Where Do Denver’s Light Rail and Commuter Rail Lines Actually Go? More Places Than You Might Think. RTD’s B and G Lines

Since RTD began building out Denver’s light rail and commuter rail lines, people have both praised and criticized them.  While Denver has one of the more expansive transit systems in the United States, metro Denver is also one of the more expansive urbanized areas, meaning that wide swaths of the Mile High City and surrounding suburbs still lack rail travel.  With parking structures at nearly every station outside of the downtown area and many stations built along freeways, it seems that the goal of RTD was simply to bring commuters downtown in the morning and take them home again in the evening.

Despite this, many of the stations have become vital urban centers with apartments, restaurants, offices, and shops popping up all around them.  While you still can’t take the train to Cherry Creek or Highland, there are plenty of options for dining and shopping along the 100 plus miles of rail lines throughout the Denver metro area.

This is the second post in the series which looks at dining, drinking, shopping, and entertainment options along Denver’s train lines.  The A Line, the first post in the series, is available here.  While the G line is not open yet, the B line is currently open, shuttling passengers between Union Station and Westminster.  No opening date for the G line is available yet, although RTD says it will open this year.  Two stations served by the G line will also start being served by the B Line this May.  Here are a few attractions within walking distance (half a mile) of each station on the B and G Lines which you might not have known about.

B Line to Westminster

 

B Line Map
Photo Credit: RTD

 

Union Station to Westminster at 71st and Lowell.  6 miles, 2 stations (soon to be 4). Service offered every 30 minutes during rush hour, every hour all other times.

Union Station could be its own post, and for the most part, everyone in the city already knows what is there, therefore I have left it off of this list.

Westminster Station (71st and Lowell)

 

Westminster Station
Westminster Station. Image Credit: Commuting Solutions

 

Eat:

Woody’s Wings and Things, 6817 Lowell Boulevard. Asian and American cuisine.

Numerous family restaurants and fast food outlets are along 72nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard: Arby’s, Goody’s Eatery, Bova’s Italian, Chubby’s, Nancy’s Cafe, Big Mama’s Burritos, and Subway are just a few of them in the area

Drink:

There are a couple of dive bars at 69th and Lowell for anyone brave enough for an adventure.

Shop:

Safeway Grocery Store, 7353 Federal Boulevard.

Walmart, 7170 Federal Boulevard

Walgreens, 7211 Federal Boulevard

There is also a Save-A-Lot about .6 miles North of the station

Do:

Go to the Library! 7392 Irving Street.

G Line To Arvada

G Line Map
Image Credit: RTD

No opening date has been announced for the G Line yet, but two stations will begin receiving service on the B Line on May 21st.

Union Station to Wheat Ridge Ward Road and 50th Place.  11.2 miles, 8 stations. Service offered every 15 minutes during rush hour, every half hour all other times.

Union Station could be its own post, and for the most part, everyone in the city already knows what is there, therefore I have left it off of this list.

41st and Fox

Eat:

 

Crafty Fox.jpg
Crafty Fox. Image Credit: Crafty Fox

 

Crafty Fox Taphouse and Pizzeria, 3901 Fox Street. Crafted meals paired with local beers.

Denver Deep Dish, 1200 West 38th Avenue. Voted 2016’s Best Chicago Style Pizza in Westword.

 

Original Chubby's
The Original Chubby’s. Photo Credit: Mark Antonation, Denver Westword

 

The Original Chubby’s 1231 West 38th Avenue. Local landmark which has been serving up Mexican cuisine since 1967.

Drink:

Thunderbird Imperial Lounge, 3759 Lipan Street. American tavern with twenty taps and a classic cocktail menu.

 

Diebolt Brewery
Photo Credit: Diebolt Brewing

 

Diebolt Brewing, 3855 Mariposa Street. Family owned brewery with ties to French beer styles.

Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan Street. Brewery which only serves homebrew recipes from numerous guest brewers.

Shop:

 

Bogeys
Photo Credit: Kyle Moyer, Dining Out

 

Bogey’s Beer and Wine, 3911 Fox Street. New boutique liquor store specializing in wine, craft beers, and craft spirits.

The Grass Station Dispensary, 4125 Elati Street, or Pure Marijuana Dispensary, 505 West 40th Avenue

Ace Hardware, 3758 Osage Street. Buy a hammer and some lightbulbs.

Do:

Visit an art gallery: Next Art Gallery, 3759 Navajo Street.

 

Bug Theater
Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

 

The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo Street. Catch a theater show at the small community theater which hosts a wide range of film, music, and performing art shows inside its 105-year-old building.

Visit an old college friend. The Regency student housing center is two blocks East of the new station.

Spend a day in the park. Columbus Park at 1501 West 38th Avenue, Bernabe “Indio” Franco Park at 3700 Lipan Street, and Ciancio Park at 40th and Lipan are all within a half-mile of the station.

Pecos Junction

Drink:

Ari’s Tavern, 5686 Pecos Street. Local watering hole with a food menu.

Federal and Clear Creek

Aside from a few convenience stores, there isn’t much around the station yet, but if you are willing to go out about 2/3s of a mile from the station, then…

Drink:

Spero Winery, 3316 West 64th Avenue. Locally family owned winery operating since 1999.

60th and Sheridan (Arvada Gold Strike)

Drink:

 

beer coasters; beermats; pivni tacky; bierdeckel
Photo Credit: Beer-Coasters.eu

 

Odyssey Beerwerks, 5535 West 56th Avenue. craft brewery in business for 20 years.

See:

Gold Strike Park, 56th Avenue and Ralston Road. First documented gold find in Colorado (in 1850).

Do:

Have a picnic in Tennyson Knolls Park at 61st and Wolff.

Olde Town Arvada

Eat:

Too many to name, but here are a few:

 

School House.jpg
Photo Credit: School House Kitchen and Libations

 

School House Kitchen and Libations, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. Located in the original Arvada schoolhouse. They’ve improved the cafeteria food you were used to in school, though, and they have over 1,100 types of whiskey to choose from.

Homegrown Tap and Dough, 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. Restaurant which focuses on pasta and pizza made from locally sourced ingredients.

Four Barrel Bar and Barbeque, 7702 Ralston Road. Located in an old Texaco station, this restaurant will buy your first drink if you bring in a photo of your first car.

 

Steuben's Arvada
Photo Credit: Denver Westword

 

Steuben’s Arvada, 7355 Ralston Road. Steuben’s second Denver location, serving up classic American comfort food reminiscent of your childhood.

Drink:

Again, too many to name, but here are a few:

Arvada Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. Large craft cocktail menu and live music.

 

New Image
Photo Credit: Porchdrinking.com

 

New Image Brewery and Restaurant, 5622 Yukon Street. Restaurant and brewpub brewing “non-traditional” styles.

 

Yak n Yeti
Photo Credit: Yak n Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub

 

Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub, 7803 Ralston Road. Original location of the locally popular Indian restaurant and brewery.

Silver Vines Winery, 7509 Grandview Avenue. Locally owned family winery with a wide range of bottles to choose from.

Shop:

Lovely Boutique, 7405 Grandview Avenue. Women’s boutique clothing and accessories store focused on L.A. fashion.

Penzeys Spice Shop, 7511 Grandview Avenue.

 

Olde Town Pickin Parlor
Photo Credit: Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor

 

Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor, 7515 Grandview Avenue. Musical Instrument shop selling string instruments, accessories, and services.

Olde Town Flower Shop, 7505 Grandview Boulevard

Colorado Cycle Dynamics, 5545 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard

Book Cranny

Book Cranny, 7580 Grant Place.

Plenty of big box retailers are just South of the station.

See:

 

Arvada Flour Mill
Image Credit: Eugene E. Benjamin and CU Boulder

 

Arvada Flour Mill, 5590 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. The original mill in Olde Town Arvada.  Tours are available by appointment.

Arvada Historical Society, 7307 Grandview Avenue

Do:

Into The Fire, 7409 Grandview Avenue. Paint your own pottery studio.

Arvada Farmer’s Market. Runs every Sunday from 9:00-1:30 from June 4th through October 1st.

Arvada Library, 7525 West 57th Avenue. Return the book you checked out from the Westminster Library when you rode the B Line.

Catch a Movie at the Landmark Theater Olde Town 14  soon to be renamed movie theater at 5550 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard (Landmark closed the theater on March 27th, but it is scheduled to open under new ownership on April 6th).

Arvada Ridge (Kipling Street)

Eat:

 

Three Margaritas
Photo Credit: Milehighhappyhour.com

 

3 Margaritas, 10160 West 50th Avenue. Local casual Mexican chain.

Luke’s, A Steak Place, 4990 Kipling Street.

Li’l Nick’s Pizza, 5016 Kipling Street. Local pizza joint in business since 1978, and they also serve Mexican entrees.

There are also several fast food outlets along Kipling Street South of the station.

Drink:

 

Hopper's Sports Grill
Hopper’s Sports Grill. Photo Credit: Mile High Happy Hour

 

Hopper’s Sports Grill, 10051 West 48th Avenue. Has a wide variety of beers and a huge outdoor patio.

Shop:

Target, 5071 Kipling Street.

Natural Grocers, 4900 Kipling Street

Do:

Visit Jack B Thomlinson Park at 50th Avenue and Independence Street. There is a nice lake in the middle of the park to enjoy.

Wheat Ridge and Ward (50th Place)

Drink:

Daggwood’s Tavern, 4990 Ward Road.

Shop:

The Growing Company, 4830 Ward Road. Family-owned flower shop since 1983.

Office Depot, 12505 West 52nd Avenue.

 

Brass Armadillo
Photo Credit: Brass Armadillo

 

Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, 11301 West Interstate 70 Frontage Road.  Buy an antique from one of over 600 dealers.

The B Line is currently open to Westminster and service begins to 41st and Fox and Pecos Junction Stations on May 21st. RTD states that the G line will open in 2017, but no date has yet been provided.  RTD owns a right-of-way all the way to Golden, so one day we may have to update this post with additional stations!

Here is a map of the B and G lines and all of these destinations.

Other posts in this series:

The A Line to DIA.

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