a bit about Drew
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a reader and a writer. Currently doing Quality Assurance for Ibotta, an app built and developed in Denver.
Were you born and raised in Denver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Denver?
I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I spent 4 years at Colorado College in Colorado Springs which is about 60 miles south of Denver. I moved up to Denver a couple weeks after graduating and have been here since. Colorado is magnificent and once you're here, it's hard to leave.
What’s your current hood in Denver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I've been residing in Cheesman for almost three years now, right off of Cheesman Park. It is often considered a part of the Capital Hill neighborhood. I love the diverse architecture, new and old, surrounding me and the quiet pace of my neighbors. While there isn't much change occurring around me these days, the location is perfectly central and most of the city is easily accessible.
Name some spots in Denver that are good for a Tinder date.
The P S Lounge is guaranteed to impress quickly; ladies get a rose with their first round. Grabbing a coffee or a cocktail before catching a flick at the Mayan Theater is another nice night out. Daytime Tinder dates are underrated; a milkshake from Liks and a walk through Cheesman Park as the sun starts to set is foolproof.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I've survived for 2 years by almost exclusively buying and selling my wardrobe at my local Buffalo Exchange. It's economical (and and not as hard as it may seem. Although, sometimes I've just got to treat myself at Regal Vintage (South Broadway) or go dumb at the Scotch & Soda in Cherry Creek.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Lower Downtown (LoDo) on a Friday or Saturday night. Listen, bar-hopping and clubbing downtown in any new city is going to be a blast...but in my opinion, it's only worth it if you get drunk enough to not remember anything that went down. Personally, I just don't have that in me most nights. LoDo during the weekend is a shit show. But of course, the packed rooftop bars can be just where you need to be some summer nights. I never make plans to go to LoDo, but must admit that I happen to find myself there occassionaly, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Where do you go in Denver for a casual night out?
Small breweries with taprooms are a guaranteed nice night with a couple of buddies. They can be found all around town, from Grandma's House down on Old South Broadway to Our Mutual Friend in River North (RiNo).
Where would you go in Denver to celebrate some freaking good news?
If I had just been acquitted of a crime: Liters of Jop Jop at Ace. If I got a promotion or new job: Ball out at Potager or Mercantile.
What’s your choice of transportation in Denver and why?
Walking. There are a lot of cars and buses on the road, but walking is easily my go-to choice for getting around town. It's a great way to see all of the varying styles of architecture. From my neighborhood, most of my choice destinations are a 40-minute walk max. Anything over that, I'm more likely to drive or hop in an Uber.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Denver. How do you spend it?
It's my last day in Denver, here's where I'll be: Cheesman Park. Here's what I'll need: All of my friends, all of the beer, and a volleyball net.