Best Denver, CO Nightlife

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    10. El Chapultepec

    Open since 1933, the venerable--and really, really compact--El Chapultepec offers live blues or jazz seven nights a week. There's nothing fancy here, but there is history. Some of the greatest musicians on the planet...

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    9. Grizzly Rose

    Get your cowpoke on at Denver's favorite saloon and honky tonk where there's live music six nights a week. Some of country-western's rising and already popular stars appear in concert at The Grizz as well. There's no...

    Photo courtesy of Grizzly Rose
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    8. Mercury Café

    Accordion players. Poets. Swing dancing. Flamenco. It all happens at Denver's quirky, funky Mercury Cafe, where acclaimed artists and performance-inclined locals take to the mic and where diners are served from a...

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    7. ViewHouse

    ViewHouse creatively combines a 7,000-square-foot rooftop patio, live music and DJs with an expansive green on which patrons can play volleyball, badminton, bocce and other games and activities or sit in 10-person...

    Photo courtesy of ViewHouse
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    6. Peaks Lounge

    Peaks Lounge sits high above the city in the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. No mere convention hotel venue, Peaks Lounge is popular with locals, too, with good reason. It offers what is arguably...

    Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center
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    5. Trve Brewing

    No one will confuse Trve Brewing's taproom with any other in this city of nearly unlimited taprooms. The pairing of craft beer with heavy metal makes for a unique experience in Denver and possibly anywhere else. Yes,...

    Photo courtesy of Trve Brewing
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    4. SoCo Nightlife District

    Club Vinyl. The Church Nightclub. Bar Standard. Funky Buddha. The Living Room. Milk. These are all clubs on Broadway or Lincoln south of Colfax. Each has its own vibe and perhaps a particular genre of music. Both...

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    3. The Infinite Monkey Theorem

    Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery (with patio) that opened in 2008, and weekends are always a party. Located in the RiNo Arts District, IMT is a part of RiNo's burgeoning community scene, including First...

    Photo courtesy of Infinite Monkey Theorem
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    2. Corridor 44

    While many nighttime venues cater to the young and the restless, Corridor 44 taps into singles and couples looking for a quieter, more elegant (or romantic) experience. This is not about how much one can drink but...

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    1. Green Russell

    Enter through the door of a tiny pie shop and suddenly you're in what's billed as a chef-driven cocktail joint. Like the food in Frank Bonanno's multiple Denver restaurants, the drinks here feature fresh, quality...

    Photo courtesy of Green Russell

About Denver, CO Nightlife

Denver nightlife is nothing if not diverse, accurately reflecting a population that spans generations, roots and tastes. Cowboy culture is alive and well, especially at such beloved establishments as the Grizzly Rose, where line dancing and mechanical bull riding still draw crowds six nights a week. But Denver is no one-trick western pony. The city has evolved into a sophisticated urban hotspot with residents who have arrived from across the county, the country and even the world. While they embrace the city's history and rugged edge, they also bring with them a passion for elevated cuisine, fine wines, music of every genre, arts, sports and a love of what's new and trending. Nightlife ranges from such options as elegant Champagne bar Corridor 44 to funky Mercury Cafe with its eclectic music and poetry readings. Locals and visitors can take in a Rockies game at Coors Field, then visit one of the multitude of taprooms, including Trve Brewing where craft beer is poured to the beat of Metal. There is live music and dancing at a slew of clubs and lounges, and there's always a place to simply sit and watch the sun set over the western peaks. What's your pleasure?


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