The librarians are coming to town and we are super excited to share our culinary loves across the city with you. For favorites from the Anneal team, check out the list below. Be warned that some of these are harder to get into without a reservation, so if you really want to try a place you may want to plan ahead. Check out our handy map for all these great spots.
Near the Convention Center (Downtown)
For a Drink
Union Lodge #1
This is our favorite bar in the downtown area, hands down. No food, but great traditional handcrafted cocktails in a wonderful atmosphere. Seriously, if you like cocktails you have to hit this place up!
This underground cocktail bar is the perfect place to grab a drink or two with a few of your fellow librarians. The food here is not too shabby either, so this is a place where you can spend a decent amount of time.
If you’re in search for a great margarita, then you have to go to Tamayo. While their traditional margarita is as solid of a choice as any, I encourage you to try one of their signature margs, like the Prickly Pear. The food here is great as well.
For a Quick Bite
The Market at Larimer Square
If you need to grab some coffee and a pastry, a deli sandwich, or something quick and hot, make a trip to The Market. They have a small shop in the back filled with everything you’d want to buy, but their to-go food is also very reliable. Their pastries are classic and tasty. They also have a Hot Toddy menu to warm your insides on a cold day.
ModMarket (also at the airport)
Good, quick fast casual type of place with good comfort and deli type foods. This is a great place for a quick but filling breakfast.
Cook’s Fresh Market
A fancy deli with great sandwiches, salads, and baked goods (cookies!). It also has a market so you can stock up your conference bag and hotel room with emergency snacks.
For a Sit Down Meal
Stout Street Social
Oysters, sushi, and cuban sandwiches all under one delicious roof.
Sam’s No. 3 – Downtown
Take a trip to one of Denver’s signature restaurants at any time of day. They put green chile on everything, which makes this downtown spot one of our town’s heartiest and heaviest diners. Come hungry, leave in a food coma.
You must have their soup dumplings. When you pop these in your mouth and bite into them you will be rewarded with a wonderful mouthful of french onion soup. Don’t do this as soon as they are served, however, as they are crazy hot when they come out. All the food here is pretty solid.
Wonderful Italian food with good service and a nice wine list. This tends to be a little less of a scene and a tad quieter of a place.
Jennifer Jasinski is a James Beard award winning chef and this restaurant is the local favorite among all her offerings. Recently renovated, the Mediterranean inspired dishes and some of the best service in town make this a Denver darling.
Guard and Grace
Guard and Grace is a modern take on the classic Colorado steakhouse and happens to get our vote as one of the best restaurants in town for a lot of food beyond the steak. Owned by Denver powerhouse, Chef Troy Guard, this is the place for amazing sides, fish, poultry, and wonderful desserts for a special night out.
A truly unique experience, this former brothel embraces its past with its decor and atmosphere but in a very classy way. This place is also a venue, so if you want to go for later meal or drink, be prepared for a potential cover.
Yes, it deserves its own section. For drinks, go to the Terminal Bar or the Cooper Lounge. For an amazing breakfast (like a flight of pancakes), go to Snooze, but be prepared for a long wait. For a funky American lunch or dinner, go to the Kitchen Next Door (and get the margarita) or Mercantile Dining for something fancier. Mercantile is also a great place to grab gourmet food to go in their market section. If you’re in the mood for some seafood, try out Stoic & Genuine. It’s all there in one gorgeous building.
Further Out But Worth It
An artisan food market with a collection of some of the best food purveyors and restaurants in town and is located in RiNo just north of downtown. Acorn does a wonderful take on modern rustic American fare. Comida is a great option for tacos and margs. Yacht Club is a great little bar. Boxcar roasts their coffee on site. Crooked Stave is the brewery to hit up if you like Belgian sours. There are also a ton of options for grab and go at Mondo Market and Babettes. The gallery, Super Ordinary, is a great place for art and artful items.
Williams & Graham
This is a speakeasy hidden inside a bookstore in the LoHi neighborhood just across the highway from downtown. The bartenders and owners here regularly win national awards and it is easy to see why. One thing to note is that this place can have quite a wait to get in.
Root Down (also at the airport)
They have a location in town and at the airport. They are both great, but the in town restaurant can be a tad hard to get into. So, if you are heading out from DIA and find yourself on concourse C, plan a few extra minutes for your time at the airport and grab a pepper blossom cocktail here. The farm to table food and drinks are the best around.
Yes, Denver is landlocked but this place has fish flown in so the freshness and diversity is hard to beat anywhere. As long as you like a hint of spicy, you can’t go wrong with the diablo and the pink lady rolls.
If you have a sweet tooth, take the short walk to Uptown for this spot. This restaurant has great savory dishes, but the desserts from Food Network’s celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard are the star of the show.
If you want something a little more casual, head over to RiNo to hit up Park Burger for the best burgers and fries in town. They have monthly signature burger creations that are usually amazing. If the weather is nice, they also have a wonderful, huge patio.