The INFAMOUS COLFAX Ave Colfax Avenue: A Strip Down Memory Lane artwork courtesy of Kenny Be The INFAMOUS COLFAX Ave The INFAMOUS COLFAX Ave

Colfax Avenue, the most infamous street in Colorado, and perhaps in the U.S, is synonymous with Denver. This famous road, once dubbed by Hugh Hefner in the 70's to be the "Longest, Wickedest Street in America," in my opinion still lives up to that title. Colfax Avenue has it all; from the rich, to the poor, and everything in between. Whatever you want in the entire world can be found on these 26.1 miles of road.

You can find drug dealers, prostitutes, strip clubs, addicts, crime, and an abundance of gun and liquor stores on this street. Colfax has a history of being a violent, dangerous place to avoid if you can. With a nickname like the "Longest, Wickedest Street in America," this is understandable.

Colfax can get a bad rap, but let's look at the other side of the story.

With every bad there is a good, so let's not forget about the good Colfax brings to the table. If you drive down Colfax, just about every business is either a "Mom & Pop" place or one run by entrepreneurs settling for the liveliness of Colfax. The American Dream is very much alive and thriving on the 26.1 miles of road that is Colfax Avenue, keeping Denver unique and artistic. Colfax Ave. is not just another road; it's pretty much its own little world, with so much to see, explore, and enjoy.

Here are some things to do on Colfax:

  1. Take a cruise down the entire street.
  2. Try out some of the best food in Denver: Bourbon Grill (my favorite), Cheeky Monk, Steve's Snappin' Dogs, Chicago, Tom's Diner, and Davies Chuck Wagon Diner.... And there are so many more.
  3. Some bars/pubs to visit: 1 Up, The Nob Hill Inn, Streets of London Pub, Prohibition, Satellite Bar, The Hangar Bar, and Blush & Blu....just to name a few.
  4. Art: Dikeou Pop-up. Colfax has some of the best events, including the Fresh Jazz & Crisp Vinyl Series presented by Saniego Sanchez, Director of The Dikeou Collection.

These are just a few things I would recommend. If you have any more, please comment below.

If you have any memorable stories about Colfax - whether they're good, bad, or crazy - please feel free to share those, as well.

Check out this good documentary about Colfax: Colfax Ave : A Documentary Film

Colfax Avenue: A Strip Down Memory Lane - artwork courtesy of Kenny Be.

Also, check out these local bands: Five Iron Frenzy's "Where 0 Meets the 15" and Spiv's "The Dirty 15" both refer to Colfax.


I am a native Denverite, and wanted to give my kids (who grew up on a ranch in Elbert) a taste of the wild city life by giving them a tour of Colfax. You should have seen their faces! Now they are all grown up and live in Denver. Colfax is old hat, but it was great to introduce them to East Colfax.

Lol, I really wish I could of seen their faces and they must of looked like this O__O heheeheheh

Rest in peace to the two best lesbian bars in Denver, too: the Denver Detour, at Colfax and Pearl, and Ms. C's, at Colfax and Trenton.

Sorry for your loss, R.I.P Detour and Ms. C's. Gone but, never forgotten

Great blog, Eazy! I think of Colfax as being Denver's version of Lou Reed's song, "Take a walk on the wild side"; where just about anything & everything can be seen, done, and had :-)

Thank you and That is song fits Colfax to a tee. This Ave is a place for imagination to run wild and freely.


Lol, Slooket!

Where do you get the best philly cheese stakes.?

On Colfax, Taste of Philly 9797 W Colfax Ave
But, in denver ummmmmmmmm, (my opinion)

Famous Philly Cheese Steaks & Beer Garden- 2200 Oneida St, Denver, CO 80207

Philadelphia Filly- 16th St Mall at Broadway
Denver, CO 80238

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