2800 South Colorado Boulevard
The landmark achievement of any independent introvert? Summoning the courage to head to a movie alone. Chez Artiste is an unassuming indie gem on the south side of town. Almost never full, this is the perfect spot to find your new favorite independent, foreign or avant-garde flick without having too many interactions with others.
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
With plenty of art to keep you company, who needs a plus-one to go to a museum? Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum is one of those small, serene spaces, right in Denver’s Golden Triangle. The institution is dedicated to showcasing the life and work of its abstract-expressionist namesake. Smithsonian magazine called it “among the best art museum experiences anywhere.”
Denver Zine Library
2400 Curtis Street
Nestled in Five Points, the Denver Zine Library is a quiet nook in the middle of a gentrifying neighborhood. What this quirky library lacks in square footage it makes up for in coziness (maybe because guests are required to ring the doorbell at the 24th Street entrance, making it more of a literary speakeasy than a public library). The current lending collection is made up of about 20,000 zines (original, self-published works) for your perusal. Head in on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or by appointment at email@example.com) to escape the tipsy post-brunch crowds elsewhere.
321 East 45th Avenue
If coffee doesn’t cut it, we’re willing to bet a glass of Scotch will do the trick. As long as you stick with weekdays, Fort Greene is quiet. After all, it is a self-proclaimed “hidden gem in Globeville,” sporting a Williamsburg vibe, with green velvet couches and plenty of outdoor seating. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and stays low-key and cozy until 10-ish. Pinching pennies? Take advantage of all-night happy hours on Mondays.
3265 Federal Boulevard
City Park is great and all, but for those looking to avoid Denver’s most populated green spaces — not to mention truckfuls of goose poop — north-lying Highland Park, at Federal and 32nd Avenue, is a small, clean, quiet space nestled in the middle of the historic Highland neighborhood. Outstretched on the lawn of the equally quaint Woodbury Library, Highland Park offers a playground, picnic tables and plenty of soft grass for lounging.