuttles passengers to and from shops along the stretch, which spans 1.25 miles.

The mall has an essential place in the history of Denver. It was part of a massive public-private partnership to revitalize business in downtown Denver. Opened in 1982, the mall celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Denver History Minute #26: 16th Street Mall from Havey Productions on Vimeo.

Our beloved LoDo also hosts Coors field, home of the Denver Rockies. Built in the 90s, the stadium is a relatively new addition to Denver, but fuels much of the spring and summer traffic in the area.

Another don’t miss is LoDo’s music scene. You can catch live music at Summit Music Hall, or the Marquis Theater. If electronic music is your thing, check out Beta nightclub. Notable lounges include Suite 200 or Oak Tavern. My wife and her friends like the piano bar experience offered at Howl at the Moon.

You can grab a brew and a burger at Wynkoop Brewing Company (founded by Colorado’s governor). Another great location with lots of drink specials is Brothers Bar and Grill. For Mexican food, try the authentic taste and famously strong margaritas at the Rio Grande (if you like the margaritas, think about becoming part of the Marg Mob, a loyalty program that lets you earn free cocktails). A fine dining option is Ocean Prime (excellent seafood). In all honesty, there are so many food and bar options in LoDo, I couldn’t possibly list them all.

A couple great places to live in LoDo include The Ballpark Lofts and Auraria Student Lofts. If you want to live in an area with plenty to do, or if you just want to live close to work or school, I suggest LoDo as your new home. Find out more from area experts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in Tivoli 320.

ASL Housing Guide Ad 1.18.880

EquityResidential Metro Housing Fair Flyer 2013880

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