Dairy Block Denver: Milk Market
Happy Fourth of July week! And Happy Birthday America, the country I LOVE!
We had a very low key July fourth. Last minute hot dogs on the grill in the back yard, late evening neighborhood scootering and watching fireworks at a nearby golf course. Simple and sweet.
On July third, we decided to head downtown and check out the new Dairy Block Milk Market. We went just before dinnertime. While we scooted around the interactive alleyway, the girls had a blast lighting it up, and rotating giant gears to make music echo down the block, and giving the girls proper introductions to the game of Corn Hole by tossing bean bags until we worked up an appetite for gelato! Baba got his favorite, pistachio, Remy got her classic chocolate, I got my favorite mint chocolate chip, and Arlo got the bluest, BLUE, Cookie Monster flaveor which was actually really yummy! I want to go back for the Bonnano Fosters flavor, play on words as the Denver chef behind the newest Denver foodie hall IS Frank Bonanno!
Dairy Block's name comes from its history as being Denver's cornerstone creamery, Windsor Dairy dating back to the late 1800's. As a Colorado native, while I am skeptical and resistant to the explosive growth Denver has experienced these last few years, I am also excited and proud and happy to be able to live in this incredible city that is evolving in ways we never could have imagined. My husband and I find ourselves saying out loud, "WHERE was all this when...we were young and single?!" BUT, you know what, it's pretty amazing to experience as a young family too! What at a time to be a Denverite! Our girls are so lucky to grow up here and experience all of this firsthand. Some day they will look back and see how they were here from the beginning of Denver's shift in identity. The buildings will get higher, the streets more crowded, but with that, more artists, more shows, more attractions, more events, more entertainment, more FOOD!
I still feel very much like a crochety old lady when I talk about "all these changes" Denver is experiencing right now, but I am not going to pretend I am not a little bit interested in checking all these developments out and partaking in them. So here I am, that Colorado native, stuck in flux between old and new Denver, between her single girl years and her settlement into adulthood and young family life.
We may be parents, but we still know how to have a good time! I have been wanting to have cocktails at Poka Lola Social Club FOR EVER, and we finally did just that- WITH our kids! They scooted and pet dogs walking by, and chatted up strollers, we actually ran into not just INE, but TWO of husband's co=workers at two different points who were all headed to the Colorado Rockies game! Poka Lola was having a happy hour when we were there so we had a couple Caipirinhas as the girls explored the alley. After working up an appetite we headed into Milk Market and sat on the red twisty stools for some chicken and taters from Lou's Hot & Naked! Husband got the SPICY an dI almost CHOKED- my inner ears were literally on fire! So, the girls and I had the regular! The girls loved it and we had plenty to take home.
After dinner we walked the market and wrapped it around to see the coffee shop, which I'll have to come back to, and the hotel lobby! What a treat it would be to have a stay cation evening here with husband! Wink, wink husband! The Poka Lola Social Club can be seen through the lobby out into the alley from the other side and it is gorgeous! We actually had one more special cocktail before dinner, the Lola Lopez- YUM! The chicken and taters were a perfect tummy filler to counter our momma/baba two-drink cap.
The girls cold have played Corn Hole and scooted around until the fireworks show if we let them, but bedtimes called and if you are a parent, you what that means. That means, quiet, uninterrupted adult-time for you the sooner you get them down! It was a gorgeous family night together, and we couldn't have done it better than we had done and all on a whim to go peep it out last minute.
I have to say, that the details in this place are so fun to explore and engage with! FOR ALL OF US! From the quotes on the cement bricks, to the LED light installations to the murals, hey Sandra Fettingis! The light fixtures, the furniture, the SECURITY, the tables and chairs, the reclaimed wood stamped with "Dairy Block," the wide ledges under windows for sitting! EVERYTHING! At first I admit I was skeptical about yet another food hall coming into Denver, but after visiting I have to retract and say that Dairy Block IS different! Unique to itself, inviting, exciting, reminiscent of Chelsea Market in New York, to me, it's just what Denver, what I ever wanted. So thank you for not making it awkward Dairy Block. For the people in my milk bucket who are ten years too late to the milking, you kept us in mind when creating Dairy Block, and made a place where people of all ages and stages could enjoy sweet cream and not feel like cottage cheese. Haha!
Here's to another firework in Denver!
Enjoy photos from our summer night and a VIDEO at the end!
Wearing: I am wearing an ages old khaki dress from SEE by Chloe from a sale, (similar here by Alice & Olivia) and slides from Target (similar). Here is a fun smiley face dress like Remy's and only $12! Found this adorable little retro blue romper similar to Arlo's here from Tiny Whales.