Denver Union Station is a must for anyone visiting the Mile High City. Recently renovated to perfection, this 1920′s train station is a bustling hub of coolness. With the brand new Light Rail Route from Denver International Airport, you can deplane and be at Union Station within an hour, hassle free.
Denver Union Station, though located centrally with easy access to much to see and do in the city, can easily be a one stop shop. By hopping on the Light Rail, staying at The Crawford Hotel, and dining at the on-site restaurants, DUS makes for an interesting weekend getaway, or a fun part of a longer trip to Denver. Here are five fabulous things to do at Denver Union Station.
The Crawford Hotel
Designed and decorated in keeping with the history of the Union Station building and Pullman-style sleeping cars in Pullman passenger trains of the 1920′, the vibe is luxe travel chic and Art Deco swank. Each room has its own personality. LoDo Suites, for instance, have exposed wood timbers and huge modern bathtubs and separate living room area, while other rooms look like a sleeping car on the Orient Express. Think drop dead gorgeous and wholly unique.
The Crawford is a dog friendly hotel that offers fun amenities like complimentary pints of beer at the adjacent Terminal Bar, complimentary ice-cream at the popular Milk Box and Coffee from Pig Train, all located below the hotel within Union Station. It gives you a chance to sample the offerings of this fabulous space. Additionally, The Crawford offers complimentary car service via a Tesla, within a two mile radius. You will find several excellent dining options a few steps from your room, so it’s a very easy and accommodating location.
The Cooper Lounge
Cocktails become an event at The Cooper Lounge. Situated on the second floor of Union Station, the lounge overlooks the Great Hall, showcasing the giant art deco hanging lamps and all the bustle happening below. You can enjoy craft cocktails and small dishes like cheese plates featuring local cheese and bread as well as flaming desserts like Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster. The menu changes which keeps it exciting for returning guests. This is a one of a kind atmosphere that is appropriate for special occasions.
The wildly popular breakfast eatery, Snooze is a great place to grab a quick bite, or enjoy a lingering brunch. The atmosphere is fun and bright and they are famous for six variations on Eggs Benedict as well as unusual pancakes like Pineapple Upside Pancakes and Sweet Potato Pancakes.
Bright orange and yellow decor with a cheeky vibe is a fun setting for fueling up for a day of adventure, and the patio offers a nice place to enjoy your meal alfresco. Kids love Snooze for its fun-factor and adults can enjoy spiked coffees and Bloody Marys.
Stoic & Genuine
Fresh seafood in steak territory? Yes, at Stoic & Genuine, which wows the moment you step through the door. A giant octopus wall mural and low lighting set a mood along with contemporary music and friendly, upbeat service. Seafood is flown in daily, and prepared in interesting combinations, or with simplicity—it’s your choice.
Mercantile Dining & Provisions
Mercantile offers healthy, delicious take-out provisions and fine dining in a causal setting. You can get your morning cold pressed juice or cappuccino and pastry to take with you sightseeing, then come back at night for a unique meal prepared with local, farm fresh ingredients.
Nothing on this menu is boring, that’s for sure. Dishes like Parsnip Tortellini with Roasted Apples, Baby Kale, Brown Butter and Pomegranate Seeds or Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mission Figs, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pear Butter, Prosciutto and Sheep’s Milk Feta give you an idea of the creativity and inspiration that goes into the food. With a one-hour notice, Mercantile will prepare family style dinners for your whole table. The craft cocktails are also fantastic, like the minty Mojito made with Madagascar Vanilla.
Union Station’s ticket counter was brilliantly transformed into a bar serving cocktails, wine, and a wide assortment of local craft beer. Terminal Bar has the pucks for the shuffleboard tables in the Great Hall. You can grab a pint and take in the bustling atmosphere over a game or two. When the weather is good, you can enjoy your beer outside on the patio.
Next Door American Eatery
Next Door offers healthy options like their famous Beet Burgers and Kale Chips. This restaurant aims to provide real food sourced from American farmers. Service is uber friendly and it’s a comfortable industrial-chic atmosphere with huge windows, outdoor seating, and cozy booths.
Tattered Cover Book Store
The Tattered Cover is a Denver institution and the city’s most famous bookstore. If you are a book lover, it’s an essential stop. The Union Station location is the second downtown location offering magazines and best sellers for travelers looking for reading material to enjoy on the train. They also sell things to keep children occupied like coloring books and playing cards.