What You Need To Know
Located just north of downtown Denver, the River North Art District (nicknamed RiNo) has been transformed in recent years from an industrial landscape to one of the hippest spots in The Mile High City. The RiNo neighborhood is now fertile ground for arts and artists, while retaining its industrial roots. RiNo is dedicated to promoting and supporting the people and businesses that reside in this creatively thriving area.
Developed in 2005, RiNo has been a prospering, collective community ever since. Over its first ten years, the district has grown from eight to 180 members. These include art studios, galleries, arts organizations, creative & local businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues, craft breweries, winemakers, agriculture, and more!
The River North Art District is ‘where art is made.’ It is home to active studios, galleries and creative spaces featuring disciplines ranging from traditional to modern. RiNo celebrates creativity and innovation, with emerging and established artists creating art, architecture and design in a district brought to life
Local musicians are showcased at The Walnut Room on Walnut St., which has also hosted established national acts. Most concerts are free, though some require a nominal cover charge. They’re also known for thin-crust specialty pizzas!
Breweries and wineries also adorn the streets of RiNo. Don’t miss a taste or two at Black Shirt Brewing Company on Walnut St. where they craft progressive, artisanal beers by hand. Over on Blake St., River North Brewery specializes in Belgian brews and American styles with a Belgian twist. The menu at Mile High Winery (Walnut St.) features handcrafted red and white wines made on site by some serious wine lovers, while The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery (Larimer St.) sources its fruit from Colorado’s fertile Western slope and makes all of their wines in Denver. Both wineries offer tours and tastings.
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
Hit the beach on your summer Sundays at RiNo Beach Club, located in the heart of the River North Art District. This pop-up urban beach has over 10,000 square feet of sand, a giant pool, and local artisans and vendors. Enjoy bottomless mimosas while listening to local bands and DJs on Sunday Fundays!
Night clubs in and around the RiNo area include Nocturne, a modern jazz and supper club on 27th St., along with hundreds of other hot spots waiting for you in nearby downtown Denver! RiNo’s proximity makes it easy to walk, bike, or hop a bus to your nighttime destination. Downtown is chock full of varying vibes and verve, from the relaxing to the rambunctious, so get out there and express your fun side! Some spots offer open-air rooftop patios with breathtaking views of the city, while others boast underground haunts where hip-hoppers, ravers, and everyone in between whoop it up!
When it comes to dining in RiNo, there are many popular options. Whether you indulge in a decadent dessert at Sugarmill, or a charming community-style meal of small plates at The Populist (both on Larimer St.), the establishments in this part of Denver have plenty to offer!
The seasonal, inventive menu at Fuel Café on Ringsby Ct. features local, organic ingredients to match the mountain and skyline views from their outdoor patio. At Jake’s Food & Spirits on Walnut St., their chefs are serving up an assortment of hearty entrees and what some say are the best Buffalo wings in town! Acorn at The Source (Brighton Blvd.) is an approachable, family-friendly bar and grill that boasts eclectic, contemporary American cooking.
Satisfy all your fitness needs at Epic Ryde on Larimer St., where they offer the best in indoor cycling and group fitness classes, and the latest in full body strength training with TRX, which uses body weight to perform a wide array of total body exercises. Experience a smart way to fitness at The Fitness Branch on Blake Street. TFB is dedicated to creating better movement through functional exercise. At Manna Pilates (Larimer St.) form and quality of movement is key to transforming your body. They offer a wide range of small group classes including yoga, pilates, ZENGA, halo, core, and barre.
And no matter where you find yourself in the city, you’re likely to be only a few steps away from a lush and serene green space. The Mile High City boasts over 200 traditional parks on more than 4,000 acres where you can run, play, or just relax!
Getting From Here To There
Situated along the Platte River Bike Path, getting to and around RiNo is fun and easy. The arts district is located near Coors Field and LoDo. Walkers and cyclists can take exits on 31st St. and 38th Ave. to easily land in the heart of RiNo. By car, the district is easily accessible via I-70 or I-25 off of exits for Brighton Blvd. or Washington Street.
The ingenious car sharing service, Car2Go, is a growing service in the Denver area and, more recently, beyond. 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 RiNo. There’s even a handy smartphone app that tells you where the nearest available Car2Go is parked.
Everything Your Heart Desires
RiNo includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses. The RiNo Art District is made up of creative businesses in River North, Five Points, Globeville & Elryia/Swansea. Among them are architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces.
The Source – a bustling artisan food market located in a landmark 1880s building on Brighton Blvd. – offers a one-stop shopping experience for the food-obsessed, while also providing some of Denver’s best artisans with an outlet for their crafts. Among its 15 merchants are Babettes, a traditional French bakery, SVPER ORDINARY, a design store and gallery space, and Mondo Market, a cheese, spice, and specialty food store. Vendors also include The Proper Pour, an independent wine and spirits bottle shop, and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, a cultish brewery specializing in funky and sour beers. Beet & Yarrow brings a keen eye to floral design and offers local, seasonal produce.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The City of Denver’s Climate Action Agenda, whose goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is spreading green practices with more support than ever. Greenprint Denver is a valuable resource and community newsletter for residents all over to help out and get their questions answered regarding recycling programs, sustainability, and reducing greenhouse emissions. So get with the program and join the other Denverites who desire to counteract the unnecessary litter and hazy effects of pollution that may already be staining our beautiful city.
The A to Zs
Good schools are a parent’s top priority. When it comes getting your child the best education possible, Denver has all kinds of world-class public, charter, and Montessori schools to choose from. With Denver Public Schools, your child can attend any school, if there’s room. The district employs a lottery system if too many applications are received for any one school in particular.
Highly rated schools in the area include Polaris at Ebert Elementary School, serving grades K through 5 and Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, which offers highly-gifted and talented programs for students in grades K through 9. The historic high school East High provides every student with a relevant, stringent, relationship-based learning experience, while CEC Middle College and the Denver Center for International Studies help prepare students for college and the business world with exemplary classes and activities.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
A short walk or bike ride to downtown 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 nearby 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, because Denver sports fans are known to be among the most loyal in the nation!
Anything “Medicinal” You Need
When a medical emergency strikes and TLC is needed, head straight to one of the many hospitals providing care for RiNo residents. HealthONE has the LoDo Internal Medicine Clinic (which doubles as the AfterOurs Urgent Care for late night incidents) on Wazee St., and the full-fledged Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center on East 19th Avenue. Denver Health Medical Center is there to care near 8th Ave. & Delaware St., Saint Joseph Hospital is ready to mend on Franklin St., and the University of Colorado provides advanced yet comprehensive care at their hospital on West 13th Avenue. The managed healthcare system Kaiser Permanente is also an option in the state of Colorado. Alternative medicine is available at Healing Arts Medical Center on 16th Street, which combines eastern and western medicine in cooperation with many of the above facilities.