10 years ago it was skid row.
Today, this historic area on the northern edge of downtown Denver is the hottest entertainment district in the West. 26 square blocks of restored Victorian buldings that nowhouse an assortment of over 90 lively sport bars, brew pubs, saloons, restaurants and cafes, more than 30 galleries and a squadron of shops. It's called LoDo , short for Lower Downtown.
For years , it was an area of old turn-of-the-Century warehouses and showrooms.
Today LoDo is alive with throngs of peolple every night.
The once empty three and four story warehouses have been gutted and transformed.
There are elegant restaurants with exposed brick walls, hard wood floors and large airy windows. There are energetic sports bars with big scree televisions and roch bars you can dance the night away to live bands.
And then there are brew pubs.
Maybe it's because of the great tastinmg Rocky Mountain spring water, but for whatever reason, enver has become the brewing capital of the nation. And LoDo is ground zero of the brewing industry. A brew pub is a restaruant, that brews and serves its own beer, usually fresh beer that is not bottled.
Here to is the largest brew pub in the nation, the Wynkoop Brewing Company, and the worlds only brew pub in a baseball stadium, the Sandlot Brewery, which is built right into the Coors Field. But through all this, LoDo hasn't forgotten its historic roots.
There are 127 historic structures still standing in the district,dating back as early as the 1860's. A walking tour has been laid out with 33 bronze plaques that explain the history of the area.