The diverse Capitol Hill neighborhood features stately historic mansions amid modern condominiums, trendy hipster bars, an active music scene, and several museums. Capitol Hill truly merits its reputation as one of Denver’s most eclectic communities, all in a convenient location within a mile of Downtown.
Old Meets New in Capitol Hill
The historic Capitol Hill neighborhood dates back to the 1880s, when it was home to wealthy Denverites like the renowned socialite and philanthropist “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. These early affluent residents built extravagant Victorian and Greek revival mansions. Today, many of those grandiose old homes still stand, but now share the area with an abundance of modern condominiums and high-rise apartments.
There’s a lot happening in Capitol Hill in recent years. For example, some of those stately old single-family residences have been converted into fashionable multi-family dwellings, and commercial buildings have been transformed into innovative mixed-use housing. The Capitol Hill area has become a popular location for young professionals and anyone who loves music, art, and a cool urban lifestyle.
Walkable and Diverse
Capital Hill’s urban environment is extraordinarily pedestrian-friendly. In fact, residents enjoy plenty of retail, dining and entertainment options close to home and can easily walk or bike downtown.
Plentiful and Eclectic Local Shopping
Within easy walking distance, you’ll find grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Distinctively Capitol Hill is the offbeat shops and boutiques of East 13th Avenue. Indeed, locals shop for vinyl at Wax Trax Records (638 E. 13th St). Then, they find unique clothing, accessories, and home goods at Queen City General Store (220 E. 13th St). Lastly, they buy, sell, or trade vintage finds at the Capitol Hill location of the Buffalo Exchange (13th Ave. at Grant St).
Foodie Finds and Happy Hour
Hungry Capitol Hill locals have exceptional dining. A plethora of trendy restaurants, pubs and nightspots are conveniently located around Lincoln Street, East 8th Avenue, and East 17th Avenue. Thus, check out the Caribbean-inspired menu and live music at Bang Up to the Elephant (1310 Pearl St.), or head to happy hour and a free pig roast at Charlie Brown’s Bar and Grill (980 Grant St.). Further, a new addition to Capitol Hill eateries is the expansive Broadway Market (950 Broadway). This incredible food hall is a foodie paradise offering everything from sushi to empanadas to craft beers.
Music, Entertainment and Nightlife
Capitol Hill’s Colfax Avenue is the scene of numerous music venues, including the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 N. Clarkson St.), the Ogden Theater (935 E. Colfax Ave.) and the historic Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave.), built in 1913. Denver’s underground music scene has found a home at The Black Box (314 E. 13th Ave.). Further, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had at the unique 1Up Colfax Arcade Bar, where you’ll find a multitude of classic arcade games and old school pinball machines, live music and a drink menu that includes a selection of classic beers in vintage cans.
History, Government and Museums
The Capitol Hill neighborhood is home to a number of Denver museums. There, you can tour Titanic survivor Molly Brown’s historic home. Indeed, it still stands as a museum on Pennsylvania Street. The History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway) preserves the artifacts, art, and stories of Colorado and the American West. Of course, the neighborhood features its namesake gold-domed Colorado State Capitol Building, built to mimic the architecture of the U.S. Capitol Building.
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