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Dec 29, 2008 09:29 PM

A Saturday night in LODO Denver

looking for good places for drinks and somewhere for dinner and sunday brunch. Staying in walking distance to LODO and want to walk everywhere - suggestions would be appreciated - please!

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  1. Downtown Denver (including Larimer Square, LoDo and the eastern fringe of the Platte River Valley development) stretches just a very walkable mile from end to end (and probably even less in the other dimension). Therefore, for most people, everything is within walking distance. There have been numerous threads about downtown and LoDo restaurants and passionate dinner recommendations of several. There have been fewer about "places for drinks," but there is no shortage of those either. And of course, there is the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, which isn't tecnically walking, but because it is a hop on/hop off conveyance, even enthusiastic walkers use it all the time.

    Ellyngton's in the Brown Palace (opposite end of downtown from LoDo, but see above) is a Denver landmark that with a lavish Sunday brunch. I think that Kevin Taylor's Limelight in the Denver Perf Arts Center offers Sunday brunch. Dixons, which is within a block or so from LoDo, serves a lower-key,less formal brunch. There are more, but these 3 came to mind because they are all different in style and elaborateness.

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    1. re: ClaireWalter

      The Cruise Room bar at the Oxford Hotel would be my place for drinks in LoDo if you're looking for a classic Denver experience. Otherwise, take your pick from several great choices in Larimer Square including the champagne bar Corridor 44, Rioja for dinner and Bistro Vendôme for brunch or vice versa.

    2. second the recommendation of the Cruise Room, definitely a cool place. Snooze would be a good place for breakfast/brunch.

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      1. re: LurkerDan

        I would orbit between Rioja and Osteria Marco if i were you. They both rock and are a few feet from each other. The Cruise Room is old-school cool, but we paid $25 for a couple of martinis, and you can get food AND drinks at Rioja or OM for that.