One of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city, Bonnie Brae (meaning “Pleasant Hill” in Gaelic) was originally designed in the style of a small Scottish village…
…with curving streets, circular central park and stately homes. Architectural styles include English Tudors and Cape Cods as well as brick ranches — a mix resulting, in part, from multiple development booms. The creation of Ellipse Park in 1936 sparked construction of homes in the 40s and 50s. Bonnie Brae Boulevard showcases an interesting collection of architectural styles, including International Style and Art Moderne.
Much of Bonnie Brae’s appeal comes not only from being a short walk to local eateries, boutiques, spas and the library, but also its proximity to Washington Park and the Cherry Creek shopping district.
Local development along University Boulevard has seen a spark in recent years, with the completion of the nearby Cherry Creek Mall and shopping centers, as well as several condominium and luxury apartment complexes along the Boulevard. In Bonnie Brae itself, new developments give way to renovation and preservation of the classic and historic homes that make up the community neighborhood.
- University to Steele, Exposition to Mississippi
- Bonnie Brae Tavern: A local hangout for neighbors, the tavern is known as one of Denver’s favorite spots for pizza. Opening their doors in 1934, the historic Tavern has served up family favorite for decades, as well as providing drinks and spirits in a casual, family-friendly environment.
- Bonnie Brae Ice Cream: The hotspot for a cool treat, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor serves up your favorite flavors and some new, home-made innovations in taste. Scoops, shakes, and splits are popular choices during Denver’s warm summers.
- The Saucy Noodle Ristorante: If you don’t like garlic, go home! The Saucy Noodle’s slogan says it all, as they’ve been bringing aromatic Italians delights to Denver for decades. With its quirky and nostalgic interior, the Noodle has played host not only to its frequent resident guests, but several celebrity diners over the years.
- Seven 30 South: An American-style eatery with the classic favorites, Seven 30 South serves up large portions at reasonable prices. A low-priced happy hour and a decadent brunch make this a neighborhood bar and grill to try.
Things to do:
- Magness Arena: The recently constructed arena plays hosts to several of the biggest bands in the nation, as well as plenty of local and national cultural events. Located on the Denver University campus, the Arena also provides a great place to catch local and national sports events.
- Washington Park: The centuries-old park is one of the finest outdoor areas in the Denver area. Boasting trails for biking, jogging, or walking, the park also offers tennis courts, two playgrounds, a lawn bowling/croquet field, and a recreational center with an indoor pool and fitness center.
- Old South Gaylord Street: Filled with boutique shopping, small merchants, and neighborhood restaurants, this walkable strip offers art and shopping close to home, as well as festivals and activities for the family.