From Golden to Denver, Dance the Night Away at Denver's Top Nightclubs
By Diana Rowe
Denver Local Expert
Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than dancing. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. When you want that feeling, we'll introduce you to the best dance clubs in Denver. Top DJs get things moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see along the way. To follow the crowds, head to The Church and see what lies in store; for a more subdued experience, give 5° a try. Either way, 10Best will make sure you know the best places to dance in Denver.
10 In The Zone Sports Bar
In the Zone Sports Bar & Grill features live music Friday and Saturday nights year round -- and Wednesdays April to September -- with local bands playing classic rock, country, and all danceable tunes. Take the fun outside (weather permitting) on the 5,000 square feet patio. Located 5 minutes from downtown Golden and Miller-Coors Brewery, In The Zone Sports Bar & Grill is a haunt of many locals. Sporting a "Cheers" atmosphere with its 120-foot bar, 20 beers on tap and a full bar, kick back and enjoy your favorite sports team play on over 90 flat screen HDTVs. The menu is also a favorite, with comfort pub grub, such as sandwiches, burgers, nachoes, pizza, and wings. Mix in a spicy Mexican menu with housemade green chili, and you have a winner. Also open for breakfast with green chili breakfast burriots to cure any hangover (303-279-3888)
9 LoDo's Bar and Grill
With over 70 TVs, Jackson's is THE place to kick back, relax, and catch a game. A favorite of Rockies fans before and after the ballgame, Jackson's is located in the shadow of Coors Field, but it's not all about baseball. It also caters to lovers of football, hockey, soccer, and many other sports. When you get the munchies, take advantage of a menu that mixes traditional bar food with tasty appetizers. Keep in the spirit with a smothered beef burrito or barbecue chicken pizza and a glass of your favorite brew. Other possibilities include a burger or a sandwich from their large selection. (303-293-8555)
8 La Rumba
Sleek, vibrant La Rumba issues a call to all serious salsa dancers! Moves are intense at the club, considered one of Denver's most popular Latin dance venues. A large dance floor beckons patrons to show off the intricacy of their salsa steps, and the bar makes available a variety of martinis and microbrews. Novices are pleased to discover that free dance lessons are offered Thursdays and Saturdays for the salsa-impaired. On certain nights, other styles of music are played. Dress to the nines, because a strict dress code is maintained. Great for people-watching! (303-572-8006)
7 The Church
Housed (not unexpectedly) in a former church, this nightspot takes adaptive reuse to a new level. Locals, in particular, love to dance the night away amid the gorgeous architecture of the striking building. Upbeat music reverberates throughout the large space, and young, single professionals capitalize on its reputation as one of Denver's best singles spots. Given the night, you'll find plenty of well-dressed Denverites sipping expensive drinks and dancing to DJ-spun tunes. The Church also boasts a wine bar and sushi bar. (303-832-3528, 303-832-2383)
Vinyl is something of an urban legend, having survived a major fire and severe blizzard damage in past years and having lived to tell the tale. The diversity of experience the club offers has much to do with its success; the larger dance floor provides a more mainstream event for the casual clubber, and downstairs, intimate rooms are a haven for patrons addicted to the beat. A rooftop lounge with gas fire pits affords a bit of warmth and stunning views of the Front Range on chilly evenings. Three bars dotted throughout the space guarantee that liquid courage is never more than a few steps away. (303-860-8469)
Break out your cowboy boots! Stampede is the best for line dancing and Western swing, with a huge dance floor and great music. If fancy footwork isn't your thing, lessons are available (check their website for the schedule), but it's fun to sit and watch, too, because Stampede draws the area's most talented dancers around. And when the munchies strike, there's a full menu of mesquite-grilled burgers and Tex-Mex favorites. (303-696-7686)
Through various incarnations and locations, Tracks has managed to stay popular and always packed. Although originally catering to the gay community, the club now draws a crowd that's extremely diverse. Everyone's here for a good time, so relax, down a couple of drinks and let your inner dance diva have free rein. Music spans a range of genres (pop, house, hip-hop, 80s, R&B) and is guaranteed to get your feet moving. (303-863-7326)
Trendy beyond words, 5° offers stylish patrons a cool-retro place to cool their heels, sip a designer martini, and nosh from a small plates menu designed by Eric Roeder, Bistro Vendome's executive chef. Choose from 48 different martinis and sample tasty little morsels like Idiazabel with piquillo pepper confit, PEI mussels in saffron mustard cream sauce, pasta with duck leg confit and mushrooms in Madeira sauce. DJs keep the music going (hip hop and top 40, mostly) til the wee hours. (303-260-7505)
2 Tavern Downtown
Put on your the dancing shoes at this historic LoDo warehouse-turned high energy sports bar, lounge, game room and dance floor. The Tavern Downtown is perhaps best known for its 11,000 square foot rooftop patio, with a view of Coors Field, Market and 20th Street. When not dancing to the tunes, warm your toes near the outdoor fireplace, hang out on two huge bars, or watch sports on any number of HD TVs. The menu has something for everyone too, from burgers to salads to serving brunch. This place is young, hip and a favorite post-sports event for Colorado Rockies fans. (303-299-0100)
1 Grizzly Rose
Country music fan? You've got to visit Grizzly Rose. In fact, it's won the Country Music Association's "Best Country Music Club" award. Boot scoot across its 40,000 square feet of fun including a floating hardwood dance floor, a 3,200 square foot private banquet facility, General Store, Aracade Room, Pool Room, Shoe Shine Shop, Smoke Shop with lounge and a 2,000 square foot dance room. Live music by regional bands featured 6 nights a week! Favorite acts like Willie Nelson Garth Brooks, Toby Keith & Chris LeDoux have appeared on its stages since it opened in 1989. More recent names like Jack Ingram, Clay Walker, Josh Gracin, Tracy Lawrence & Pat Green also appear on the roster of performers. Pool tables, a mechanical bull, and a video game room round out the entertainment options. Country-western duds are the way to go! Call ahead to find out when they offer free dance lessons. Live music six nights a week, and Sundays are family friendly. (303-295-2353, 303-295-1330)
About Diana Rowe
Diana Rowe landed in Denver more than 25 years ago and has never tired of exploring the Mile High City with her family, her husband, or on her own. The nooks and crannies of Denver’s neighborhoods are as exciting as the tried-and-true attractions, and Denver is always an adventure waiting to happen. As a travel writer for more than 14 years, Diana has explored many local and international destinations. But home is where the heart is, and Denver is forever etched as one of Diana’s favorite destinations.
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