Move Over Austin, Denver’s Lo-Hi Neighborhood is the New Hipster Mecca

by Ben SanfordSeptember 27, 2017

There’s a New Hipster Neighborhood In Town, and It Ain’t in Austin

Hipsters around the globe know Austin as one of the best cities for microbreweries, hip underground music, and good coffee. But heads are turning towards Denver for the city’s many tech jobs, thriving food scene, and high quality of life (not to mention the legalization of marijuana).

According to the Denver Post, Colorado had the seventh-fastest growing population in 2016. An article published by The Know actually argued that all of the hipster aspects of cities like Portland and Austin originated in Denver. So Denver as a hot location for hipsters is no news; but the emergence of the undeniable hipster scene in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood is noteworthy.

LoHi, which is short for Lower Highlands, is a neighborhood that’s located in the blocks to the northwest of Interstate 25. You can always check out Eater for a detailed map with various restaurants and bars. But if you’re considering moving to Denver, or even just visiting to check out the microbrew scene, you have to read this list first.
Skyscrapers in downtown Denver, Colorado

LoHi Neighborhood: Come for the Food

It’s no secret that hipsters love food (last year Vice published an article exploring how many millennials are opting for going out to eat over going to bars). If you find yourself in the LoHi neighborhood with an empty stomach, Hipstercrite recommends hitting up Lola’s, a Mexican seafood spot with out-of-this-world shrimp and grits.

If you’re looking for a rooftop dinner location with killer atmosphere, try Linger. Travel and Leisure named it one of “America’s Coolest Rooftop Bars,” and it’s easy to see why, with its boho vibes and eclectic small plates.

In LoHi, You Stay for the Beer

Just because millennials don’t like to go out as much doesn’t mean they don’t love their microbreweries. If you’re looking for a mellow night out on the town, CBS Denver recommends Prost Brewing, where you can expect German-style ales and authentic biergarten vibes.

Highland Tap and Burger is another great option for folks on the hunt for a hearty meal to accompany their craft beers. With a wide array of Colorado beers and an extensive burger menu, it’s no wonder that it was voted best Denver restaurant by Westword.

Music in Denver, CO

Check Out the Music While You’re There

Denver’s LoHi Music Festival happens every year summer in this Denver neighborhood. According to Live for Live Music, you can expect funky beats, jazz fusion, and soul to take over the area surrounding West 32nd Street. Complete with street art, live music, and DJ’s, this is an event that you won’t want to miss.

If you aren’t around in July, you can still check out the Hi-Dive. 5280, Denver’s “Mile High Magazine,” recommends it as a venue where you can thrive as a hipster. The Hi-Dive hosts many local artists, so it’s a great way to get into the local music scene, too.

Denver Night Skyline

Come See What All the Hype Is About in LoHi

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a hipster, you still might enjoy the delicious food, tasty beer, and awesome music scene that Denver’s LoHi neighborhood has to offer. Check out our Denver listing page here to browse LoHi and other neighborhoods. (And just in case this article made you curious about the hipster scene in Austin, we’ll leave the link for that listing page right here).

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.