For brunch: Rye Society
A new Jewish delicatessen opened on Larimer Street in the midst of the summer deli comeback and proved that a little mix of modern design and old family recipes makes for a bestseller. In just over a month, the place has sold around 1,000 pounds of Carnegie Deli pastrami, flown in from New York to Denver. Guests can choose their own breakfast adventure on weekend mornings, from the pastrami and sweet potato hash egg bowl to the Hebrew Hammer lox sandwich with capers and cucumber dill, then snag a seat underneath portraits of Jewish royalty (see Larry David, Mila Kunis, and Natalie Portman) just for fun.
For lunch: Govnr’s Park Tavern
This classic Capitol Hill spot is one of four local institutions closing by the end of the year. Open since 1976, the Logan Street bar and restaurant is a staple for happy hours and game-day debauchery. Diners can order the Cap Hill Blues, house chips loaded with blue cheese and bacon, or try one of the hefty burgers and sandwiches before 4 o’clock happy hour rolls around.
For dinner: the Wolf’s Tailor
This small yet mighty restaurant just opened in the quiet Sunnyside neighborhood to the delight of Denver trendspotters. Here, chef Kelly Whitaker and a rockstar crew prepare flavorful large plates blending Japanese and Italian cooking traditions that translate easily for a group dinner. The puffed and charred piada bread and sake on tap are required starters. A “crazy water” poached fish stew and 7x beef brisket with farro and tomatoes are good for cooling nights and a change of season.
For drinks: Colorado Sake Co.
Colorado’s first sake tasting room just opened in town, and it’s been a long journey for owner and brewer Billy Stuart. He worked over two years with local legislators to amend the liquor law and allow sake to be sold like wine in the state. Now the tasting room is open (at 4 p.m. Friday), and it’s an ideal spot to break up the normal bar hopping. Offerings include full and half glasses, flights, cocktails, bottles, six-packs, and to-go growlers. Bonus: First flights are half-off this week in honor of street art festival Crush Walls.
For a side of art: Crush Walls 2018
The ninth rendition of Denver’s largest mural and street art festival finishes up this weekend. Highlights include sculptures, film screenings, a BYOB (bring your own beamer) which projects digital artwork in alleyways, a bazaar, a mini skate park, artist battles, art talks, and a guided tour of the neighborhood’s art projects. Though RiNo is packed with trendy restaurants and bars, Crush Walls is the ultimate feast for the eyes.