Playboy's 15 Sexiest Cities — and Where Denver Finishes

If any news source should know America's sexiest cities, it's Playboy.

But folks in Denver may not be thrilled by its rankings.

The venerable mag's list of the sexiest cities in the U.S. includes the Mile High City. But D-Town isn't exactly battling for the top spot.

Playboy's roster goes up to 25, but we've narrowed things down to the top fifteen, featuring photos and excerpts from the post's text for many, if not all, the selections — including a parting shot at Denver. To see the original item, boasting ten additional cities and plenty of additional information, click here.

Number 1: New York

What makes New York the sexiest city in America? In addition to topping our respondents’ lists, it’s backed up by other metrics as well. It has by far the best and most nightlife in our roundup, with thousands of bars, clubs and restaurants in walkable neighborhoods linked by a dense web of subways, Ubers and taxis, making the possibility of frequent and convenient assignations likelier than anywhere else....

Number 2: Los Angeles

The City of Angels may be the second city of sexiness, but it’s at the bottom of our top five when it comes to venturing into Fifty Shades of Grey territory: Fewer than 20 percent of respondents are into spreaders and whips....

Number 3: Chicago

This muscular, cold-weather, sports-crazy city may seem a surprising pick, but there’s more to Chicago than great architecture, major museums and da Bears. Its walkable neighborhoods — including upscale Lincoln Park, up-and-coming River North and bar-dense Wicker Park and Bucktown—amp up the sexy quotient, attracting young professionals who seek same in restaurants, dives, blues joints, shops and galleries....

Number 4: Miami

It’s no surprise the south Florida hot spot and its steamy sidekick South Beach enjoy the most sex by far among our top five cities — 160 encounters a year....

Number 5: San Francisco

A drop-dead gorgeous setting, abundant and varied nightlife and urban sophistication all factor into San Francisco’s seriously sexy scores. Densely populated and ­pedestrian- and bike-friendly, it also has the fittest population in the country....

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts