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Umphreak’s Anonymous’ Colorado Travel Guide

For the past several years, we have posted our Colorado Travel Map, generally listing several rageplaces and their Facemelt-Factors so that you know where to go to gorge yourself on fantastic food, micro-brewed madness and ass shaking after-shows. Below you will find the map, as crafted over the past several years with suggestions by Umphreaks for Umphreaks. Compiled from suggestions made by fans in the Colorado Umphreaks group! We will try to highlight some of our favorite spots and we have updated the map as best we can over the past few years. YOU can always help us by submitting your suggestions to us!

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Music

The Fillmore 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218
DescriptionA large ballroom with giant purple chandeliers, the Fillmore is the best of the “barn” variety of indoor venues. There will be small lines entering the venue at door opening and shortly before Umphrey’s goes on, but nothing like the clusterfuck we saw at the Aragon.
Heady Factor
The main hurrah for this three night run! A fairly relaxed venue with enough space to handle all the Umphreaks we can muster. So far the Fillmore has hosted Umphrey’s 15 times, including such classics as 2/11/2011 and the 2013 NYE run. We are expecting another barn burner.

BeOnKey Psychelic Ripple 1700 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203
Description:
Absolutely amazing Grateful Dead bar with tons of live music that usually runs pretty late night. The reincarnation of Bianchi’s Quixotes True Blue, Atleast two stages inside the venue, Jerry pictures everywhere, most likely to be a spot of massive after-shows.
Heady Factor:  Very near the Fillmore Auditorium. So far, BeOnKey has only announced aftershows for one night of the New Years run, Tula on December 29th – Tickets here.

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 2635 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
Description: 
Cervante’s is a large dual venue which has been home to Umphrey’s before (most recently in 2007) and UM Mondays for a short while. The place tends to bring through bigger acts than Quixotes, but not festy headliners. Might be a great location for after shows/parties.
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Larger than Quixotes, mellow staff, right near the light rail, north of downtown. Has not yet announced any aftershows or late night events over the NYE run.

Your Mom’s House 608 E 13th Ave Suite 1, Denver, CO 80203
Description:  
New Capitol Hill venue built out of the old Beauty Bar.
Heady Factor: Very near the Fillmore. Has not yet announced any aftershows or late night events over the NYE run.

Owsley’s Golden Road 1301 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
DescriptionScene Friendly venue, plenty of wooks.
Heady FactorBoulder incarnation of the “hippie bar” from infamous owner Jay Bianchi. Has not yet announced any aftershows or late night events over the NYE run.

Bars & Breweries & LiQuor Stores

Argonaut Wine & Liquor 760 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Description: 
One of the best liquor stores in the city also just happens to be right across the street from the Fillmore, 1up, Sliceworks, Sanchos, Cheba Hut and many other fine Denver establishments.
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Variety, decent prices, quick service. This is your “Binnys” of Denver. They have everything to getcha drunk.

The 1up LoDo 1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Description
This bar is some of the best fun in the city when it comes to the drinking scene. Pretty much an adult arcade with all your favorite old school games – and giant Jenga. If you’re closer to the Fillmore, check out 2up, it’s the younger Brother of 1up.
Heady Factor
Dude, get drunk while playing giant Jenga and arcade games. Biggest issue is that it’s not close to the Fillmore (it’s not too far either if you’re staying downtown – and it’s smaller cousin, 2up, is right next to The Fillmore…so they got you covered)

Denver Beer Company 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
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Trendy Lo-hi brewery on the West side of downtown, great outdoor patio if the weather is nice. Beers for all types – Princess Yum Yum for wheat drinkers, Incredible Pedal for IPA drinkers.

Prost Brewing Company 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211
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 Prost does things the old school German way and their beer is fantastic because of it.

Grandma’s House 1710 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Description: Small time Brewery that is built to look like the basement in your grandma’s house, except they brew beer. There’s a super Nintendo and lots of knitting stuff, puzzles and games.
Heady Factor:  You read the description, right? This place is the shit.

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RESTAURANTS

Watercourse Foods 837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Description: 
Absolutely amazing vegetarian eats – if you’re into that sort of thing.
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Heady vegetarian food that anyone would be interested in. Very very good stuff and generally packed. Make reservations. Difficult to find street parking.

Steuben’s 523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Description: 
American Standard Dine-In/Take Out Joint
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Nice throw back feel, in a way. Good cocktails, mostly meaty with the standard veggie bar food options.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206 
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A division of Mountain Sun Brewery in Boulder, this funky spot has excellent food for all types and absolutely delicious beer to quench the pallet.
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Great micro-brewed beer and an excellent variety of dishes – both omnivore and herbivore.

El CHAPULTEPEC 1962 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
Description: 
live jazz, late hours & Mexican chow served on paper plates.
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Semi Dive Bar / Jazz Bar Denver Classic

City O’ City 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Description:
Excellent vegetarian eats very close inbetween Downtown and the Fillmore area.
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 Sorta like Watercourse (owned by the same folks) but closer to downtown. Excellent, high class eats, just as packed as Watercourse – down the street from  The Black Box or BeOnKeys in Capitol Hill.

Root Down 1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Description:
On Saturdays and Sundays this place has amazing brunch! On the weekdays it just has damn good food – if you’re staying out this way, definitely consider Root Down. Reservations required. Definitely can cater to your veg-friendly friends. 
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Very nice highland spot with excellent food. If you’re staying up north / near Coors, this is a great place to go for breakfast…if you can get in.

The Kitchen 1039 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Description: 
Caitlin W once again providing the heads up on this tasty Boulder locale: “nicer restaurant and pricier, but if you want a nice night out, take a look at the menu. I don’t normally like lamb (most places do it wrong), but I nearly stole my dad’s plate so I could finish his lamb. “
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Nice, fancy, pricey place with delicious eats if you’re looking for a more eloquent night out.

Sushi Sasa 2401 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
Description: 
Super fun sushi chefs making creative treats sound like your thing? Sushi Sasa is highly recommended.
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 Sushi near downtown right off confluence park? Epic views and delicious feats are in your future…

Blue Bonnet Cafe 457 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Description: 
Considered iconic Denver mexican near the “SoBo” neighborhood. Offers fairly decent food at a fairly decent price, and right near a very fun neighborhood with plenty of bars, a indie-film theaters 
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My Brother’s Bar 2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
Description: 
Old time bar with sandwiches and burgers, has a semi-Eastern European feel with lots of onions and kraut. It’s not the most sterile of environments in the world but it’s not a dive bar either, somewhere in-between. 
Heady Factor:
  Serving food until 2am many nights. Infamous bar which was frequented by Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Can’t get a better endorsement than that. You can read more about Denver’s Beat Legacy at http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/itineraries/beat-legacy/

The Copper Pot on Broadway 2796 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
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Surprisingly good food and a nice little bar make this place a great southside stop-in

Park & CO. 439 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Description: 
Casual eats in uptown. Close to, but not in, downtown. Nearby the venue. 
Heady Factor:
 Burgers and whiskey. Enough said.

Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza 1209 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Description:
  Chicago Style? Pretty damn close. They do deep dish, they do square sliced thin crust. It may not be D’Agustinos or Ginos, but it’s pretty damn good, best we’re gonna get a mile from the sea. Part of the Northside Pizza War that Denver has ongoing.
Heady Factor: This location is in the heart of Capitol Hill and is easily accessible if you’re staying at your hipster friend’s house or near the venue. Keep it to this location only – the other Nicolo’s around town just aren’t the same as they franchise out the name.

Jerusalem Restaurant 1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Description: 
Delicious middle eastern 24/7. We have no idea why this place was not on the list before, open late late and full of absolute deliciousness.
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There are few better late night spots than Jerusalem if you’re down for falafel or gyros. This place is near DU and never closes. You are guaranteed some delicious middle eastern madness.

Public School 303 1959 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Description: 
Sports bar with a HIgh School theme.
Heady Factor: 
 Fun spot with good beers in the outskirts of the Union Station area. Just don’t order their burgers, they never turn out right. Tasty place otherwise, somewhat trendy but it’s fun, it’s easily accessible if you’re on the west side of 16th street (near Union Station).

Linger 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Description:  
One of the most popular spots in Denver. Probably some of the more infamous dining in our fair city.
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This spot is built out of an old mortuary. Eat on the roof under the neon lighting and have an absolutely breathtaking view of the city.

Take out

Slice Works
Description: 
Not quite take out, not quite dine in, Denver Sliceworks is part of the “northside pizza war” that appears to be going on between quite a few establishments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Creative flavors and different style crusts are combined with excellent location and a swanky upstairs bar. Definitely a great spot to hit up on your way to the Fillmore.
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  Very close to the venue, decent hours and both dine in/take out style options. Pizza is fairly delicious and more creative than some traditional joints.

Sexy Pizza
Description: 
Fast New York style pizza. A little greasy, but damn good.
Heady Factor:
 Part of the “northside pizza war” that we have going on in this city…this is one of Denver’s better NY style pies. Thin crust and large triangles. If you’re from the east coast, this pizza isn’t all that spectacular, but when you live a mile high, this is almost as good as it gets. They have a vegan pizza option for your vegan friends!

Sexy Pizza South Pearl
Description: 
[See: Sexy Pizza] Southern version of it’s northern neighbor
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Sunny Gardens Restaurant
Description: 
If you find yourself southeast in the city, Sunny Gardens may be the best option, as far as Chinese food, for you! Excellent delivery within two miles and lots of options for vegetarians. I mean, like, an insane amount of vege meat (as well as regular meat). Pretty fucking awesome!! 
Heady Factor: 
If you’re looking to order in and you’re staying down south, this place is the DELICIOUSNESS. Fast, fairly cheap, damn good take out. You can get delivery to soothe your hangover with a mid-afternoon lunch, with plenty of faux-meat options for your vegetarian homies.

US THAI CAFE
Description: 
Some like it hot. Especially US Thai Cafe. They spice the shit out of their food, so if you want it just a little spicy, keep it low on the number scale
Heady Factor: 
If you DO like it hot, this is the place for you. Sure, it’s not authentic, but it gets the job done while scorching your pallet and sometimes that’s all you need. 

The Über Sausage
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Heady Factor:  Gourmet Sausage sandwich insanity on Colfax! http://theubersausage.com/east-colfax

Snarf’s
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BREAKFAST

The Breakfast Queen #2
Description: 
Good olde fashioned, old timey breakfast at a good price. This place is just a greasey spoon, but it’s excellent if that’s what you’re looking for. If there is an “after-show” at the Gothic/if you’re staying down south nearly Englewood or Littleton, this might be the best spot for you to grab some grub the morning after the show. There is a long wait, so if you run into a insane line, consider heading up to Breakfast on Broadway.
Heady Factor: 
greasy spoon! hash browns, pancakes, omelettes…mmmm, fattening goodness!

Breakfast on Broadway
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Denver Biscuit Company
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Denver Diner
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Jelly
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Waffle Brothers
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Snooze
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Jelly U Cafe
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Lucile’s
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Pete’s Kitchen
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The Buff Restaurant
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The Blue Cow
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Devil’s Food
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The Duffeyroll Cafe
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Habit Donut Dispensary
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The Fractured Prune
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Sassafrass
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OUTDOORS

Red Rocks Park and Ampitheater
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Hiking, picnicing – year round, this is an amazing place to go. A worthy experience even without ongoing concerts there.
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Nothing doin’ for this run but this place is super amazing beautiful funtimes! If you’re heading up I-70, You should definitely stop by just to enjoy the view.

Denver Botanic Gardens
Description: 
Absolutely beautiful in the winter – the Botanic Gardens are generally decked out in tons of Christmas lights. Probably a super festive place to go during this time of year.
Heady Factor: 
Christmas lights and occasionally other super cool events.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park
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Chatfield State Park
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During the summer it is our swimmin’ resevoir here in Denver. May provide beautiful views of the Foothills and a nice get away from the Urban while not terribly far from the city. Not necessarily the worlds most amazing state park.
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 Not going to be a great spot in the winter. It is one of the closest accessible camping locations to Red Rocks in the summer.

Cherry Creek State Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Boulder Mountain Park
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City Park
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Sloan’s Lake Park
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Bear Creek Lake Regional Park
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Skiing/snowboarding

Vail/Beaver Creek
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Breckenridge
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Loveland Ski Area
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Copper Mountain
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Ski Cooper
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Winter Park
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Eldora
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RECREATIONAL MEDICINE

Denver Relief
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Good Chemistry – Denver Dispensary
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Pure Medical Dispensary
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Terrapin Care Station – RECREATIONAL BOULDER
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Natural Remedies
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L’Eagle Services- Cannabis Dispensary
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TRANSPORTATION

Union Station – Denver
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16th Street Free Mallride
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Walnut & 14th – Boulder
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Greyhound Bus Terminal
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Denver International Airport
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ENTERTAINMENT

If you’ve got suggestions, we want ’em!

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