Denver’s Cool Space: What's Hot, What's New for the SIA Snow Show (Jan. 28-31)

Some of Denver’s hottest spaces offer more than an eating and drinking experience for SIA Snow Show attendees.

If you’re looking for healthy food not far from the Colorado Convention Center, check out the Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery. Located on the 16th Street Mall, it serves up a healthy, chef-driven menu that rotates seasonally. Also on the mall, Modern Market is known for its breakfast scrambles and brick-oven pizzas. And Henry’s Tavern offers artisanal sandwiches, hand-pressed beef burgers and plenty of beer options.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet dessert coupled with exploding whipped cream, check out the Inventing Room in the trendy Ballpark neighborhood. You’ll find chef and inventor Ian Kleinman hard at work in his Will Wonka-like dessert bar. He’ll whip up liquid-nitrogen ice cream, grape-jelly cotton candy and house-made pop-rocks.

Meanwhile, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, also in the Ballpark neighborhood, is jokingly referred to as a “gastrobrothel.” Let’s just say the building has had a checkered past. Ophelia’s offers a menu tailored for sharing, handcrafted cocktails and a wide selection of Colorado-produced beers. And there’s a sunken stage with live music.

If you can’t make up your mind on what to eat and want an altogether unique experience, try Avanti Food & Beverage, a newcomer on the Denver dining scene in the Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood. Inspired by European markets, the owners converted a two-story warehouse to house a series of modified shipping containers. You get seven different restaurant experiences in one place, plus gorgeous views of the Denver skyline.

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And then there’s The Source. Housed in an iconic 1880s ironworks building in the River North Art District (RiNo), The Source boasts a bakery, coffee roaster, taqueria, brewery, butcher, bottle shop, wood-fired restaurant, florist, cocktail bar, cheese shop, design store and a wood-fired restaurant.

For more dining options, check out VISIT DENVER’S Must-Try Restaurants Guide.

If you’re looking for something to do after dinner and are into solving mysteries, check out the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 31. Check out more things to do.

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