The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings is being played Saturday at Coors Field (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2). Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog, in a special column for NHL.com, gives his picks for the best places to eat, grab a drink and see in Denver.
I have lived in downtown Denver for almost three years now. My first year I lived in the suburbs, but I wanted to see what it was like living downtown. There were a few teammates living downtown, and there are lots of things to do: comedy clubs, movie theatres, bowling, pool, all those fun things.
My favorite restaurants are Mercantile, which is next to Union Station, and Solitaire, which is up in the Highlands, northwest of downtown.
Both places have friendly staff, a cool atmosphere. Both are fairly new restaurants and obviously have very good food. They are very laid-back. Mercantile serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Mercantile always has great chicken with veggies and rice. It's delicious.
You can also walk up 16th Street and check out Union Station. You can grab a drink and sit there and just people-watch. They have shuffleboard right in the middle, coffee shops, and some ice cream shops. It's a great neighborhood, and they have done a great job making it a cool spot.
Near Coors Field you have the Sports Column, which is a great sports bar. The ViewHouse is always fun. Check out the rooftops on Blake Street. There are tons of different spots there. Jackson's is right across the street. All those places are sure going to be great, especially this weekend.
If you had to go to just one spot, I would recommend Red Rocks. It's only a 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. It's an amazing spot to see. I always take my family and friends up there to show them. If you have a chance to see a concert up there, that's ideal, but just to check it out, there is cool scenery up there.