What You Need To Know
Belmar shopping, dining, and entertainment district is hailed as the exciting new downtown of Lakewood! Complete with a bowling alley, a movie theater, seasonal outdoor markets and festivals, this 22 square city block pedestrian neighborhood recreates the ambience of an old town village center with a distinctively contemporary flair. A vibrant community, Belmar has such diverse businesses as medical offices, an ad agency, and a hairstyling school – all within walking distance for its thousands of residents and those just outside Belmar.
Ten years after Belmar rose out of the old Villa Italia Mall, the iconic development is still growing, while attracting Coloradans from across the Denver metro area to live, work, shop, and play. Designed to be an ever-changing project, Belmar creates a high-density, multi-use development clustered along transportation passageways with an emphasis on getting around without a car.
For everything you need to know about Belmar, stop by the Information Center located at 405 S. Teller St. and get in on the excitement that is Belmar: Lakewood’s expanding, ever-changing core of action!
Start exploring Belmar at the one-acre plaza situated in the center of the district. Surrounded by outdoor cafes, it serves as a gathering venue for summer music concerts. In the winter the plaza is transformed into an ice skating rink and social hub for the holidays.
In Belmar, there are plenty of fun outdoor events throughout the year. Spend a lazy summer Sunday getting to know your neighbors while strolling the Market at Belmar; a unique tour through a European-atmosphere market with over 30 vendors. Purchase fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and a variety of tasty treats. Once September rolls around, it’s time for the annual Festival Italiano. Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy while enjoying authentic food, vino, and chef demonstrations, or test your skill in a bocce ball match.
The Lakewood Heritage Center, located on S. Yarrow St. in Belmar Park showcases the history of Lakewood and the many changes, inventions, and lifestyles of the 20th century. The museum boasts over 10 historic structures, 30,000 artifacts, a festival area, and an outdoor amphitheater.
Catch a flick on one of the 16 screens at Century 16 Belmar theaters (S. Teller St.) or take out your frustration on the pins at the trendy Lucky Strike Lanes. In between frames and games, chill in their sports bar with happy hour drink specials or flex your brain on trivia nights while enjoying casual eats. Located next to the plaza in the heart of the Belmar Shopping Center, Lucky Strike hosts leagues and recommends making reservations for open bowling.
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
All lit up at night, Belmar offers romantic date night ideas like dinner at Grappa Italian Bistro & Wine Bar and a movie at Century 16 theaters, bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes, handmade memories at Color Be Mine where you can paint-your-own pottery, or a stroll through Block 7’s art galleries and studios.
After a hard day, unwind at some of Belmar’s happy hour spots! Elephant Bar features beer, wine, drink, and appetizer specials, while Baker Street Pub & Grill offers one of the longest happy hours in town from 2-9pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Here, you’ll also find a large selection of draft and bottled beers, live music, billiards, and darts.
Or, quench your thirst while enhancing your knowledge of brews with World of Beer’s vast offering of over 500 different beers from over 40 countries! Their traditional yet innovative tavern fare is a celebration of the senses that enhances the flavors of their craft beers and craft spirits. It’s a terrific gathering place to celebrate festive holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Halloween.
Belmar’s local dining scene spans the globe and is designed to please the palette. Whether you’re up for a quick nosh on a heated outdoor patio or a leisurely sit-down dinner, Belmar has over 20 eateries to choose from. Food connoisseurs can purchase Belmar Dining gift cards for use exclusively at any of Belmar’s restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.
For a true dining adventure in a unique restaurant, escape to Elephant Bar, a family-friendly restaurant serving fresh sandwiches, salads, fish dishes, and Pan-Pacific specialties. The menu, the atmosphere, the décor, and the experience are unforgettable.
Located not on Baker St. but on W. Alaska Dr., Baker Street Pub & Grill will transport you back to the times of Sherlock Holmes and Watson with British favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and their award-winning Fish & Chips. Traditional American food, such as sirloin burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads also make up their menu.
And what’s a Colorado neighborhood without Mexican fare! Belmar’s got it at Rocko’s Cantina, a locally owned taco and margarita spot offering a la carte gourmet tacos. Their full menu features homemade tortillas, chips, and entrees made fresh daily. Both Rocko’s and Baker Street offer a late-night menu until 2am for all you night owls!
In Lakewood, Bear Creek Lake Park on W. Morrison Rd. offers an abundance of recreational activities and amenities, from camping to fishing to miles of multiple-use trails to explore on foot, bike, or horseback. For sun worshippers there’s a beach with swimming, and for seamen there’s a marina with boat rentals. When hunger strikes, barbecue grills, picnic areas, and a concession stand are there to satisfy. There’s a Visitor Center to help plan your adventures, featuring displays and naturalist programs. Environmental educational programming is available for all ages. The park is also home to a multitude of wildlife: snakes, birds, coyotes, prairie dogs, birds of prey, and deer roam within its spacious 2,600 acres.
Still have some energy to burn? Head on over to Carmody Recreation Center or Green Mountain Recreation Center, both just minutes from Bear Creek Lake Park. These state-of-the-art facilities feature indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, racquetball, wallyball and pickleball courts, climbing walls, cardio theaters, free weights, indoor jogging tracks, full-sized gyms, fitness classes, personal training, massage services, a skate park, babysitting, and much more!
Getting From Here To There
Belmar convenient locale, just six miles west of downtown Denver, makes it easy to get where you need to go by leaving the car at home. The obvious benefit of walking, biking, skating, and running is better health – burning calories instead of fossil fuels, which also leads to a healthier environment with fewer carbon emissions. But when a walk leads you to a concert, outdoor market, or the plaza ice skating rink, the benefits multiply.
Established RTD bus routes along W. Alameda Pkwy. and Wadsworth Blvd. offer a fast, reliable way to get around, and the nearby Lakewood Civic Center on S. Allison Pkwy. is a major public transit transfer hub. Lakewood also provides a direct shuttle from Belmar to the light rail W line so you can easily reach all of Denver’s downtown destinations.
For you road warriors, Belmar offers more than 4,500 free parking spaces for customers throughout the district, making it simple to access your favorite shops and restaurants.
Everything Your Heart Desires
Shop-a-holics rejoice! You’ll always have easy access to fashion in Belmar. Here you can find the best of national brands and local shops. Over 80 boutiques and national brands make Belmar the destination for shopping in Lakewood.
Wonderfully eclectic items made by Colorado fine artisans and woodworkers highlight A Touch of Colorado, a locally owned gift boutique. Their products run the gamut: gourmet foods, home décor and furniture, pottery, bath and body products, handmade cards, fine art paintings and photography, children’s gifts, garden accessories, jewelry, scarves, pet products, kitchenware, cookbooks, and more can all be found at Belmar’s secret little surprise!
Block 7 Galleries is the center for unity for local artists and designs. Their artwork is on display and for sale at up to 10 galleries and art studios spanning the block. Free First Friday Art Walks are open to the public, giving art lovers a chance to meet local artists while they learn and collect.
Big-name stores are here, too! Best Buy, Staples, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack, Zales Jewelers, and Victoria’s Secret are all open for your shopping needs. Or, treat yourself or a friend to a shopping spree with a Belmar gift card, accepted at these and the other fine stores in Belmar.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program gives Belmar residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Lakewood a vibrant and sustainable city. Residents participating in this unique certification program use guidance from the city staff to organize workshops, projects, and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents’ ecological footprint.
The ingenious car sharing service, Car2Go, has expanded to the Belmar area! This is the first time Car2Go has grown outside the central Denver home service area, and is a result of residents supporting alternative transportation as a part of Sustainable Belmar. It’s easy to have access to a car when you need it. After registering with Car2Go, just swipe your access card on the windshield of an available Car2Go. The car unlocks, the key is in the console, and vroom, off you go! Now residents can get rid of that extra car that doesn’t get used as much after having moved to Belmar. There’s even a handy smartphone app that tells you where the nearest available Car2Go is parked.
The A to Zs
Belmar Elementary School (part of JEFFCO Public Schools) is a small neighborhood school located in central Lakewood on S. Garrison St. There are two kindergarten classrooms and two classrooms for each grade from one through six. They also teach students with significant learning disabilities in their two Center Program SPED classrooms. Other elementary education opportunities for young minds are Bear Creek K-8 School, Dennison Elementary School, and Devinny Elementary School – all in Lakewood.
Children can attend middle school in the Belmar/Lakewood area at O’Connell Middle School, Dunstan Middle School, Creighton Middle School, or Carmody Middle School. Then it’s on to Lakewood High School for your child’s high school diploma.
The Colorado Media School teaches all aspects of broadcasting to a new generation of broadcasters-to-be through an intensive, hands-on program instructed by the industry’s top professionals. The school possesses a unique mix of broadcasting leadership and experience, educational excellence, and use of cutting edge technologies, combining to solidify their position at the forefront of broadcasting education.
Considering a career as a hair stylist? Paul Mitchell, The School, located on S. Teller St. has earned the reputation of being a high-end, ultra-chic, and state-of-the-art educational facility in the professional beauty industry. Guests are invited to enjoy services in the salon including hair styling and color as well as skin and nail services. Learn more about the next session of classes on Paul Mitchell’s website.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
Tee off at Fox Hollow Golf Course and Homestead Golf Course, both situated next to Bear Creek Lake Park and the Rocky Mountain foothills. Golfers will marvel at the spectacular views of downtown Denver and the majestic Rocky Mountains as they try to get that tiny ball in that tiny hole. Both courses offer a unique mix of terrain types and course challenges.
Knock down some wood with some friends (not literally) at Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar, a full-service upscale bowling alley and sports bar featuring HD projection screen TVs showing all major Colorado sporting events so you won’t miss a play. Located next to the plaza in the heart of the Belmar Shopping Center, Lucky Strike hosts leagues and recommends making reservations for open bowling.
A short 10-minute trip to downtown Denver presents nothing but the most exciting of professional sports! Watch the Denver Nuggets tear up the court, or the Avalanche fly down the ice at the Pepsi Center as they clash against bitter league rivals. Or, catch the high-octane, run-producing, my-how-the-balls-fly offense of the Rockies at Coors Field as they battle division foes like the Dodgers and Giants. Best of all, enter Sports Authority Field at Mile High to witness the crushing power of our very own Broncos as they clash helmet to helmet with the best (and the rest) in the NFL. So bring it on, and don’t be surprised if you catch the fever, ’cause Denver sports fans are known to be among the most loyal in the nation!
Anything “Medicinal” You Need
Belmar Family Medicine is a locally owned family practice based in the heart of Belmar. Receive medical attention from experienced, caring physicians helping families manage their health goals with a progressive approach to family health. When a medical emergency strikes and TLC is needed, rush to nearby St. Anthony Hospital on W. 2nd Pl. in Lakewood for expert care.
Show off those pearly whites after treatment at either Belmar Smiles family and cosmetic dentistry, Big Sky Dentistry, or Belmar Orthodontics, all on S. Teller St. The Belmar Smiles team is committed to high standards and excellence through progressive technology, current techniques, and a dedicated, caring team. At Big Sky Dentistry, their professional staff commits themselves to providing comfortable, comprehensive dental care, striving to maintain a positive happy attitude. A few doors down, the friendly Smile Team at Belmar Orthodontics aim to meet the needs and desires of each individual patient. Clear aligner treatment and clear braces are available. The office is equipped with the latest technology, such as digital imaging, digital impressions, and customized braces options to ensure patients receive optimal results in an efficient manner.
When you’ve got a crick in your back, The Joint Chiropractic on W. Alaska Dr. offers an alternative approach to healthcare, based on the age old practice of restoring balance by promoting your body’s ability to heal itself. The Joint brings affordable and convenient chiropractic care to patients in pain.