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 where restaurants and clubs maintained a loyal clientele. 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, and Green Russell, one of the city's hip speakeasies. In LoDo, near the ballpark, night owls can choose between two insanely different scenes: the old-time jazz and blues of El Chapultepec or the uber current ViewHouse, where Millennials gather to enjoy cocktails, play volleyball and bocce or gab with friends in field-side cabanas. 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 the RiNo Arts District, Infinite Monkey Theorem puts its own sassy spin on the urban winery. There's even a brewery taproom that caters to heavy metal fans. In short, Denver has it going on across ages, genres and tastes. If it's happening, it's happening here. 

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 have played at the Pec,...  Read More

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

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 primarily organic menu,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of 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 field-side cabanas to watch and...  Read More

Peaks Lounge
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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 the best sunset view in...  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

SoCo Nightlife District
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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 Club Vinyl and The Church are...  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

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

Green Russell
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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 ingredients. Fresh herbs,...  Read More


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