Happy weekend: here's a B-Cycle crawl ideal for day drinking

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Javid Rezvani
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.

Jim Wills
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.

Location Info


1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Matchbox

2625 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Park Tavern and Restaurant

931 E. 11th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Fainting Goat

846 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Lighten up nerds. I drink and ride my bike every weekend and some wednesdays. Would you rather me get in my car afterwards? 'Cuz lets be honest- I'm not walking.  I'm smart enough to take the Speer Trail or other backroads.

And I'm in my 30s and have a real job.  I'm not alone. Everyone I know does it too.

B-Cycle closed at 11pm last year. and now its Midnight this year.  Hmmm, wonder why they are now open later??? For the bar crowd!!!


For us that live in these neighborhoods, this kind of writing is a real let-down.  The last thing we need is a bunch of intoxicated visitors navigating our streets.  Encouraging this behavior is no different than enouraging people to drink and drive.  Drunk riders are just as likely to cause an accident, hit a pedestrian, or hurt themselves than a car driver. 

To top it off, it gives legitimate urban riders a bad reputation and ups the tension between riders and pedestrians and drivers.  Who thought this was a good idea?


Drinking and riding should be celebrated no more than drinking and driving. I do drink and ride my bike but I definately never push that activity onto others. You're an idiot! 


ugh, b-cycle is a bike "share" program as much as Avis or Hertz is a car "share" program.  


This is seriously cheap and disgusting. Grab a map and make up some shit? I expect better... But you're just phoning it in at this point.Good luck in your new city.


What a buzz kill. I'm pretty certain that there is no statistical evidence that would support this statement:  "Drunk riders are just as likely to cause an accident, hit a pedestrian,..."Yes, bicycling drunk is illegal, but the drastically smaller size and potential speed of bicycles means that the likelihood and seriousness of any accident would be much lower.Most of the bad biking I've seen is performed by bicycle messengers and idiots in spandex shorts who weave in and out of traffic, ignore lights and stop signs, and terrorize pedestrians by following neither regular traffic rules nor the common courtesy of sidewalk etiquette. A few tipsy bar crawlers on the granny bikes available from B-Cycle are about as much of a threat as the guy pushing the paletas cart (but you probably don't like him either).

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