South Broadway Neighborhood Guide

South Broadway Neighborhood Guide

This trendy and charming neighborhood is quickly becoming a hub for all walks of life.

Charming · Energetic · Social · Nightlife · Artsy

South Broadway, also known as SoBo, is an ambiguous area that encompasses parts of Baker, Speer, and Wash Park West. Picking up characteristics from each of these neighborhoods, South Broadway’s look, feel, and style is truly one-of-a-kind. SoBo is highly walkable and boasts many top-rated restaurants and shops. On the weekends, you’ll find residents perusing through the local handmade jewelry, beautiful wool rugs, original art, and antique finds. Home to a collection of beloved dive bars with a dedicated following, it’s easy to feel like a local here.

For folks desiring a bit more grit and character, this southern neighborhood is just the spot. This Denver neighborhood has more of an urban feel and only falls silent when the bars shut down at 2 am.

In recent years, the South Broadway neighborhood has been gaining popularity and undergoing revitalization efforts. Major developers from neighborhoods like LoDo and Uptown have submitted plans to bring high-density, multi-use buildings to the area.

Office spaces are opening up in mixed-use format to provide ample space for new businesses, coffee shops, and retail storefronts. There’s a steady influx of restaurants and bars all along the South Broadway strip and no shortage of evening activities.

In the coming years, South Broadway will become a new hub for socializing, living, and working while retaining its unique personality.

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Neighborhood Life

For a perfect mix of quirky and cool, head to the loosely-defined section of Denver known as South Broadway. This vibrant area is widely recognized for its colorful storefronts, hip restaurants, and music venues that line Broadway street. No matter where you draw the line, this eccentric collection of dive bars, galleries, hole-in-the-wall pizza joints, and vintage stores gives Denver a healthy dose of cool.

Local Hangouts

It’s hard to pick the top spots in this funky Denver neighborhood, but there are a few notable mainstays that every new resident must check out. You’ll soon be a regular at Herman’s Hideaway and Dive Inn, two fantastic dive bars that treat their customers like family.

For an elegant evening, spend happy hour at the sophisticated tiki bar, Adrift, then head down for New American small plates at Beatrice and Woodsley. If early mornings are more your thing, get a cup of joe at Corvus Coffee Roaster, then score first dibs on vintage clothing at one of the many unique shops on South Broadway.

Things to Know

Mixed-use spaces will bring new retail options, a variety of housing at a variety of price points, and more parking spots to this area. South Broadway connects downtown with I-25, Englewood, and DTC, so this popular stretch of road will become even busier as more people move here. Due to its convenient location, many SoBo residents enjoy straightforward commutes.

With traffic, South Broadway is a 20-minute drive from downtown, but without traffic, it’s an easy 10-minute jaunt into the heart of LoDo. For those looking to put in a few miles before work, walking or biking via Lincoln Street or the Cherry Creek Trail is a quick way to get downtown.

Read more on our blog for why SoBo is one of Denver's up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Frequently Asked Questions

SoBo stands for South Broadway. Traditionally serving as a gateway into downtown, the SoBo neighborhood has transformed into one of the hippest areas of Denver. Over the years it's become a destination for funky bars, clothing, bistros, live music, and more.

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