Dance, Dance, Dance: Move to the Music at Denver's Hottest Clubs

Dance is a universal language with infinite variations, its rhythms and beats giving us license to sway, swing, twirl, dip and otherwise move across a floor to the sounds spun by DJs or played by musicians of every genre. But it's not just about the music. It's also about the building, the decor, the lights, the acoustics and the people. It's about state-of-the-art sound systems, such as those at Beta Nightclub and The Church. And when it's time to take a break from the moves, it's nice to have a space where dancers can relax and chat, spaces such as the rooftop at Club Vinyl and the expansive patio at Chloe Discotheque. There's definitely an advantage to being a dancing woman in Denver, because almost every club has a ladies night when entry is free and drinks are offered for as little as $1. And if you don't already know how to dance swing or salsa or groove to the blues, you're in luck. Several of the top dance venues in town, including the Grizzly Rose and La Rumba, offer free or nearly free lessons, which are followed by the chance to try out your stellar moves with old or new friends. 

Denver may be a long way from Argentina, but the Mercury Café is the place in the city to learn the tango or to dance the tango if you already know how. It's also the place to learn swing or how to dance to the blues. In fact, Mercury Café has...  Read More

Proof Niteclub
Photo courtesy of Proof Niteclub

Aimed at the 30-something professional crowd, Proof is energetic with a penchant for creating interactive, audience-participation events for its guests. Case in point: the ever-popular girls' push-up contest. Proof underwent a remodel last year...  Read More

Bar Standard
Photo courtesy of Bar Standard

Bar Standard is part of the SoCo Nightlife District (as in south of Colfax), a family of clubs that includes The Church and Club Vinyl, among others. Although Bar Standard was originally set up as a speakeasy, it's now the group's designated...  Read More

Curtis Park
Photo courtesy of Tracks

Tracks dates back to 1980 when it opened as an after-hours bar. Today, its multiple dance floors and rocking parties keep it a staple on the Denver dance scene, as does its "whoever-you-are-you-are-welcome-here" vibe. Music on tap is likely to...  Read More

North Denver
Grizzly Rose
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Since 1989, the Grizzly Rose has served up country western fun--not that you have to be die-hard country to have a great night here. Unlike some clubs, The Grizz doesn't have a long list of things you can't wear (though you can't wear shirts...  Read More

Golden Triangle
La Rumba
Photo courtesy of La Rumba

Latin dance. That's what La Rumba is about. The club appeals to a diverse crowd spanning multiple generations, cultures and ethnicities, and plays diverse styles of Latin music, from salsa, bachata and cumbria to merengue and cha cha. Channeling...  Read More

Chloe Discoteque
Photo courtesy of Chloe Discotheque

Chloe brings in highly respected DJs who spin Top 40 hits and EDM, while patrons move between three venues within the club, each with its own ambience. Sleek Mezze Lounge features an onyx under-lit bar and oversized couches and ottomans in...  Read More

Golden Triangle
Club Vinyl
Photo courtesy of Club Vinyl

A vertical dance extravaganza, Club Vinyl features four levels, four dance floors and four types of music. As if all that weren't enough, the rooftop indoor/outdoor patio offers a year-round place to relax with heaters, fire pits, hookahs and...  Read More

Golden Triangle
The Church
Photo courtesy of The Church

Unique among Denver nightclubs, The Church is just what it sounds like: A dance club housed in a former place of worship. The church itself was built in 1865 and its Gothic architecture may have particular appeal for the Goth subculture of the...  Read More

Guests at Beta move to a wide spectrum of music played on the main floor and in the Beatport Lounge--house, techno, dubstep, trance, hip-hop, trap and everything in between. Beta is by and for DJs though there are live acts as well, which might...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine

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