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Nightlife & Entertainment in Denver

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When night falls in Denver, the city blazes into life under a constellation of neon lights and to a cacophony of beats. Its music scene is particularly strong, with superstars playing at iconic venues, and dance clubs attracting a diverse set of DJs. Smaller bars and clubs have everything from bluegrass to burlesque.

 

Cocktail bars

 

To start your evening with a bit of glamour, put on your glad rags and head to one of Denver’s classy cocktail bars. These gilded lounges bring the splendor of the Jazz Age right up to date – all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the sensual music and sensational drinks.

 

Corridor 44

 

A glitzy Champagne and cocktail bar located in trendy Larimer Square, Corridor 44 fuses French elegance with American indulgence. Chandeliers and zebra-print carpets provide the décor as you slip into a booth, order a sparkling cocktail, and enjoy the ambiance. Posh nibbles are on offer too, in case you get peckish.

 

1433 Larimer Square, Denver CO 80202. Tel: +1 303 893 0044

 

Corridor 44 website

 

Cruise Room

 

Decked out in the style of one of the Queen Mary’s splendid lounges, the Cruise Room at the Oxford Hotel is as opulent as cocktail bars come. Practically unchanged in appearance since 1933, it’s like stepping back into the Art Deco era – flapper dresses and pearls optional.

 

1600 17th Street, Denver CO 80202. Tel: +1 303 825 1107

 

Cruise Room website

 

Comedy

 

From local improvisation clubs, to big and brassy stand-up venues, Denver provides a lot of laughs. The Navajo Street Art District is the place to go for off-beat and alternative comedy, while Downtown boasts theaters frequented by international comedy stars and the best upcoming talent.
Comedy Works

 

Denver’s premier comedy venue is consistently rated as one of the best in the US. It’s well-established on the circuit for top comedians, bringing award-winning shows to Denver, while some weeknights are set aside for the brightest new talent. It’s an intimate, down-to-earth venue – the best stage possible for stand-up comedy.

 

1226 15th Street, Denver CO 80202. Tel: +1 303 595 3637

 

Comedy Works website

 

Live music

 

Blues or rock, country or punk, whatever your music tastes, there’s a live music venue in Denver for you. Many of the local bars and taverns have a healthy live music scene, and it’s the birthplace of many superstar musicians, most famously John Denver. Who will you discover?

 

Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Venues don’t come more atmospheric than the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Making use of a natural rock formation, it’s a totally unique setting for alfresco concerts and is constantly in-demand from top music stars and alternative festivals. Who can blame them? With superb natural acoustics and starlight illumination, it provides unforgettable ambience.

 

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison CO 80465. Tel: +1 720 865 2494

 

Red Rocks Amphitheater website

 

Nightclubs

 

When it comes to clubbing, South of Colfax is the place to be. With numerous clubs offering a wide variety of music and exclusive DJ sets, this district rocks until the early hours. With features such as fire-pits and Gothic architecture, Denver’s clubs invite you into an after-dark world of decadence.

 

The Church

 

Occupying a Neo-Gothic church built in 1865, this club now hosts a different kind of worshipper. There are still original stained-glass windows, and strobe lights illuminate the vaulted ceilings in dazzling color. There are multiple rooms with different music, spread across 3 floors, so you definitely won’t be bored.

 

1160 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203. Tel: +1 303 832 3528

 

The Church website