For 20 years, we’ve compiled an annual list of the best places to eat, drink, listen

For 20 years, we’ve compiled an annual list of the best places to eat, drink, listen to music, indulge in a little relaxation, and more—and we’re at it again. Turn the page to discover 161 reasons to explore the Denver metro area. Plus: a barbecue throwdown and our recommendations for what to do in five of our favorite Denver neighborhoods. Don’t get seven-month-old Hop Alley confused with a brewery: The name refers to Denver’s erstwhile Chinatown in what is now LoDo. This newfangled Chinese restaurant from Tommy Lee of popular ramen spot Uncle may not be located within the old neighborhood’s boundaries, but it serves bold family-style dishes rooted in the same traditions (see our review on page 60). Here, you’re served flavor-packed plates of fried-egg-topped chewy rice cakes tossed with ground pork, carrots, and oyster sauce and exquisitely balanced chilled tofu with bang bang sauce (a blend of sesame paste, chile oil, vinegar, and soy sauce) and smashed cucumbers. The latter will cool your mouth after bites of the fiery la zi ji fried chicken. No wonder a table at Hop Alley is the most sought-out destination in town. We expect it to stay that way. 3500 Larimer St., 720-379-83...

Best dash cam 2019: 10 car-ready cameras for peace of mind

It’s never a bad idea to have a dash cam mounted in your car – you never know when you’ll need footage from your windshield. Finding the best dash cam in 2019 can feel overwhelming; there are so many models out there, and many companies make more than one. Some of us have given up and resorted to using a GoPro on the dash instead. But, once you do a little research and find the best dash cam for you, it can be one of the most crucial bits of tech you own, coming in handy in the event of an accident or in case something really amazing happens on the road that helps you become YouTube famous.  We’ve sifted through some of the top dash cams to nail down the very best dash cameras for 2019. It’s important to point out that dash cams are much more than GoPros mounted on your car’s dashboard; these are car-ready cameras that perform some critical functions and can even help you save time and money that would be better spent going back into your vehicle. Whether used to provide evidence to your insurance company or help you avoid paying for a crash-for-cash scheme, dash cams provide some peace of mind wherever your journey takes you. Generally the b...