Best Nightlife in Denver: A Guide to the City after Dark

Once upon a time Denver closed up at 5 p.m. with the exception of a few pockets here and there. Today, that's hard to believe. Denver is a vibrant city of color, characters, sophistication and extensive nightlife options down every street and in every neighborhood. There are lounges, dance clubs, breweries, wineries, speakeasies and a host of other gathering spots that come alive when the sun goes down. The Larimer Square area satisfies the sophisticated cocktail crowd with such options as Corridor 44, Denver's only Champagne bar. Uptown is home to Retrograde, just one of the city's speakeasies, while the Highlands is home to another, Williams & Graham. In Denver's north quadrant, the country-western crowd still packs the Grizzly Rose to line dance, listen to music and challenge the mechanical bull. And in RiNo, nightlife options include urban winery Infinite Monkey Theorem, gallery/speakeasy Millers & Rossi, and Death & Co, the first outpost of New York City's famed cocktail bar. There's even a brewery taproom that caters to heavy metal fans. In short, Denver has it going on across all areas, ages, genres and tastes. If it's happening, it's happening here. 

North Denver
Grizzly Rose
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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 question that this is THE...  Read More

The Infinite Monkey Theorem
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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 Friday open houses. IMT doesn't...  Read More

Trve Brewing
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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, there's metal playing...  Read More



Located on the 20th floor of Le Meridien Denver Downtown hotel, 54Thirty offers panoramic views and a hip spot to mix, mingle and sip cocktails. Choose a seat under the awning, out under the Colorado sky or around the cozy fire pit. Wherever you...  Read More

SoCo Nightlife District
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Club Vinyl. The Church Nightclub. Bar Standard. The Living Room. Milk. These are all venues on Broadway or Lincoln south of Colfax. Each has its own vibe and perhaps a particular genre of music. Both Club Vinyl and The Church are open to ages 18...  Read More



Located in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, Retrograde lies behind a freezer door at the back of an ice cream shop. It's one of Denver's best bets in the traditional speakeasy genre. To start, it's warm and welcoming and without the annoying...  Read More

RiNo (RiverNorth)


An art gallery is the perfect entree and counterpoint for a lively speakeasy in Denver's edgy, art-centric RiNo district. Everything in the gallery and on the lounge's walls is for sale. "If it's not nailed down, it's for sale" is the motto of...  Read More

Corridor 44
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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 the quality of the beverage and...  Read More



Williams & Graham, with its upmarket speakeasy ambiance and dark interior, is paradise for sophisticated cocktail lovers and those who appreciate fine whiskeys, cognacs, liquors and liqueurs. Whether your preference is for a classic Old...  Read More



Located in The Ramble Hotel, Death & Co Denver brings a hip vibe and wide-ranging cocktail menu to this first outpost of the famed New York City bar. Denver's iteration fits perfectly into edgy, art-centric RiNo and adds a nicely curated...  Read More


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