A Very Merry Dairy Block Day

You may have heard of the Dairy Block. It is one of the newer hot spots in Downtown Denver, located just blocks away from Coors Field and Union Station. It is right in the center of everything you want to experience Downtown, and there is something for everyone.

This block is full of restaurants, shopping and continues to add to its offerings, so I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time there, checking out some of the newer vendors.

Many of you have been to the Denver Milk Market and walked your way through The Maven Hotel. Beautiful spaces, but the Dairy Block is so much more. Just across the alleyway is a treasure trove of delights. The Free Market is a maze of beautiful shops that carry anything you could want from handbags and art to an array of unique gifts. Attached to this windy space is newly opened BRUTO, which serves up some of the most delicious sourdough bread I have ever tasted.

It is inside BRUTO where you will see an elevator that will take you downstairs to a dark basement that will lead you straight into another era. Run for the Roses is not just a Dan Fogelberg song, but also Denver’s hottest new bar. This classy joint is an underground cocktail bar that will make you feel like you stepped into another time zone. From the glassware to the furniture, this place oozes class. The passion behind this project is showcased in every detail.

You will check-in at the front window which makes the bar feel especially exclusive. You will then be handed a cocktail menu on a deck of cards, which makes picking out a drink super fun. There is a long bar with teal bar stools where you can take a seat and watch the magic behind each cocktail being made. There are also more intimate seating spaces to gather with your friends. Ultimately, wherever you sit, it will be a perfect place to spend time with friends or meet new ones.

Another one of my favorite spots to grab a drink is at Blanchard Family Wines. I have visited this spot regularly since it opened. It is a super open space, right on the alley where you can people watch and enjoy a variety of wines. It is also a fun place to be when events are going on! This weekend there was a DJ in the alley bringing energy to the space. Powered by two wine loving brothers, Blanchard continues to expand on their offerings. I was impressed by their charcuterie upon my last visit. The perfect patio snack to enjoy with my wine. They also offer flights of all kinds and I imbibed in a summer spritzer.

If you walk to the back of Blanchard and up the stairs, you will find yourself in a heavenly place. Fetch Market was formally Denver Flea until they took to a Brick & Mortar approach and changed their name. They now stand unmoved in the Dairy Block, sporting all the same goodies from artisans near and far. I love that this shop highlights so many Colorado makers. From pottery to clothing, skincare to candles, this place has it all. Some of my favorite local makers are here including Arcadian Winds Skincare, Harper Made Jewelry, JujuBeGone Gift Boxes and Old Pine Candles. This is the perfect place to get Colorado Souvenirs that you will cherish or your stop for Christmas gifts!

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There are numerous other shops in Dairy Block to explore. It is the perfect place for a day of shopping or a night out on the town. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with events happening in the alley as well. They just got done hosting Thriftcon, where you could shop some of the best thrift store finds and listen to a live DJ. They also host yoga classes and fitness festivals. No matter the time of year, there is always a good buzz at the Dairy Block.