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by: Amandla Atilano-roque

As a Colorado nativatilano-headshote, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Denver provides the convenience of a metropolis with wonderful restaurants, shopping, and sporting events, plus access to the nearby mountains for outdoor activities and weekend getaways.  Here are some highlights to enjoy while attending the #2016 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Visitor Attractions

For historic landmarks and visitor attractions like the Colorado State Capital, Union Station, Denver Botanic Gardens, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, and the Clock Tower Cabaret to name a few, check out this helpful guide of Must See Attractions In & Around Denver.

Good Eats

The city is a hub for great restaurants and sweet treats.  A few personal faves include Tamayo, Duo Restaurants , Ocean Prime, and Linger, once an old mortuary now a lively restaurant with a rooftop lounge. Check o
ut The Essential Denver Restaurants for more great places to eat. On a budget? Here’s a list of pretty awesome Denver Cheap Restaurants.

Dessert anyone? Ddenver-photo-1 Bar Denver, home to Network Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard, has imaginative and tasty desserts. Sugarmill offers yummy seasonal desserts. Lastly, Little Man Ice Cream, which is in an oversized metal milk container, and The Inventing Room are two creative dessert locations to check out.

Sports Fans

Denver’s home to five major sports teams, including the 2016 Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos!  There are plenty of opportunities to take in a sporting event in Colorado. Heads up, the Denver Nuggets play the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center on November 16th! Or, catch a game at a local sports bar near the Coors Baseball Field, like the Denver Chophouse with unique handcrafted beers. The Wazee Lounge & Supper Club, nicknamed the “Granddaddy” of Lower Downtown (LoDo), has fantastic pizza with a full bar. Pints Pub is a charming traditional British brew pub located near Civic Center Park, and the list goes on.

Denver Nightlife

Larimer Square, the hub of stylish boutiques and cozy cafes, transforms at night to offer an excellent nightlife experience. Corridor 44 is an exquisite champagne and crudo bar with crystal chandeliers, oversized chairs, and zebra print carpeting. Check out the Prohibition-style speakeasy Green Russell with inventive cocktails, hand-crafted brews,
and an assortment of appetizers. Head towards LoDo and you will find an array of cool hangouts. The Tavern Downtown has great rooftop decks with a fireplace, lounge, game room, dining room, and dance floor.

Art Scenes

Denver’s art scene is exploding! The Art District on Sante Fe offers traditional to contemporary art from local artists. The Golden Triangle Museum District is home to the Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Molly Brown House Museum, and over 50 galleries and fine art studios. Tennyson Street Cultural District in the Highlandenver-photo-2ds neighborhood is also filled with a number of unique galleries featuring local artists.


City transportation is easy via Uber or Lyft. If you’d like to explore Denver without a car, the Denver B Cycle is a city-wide bike sharing system with stations located all around town, or hop on the Light Rail.

Welcome to the Mile High City!

Amandla Atilano-Roque is a Toxicology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and former chair of the AAPS Student Chapter. Her research interests include clinical pharmacology and nephrotoxicity.