Sunset from Ruby Hill neighborhood, Denver

City Guide / Denver

Denver Neighborhood Guide: Ruby Hill

By Bri Hand | Jul 19, 2021

If you’re planning on moving to Denver, Colorado, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Denver, and which one would be the right fit for you. Less than five miles south of downtown Denver is the Ruby Hill neighborhood, which offers Denverites the perfect mix of urban and suburban vibes, as well as plenty of bars, restaurants, and parks to enjoy. 

You’ll love this area’s gorgeous hillside views, plenty of opportunities for sledding adventures in Ruby Park after it snows, and how close this community is to downtown Denver. This neighborhood is also notably close to three college campuses: Auraria Campus, the University of Denver, and Colorado Heights University. 

Thinking about moving to Ruby Hill? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood. 

Where to go out to eat in Ruby Hill

Curl up with a delicious bowl of pho at Phở 95 Vietnamese Restaurant on South Federal Boulevard. If you like to pair your food with a bit of a challenge, sign up for the Pho King Challenge, where you have to eat a giant bowl of soup in one sitting! 

Cajun Haus is another popular restaurant, serving up Po Boys and varied seafood options paired with delicious sauces and sides. In the mood for a little bit of everything? Try the Full Haus, with snow crab, shrimp, crawfish, mussels, baby clams, corn, potatoes, and sausages. 

You can also get your Mexican food fix at Las Potranquitas Mexican Restaurant on West Mississippi Avenue. We recommend trying the Burrito Mazatlán or the Pollo Azteca, paired with a margarita and a free basket of tortilla chips, of course! 

Where to get groceries in Ruby Hill

There is a Sprouts Farmers Market close by, and there are a couple of local grocery stores nearby such as Lowes Mercado, Save a Lot, and Athmar Market.

Outdoor attractions in Ruby Hill

Want to spend a day skiing and snowboarding without trekking out to the mountains? Head to the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, a ski and snowboard terrain park that is—get this—free to the public! Mountain bikers of all skill levels will also love Ruby Hill Mountain Bike Park

Ruby Hill Park is a local landmark and a prime spot for sledders year after year, with sledding hills perfect for making memories with the entire family during the winter. This Denver park is also home to the Levitt Pavilion Denver, an amphitheater that offers free concerts.

Other parks here include the Sanderson Gulch Trail and Park, a creekside park near the South Platte River, and Overland Pond Park, Athmar Park, and Godsman Park

Local gyms in Ruby Hill

There are a variety of ways to work out here, no matter how you like to break a sweat. CrossFit lovers will enjoy CrossFit Wash Park, while boxing enthusiasts should check out Herrera’s Boxing. You can also get a more standard gym experience at Next Level Strength & Conditioning, which offers programs for different ages and skill levels.

If you want to mix your workouts up, you can hone your sword-fighting skills at the Denver Fencing Center, or practice your parkour at APEX Denver

Nightlife in Ruby Hill

For a casual night out, stop by Athmar Lounge, a beloved Denver dive bar on W Mississippi Avenue. Play a game of pool, challenge your friends to a shuffleboard match, or go for a bullseye at Athmar Lounge’s dart board! La Jaula Sports Bar & Grill and Dive Inn are two other chill spots to check out.

If you love unique cocktails and even more unique atmospheres, check out Bowman’s Vinyl Lounge, a bar and record store all in one. Try the Violet Femme, with vodka, lavender, lemon, and butterfly pea flower, or the Hot for Teacher, with pineapple mango habanero tequila, lime, and ginger beer. 

Rome’s Saloon is a must-try brunch (and liquid lunch) spot in Denver, complete with a Fruit Loop Shot, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot, or a Pickle & Pepperoncini shot! 

Things to do in Ruby Hill

Golf lovers, rejoice! Aqua Golf is the place to practice your swing at its water driving range, and even has not one, but two 18-hole miniature golf courses. If you have kids, they’ll love a day out at BiTSY Stage, a family-friendly theatre that is known for adapting folktales. 

You can also blow off some steam at SMASH*IT Breakroom, whose “Rage Room” lets you (safely) de-stress by demolishing random items with a variety of tools.

Transportation in Ruby Hill

If you have a car, Ruby Hill is close by to South Santa Fe Drive and I-25, so you’ll be able to get downtown and beyond easily. If you don’t have your own car in Denver, there are also three light rail stations nearby: Broadway Station, Evans Station, and Alameda Station. RTD bus routes are also nearby if you need to get around or can’t walk to a light rail station. 

This area is also known to be incredibly bike-friendly, so you should be able to easily get around on your bike as well. 

Land in a great apartment in Ruby Hill

If you like the idea of moving to Ruby Hill in Denver, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Ruby Hill, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

Still looking for the right Denver neighborhood for you? Browse our other Denver neighborhood guides.

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.