Maybe it’s the altitude. Or all the hard-bodied, active, young folks sauntering around. Or maybe it’s the fact that the city is exactly one mile high. Regardless, Denver has come into its own as a city that demands the nation’s attention (perfectly proven by the recent kick-ass DNC event). If you’re lucky enough to visit D-Town, don’t just hotfoot it to the mountains; take a few days to explore the city. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to discover why the natives like to do it at 5,280 feet.
1937 Market St.
(303) 308-9300, CookStreet.com
Bypass loud bars and crowded restaurants and, instead, get your hands dirty. At Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, you’re immersed in the ultimate seductive scene: a working culinary kitchen. Toil over a steaming pot while creating a gourmet meal with whomever is lucky enough to be your date. The ultimate climax comes when you get to indulge in your prepared meal over a glass of vino.
6715 W. Colfax
Picture sopaipilla honey dripping down your chin while watching a speedo-clad, male cliff-diver executing the perfect swan into a deep pool of water. Welcome to Casa Bonita, a Mexican-themed restaurant that’s part Disneyland, part Chuck E. Cheese. Hey, if you’re going to do it up sexy, you might as well bring out your playful side. Gawk at the flame-throwers, play hide-in-seek in the secret caves, then dress up like an Old West hooker for a black & white photo before resigning to a long siesta in your personal casa’s sheets.
5415 Landmark Pl, Greenwood Village
(303) 352-1992, LandmarkTheatres.com
If you’re hoping to get lucky, but all you can afford is a quick movie date – Landmark Theatre Greenwood Village is your ticket to Sexy Town. Catch an independent film while sipping on a vodka soda delivered to you by your personal server. Why leave the comfort of your deluxe love seat if you can get booze and chow gourmet snacks and popcorn without moving an inch? Once the lights go down, revert to junior high school-style necking in your VIP seats with no pain-in-the-ass armrest to get in the way of the good stuff.
1100 14th St.
(303) 228-1100, HotelTeatro.com
Across from the Denver Center for Performing Arts lives a luxury boutique hotel that practically begs for dramatic interludes. True to its name, each guest room in Hotel Teatro is decorated with photographs from past theatrical productions of the Denver Center Theater Company. Add in a marble bathroom boasting a huge soaking tub and flatscreen TV, and there’s no reason to leave your room – except to dine at Restaurant Kevin Taylor downstairs, an award-winning French eatery. Never has drama been so sexy.
1717 Champa St.
(303) 296-1717, Monaco-Denver.com
If you just can’t leave home without Fido, Hotel Monaco’s the place to go for a sexy getaway with your partner and your furry friend. Try to check in before The Monaco’s evening wine hour where you can lounge in their uniquely decorated lobby (think “Alice in Wonderland” style with checkered, vaulted ceilings and oversized mirrors) with complimentary vino. Traveling solo? Ask for a “goldfish companion” and while away the hours in The Renaissance Aveda Spa & Salon downstairs.
1405 Curtis St.
(303) 571-0300, TheCurtis.com
Let’s be honest, what hotel isn’t sexy? Add in a little funky pop culture, and you’ve got The Curtis – a home away from home where each of the hotel’s 13 floors flaunt a different theme. Our favorites are the 9th (“Big Hair”) and 11th (“Chick Flicks”). If you’re into sadomasochistic sex, request a room on the dun, dun, dun, dunnnn …. 13th floor, where posters of horror flicks freak you out as you walk through the hallways.
|ROMANTIC DINNER A DEUX|
|Beatrice & Woodsley
38 South Broadway
(303) 777-3505, BeatriceAndWoodsley.com
Literally based on the story of two lovebirds (Beatrice, a French winemaker’s daughter, and Woodsley, a clever lumberjack), it’s hard not to get in the mood at this little eatery that feels more like a children’s book than a restaurant — with Aspen trees in the main dining room, chainsaws behind the bar, and camp lanterns emitting an amorous glow throughout. The minute the handmade butternut-squash ravioli hits your lips, you’ll fall in love at first bite.
1109 Ogden St.
Why is it that the best restaurants never take reservations? Well, for Potager, we’d wait for days to snag a table where delicious aromas from the open kitchen waft throughout the exposed-brick, high-ceilinged dining room. The menu is always seasonally inspired and the waitstaff is not only attractive, but tremendously cool. In the summer, dine in the back garden where the smell of herbs makes you woozy in a good way.
1539 17th St.
(303) 292-5767, JaxFishHouseDenver.com
It’s a cliché aphrodisiac but, nonetheless, oysters are sexy. There’s something about slurping down some briny, slippery little suckers on the half shell at Jax that pumps up the heart and flushes the skin. Finish your fresh-shucked, East Coast oysters with a Bloody, a glass of wine, or a beer, and if you don’t end up in the sack with your date, there’s something wrong with you.
Lowenstein Theater Complex, Colfax Ave. and Elizabeth St.
(303) 322-7727, TatteredCover.com
Dork out sexy-style at Colorado’s largest independent bookstore which shares the block with Encore Restaurant and Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Café. Settle in on a comfy couch at “The Tattered” for a little romance-novel perusing, then grab a glass of Pinot at Encore before taking in a flick at Cinema & Café. You always knew good things came in threes.
|The Atomic Cowboy
3237 E. Colfax Ave.
(303) 377-7900, AtomicCowboy.net
Amongst the seedy nightlife spots on Colfax is this bar that celebrates three important aspects of singles and sex: pizza, game-playing, and good booze. With a “game bar,” stocked with a selection of boardgames that rivals any toddler’s playroom, you can competitively flirt as you drunkenly attempt to kick your date’s ass at Connect Four. Once your buzz hits a high point, meander on over to Fat Sully’s take-out window where you can order a fresh slice that will fail to lessen tomorrow’s inevitable hangover.
|Slim 7 |
1443 Larimer St.
(303) 359-8273, SlimSeven.com
You have to be a VIP just to know where the secret entrance to Slim7 is located. (Pssst ! It’s in the alley between Larimer Square and Market Street!) Once inside, you feel like a damn cool swinger. Maybe it’s because this hidden gem started out as an industry bar where the big dogs of the Denver nightlife scene went to chill. If you’re lucky enough to find Slim7 (there are no signs), you’ll never want to leave.
248 Detroit St.
(303) 394-1060, SolLingerie.com
Besides knowing your boobs better than you do, the sales experts at Sol can find the perfect bra for that backless, strapless, spandex number you bought on a whim. From frilly babydoll to erotic, Sol’s got you (un)covered.
246 Milwaukee St.
(303) 377-0515, LeSoutien.com
Pretty bras and panties overflow in this little Parisian boutique which boasts sizes ranging from 32A to 44H (yeah, H). The saleswomen here are so soft and lovely they make you want to undress for them. If you’re looking for feminine, lacy and pretty, say “bonjour” to Le Soutien.
1410 Larimer St.
(303) 893-5010, Loft-22.com
This hip boutique is a one-stop shop for clothing, jewelry, shoes, and home decor, from trendy and sophisticated styles to stuff you can wear to bum around the house. While you’re there, pick us up something, OK? Their website is sweet, but you can’t buy things online, so take advantage while you’re in Denver.