Denver, Colorado is trending. A lot of people claim to know what it’s like to live in Denver but few truly understand. 303 Magazine is here to set the record straight. Enjoy our list of 18 words you know if you live in Denver, Colorado. Take notes.
noun – LoDo is short for Lower Downtown, a.k.a. the spot where the bars pop off the most. But it’s not all bros and beers. LoDo boasts some awesome restaurants and some of the priciest apartments in the city for a reason. There is so much to do in Larimer Square along Market Street. A popular spot, it also has a rowdy reputation. Every Denver kid knows these wild LoDo nights too well. Denver is constantly battling between the mainstream and the subculture, bros versus hipsters.
area code – Need we say more? The best Colorado area code reserved for original gangstas only. But 303 is more than just an area code, it’s a state of mind. We love it so much, we named a magazine after it. You can keep your 720s and your 719s. You can have my 303 area code number when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
noun – Short for dispensary, which is a fancy, non-threatening word for a shop that sells marijuana. Local smokers of medical or recreational marijuana in Denver eventually just shorten the word to “dispense”, because we are always battling stoner cliches and in reality, are too busy to pronounce another syllable. If you are 21 or older with a valid government issued ID you can buy some bomb dank at the dispense in CO.
4. Colorado Kool-Aid
noun, beverage – This is an older term (when your parents came up with it they thought they were so clever). It is more commonly referred to as “beer”. Our square state is the craft beer and microbrewery capital of the country. Colorado kool-aid flows like a fresh-water river from the Rocky Mountains and it glistens with an amber, golden hue like a nectar of the gods. Colorado kool-aid is in our blood. We like beer.
noun – One mile above sea level you will see 5280 references everywhere. Our Capital building in downtown Denver even has a plaque marking the exact spot where you are 5,280 feet in altitude. The high altitude is great for sports training and alcohol consumption. Only in Denver…
noun – 14er is shorthand for a mountain with a peak at 14 thousand feet in elevation. If you want to feel small in the scope of beautiful nature, climb one of these bad boys. Colorado boasts the ultimate hikers bucket list of 53 different 14ers. Some more extreme than others but all beautiful. Our favorites: Mount Bierstadt (easy), Mount Grays and Mount Torreys (two mountain peaks, yet they are close in proximity and combine, and are commonly referred to as one epic hike, medium), and Longs Peak (expert).
noun – Where working class people sit during Rockies games, it’s also known as the only place I have ever sat during a Rockies game. This is the nosebleed section but the real estate went up with a recent addition of The Rooftop bar. Just buy a cinnamon “Torna-dough”, sit back and appreciate the view.
name, greek mythology – Peyton. F#*$ing. Manning. The quarterback of all quarterbacks, Peyton is gleaming after his Denver Broncos were just voted America’s #1 favorite team according to the Harris Poll survey. But 303 Magazine already knew that. PFM makes money two ways during the Broncos games as he owns 21 Papa Johns franchises across the metro area. Manning has expressed he is an avid supporter of legal marijuana, as it undoubtedly helps his pizza sales. Genius.
noun – This is what we refer to as the hot mess of highway intersection at the junction of I-25 and I-70 just north of Denver. Another term that could go on the list: “Words Your Parents Used More Than You Do If They Live In Denver.”
noun, place – Short for Fort Collins, FoCo is a beautiful college town home of the Colorado State University Rams and some of the best breweries in the country: New Belgium, Odells and Anheuser-Busch to name a few. FoCo also is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country – flat and literally perfect for the fixie life. A train runs through it so it’s not huge, and is constantly straddling the line between quaint town and almost legit city. CU and CSU are constant rivals, and UNC thinks CSU is its rival, but CSU barely knows UNC exists.
noun, place – Short for River North, this hood in Denver is one of the most popular for hipsters and trendsetting socialites. Fall in love with RiNo’s street-art based roots and check our roundup from Colorado Crush 2014, the biggest street-art event in Denver. It’s home to the best bars (Meadowlark and the Matchbox) as well as amazing restaurants (Work & Class) and coffee spots (Crema). Actually, forget that I told you about RiNo because once it’s cool, it won’t be cool anymore.
12. Casa Bonita
noun – Made famous by my childhood and then by South Park, Casa Bonita is cliff divers, Black Bart’s Cave, and tons of really cool things besides Mexican food. Don’t eat the refried beans. If you live in Colorado and you haven’t experienced Casa Bonita yet, I do not know what you are doing with your life. I really don’t.
noun, place – South Broadway: some say this area is the new LoDo with a lively bar scene that is growing fast. South Broadway is home to one of 303 Magazine’s favorite festivals of the summer, the Underground Music Showcase. Favorite hood within SoBro would be Baker, with some moderately priced homes and stress-free, bike friendly streets. Baker also lies right in the middle of the awesome bars in SoBro and the Art District on Santa Fe.
proper noun – Any out-of-stater who doesn’t know how to drive in the snow, in the mountains, or on the difficult terrain of a Colorado winter is a flatlander. I call them “California drivers” and my mom calls them “flatlanders”. Either way, stay at least 30 yards away from any flatlander in a car and you’ll probably be okay.
15. If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it’ll change.
expression, phrase – There isn’t one word for this phenomenon, but it’s real. Because of the high elevation and the speed the weather moves over most of Colorado, we experience all four seasons in a day. Denver is not a good place for people who need stable, predictability in their forecast. We still have weathermen and women on TV who pretend to know what the weather will be on any given day in the Mile High City. How cute.
adjective – This is the word normal people who live in Colorado use to describe most people who live in Boulder, also know as hippies. They shop at Sprouts, Trader Joe’s or ALFALFAS, could easily come in the form of a white person with dreadlocks who drives a Prius, and also refer to shoes as “foot prisons”.
noun, title – Another term mostly used to describe Boulderites, a trustafarian is a Rastafarian who is also a trust fund baby, often transplants from the East Coast or California. They are free spirits who are completely financially reliant on others. They major in Philosophy of Religion. They can afford shoes, they’re just choosing not to wear them – out of principle.
noun – Commonly referred to as a fixed-gear bicycle, you can only ride one of these if you’re a hipster. Thankfully, almost everyone in Denver is. 303 Magazine is ’bout that life. We have the Denver Cruisers as well as the Loop, two awesome, weekly, summer routes in the city that revolve around beer and bicycles. Coloradoans know fixies, that’s why we deem The Urban Cyclist as our favorite fixed gear (and all types of gear) bike shop in Denver. Read our full review here.