Happy weekend: here's a B-Cycle crawl ideal for day drinking
We're not exactly avid cyclists here at Cafe Society, but we're sold on B-Cycle, since the bike share basically takes all the annoying parts of riding around out of the equation by letting us check out and dock up without having to worry about finding a place to lock up our gear. Eight bucks nets you 24 hours of riding, so long as you only check out bikes for thirty minutes at a time -- which means you should be on some sort of multi-stop tour to get your money's worth. So we like to use B-Cycle to accomplish something excellent, like, oh, a leisurely day-drinking crawl through this city's fine neighborhoods. And so we've devised just that: a multi-stop tour that allows you to day drink, see Denver by bike and get more for your $8 than you ever thought possible.
Stop one: 16th and Boulder for brunch at Lola
We can think of few better ways to start a marathon of day drinking than a margarita on the Lola patio. Plus, the restaurant serves a brunch ideal for giving you sustenance for your ride; breakfast tacos or a little green chile hash should give you plenty of fuel to keep you going. Not feeling the full Lola experience? Masterpiece Delicatessen, right down the hill, has a great patio, great breakfast sandwiches and just enough booze on the menu to get your morning started right.
Stop two: 28th and Larimer for a drink at The Matchbox
Coors Field traffic for afternoon games may make it difficult to navigate the Ballpark neighborhood this weekend, so we're going to circumvent it. Grab a bike at 16th and Boulder and peddle over the walking bridge and through Commons Park, making your way up to 20th Street. Head over to Larimer and dock at 28th. The Matchbox, at 27th and Larimer, is one of Denver's best new bars, and it's got a great back patio -- which makes it ideal for an afternoon beer in the sun.
Stop three: 19th and Pearl for gravy fries and a cocktail at Steuben's
Grab a bike where you just docked (or at 25th and Market or Lawrence), peddle back down to 21st and then go east to Uptown. There's a B-Cycle station at 19th and Pearl, and then you can walk down to Steuben's, where you can share a plate of gravy fries (hey, biking is hard) and suck down a cocktail on the patio. The restaurant has a bunch of refreshing sippers on the list right now, including a delicious and potent zombie that is sure to make your afternoon more...interesting.
1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO