Go bowling while you drink at Broadway s snazzy Punch Bowl.
Go bowling while you drink at Broadway s snazzy Punch Bowl. (AARON ONTIVEROZ/The Denver Post)

Denver's not that far, so get your Buffs to the Mile High City every now and then, pals. (But don't do it in the buff. That cab ride might get kinda awkward and hairy.)

Since Boulder is only 29 miles from Denver, and you get sick of a stale life from time to time, the city to the south holds some great adventures for you.

Under 21, over 21, it doesn't matter. It's a mile high, homies. Sure, Boulder's technically higher, but stay with me.

Here's a quick Denver primer for you Buffs. Go south now before you wear out your welcome here.


I want to go where the CU-Denver Buffs go:

The Giggling Grizzly, 1320 20th St., Denver, 303-297-8300, giggling-grizzly.com

The Ginn Mill, 2041 Larimer St., Denver, 303-295-0706; theginnmill.com

Retro Room, 2034 Larimer St., Denver, 303-296-3242, theretroroomlounge.com

I want to go where the Pioneers go (Denver University, laymen):

The Pioneer, 2401 S. University, Denver, 720-536-4802, thepioneerbar.com

The Border, 2014 S University Blvd., Denver, 303-722-9880

Stadium Inn, 1701 E. Evans, Denver, 303-733-4031; stadiuminndenver.com

I want to pound shots while I line dance:

Cowboy Lounge, 1941 Market St., Denver, 303-226-1570, tavernhg.com/cowboy-lounge

Grizzly Rose, 5450 N. Valley Hwy., Denver, 303-295-1330, grizzlyrose.com

Stampede, 2430 S Havana St., Aurora, 303-696-7686, stampedeclub.net

I want to watch sports while I'm grinding on someone:

The patio at View House in LoDo offers stunning views of Coors Field and the Denver skyline.
The patio at View House in LoDo offers stunning views of Coors Field and the Denver skyline. (AARON ONTIVEROZ/The Denver Post)

LoDo's Bar and Grill, 1946 Market St., Denver, 303-293-8555, lodosbarandgrill.com

Sports Column, 1930 Blake St., Denver, 303-296-1930, denversportscolumn.com

I want to rockabilly and get down to an upright bass:

The Horseshoe Lounge, 414 E. 20th Ave., Denver, 303-832-1180, thehorseshoelounge.com

Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub, 176 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-282-4782, garyleesmotorclubandgrub.com

The Skylark, 140 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-722-7844, skylarklounge.com

I want to go where the "Real World Denver" house once sat:

Brother's Bar, 1920 Market St., Denver, 303-297-2767, brothersbar.com

I want to go to the oldest bar in Denver:

My Brother's Bar, 2376 15th St., Denver, 303-455-9991

I want to wait in a long line for a bro(ed)-out place with a sexy rooftop view:

View House, 2015 Market St., Denver, 720-878-2015

Tavern Downtown, 1949 Market St., Denver, 303-299-0100, tavernhg.com/downtown

I want to drink Irish whiskey:

Scruffy Murphy's, 2030 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-6992, scruffymurphysdenver.com

Gary Lee s Motor Club and Grub is an old auto garage with a rockabilly feel and hot-rod décor.
Gary Lee s Motor Club and Grub is an old auto garage with a rockabilly feel and hot-rod décor. (Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)

Whiskey Bar, 2203 Larimer St., Denver, 303-297-0303, whiskeybardenver.com

I want to drink infused vodka and look at religious décor:

The Thin Man, 2015 E. 17th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 303-320-7814, thinmantavern.com

I ride a fixed gear and wear ironic T-shirts:

City, O City, 206 E. 13th Ave., Denver, 303-831-6443, cityocitydenver.com

Sputnik, 3 S. Broadway, Denver, 720-570-4503, sputnikdenver.com

Hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230, hi-dive.com

I want to go where the Grateful Dead stoners hang out:

Sancho's Broken Arrow, 741 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-5288, quixotes.com

I want to go bowling in a bar:

Punch Bowl, 65 Broadway, Denver, 303-765-2695, punchbowlsocial.com

Delaney's, 1805 Blake St., Denver (mini-bowling!)

I want to (maybe) meet a Nugget and possibly a Bronco:

Chloe, 1445 Market St., Denver, 303-825-5111, chloe-denver.com

I want to hear rad DJs:

Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake St., Denver, 303-383-1909, betanightclub.com

I want to play video games and drink beer:

The 1Up, 1925 Blake St Denver, 303-779-6444, the-1up.com

The 2Up, 717 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-779-6444, the-1up.com

I want to drink a beer that none of my friends have had before:

Lucky Pie, 1610 16th St., Denver, 303-825-1021, luckypiepizza.com

Falling Rock, 1919 Blake St., Denver, 303-293-8338, fallingrocktaphouse.com


I want to meet a sober friend:

St. Mark's Coffeehouse, 2019 E. 17th Ave., Denver, stmarkscoffeehouse.com

Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303-436-1070, tatteredcover.com

I'm not 21 and I want to do something neat:

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver, 303-561-4450, aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver

MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-322-7009, dmns.org

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org

Lucky Strike bowling, 500 16th St., in the Denver Pavilions, 303-629-9090, bowlluckystrike.com

I want an Oompa Loompa and I want it NOW:

Check back later.

I want to go where Christy Fantz hangs out:

I bet you do.

Christy Fantz writes about things to do in Denver every Friday in the Colorado Daily.