Learn how to properly swing the night away
Get close with a night of swing dancing at the Mercury Cafe. Beginner classes happen Sunday and Thursday nights and cost $10. Pick from classic dances like the Lindy Hop or Charleston, and find out fast how in sync you really are.
Take a budget-friendly trip to Golden
Not quite ready for that much car time one-on-one? Take a 15-minute jaunt to Golden where plenty of low-cost options await. Start with a tour of the Coors Brewery (which just so happens to include several beers for a small fee of $5 if you’re a Colorado resident). Then hit up Golden’s first food hall, Tributary, for some oysters or a $5 gelato float, among other options. On your way back to Denver, make a pit stop at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum where you can get a glimpse of meteorites, fossils, gemstones, and even Miss Colorado’s crown.
Let your inner nerd out with some 8-bit nostalgia
LoDo, North Capitol Hill, and Greenwood Village
This is your chance to put that change jar to good use. The 1up’s three locations are arcades, all grown up with plenty of cheap booze to fuel your date night antics. Grab a couple beverages and make your way through dozens of classic games from pinball and Skee-Ball to Donkey Kong and Asteroids.