Denver has plenty of great restaurants for your typical dinner date. But what’s the fun in that month after month?
For those couples looking to switch up their usual routine, there are so many options for unique date night ideas in Denver.
From guided cocktail tours of downtown bars to Colorado’s fastest zipline, we’ve got you covered with our favorite unique ideas (day or night!) for Denver dates.
1. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth with a Self-Guided Ice Cream Tour
Love desserts? Don’t pick just one spot to enjoy with your sweetheart. Plan and execute your very own self-guided ice cream tour by hitting up a few of our favorite local creameries:
Sweet Action: Try their famous Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle from Colorado’s own Stranahan’s distillery.
Milk Box: What’s more romantic than sharing a banana split? Try this and more at Milk Box inside of Denver’s Union Station and while you’re there, you can enjoy a cocktail at the The Terminal Bar or enjoy a meal at some of Denver’s best restaurants.
Smith+Canon: Love coffee AND Ice cream? Enjoy an Affogato style experience at Smith+Canon for some of Denver’s most unique ice cream flavors such as Honeydew & Wasabi, complete with a Nitro coffee pour over.
2. Put your Cooking Skills to Test with Denver Cooking Classes
Love cooking and want to try a new menu in the comfort of your own home? Denver Cooking Classes offers private, in-home cooking classes with a variety of unique menus curated to your cooking needs and skills.
Date nights are one of their most intimate experiences and best sellers.
Be sure and check the website for their Cocktails & Cooking classes available to the public each month!
3. Stroll the Arts District at a First Friday Art Walk
The First Friday Art Walk in Denver’s thriving Art District will not disappoint.
Enjoy a romantic walk down Santa Fe to enjoy art, boutiques, and local food.
Grab dinner at one of the many local food trucks that offer classics like pizza, dumplings, mac and cheese and much more!
4. Taste Locally-Made Wines on Denver’s Wine Walk
Sip, savor and walk through the heart of downtown Denver on this brand new tour featuring wines from some of the top urban wineries and wine bars in the Mile High City.
From flights to bites, you’ll sample delicious wines carefully paired with food tastings at each of the three local restaurants you’ll visit.
Accompanied by an experience local foodie guide, you’ll walk the historic downtown streets, learn about the city’s vibrant food and wine scenes, and visit sites like Union Station and the Dairy Block. You’ll walk away with a taste of some of the best local spots, special discounts on bottles and wine clubs and a list of many other great local restaurants to visit.
5. Enjoy a Staycation at the Oxford Hotel
Relax and unwind with your own staycation at the Oxford Hotel, Denver’s oldest hotel located in the heart of downtown. Once settled, stroll to the lobby and enjoy a classic martini at one of Denver’s most iconic bars, the Cruise Room. Next, you can walk right over to Urban Farmer and split a steak flight (yes, you read that right!).
Bonus: You can do all of these things and never have to leave the hotel!
6. Picnic at The Botanic Gardens
Would you rather enjoy the outdoors for your unique date in Denver? Pack a light dinner and journey into the beautiful Botanic Gardens for a romantic picnic.
Here you can stroll, find a hidden oasis, and lay out a blanket to picnic and people watch.
Members can purchase a fob to access their secret entrance from Cheesman Park.
Bonus: the gardens are BYOB!
7. Sip Denver’s Most Unique Cocktails on a Guided Cocktail Tour
Can’t choose just one spot for a unique Denver date night? Take a boozy tour through some of the city’s leading restaurants and bars. Your local guide will lead the way as you walk from bar to bar, learning about the city’s thriving food and cocktails scene along the way.
Craft cocktails are paired with delicious bites, so you can eat and sip your way through downtown!
8. Taste Your Way Across the City on a Food tour
Are you and your date foodies? Do you love trying new dishes and learning about great restaurants? Check out our walking food tours through downtown Denver for a unique day date idea.
On this roving foodie adventure, you’ll visit six of the city’s top restaurants for delicious tastings. You’ll meet chefs, tour kitchens and go behind the scenes at some of the most unique restaurants in Denver.
9. Ready for Adventure? Ride Colorado’s Fastest Zipline
Are you and your sweetheart adventure junkies? Head over to Denver Zipline Tours, located just 30 minutes outside of Denver, to fly down some of the longest and fastest zip lines in the state.
Their zipline course features 1.5 miles on 6 different zip lines, and you can top 60 mph flying 250 feet above the ground.
Ready for a drink after? Head to their neighboring tavern for a local Colorado beer, wine, snacks and more.
10. Explore an Urban Winery and Make Your Own Wine Blend
Wine lovers? Whisk your date over to Bigsbys Folly, an urban winery located in Denver’s thriving RiNo neighborhood.
You can take a tour or sign up for a class to blend your own wine and even customize your own label!
This is the perfect unique Denver date idea for wine lovers!
11. Visit Denver’s Oldest Bar
Visit Denver’s oldest bar, My Brother’s Bar, and indulge in one of the best burgers around. Afterward, stroll over to REI, an awesome outdoor gear store, and burn off those burgers by trying to make it to the top of their giant climbing wall. You can wander back and make your way to Confluence Park where the Cherry Creek and South Platte River convene. Hop over to Platte Street and enjoy plenty of bars, restaurants, and even some awesome ice cream.
12. Fill your Bellies at Civic Center Eats Food Truck Gathering
Hungry? Pop over to Civic Center Park for their annual food truck gathering, Civic Center Eats, taking place May through October.
You’ll be supporting local businesses, eating with a view, and enjoying a historical landmark.
Bonus: walk over to the capitol building and snap a selfie on the top step located exactly 5,280 ft. above sea level.
13. Join a Monthly Bike Ride through the City
Grab your date, your bike, and your dress up gear and join the Denver Cruisers for an awesome bike ride through the city. All rides have a fun theme encouraging you to dress up and play the part. Bonus: it’s completely free to join!
14. Stroll Around Sloans Lake and Visit Denver’s Newest Food Hall
Walk, run, skip or jog together around Denver’s beautiful Sloan’s Lake.
Afterward grab a bite to eat in Edgewater at Edgewater Public Market where you don’t have to agree on where to eat because the options are endless!
Try a lobster roll, tacos, or an empanada to name a few.
15. Create Something Unique at I Made It Workshops
Learn a new skill at I Made It Workshops, a forest to table woodworking concept.
They harvest their wood from some of Colorado’s burn scars.
If you and your date are foodies, you can make a resin cheese board or an amazing charcuterie board.