Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day or you’re just searching for a perfect couple’s getaway, the Mile High City turns up the heat on the romance. Need ideas? Check out these 14 most romantic things to do in Denver (and places beyond). And I’ve recently updated with even more romantic things to do in the Mile High City including a haunted vampire themed date night. Read on lovebirds!
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14 Most Romantic Things to Do in Denver, Colorado
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Is your perfect Denver date night a romantic night out on the town or a weekend rendezvous? Whether this is your first date or a celebration of decades of wedded bliss, the Mile High City is the place for lovers of all ages.
As a Denver metro local, let me help with my top picks for romantic things to do in Denver for a special occasion or simply a date night.
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Cocktails with a View
Take the elevator to the 27th floor of downtown’s Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center for a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains and the sunset Peaks Lounge (650 15th St.)
Sip a fancy cocktail, gaze into each other’s eyes but don’t miss the perfect panorama out at the breathtaking Rocky Mountain panorama. With floor-to-ceiling-windows, this romantic setting is the perfect place to pop a cork or pop the question. (Go ahead and book a room to make it a romantic getaway!)
Romance and Sports in the Mile High City
If your perfect date night is taking in your favorite sports team, sports fans are lucky to live in the Mile High City as Denver’s got everything covering all four seasons. Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, and rugby. Bonus: all games feature some of the world’s best athletes on the rosters.
Romantic Carriage Ride in Downtown Denver
What’s more romantic than a carriage ride in Downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall? Step into the carriage and snuggle with your sweetheart. This is also a perfect end to an amazing night out — and the perfect setting for a proposal, right?
Propose in Denver’s Clock Tower
Ready to make an impression? One of the most romantic venues in Denver is located in the top five floors of the historic D&F Clock Tower in the heart of the city. Recently renovated, this private space features décor that’s elegant and modern. The best part is you and your future spouse will soak up those panoramic views of the skyline and mountains, and explore the mystery behind those clock faces.
Downtown Denver Food Tour
Discover Denver one bite at a time on this three-hour walking food tour through the heart of downtown. Visit six local restaurants for delicious tastings and behind-the-scenes access to kitchens and chefs. Learn about the Mile High City’s thriving food scene while tasting unique local dishes on this downtown Denver Food tour.
Denver Beer Trail
You know the saying: when in Rome, do what the Romans do? We say when in downtown Denver drinking more beer is one of the most romantic things to do in Denver with couples. If you’re timing is right, celebrate Denver beer with two fall festivals dedicated to the brew.
For the anti-romantic, single, or couple who just loves beer, the Denver Beer Trail is the coolest thing about the Mile High City. Building on its beer culture foundation, beer lovers can find romance in more than 100 brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms in the metro area.
With the help of a downloadable beer guide, put your walking shoes on. Explore brewpubs within walking distance including Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Wynkoop Brewing Company, and more. Belly up to the bar with your sweetie and toast to love with a cold one.
Better yet, how about a guided walking (and tasting!) tour of Denver’s beer scene? Book this Lower Downtown Denver Craft Beer Tour and learn how beer has obtained such a strong foothold in our state. Discover for yourself why Denver has earned the nickname “Napa Valley of Craft Beer.”
Romance and Spirits
Prefer spirits as your adult beverage? Nail that perfect romantic date night in Denver with the Premium Archetype Experience. Savor a welcome cocktail crafted by a master bartender from Archetype. Learn about the art of crafting artisanal spirits with a tour guided by their Master Distiller or Distillery Operations Manager. The Premium Archetype Experience includes a hands-on mixology lesson, guided by one of our master bartenders.
Whiskey, History, and Outlaws
History buffs will love this Whiskey, History and Outlaws walking tour of downtown Denver. The Mile High City was truly the Wild West, where dreams and fortunes were made, won, and lost. Gunfights, gambling, high-stakes poker games, prostitution, Denver had it all. Listen to tales of gunfights, pioneers, con men, kingpins of the underworld, and the bootleggers, smugglers, and crime families that made Denver what it is today.
Along the way, you’ll taste (if you choose) a generous craft beer-tasting flight, sip an expertly made cocktail, and finish with a curated whiskey/bourbon tasting flight at the finest modern saloon Denver has to offer.
Take in a Broadway Show in Downtown Denver
Denver also is home to an amazing theatre scene, perfect for a romantic evening for couples. The Denver Center of Performing Arts Complex offers live theatre and new plays, and it’s also a preferred stop on the Broadway touring circuit.
The Denver Theatre District enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver (Arapahoe to Welton, Bordered by 16th Street Mall and Speer Blvd) through interactive, immersive, and experimental arts and culture events and experiences.
And even better, there are so many restaurants near the theatre district, so couples can create a fantastic (and romantic) evening of fine dining and theatre.
Ice Skating in Downtown Denver
Winter in downtown offers things to do in Denver for couples too. Take a romantic whirl on the ice with your sweetheart in downtown Denver at the Southwest Skyline Park (16th & Arapahoe). Bring your own skates — and your adventure is FREE OR rent skates for just $2. In its seventh season, Southwest Rink offers ice-skating seven days a week. On the weekends, skate cheek-to-cheek to live bands and DJs, and take in a skate n’ flicks (movies on ice), and free lessons.
Laughter is Romantic Medicine
Maybe yours is the first date, or the two of you just like to laugh. What a better way to relax than with therapeutic laughter? Create a funny romantic night out at the Comedy Works Denver. Pick your show and get ready for a belly-laughing, fun-filled evening.
Dive into Denver’s Underbelly
Back in the roaring 1920s and Prohibition, speakeasies were hard to find, a maze of hallways lurking just beneath the surface. Find romance In the underbelly of the most historic block in Denver, Larimer Square. Walkthrough a pie shop and behind a swinging door, and boom, there it is Green Russell
Table for Two in Denver
Rendezvous with your sweetheart with a table for two at your favorite Denver restaurants. From casual to fancy French cuisine, locals are lucky as the Mile High City offers plenty of restaurants for couples to get all cozy with each other.
A few of our favorites, scattered throughout metro Denver and beyond include Beatrice & Woodsley (Baker), Elway’s (Cherry Creek or Denver), Vesta (LoDo), Rioja (Larimer Square), Linger (Lower Highlands), Panzano (Hotel Monaco Denver), Cafe Marmotte (Wash Park), Beast + Bottle (Uptown), The Fort (Morrison).
Check out our guides to Denver’s restaurant scene:
For those wanting to sample Denver’s amazing foodie scene without breaking the bank, reschedule your romantic rendezvous to March (or add another) and check out the participating restaurants, menus, and price schedule of the annual Denver Restaurant Week. This is a 10 day celebration of the amazing food in Denver, held March 3 – 12, 2023.
Romantic Overnight Stays
The finale? Nothing says “I Love you” more than a romantic overnight stay in Downtown Denver.
My favorite downtown Denver hotels that elevate the romance are:
- Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center: great location, with convenient access to all things downtown Denver, cozy accommodations, and tasty on-site dining options.
- The Crawford is located at the Union Station, in the heart of Denver’s LoDo neighborhood and two blocks from Coors Field.
- The Maven, playful, modern, hip, and just a fun place to stay.
- Oxford Hotel is historic and also home to my favorite martini bar, The Cruise Room.
- And here are even more selections of historic, hip, boutique, and always romantic downtown Denver Hotels.
For Lovers of All Things Haunted
Haunted Valentine’s Day? Oh yes, lovers of all things haunted. Brought to Denver by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, 13th Floor Denver announces newly “revamped” Love Bites returns for 2023 to spice up your romance.
Mark your calendar for the weekend after Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th and get ready to for a heart-pumping romantic date. Ghastly vampires stalk you in the dark — all blood types are welcome. Scary monsters lurk around every corner. Tickets start at just $19.99 per person. Free street parking is even available!
Add-on experiences include Sensory Overload, Big Foot’s Big Shot Secret Bar for guests 21 and over, a Date Night Photo Package, and a Date Night Premiere Package. For groups, reserve a private RIP Cabana.
Romance Beyond Denver
Spread your cupid’s wings and experience romance beyond Denver. Add Colorado’s Sweetheart Festival in Loveland to your romantic things to do. Make it a road trip and experience Colorado Springs and overnight at the always romantic Broadmoor.