Denver Date Ideas

Denver is one of the coolest and fastest growing cities in the country, which means there’s always plenty of opportunities to find fun and romantic things to do with your partner on date night. Whether you live in the Mile High City or you’re visiting from out of town, I’ve put together a list of just a few of my favorite Denver date ideas to inspire your next night on the town.

Tavernetta

Tavernetta is Jenny and my favorite restaurant in Denver. The food is unbelievable and the atmosphere is amazing. Indulge in an intimate and unforgettable evening at Tavernetta, a romantic Italian Restaurant. Experience the authentic taste of Italy in Denver, with fresh and flavorful handmade pastas, a beautifully crafted wine and spirits list, and unparalleled hospitality that promises to leave a lasting impression. 

Sushi Den 

Another favorite of ours is Sushi Den, which we try to go to for special occasions (though sometimes it can be a little tricky to get a table—in our experience they don’t take reservations). Treat yourself and your partner to the unparalleled flavors of Japanese cuisine at Sushi Den, a restaurant that has been serving the finest sushi for over 30 years. With takeout, dine-in options including walk-ins and reserved seating, and summer rooftop parties, there’s something for everyone at this beloved establishment. Take it to the next level by reserving a seat at the Chef’s Table, where your Private Chef will be dedicated to making you a special meal.

Spuntino

Discover the charm and culinary excellence of Spuntino, a one-of-a-kind wine and tapas destination that has evolved from a small café and gelato shop. This quirky and innovative space blends timeless Italian traditions with bold and passionate flavors, inspired by the owner’s heritage and travels. Experience the best of Spuntino as highlighted by numerous publications and journals for their exceptional food and wine offerings. Engage with the knowledgeable and friendly staff for a truly memorable dining experience. 

Teocalli Cocina 

Indulge in a true taste of Mexican heritage at Teocalli Cocina, an authentic restaurant that blends over two centuries of flavor, culture, and tradition with a relaxed and modern ambiance. Here, real ingredients and traditional cooking methods take center stage, creating unforgettable dishes that will leave a lasting impression.

Embrace the essence of Mexico with the adage “Sin maíz, no hay país,” meaning “without corn, there is no country.” At Teocalli Cocina, corn is treated with the reverence it deserves, as a cornerstone of Mexican cooking for centuries.

Barcelona Wine Bar 

Step into the warm and inviting atmosphere of Barcelona Wine Bar in Denver, a tapas bar that brings the essence of Spain to your plate. Savor the constantly changing menu, featuring fresh, clean flavors, seasonal ingredients, and authentic specialties from Spain and the Mediterranean. Raise a glass to an award-winning selection of wines from Spain and South America, carefully curated to complement your dining experience. And don’t miss the chance to indulge in a delicious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, in this beautifully designed restaurant that truly captures the spirit of Spain.

ChoLon

ChoLon is a unique blend of Asian and European flavors, named after the largest Chinese market in Saigon and inspired by the travels of Executive Chef and Owner Lon Symensma. With a background that includes winning a silver medal at the Culinary Olympics and being named National Junior Chef of the Year, Lon’s passion for cooking has taken him across Asia and eventually to Denver, where he now brings his extensive culinary knowledge to life through dishes that reimagine traditional Far Eastern flavors with a touch of classical European technique. 


Places to have a drink and enjoy the ambiance

Sunday Vinyl 

Looking for the perfect date night destination? Look no further than Sunday Vinyl, a cozy restaurant and wine bar that blends wine, and music for a truly unforgettable experience. With a seasonal dinner menu, curated vinyl music, and a wide selection of wines, you and your special someone will enjoy a sensory journey filled with delicious flavors and musical accompaniment. Plus, with a commitment to providing precise hospitality, Sunday Vinyl is the ideal place to relax and connect with your loved one over a night of unforgettable dining.

Nocturne

Experience live jazz nightly (Wed-Sun) at Nocturne, an acoustically designed room in the heart of Denver. With Artist in Residency programs that focus on exploring musical icons, jazz genres, and original work, Nocturne offers a unique chance to see talented artists perform and hone their craft. As the only jazz-exclusive venue in Colorado, Nocturne features both local and national touring artists. 

The Beer Spa 

Treat yourself to a unique spa experience at The Beer Spa in Denver. After you check-in and before your services, experience their cozy taproom with their current Colorado-based beer on tap or choose between cider, wine, kombucha, herbal tea, and non-alcoholic beverages. Afterwards, enjoy 90 minutes in a private room with modern amenities, including a beer bath, infrared sauna, rain shower, and wooden deck. Then move onto their Relaxation Lounge for a relaxing zero-gravity massage in their space-themed room (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone service). Finish off your visit by hanging out In the Taproom with a cold drink.


Love to do activities with your partner? Check out: 

Weathered Wick 

Discover the unique and creative experience of custom candle-making at Denver’s Weathered Wick Candle Studio! Create your very own candle with 100% cruelty-free and vegan ingredients. Choose your desired size, color, and type of candle vessel. Their friendly team will guide you through the assembly process and help you design the perfect scent. After a brief 3-hour wait for the candle to set and cool, you can take it home, or they can even hold onto your candle for two weeks and will give you a friendly reminder call. To make your visit even more convenient, you can also reserve your spot ahead of time. And for special occasions, they also offer private events both in-store and off-site. 

Stir Cooking School 

Stir up your culinary skills at Stir Cooking School, offering an immersive and interactive cooking experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night or interested in exploring new cuisines, their diverse range of classes caters to everyone’s tastes. From baking and pastry to vegetarian and healthy cooking, there’s something for everyone. And if mixology is more your style, their mixology classes are sure to impress. You’ll also have the chance to sample signature cocktails, wine, and local beer while you cook, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens

Escape to a tropical paradise all year round at The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing display of exotic plants from tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including the luscious banana trees, the indulgent chocolate plant, and the aromatic coffee bushes. Admire the stunning variety of bromeliads and palms as you stroll through this indoor oasis in the winter. 

Denver offers a diverse range of options for a perfect date night. Whether you’re a foodie looking for the best restaurants in town, or you’re in search of a cozy bar with a great ambiance, there’s something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for some adventure, there are plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to keep you entertained. From scenic garden views to delicious cuisine and thrilling experiences, Denver is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening with your significant other. So the next time you’re looking for a unique and memorable Denver date idea, consider one of the many options this incredible city has to offer.