Denver day trip: South Broadway

Denver's SoBo is on the rise. Plan a day to explore the city's up-and-coming hood

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  • Getting to SoBo: From downtown Denver, head east on Speer Blvd., then turn right on Broadway and drive five blocks south. Info:

    South Broadway map

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Stick around for after-hours in SoBo

For a drink and a movie: The 80-year-old Mayan Theatre anchors the neighborhood and draws art-house crowds; a second-floor cafe supplements the popcorn with beer and wine. $; 110 Broadway; 303/744-6799.

For local tunes: The Skylark Lounge is an old-school chill-out bar with ’50s-style pinup photos on  the walls, and lively rockabilly bands on a tiny stage. 140 S. Broadway

For a date night: Red velvet curtains and classic blues playing overhead set the mood at Deluxe.

The filet and swordfish entrées may be pricey, but the oyster shooters are a steal at $10, as are the chicken, ginger, and garlic dumplings at $8. $$$; closed Sun; 30 S. Broadway; 303/722-1550.

For late-night eats: With a kitchen open until midnight, the Hornet is a happening after-hours spot for drinks and pasta shells Creole. $; 76 Broadway; 303/777-7676. 

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