Denver's Queer Haven: Exploring LGBTQ+ Hotspots & Best-Kept Secrets

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Mackenzie Hunter

  • Denver

  • Arts & Culture

  • LGBTQ+ Travel

  • Group Travel

  • Colorado

  • Hidden Gems

  • Entertainment

  • Foodie

  • Nightlife

One of the celebrated event in Denver is the Denver LGBTQ+ Walking Tour.
Curator’s statement

Denver is a vibrant and inclusive city that invites LGBTQ+ travelers to experience a world of excitement and acceptance. Beyond its well-known attractions, Denver holds a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by queer travelers in the know. Immerse yourself in a thriving scene that boasts lively nightclubs, welcoming bars and diverse cultural activities. Explore iconic LGBTQ+ spaces, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine and join in the laughter and camaraderie of unique events that make Denver a haven for travelers looking to create unforgettable memories while uncovering the city's best-kept secrets.

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Things to do in Denver

Rainbow Dome is an artist led, queer-centered hub offering an alternative to the classic roller rink experience.

Neighborhoods

Capitol Hill: This vibrant gayborhood is the heart of Denver's LGBTQ+ community, featuring numerous bars, clubs and restaurants.

South Broadway: Discover unique thrift shops, vintage stores and indie boutiques for one-of-a-kind finds.

Larimer Square: Explore this historic district filled with boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, perfect for shopping and people-watching.

Activities

Dyketopia Comedy Show: Laugh out loud at Dyketopia, a comedy show that brings queer humor to the stage, celebrating LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives.

Drag Brunch at Hamburger Mary's: Enjoy a fabulous and entertaining drag brunch at Hamburger Mary's, where you can enjoy food and drinks while watching talented drag performers put on a show.

Roller Skating Rainbow Dome: Have a blast roller skating under a rainbow dome, a unique and fun experience that celebrates LGBTQ+ inclusivity. This space offers a sober and queer-friendly environment for all to enjoy.

Denver LGBTQ+ Walking Tour: Join a guided tour to learn about the city's LGBTQ+ history and landmarks, including historic sites and murals.

Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo: Embrace your cowboy spirit and join the excitement at the nation's longest-running gay rodeo. Who's to say you won't find that special cowboy or cowgirl who sets your heart aflutter?

History Colorado Rainbows & Revolutions Exhibit: Discover the stories, artifacts and milestones that have shaped the local LGBTQ+ experience in Colorado.

Tight End: Unwind at Tight End, a sports bar that offers LGBTQ+ trivia nights, games and a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Denver Queer Art Club: Participate in creative workshops, art exhibitions and networking events to celebrate LGBTQ+ art and artists.

Places to eat & drink in Denver

Lady Justice Brewing is a unique brewery with a mission, creating exceptional craft beers to support and empower social justice causes in the community.

Nightlife

Tracks Nightclub: A popular LGBTQ+ nightclub known for its energetic dance floors and themed events.

Charlie's Denver: A friendly country-themed gay bar with live music, line dancing and drag shows.

X BAR: A trendy bar with a diverse crowd, offering various themed nights, from karaoke to drag shows.

Blush & Blu: Experience the welcoming atmosphere of Blush & Blue, one of the last few lesbian bars in the country. Enjoy drinks, live music and a supportive community.

Breweries

Gold Spot Brewing: Enjoy craft beers at this LGBTQ+-owned brewery, often hosting community events and social gatherings.

Lady Justice Brewing: Indulge in craft beers and support a queer-owned brewery that actively engages with the LGBTQ+ community.

Dining

Wong Way Veg: Delight in plant-based cuisine at Wong Way Veg, a queer-owned food truck that offers flavorful vegan options.

Under the Umbrella: Enjoy scrumptious baked goods and coffee at Under the Umbrella, a LGBTQ+-friendly bakery and café.

Need to Know

Embrace the colorful tapestry of Denver's LGBTQ+ scene, where every corner holds the promise of a unique experience and a warm sense of belonging. Whether you're dancing the night away, savoring local flavors or exploring hidden gems, we hope this guide has unveiled a rich array of possibilities for your journey! For personalized recommendations and a deeper dive into the city's vibrant LGBTQ+ culture, feel free to connect with Mackenzie Hunter, your dedicated FORA travel guide for all-things LGBTQ+. Let your time in Denver be a celebration of love, community and unforgettable memories!

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