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I’ve never really been a fan of the term “one-stop shop,” but Denver’s Union Station is exactly that, with fantastic restaurants, shops, bars and even a hotel all under one roof.
The elegant historic building has been a Denver landmark since May 1881, when it first opened as a central railway station serving multiple railroad lines. Over time, though, numerous misfortunes struck the station, including a fire that destroyed the building’s central section in 1894 and the decline of rail traffic in the late 20th century.
However, the 21st century spurred a wave of hope, renovations and growth for Union Station, as well as for the surrounding LoDo neighborhood of downtown Denver. In 2014, Union Station made its much-anticipated debut as not only a transportation hub, but also as Denver’s so-called “living room.” This now encompasses the 112-room Crawford Hotel; eight restaurants; two bars; four shops; an Amtrak Station; and access to Denver’s rail system, shuttle service and bus service.
So, it should come as no surprise that the present-day Union Station is nearly always bustling with excitement: The site is must-visit on any traveler’s Denver itinerary. It’s a popular haunt for locals, too, who are privy to stopping by for after-work drinks or a cup of coffee in the much-quieter early hours
Those in the know, however, understand that the best way to experience Union Station is from its up-high mezzanine. That’s where visitors will find The Cooper Lounge, an intimate bar that recaptures the glory days of the Orient Express and prides itself on glamorous decor. Make a reservation (highly recommended) to sit back on a velvety couch, relax and sip on a craft cocktail, all while people-watching the hullabaloo below.
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