We understand that going to the bars and hanging with friends, while enjoyable, can also get a little stale after awhile. You might love going out after a long week, but maybe you’re yearning for something different or you’re sick of trudging through snow and cold just to meet up for a few drinks. Well, the Denver Bar Cart has done some serious digging to find the best, most fun, drinking related activities to do this fall/winter. These will get you out of that same-old bar hopping rut, inject some new life in ya and give you something to smile about for days.
Here are our favorite cold-weather drinking events/activities:
Denver Brews Cruise
1. Denver Brews Cruise – Ranked the number 1 tour in Denver by TripAdvisor, owner & operator and beer enthusiast Brent Scheiwe knows how to give tourists and residents alike, a good time. If you look at the tour’s reviews, all 100+ have ranked Denver Brews Cruise as “excellent” or “very good.” So we went “Cruisin for a Brewsin,” as the slogan reads, and let me tell you something “excellent” and “good” doesn’t begin to describe the Brews Cruise experience. Here’s why: Brent has a knack for reading people early on and tailoring the tour to individual needs/wants. Whether you’re there to just drink beer and have a good time or learn about the brewing process, we promise, you’ll enjoy yourself. You’ll get to visit and taste beers from some of the best breweries in town, including our favorites: Wit’s End Brewing Co., Strange and Renegade; learn about the process and how these breweries’ got their start (trust me, it’s not what you expect!). You’ll be entertained, fascinated even, by what Brent has to say and…pretty buzzed. Luckily, Brent is there to shuttle you safely around from one brewery to the next, so you can kick back, drink some beers and have a good time. Tickets go for $42 per person, which is a ‘steal of the deal’ compared to other brewery tours which start at $60. Pretty awesome for the number 1 rated tour in Denver, eh?
Denver Pedal Hopper
2. Pedal Hopper Denver – Chances are if you live in Denver, you’ve seen this fun-looking 15-seat pedal bar contraption rolling and jammin’ through the city. Depending on your chosen route, the bike/bar takes you to some of the best bars and restaurants in Broadway, 5 Points/Uptown and LoDos. The best part is you’ll work off those beer or cocktail calories, get your heart rate up and keep warm while you bike from one bar to the next with your buds. All you have to do is bundle up for Colorado’s brisk weather, pedal a little (or a lot, whatever floats your boat) and let Pedal Hopper’s amazing drivers entertain the hell out of you. In fact, you may not even want to go into a bar from all the fun you’re having. Fall and winter rates go for about $240 for two hours (roughly $16 per person if you can get a 15-person army).
3. The Oasis – If Colorado’s cold weather has you dreaming about Coronas, sand and beach volleyball, no worries. This in-door complex, which features several heated sand volleyball courts, gives you a glimpse into Island paradise right near Denver in Broomfield. Along with playing sand volleyball, you can also find free pool, ping-pong and a fully stocked bar. Need we say more? Even though Oasis is frequented by competitive teams, it still has the perfect set up for social gatherings, parties or just doing something a little different on a Friday night. A 10 person party costs roughly $10 an individual and all their available drop-in times are listed here. So grab a few drinks at the bar or a bucket of beers, then head to the court to get your v-ball on. You may actually forget it’s 20 degrees outside.
Movie and a Martini
4. Martini and a Movie – Located just 20 minutes outside of Denver at The Wildlife Experience, this Friday night film series makes for a fun and different evening out. Somewhere in between a ‘cinematic adventure’ at the theater and a social cocktail hour is what Movie and a Martini entails. Starting at 5:30 is usually when Wildlife starts slinging delicious libations. Visitors circulate and enjoy the facility’s awesome art and interactive exhibit galleries with their drinks in tow and then at 7:00, guests grab popcorn, maybe another cocktail or two, and take their seats for a special presentation of a classic film. Yes, that’s right. No new releases here, just some true cinematic gems including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Friday, Nov. 15th) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Friday, Dec. 5th). Ticket cost $20 for members, $25 for non-members and include two martinis, light appetizers, access to galleries, popcorn and the film.
Canvas and Cocktails
5. Canvas and Cocktails – Only a hop and skip away in Cherry Creek, Canvas and Cocktails teaches the basics of acrylic painting while you do what you do best: drink. This place has an “always happy hour” with wine $3 by the glass, $12 by the bottle and $2 beers. Luckily, your first glass is on the house, so you can sip, relax, get the creative juices flowing and have the instructors guide you and your friends on a step-by-step process of painting. And if wine or beer in the evening isn’t your ‘thang,’ then you can join ’em for Mimosa Mornings or Sangria Saturdays and Sundays, which take part in the afternoon. This is the perfect place for a girls’ day/night out, to bring a date or if you’re a resourceful guy… find a new lady friend. Just sayin’. The price ranges between $25-$40 depending on the day and painting.