10 Best Spots to Catch Live Music in Denver

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Denver night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Denver does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like El Chapultepec, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Charlie Browns, which is known for its Piano music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Lodo (Lower Downtown) area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Denver. Take spots like Golden and Evergreen where live music takes on a more Western approach with classic instruments and a cowboy atmosphere to go with it. Other spots like Soiled Dove Underground take the music experience a step further by offering classes with some of the cities top musicians. Of course dancing and music go hand in hand which are always a go at places like The Grizzly Rose and Beta Nightclub. No matter which spot you choose, you are sure to find a host of both local entertainment and big name acts. 

El Chapultepec has been hosting jazz and blues notables since 1951, including the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The place is small and usually crowded, but it's known throughout Denver as the city's best venue for live blues and jazz....  Read More

Smack in the heart of Downtown Golden, CO, The Buffalo Rose is a local hang out, bar and nightclub, and a venue often featuring open mic and live music – sometimes even national acts. Music varies greatly, ranging from blues to hip-hop to...  Read More

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Grizzly Rose
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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. Old-time favorites like Willie Nelson and more recent names like LeAnn Rimes appear on the roster of previous...  Read More

Fadó Irish Pub

Fadó offers authentic Irish pub atmosphere with food, drink, and entertainment to match. Inside, the place features a quintessential dark-wood bar and plenty of "pub" ambiance, which is especially accommodating after the sun goes down and 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

Mead Street Station Pub & Grill

Mead Street Station is widely considered one of Denver's best British pubs. The large food menu includes pub fare as well as more innovative offerings, although it's hard to compete with a pint of Guinness and a serving of requisite fish and...  Read More

Charlie Brown's Bar and Grill

Local beatnik legend Neal Cassady and his good friends Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg once called Charlie Brown's a favorite watering hole. During the week, enjoy the casual atmosphere with young residents from the Capitol Hill neighborhood....  Read More

Soiled Dove Underground

This one-time LoDo venue has migrated east to Lowry, the quickly growing residential and commericial area on the outskirts of the city. A warm color scheme with wood accents makes the spot below the Tavern Lowry an intimate, cozy space in which...  Read More

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Loud and fun. Those are the definitive words to describe this neighborhood bar and music venue that has drawn crowds since 2003. According to one bartender, "It's a classic dive bar with dark lighting that's perfect for watching fun bands and...  Read More

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...  Read More


Meet Carri Wilbanks

Carri Wilbanks (CatchCarri.com) is a Denver based freelance writer, producer and TV host  for Xfinity Comcast who is always on the hunt for the next adventure. Whether climbing a volanco in...  More About Carri

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