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.

Written by Eazy on April 25, 2014


Anonymous on April 25, 2014


Shish Kabob Grill (1503 Grant St. at Colfax Ave.) is my favorite family run restaurant on Colfax - amazing hummus:

Carolyn on April 25, 2014


thanks for that tip - been wanting to try it out.

My favorite ol' divey bar once was The Newport Lounge, on Newport & Colfax, with lots of Neon signage, but alas, it is no longer.
My new divey bar is the Zephyr Lounge at East Colfax & Peoria.
Some of the best Blues, R&B, Rock bands & musicians play on the weekends and what a slice of life you get there!


Live music, neon signs, Colfax, bar and a pizza= a good time. I will most definitely check it out.

Anonymous on April 25, 2014


I misspent many a night on Colfax when I was younger. Satire to Lions Lair to The Esquire to Nobb Hill to GiGis all the way out to the Hanger Bar(we called it the Hangover Bar). That was on the wild side. On the tame side I love Capitol Hill Book store,Bourbon Grill,Argonaut Liquors and all the shops that pop up from time to time. Never a dull moment on Colfax. I'm smiling as I write this.So many memories!


Colfax is such an amazing street, it's can't be matched. I'm sure many people agree that this is the place to go if you want a good time, adventure and action.

Anonymous on April 25, 2014


Mataam Fez Restaurant on 4609 E Colfax is my favorite. Great Moroccan Food, atmosphere is great and they have belly dancers that are awesome! However, be prepared to eat with your fingers and sit on the floor on cushions. It's even more fun with a group!


I never heard of it, I know I drove past it a lot, this is experience that sounds fun and unique, I will look it up and try the next time I drive by it

boyer on April 25, 2014


What a bunch of crap. Colfax is just a business street. It has its counterpart in every big city and many smaller ones.


Thank you for your honest opinion boyer, a lot of people will agree will you and see it as just another street. It's great to hear both sides of the story whether you like it or not

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