Where to Drink on Memorial Day Weekend in Denver
In case you haven't been counting down the hours to your extra day off, Memorial Day is this Monday, May 27, and that means three-day weekend. Here are some places to enjoy your extra time off and have an adult beverage or two, and don't forget to raise a glass to the men and women who gave their lives for our country.
Denver Day of Rock: This Saturday, May 25, will be the fifth annual Denver Day of Rock on the 16th Street Mall downtown. Enjoy 25 bands on five stages from 2:30–9:30 PM, including Fishbone, The Railbenders, and What Made Milwaukee Famous along with many other local, regional and national acts. There will also be food vendors and a beer garden. Best part, the music shows are free.
Colorado Rapids: Enjoy some football this weekend. No, not that kind of football — soccer! The Colorado Rapids take on Chivas USA at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this Saturday, May 25, at 7 PM. The Park has nine concession stands, 22 suites and one restaurant with full bar. Tickets start at $25. Enjoy watching these boys of summer on the pitch while you enjoy a beer in the stands as the Rapids make a run at another MSL cup.
Denver Golf Courses: Even if you just hit your fourth golf ball into the lake, when that beverage cart comes rolling around the corner, you instantly feel better. Get outside and enjoy Memorial Day at one of the eight City of Denver public courses. Expand your choices to the metro area and the number is over 50. Each course is unique. Only have time for a quick game? Harvard Gulch Golf Course is only nine holes. If you want to hit balls into the water on purpose, head to the Aqua Golf Driving Range or play the challenging hills of Evergreen Golf Course (Yes, Denver owns that!). You can BYOB or order up from the cart. Just don’t forget to tip the cart driver if you do.
Elitch Gardens: Now that Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is open, you and the family can enjoy all kinds of amusement park fun this Memorial Day Weekend. While the kids are screaming their lungs out on the rides, the parents can enjoy some adult beverages at one of several restaurants in the park. For outdoor fun, enjoy the Blue Moon Beer Garden. The garden offers 12 premium beers on tap, hot wings, Mile High Nachos and three big screen TVs. Then there is Draughtworks serving eight premium beers and soft pretzels or take a break indoors at J.M. Mulvihills Bar and Grill with six beers on tap and their house special margarita.
Old South Gaylord Street: This Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27, the merchants on Old South Gaylord Street will stop the cars for an old fashioned street festival. Located near Washington Park, this fun city block will host live music, artwork and kids’ activities starting at 10 AM. For the adults, Gaylord’s eating establishments will have food and drink specials. Restaurants and bars include Il Vincino, Japon, Max Gill and Grill, Reiver’s Bar and Grill, The Local, The Tavern at Wash Park, and Washington Park Grill.
Arapahoe Basin: Want to enjoy winter’s chill one last time? Then head to Arapahoe Basin because it's the only ski mountain still open and it’s less than an hour drive from Denver. They have two inches of new snow and a 53-inch base still available for shushing down the slopes. Even better, on Monday, May 27, is the 12th annual Festival of the Brew Pubs from noon to 4 PM. After enjoying the powder have a few brews from these great mountain breweries: Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, AC Golden, Avery, O’Dells, Oskar Blues, Wynkoop, Tivoli, Twisted Pine and Elevation.
American Legion: Founded in 1919 by veterans returning from World War I, what better to celebrate a holiday that honors our veterans than by spending some time with them at their own bar. Denver has five posts with some 12 others in the surrounding area. These posts have bars available for members or for special events that can be open to the public. Hear some great stories, trade some jokes and maybe learn a thing or two. Visit the Colorado Legion website to find a post near you.
The Back Yard: For most people in the Mile High City, Memorial Day will be the first truly hot day of the year so we can finally enjoy our own back yards. After being indoors during this cold winter and wet spring, Memorial weekend finds us out of hibernation and out on the patio, deck or grass. We’ll be doing some grilling, drinking some cocktails and soaking up the sun as temperatures will climb into the high 80s this weekend. Cheers!
Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Festival, Food, Outdoor Seating, Wine