Your Guide to Denver

"Mile-High City"

Year-round, Denver enjoys low relative humidity. The average high for June is 81 degrees Fahrenheit; the average low is 50.

Be aware of the effects of high altitude, as featured in this article from Stay hydrated and prepare for lots of sun!

Places of Interest

There's much to see and do in Denver, including Rocky Mountain National Park, the Denver Art Museum, and a host of restaurants and bars. Check out highlights of the city's attractions from

The New York Times lists Denver top-spots for food, culture, and more in this profile, "36 Hours in Denver."

The Unversity Press of Colorado has also kindly put together a list of restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, and other locations of note, which can be found in the map and lists below. Any location with an (*) is within walking distance (1.5 miles) from the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

AAUP Meeting Locations (Green Map Pins)

Coors Field*
AAUP Press Directors Meeting venue (June 18)
2001 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Daniels & Fischer Tower*
Reception venue, sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 18)
1606 Arapahoe Street, 17th Floor, Denver, CO

Grant-Humphreys Mansion*
Reception venue, sponsored by the New York Review of Books (June 19)
770 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO

Sheraton Downtown Denver
AAUP 2015 Meeting Site
1550 Court Place, Denver, CO

Recommended Restaurants (Orange Map Pins)

The Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage Street, Denver, CO
LoDo Neighborhood
(303) 534-9505
Comments: Denver’s oldest restaurant. Not for the faint of heart! The menu features game meat and the walls are covered with taxidermy. As much a museum of local history as it is a restaurant.

Buenos Aires Pizzeria*
1319/1307 22nd Street, Denver, CO
LoDo Neighborhood
(303) 296-6710
Comments: Another low key, laid back favorite.

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro*
1555 Blake Street, Suite 101, Denver, CO
LoDo Neighborhood
(303) 353-5223
Comments: Modern, upscale Asian fusion bistro.

2030 West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO
LoHi Neighborhood
(303) 993-3120
Comments:  Located in an old mortuary, the food is terrific.  Small plates are the norm, large plate brunch on Sundays.  You will need a reservation, and they fill up fast so book as far in advance as possible!

Little India Champa Downtown*
1533 Champa Street, Denver, CO
Downtown Denver
(303) 629-5777
Comments: Low key, laid back. Denver’s most authentic, fine Indian cuisine.

Lola Mexican Fish House
1575 Boulder Street, Denver, CO
LoHi Neighborhood
(720) 570-8686
Comments: Great for Margaritas! Sunday brunch with live music.

Mercantile Dining & Provisions*
1701 Wynkoop Street #155, Denver, CO
Historic Union Station
(720) 460-3733
Comments: Restaurant features elevated comfort food with a seasonal menu. European-style market focuses on seasonal goods from a hand-selected ensemble of artisans.

Pizzeria Locale
550 Broadway, Denver, CO
(720) 508-8828
Comments: Terrific casual pizza place created by the chef of Frasca, the Boulder restaurant generally considered the best in the area.

Stoic & Genuine*
1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO
Historic Union Station
(303) 640-3474
Comments: Multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar. Top Chef Masters finalist Jennifer Jasinski is the proprieter and executive chef.

1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Larimer Square
(720) 946-1433
Comments: Great little Mexican restaurant. $35 bottomless margarita brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Ice Cream Shops (Purple Map Pins)

Liks Ice Cream
2039 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO
Capitol Hill Neighborhood
(303) 321-2370
Comments: Family owned creamery since 1976. Quality local ingredients. Located near Cheeseman Park.

Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th Street, Denver, CO
Highland Neighborhood
Comments: Inspired by vintage Coney Island hot dog-shaped stands, Little Man Ice Cream is located inside a milk-jug shaped shop. Open until midnight.

Bars & Breweries (Yellow Map Pins)

More beer is produced in Denver than in any other US City. Stop by one of the breweries listed on the Denver Beer Trail.


Blush & Blu Bar*
1526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
LGBT-Friendly Bar
(303) 484-8548
Comments: This bar/coffee shop combination always has a poetry slam or other artistic event happening. They also have a media room and workspace if you need some peace and quiet.

Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel*
1600 17th Street, Denver
Downtown Denver
(303) 628-5400
Comments: Located in Denver’s oldest hotel with original Art Deco style. Opened the day after prohibition was repealed in 1933.

Williams & Graham
3160 Tejon Street, Denver, CO
LoHi Neighborhood
(303) 997-8886
Comments: Named one of the world’s 50 best bars by Drinks International Magazine. Prohibition-era speakeasy in a corner bookstore with handcrafted cocktails, small plates & desserts. Space is limited, reservations are recommended.

Wynkoop Brewery*
1634 18th Street, Denver, CO
LoDo Neighborhood
(303) 297-2700
Comments: A good little restaurant/brewery with the honor of being the place Colorado’s current governor, John Hickenlooper, got his start in business. Includes an upstairs pool hall.

Area Attractions & Events (Blue Map Pins)

16th Street Mall*
1001 16th Street, Denver, CO
(303) 534-6161
Comments: Great pedestrian mall, convenient for Annual Meeting attendees. Free shuttle buses cruise the mile-long mall seven days a week.

Casa Bonita
6715 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO
Comments: For die-hard South Park fans, the infamous theme restaurant’s portrayal on the show was not exaggerated in the least. You must stand in line and order food in order to see the restaurant’s interior. However, food NOT recommended. This place is terrifying.

Clyfford Still Museum*
1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO
(720) 354-4880

Colorado State Capitol Building*
200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
(303) 866-2604

Confluence Park*
2250 15th Street, Denver, CO
(720) 913-1311

Denver Art Museum*
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO
(720) 865-5000
Comments: Current Exhibitions include "Joan Miro: Instinct and Imagination"

Denver Public Library (Central Location)*
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO
(720) 865-1111

Highlands Square & Highlands Street Fair (June 20)
Speer Blvd & West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO
Comments: The Highlands Street Fair is held annually in June. Free event includes live music, tasty food, beer, cocktails, artisan vendors, and a classic car show.

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art*
1311 Pearl Street, Denver, CO
(303) 832-8576
Comments: Museum includes the original school and studio of artist Vance Kirkland.

Molly Brown House Museum*
1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO
(303) 832-4092
Comments: The home of activist Molly Brown, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

Museum of Contemporary Art*
1485 Delgany Street, Denver, CO
(303) 298-7554

Platte Valley Trolley
700 Water Street, Denver, CO
(303) 458-6255
Comments: Seasonal open-air trolley offering scenic rides along the South Platte Greenway and Downtown Denver.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO
(720) 865-2494
Comments: Open to the public during the day before concerts/events. Highly recommended go-to attraction!

REI Flagship Store*
1416 Platte Street, Denver, CO
(303) 756-3100
Comments: Indoor Pinnacle climbing wall

Sie FilmCenter
2510 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
(303) 595-3456

South Broadway (SoBo)
Comments: Short drive from the Sheraton Hotel. This area, also called “antiques row” is one of the nation’s largest concentrations of dealers. Beyond antiques the neighborhood includes an eclectic mix of taverns, art galleries, used bookstores, and avant-garde clothing stores.

Tattered Cover Book Store
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
(303) 322-7727

Tattered Cover Book Store (Satellite Location)*
1628 16th Street, Denver, CO
(303) 436-1070