OLDE TOWN ARVADA eat + drink + shop

5 Places You Should Be Eating in Olde Town

Homegrown Tap and Dough

Quality is at the forefront of everything Homegrown Tap and Dough crafts; whether it is their house-made specialty pasta, gourmet burgers, or hand tossed, wood-fired pizzas. Homegrown Tap and Dough has something for everyone. Extra bonus – Homegrown hosts a free arcade in the back to keep the kids entertained.

Must try: Pigs and Pear Woodfired Pizza

School House Kitchen & Libations

School House Kitchen & Libations is located in the heart of Historic Olde Town Arvada. Built inside of the original Arvada schoolhouse, which was constructed in 1882, School House offers over 1,800 different whiskeys, more than 50 beers, and a sizable menu that is sure to please all. With the Library Bar, Home Room dining area, upstairs Teachers Lounge, and plenty of outdoor seating, including Arvada’s first rooftop patio, School House is sure to be your favorite school memory.

Don’t miss: the main bar constructed solely of #2 pencils

Smokin’ Fins Grill 

Featuring a unique menu that blends ocean fresh seafood, sushi and an array of house specialties; Smokin’ Fins captures tastes and influences from around the globe. Whether you are looking for the perfect date night, happy hour after work, or a place to take out of town visitors, Smokin’ Fins delivers the perfect atmosphere.

Must Try: Lobster Tater Tots

The Arvada Tavern

With its award-winning craft cocktails, its pre-prohibition atmosphere and holding Arvada’s oldest liquor license; food may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one steps into the Arvada Tavern. However, this is a must-not-miss place for food in Olde Town. The Arvada Tavern offers a menu that is a seamless mix of European inspiration and innovative American twists. Stop in on Tiki Tuesdays to experience a little bit of island flare.

Must Try: Rocky Mountain Oysters

Bread Winner’s Café

With over two decades of experience, Bread Winner’s Café is a mainstay for the breakfast and lunch crowd in Olde Town Arvada. The two large patios, overlooking Arvada’s ‘grand view”, provide more than enough room for the weekend brunch rush. With a full bar and extensive menu packed full of fresh ingredients, Bread Winner’s Café stands out as one of Arvada’s top brunch stops.

Must try: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

6 Unforgettable Drinking Spots in Olde Town

Denver Beer Co.

When Denver Beer Co. opened their second location in Olde Town Arvada, they not only brought popular staples like their Princess Yum Yum and Graham Cracker Porter, but also their dedication to brewing beers that embody everything great about the craft brewery movement in Colorado. Sustainable, award-winning, local, and delicious – what more do you want from your neighborhood brewery?

Must try: Pretzel Assassin Amber Lager

So Radish

Welcome to Olde Town’s most radical establishment! With it’s 80’s themed décor, mural covered walls and plant-based menu, visiting So Radish is a true experience for the senses. You’ll enjoy an expansive list of canned beers and unique hand-crafted cocktails, like the Strawberry Ginger Mule or Rosemary Ginger Margarita. Not in the mood for booze, So Radish also features kombucha on tap and a full array of fresh pressed juices.

Must try: Saved By The Bell cocktail: Breckenridge Chili Chile Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon-Lime Juice, Bell Pepper

The Grandview Tavern

If you are looking for a classic pub, the Grandview Tavern is the place for you.  Located in the historic Barth building (built in 1898) and right across the street from the G Line station, the Grandview Tavern offers an unmatched atmosphere for taking in a game or meeting up for an after-work drink. Bonus – Tuesdays are Trivia Night!

Must Try: Roasted Poblano Pepper Burger

Flights Wine Café

Moving from Morrison to Olde Town Arvada in 2018, Flights Wine Café quickly became a staple for eating and drinking in Olde Town. Flights prides itself on providing difficult to find wines from around the world and features over 100 bottles with many varieties being available by the glass. The cozy atmosphere and expansive patio are perfect for sharing bottles amongst friends and family.

Must try: You’ll want to talk to your very knowledgeable server to see what’s new and suits your palate. Need a perfect snack to accompany your vino? Try the Bourbon Glazed Meatballs.

Elevated Seltzer

The brain child of two brothers who grew up immersed in brewery culture; Elevated Seltzer sets itself apart being the world’s first seltzery.  That means they are dedicated to crafting exquisite, refreshing hard seltzers with 100% natural ingredients. Still not sold on hard seltzer? Elevated Seltzer boasts an ambitious cocktail menu and guest tap of outstanding craft beers.

Must try: Flight of Hard Seltzer

The Bluegrass

Coffee house by day, bourbon bar by night, The Bluegrass brings Kentucky hospitality to Olde Town. Enjoy award winning specialty pizzas (The Seabiscuit – yum!) along with lattes, beers, and cocktails, and live music nearly every night.

Must Try: Kentucky Coffee

4 Shopping Stops in Olde Town

Electric Cherry

One of the most unique shops that you will find in the metro Denver area, Electric Cherry Shop + Studios will not disappoint! They are a home goods shop filled with curated vintage clothing, vinyl records (new & used), and works featured by more than 50 local fine artists.

Olde Town Flower Shoppe

A hidden gem in Olde Town! Yes, the Olde Town Flower Shoppe features a wide array of flowers for any occasion but they also offer an amazing selection of plants, gifts, greeting cards and so much more. Locally owned and operated by two women who live in, and LOVE Arvada. They take great pride in their customer service and floral design, and will work to make sure you have the best experience possible. They provide customized designs for weddings, funerals, events big and small, as well as everyday occasions. 

Carly’s Boutique

Family owned and operated, Carly’s Boutique is a must-stop when you are in Olde Town. Located at The Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center, Carly’s Boutique is a local favorite where women of all ages, shapes and sizes can find unique and beautiful clothing, accessories, and gift items.  Specializing in quality clothing that fits real people along with local made jewelry and clothing. They are sure to have something for everyone and every budget.

Little By Little

The only baby boutique in the Olde Town, the local owners feature a curated selection of organic, eco-friendly baby and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts, and more. They carry clothing for children ages Newborn through 5-6 years. Many of their products are unique and sourced locally or by their network of small makers nationwide, not mass-produced. Whether you are looking for baby shower gifts, onesies, teething bracelets, toys, stuffed animals, or a thoughtful gift for a new mom, they have something for you.

First Timer's Guide to Arvada

Stop and stay in Arvada, 15 minutes from downtown Denver, for a charming historic downtown experience.

Boutique Shopping

Arvada’s Historic Olde Town, which is included on the National Register of Historic Districts, is full of locally owned shops and restaurants. With more than 20 boutiques, shops and galleries, there is a little something for everyone.

Head to Sock, which literally sells hundreds of pairs of socks from sports team themes to silly ones with hamburgers, funny hashtags or iconic sights. At Lovely, discover jewelry, fun and playful women’s clothing, scarves, hats, shoes and cute home accents. In Vouna, you’ll find all made-in-America goods from lifestyle gifts to women’s clothes and home décor.


Food Scene

Arvada’s proximity to downtown Denver has led to a thriving local food scene. With close to 30 restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops, you might need to plan several visits to experience it all!  The Bluegrass Coffee & Bourbon Lounge offers coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches in the morning and bourbon (along with wine, beer and other cocktails) at night. Its pizza has garnered awards for the Best of Arvada two consecutive years. Denver Beer Company now has a taproom in Olde Town, with one of the best patios in the city. Inside, guests will find a vintage Airstream trailer called “The Mighty” where you can order artisan burgers, veggie burgers and fries.


Arts and Culture

Beautifully located on a hillside just one mile north of Historic Olde Town is the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The Arvada Center has 144,000 square feet of theatre, gallery and classroom space and is one of the largest multidisciplinary arts venues in the nation. More than 740 educational classes in all arts disciplines are conducted each year. The Arvada Center also features a Main Stage Theatre, a Black Box Theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre (which features national touring artists!), three distinctive galleries, outdoor art, a sculpture field that is free and open to the public and a history museum displaying the heritage and development of Arvada and the Olde West. For more information on Arvada Center programs, visit www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.


Sleepover

Enjoy the full-service amenities of the Hilton Garden Inn, which is just two blocks (very walkable!) to the heart of Olde Town. The Hilton opened in 2017 and offers modern décor, an indoor saline pool and fitness center.

What You Need to Know Now

The G Line is a commuter train that is part of Denver’s light rail line system. It transports a rider from Denver to the heart of Olde Town Arvada in twenty minutes. The route started in mid-2019, and is a convenient way for residents of Denver, or visitors, to access downtown Arvada. And, the best part, a day pass is only six dollars for the day.

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