1691 Central St.
Denver, CO 80211
If you are looking for something off the beaten LoDo path to set the mood for your blind date, then Central Bistro is a guaranteed win. With a patio view that few can rival showcasing the Mile High City as well as indoor decor that is eccentric and elegant, you will feel comfortable in an instant allowing you to focus on conversation and your special guest. The menu offers quality unique dishes which are prepared fresh in house daily, down to the bun on your burger. The cocktail menu is also refreshingly etched with signature concoctions you won’t find at any other bar in the area. Central Bistro is a destination that promises to impress and showcase extraordinary taste in Denver cuisine.
1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202
Zengo is an ideal location for your blind date with a flair for the exotic and entrees to match an adventurous diner. Zengo’s menu features everything from sushi to rare steak cooked on a hot stone at your table. The beverage selection is also expansive offering an abundance of equally extravagant cocktails, mojitos and signature recipes. The vibrant and lively atmosphere provides an ambient backdrop encouraging sparks to ignite. Ideally located in a hip-centric location, if your date is going well, you can easily access LoHi or LoDo by foot after your meal.
1475 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
www.dbardesserts.comIf you are looking for a sweet spot to round out your date or just an out-of-the-norm, classy happy hour to begin it with, D Bar Desserts is a must. To sweeten the experience, it offers daily specials for happy hour and starts serving plated desserts at 5 p.m. with a more savory menu available throughout the day. It has also recently updated both its wine menu and dessert options to include seasonal delights. Open since 2008, part of D Bar’s mission is to be a destination dessert dining experience that puts people at ease. And in fact, many people have come to D Bar on their first date, got engaged here and then ordered their wedding cake from here as well. With all that promise in one spot, what more could you ask for on a first date?
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1937 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
www.cookstreet.comCook Street is located in the heart of downtown and provides you and your date the ability to sharpen your culinary skills with the added comfort of a small group of students. It takes the pressure off of one-on-one interaction yet gives you the ability to casually get to know each other while preparing a meal to enjoy together at the end of class. A relaxing and affable environment is fostered throughout the three hours of meal prep and instruction. And to further make you feel at home, complimentary beer and wine are offered during the session. Each class is uniquely catered to a food ethnicity or niche and led by experienced and talented chefs. You simply can’t go wrong at Cook Street since no matter what the chemistry of the date, you will have learned the recipe behind preparing a delicious meal.
2215 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
www.uncledenver.tumblr.comTouting a “no-brow” setting, Uncle is the perfect place for a casual and delicious date. Serving its patrons creative Asian-American-inspired cuisine that is ever evolving and features both small and large plates gives you the opportunity to bond while sharing a meal or order individually if your tastes vary. Nestled in the Highlands neighborhood, the cozy setting boasts an open kitchen and counter seating giving guests an active dining environment. Additionally, because space is limited, Uncle sets itself apart as a one-of-a-kind experience bound to impress even the most discriminate diner or date.
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