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Old 01-07-2015, 11:35 AM
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OP, if you are looking for nightlife like what you might find parts of Fairfield County, Lakewood isn't going to be up to snuff. Many suburbs in Colorado are very family-oriented.

That said, you can find an active nightlife in downtown Denver with a younger population. There is a light rail system you could use to get to/from downtown. Look up, "Denver RTD".

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:47 PM
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I should probably mention that I'm mainly looking for bars for nightlife since I'm plenty good at entertaining myself during the day. Also I come from a town where there are a total of 3 bars within a ten minute drive, none of which usually have people my age, mostly a lot of older locals. Basically you guys answered my question with Denver being accessible by light rail and bus, my only question is does it really only take 10-15 minutes by light rail or bus to get to Denver from Lakewood or do frequent stops make it take longer? I checked out the RTD website and it looks really convenient for getting from Lakewood to Denver. As for dry weather I'll have to visit soon to see just how dry it is in the winter compared to Connecticut. Thanks for the resposes
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:21 PM
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Plenty of 20-somethings live in Lakewood.

It's not the most exciting place in the metro area, but the apartments in that area are somewhat more affordable, on balance, than much of the actual city of Denver itself. You're closer to the mountains. And unlike similarly priced suburbs like Thornton or Northglenn, it doesn't feel quite as dull and disconnected from the urban center.

As mentioned, Lakewood has the Bel-Mar district, which is kind of a new urbanist downtown area with bars, restaurants, and shopping and a movie theater. However, I would actually say to look near Union Blvd between 6th and Alameda. That puts you near Red Rocks community college, and there is a busy retail strip with a few decent bars and restaurants. The area pulls younger than the rest of the suburb, and you can take the light rail from Red Rocks to downtown pretty easily.

EDIT: But avoid Ridgemoor apartments. Terrible shape, terrifying elevators. Trust me.

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Old 01-12-2015, 07:33 PM
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It's more like 20-30 minutes from Lakewood to downtown. Our light rail is mass transit, but it ain't rapid transit.

If I was in my twenties, Golden might have more appeal. It's become a mecca for the active-lifestyle crowd, like Boulder but more down-to-earth.
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