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Denver Nightlife

Denver's nightlife is fresh and inventive, featuring plenty of new bars and clubs in converted warehouses in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area. Cheerful, friendly locals help to create a relaxed atmosphere in bars and breweries, and are also highly supportive of the arts. Stages scattered across the city attract crowds for everything from musical comedies to operas.
The Denver Post (www.denverpost.com) provides information about what’s on in Denver. Westword (www.westword.com) is a local magazine that also has extensive entertainment listings.

Bars in Denver

Crú

For an unparalleled wine list featuring a wide range of regularly changing wines, visit Crú. This wine bar provides a cosy and communal setting with booths available inside and outside. The walls are covered with wine labels, while the food is designed to compliment the wine. There are many plates made for sharing, so the time you spend sipping is also a social experience.

Address: , 1442 Larimer Street, Denver, 80202
Telephone: +1 303 893 9463.
Website: http://www.cruawinebar.com

Sports Column

Within spitting distance of Coors Field, Sports Column is undoubtedly the best sports bar in Denver. When the Rockies are playing, there’s an electric atmosphere and fans are glued to the TV screens throughout. There’s table football, a rooftop patio, and live music to entertain those less interested in the game. Anyone can enjoy the traditional bar food, including burgers, salads and a variety of fried appetizers.

Address: , 1930 Blake Street, Denver, 80202
Telephone: +1 303 296 1930.
Website: http://www.denversportscolumn.com

Williams & Graham

 Known for creative drinks and exceptional hospitality, it is no surprise this speakeasy-styled bar won Best American Cocktail Bar in the 2015 Spirited Awards. Constructed in a corner bookstore, it offers delicious cocktails hand-crafted by some of the best bartenders in Denver, along with a selection of tasty small plates and desserts.

Address: , 3160 Tejon Street, Denver, 80211
Telephone: +1 303 997 8886
Website: http://williamsandgraham.com

Clubs in Denver

Club Vinyl

Made up of four floors all featuring a different kind of music and mood, no one will be dissatisfied at Vinyl. Each floor has areas for dancing, and there are three bars spread throughout, so you’re never far away from your next drink. If you find yourself in need of a break, the rooftop patio is open year-round and equipped with heaters, fire pits, and impressive views of the Rocky Mountains, as well as Denver’s skyline.

Address: , 1082 Broadway, Denver, 80203
Telephone: +1 303 860 8469
Website: http://www.coclubs.com/club-vinyl

Milk Bar

 Winner of the 2016/17 303 Award for Best “Hidden Gem” Music Venue, this club is a unique enigma on the streets of Denver. Located in a historic taxidermist and fur shop, the club’s only entrance is down an alleyway parallel to Broadway. Inside, visitors can wander between three rooms: a lounge and jazz room, a Clockwork Orange-inspired room, and a European-style club room. The club also offers theme nights, which include most notably Goth Nights on Wednesdays.

Address: , 1037 Broadway, Denver, 80203
Telephone: +1 303 832 8628
Website: http://coclubs.com/milk/

The Church

As you might expect from the name, this club is set in a former Gothic church, giving partygoers the opportunity to dance surrounded by incredible architecture. Great DJs visit The Church where they play upbeat music that makes the stained glass windows shake. This upscale venue is popular among Denver’s single crowd, as they can socialise while sipping on wine or grab a late night’s bite at the club’s sushi bar.

Address: , 1160 Lincoln Street, Denver, 80203
Telephone: +1 303 832 2383
Website: http://www.coclubs.com/the-church

Live music in Denver

Grizzly Rose

For a true Western experience, the Grizzly Rose is it. There’s live country music six nights a week by local talent, as well as some of the nation’s top recording artists. This 3,716-sq-m (40,000-sq-ft) space also includes a mechanical bull, the Great Chuck Wagon Grill, and a space for country dancing lessons. On Sundays, children and adults alike are welcome, and the live music, dancing, and food and drinks are as good as ever.

Address: , 5450 North Valley Highway, Denver, 80216
Telephone: +1 303 295 2353.
Website: http://www.grizzlyrose.com

Herman's Hideaway

After more than 25 years of hosting bands, Herman’s Hideaway is notorious in Denver as one of the best places to go for entertainment. This venue has helped launch the careers of many successful bands and continues to do so, as newcomers are invited to showcase their talents on Wednesday nights. Regardless of what night it is though, Herman’s dancefloor is always packed.

Address: , 1578 South Broadway, Denver, 80210
Telephone: +1 303 777 5840.
Website: http://www.hermanshideaway.com

The Ogden Theatre

The Ogden Theatre hosted organ recitals, lectures, and vaudeville acts before becoming a movie theatre, and now, it’s back to its roots of acting as a concert venue. The Ogden hosts all different kinds of bands, but never fails to attract a large audience. The floor in front of the stage is always pumping, and the energy flows up into the balconies above.

Address: , 935 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 80218
Telephone: +1 303 832 1874.
Website: http://www.ogdentheater.com

Classical music in Denver

Dance in Denver

Colorado Ballet

As one of the state’s oldest and most successful art companies, the Colorado Ballet produces nothing short of world-class quality dance. The Nutcracker is the most notorious of the company’s performances. This unforgettable presentation is put on annually and is a favourite of many locals. The Colorado Ballet usually performs in the incredible Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Address: , 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 80204
Telephone: +1 303 837 8888.
Website: http://www.coloradoballet.org

Theatres in Denver

Colorado Convention Centre

This state-of-the-art facility offers 54,255 sq m (584,000 sq ft) of usable space, plus outdoor terraces that allow visitors to enjoy the Colorado sunshine. The Bellco Theatre is a piece of the Convention Centre, and one of the most dynamic venues of its kind. An incredible flexibility within the theatre allows for amazingly diverse performances to happen on this stage.

Address: , 700 14th Street, Denver, 80202
Telephone: +1 303 228 8000.
Website: http://www.denverconvention.com

Music and Dance in Denver

Denver Performing Arts Complex

Broadway shows and original, professional performances grace the stages of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The complex is located in downtown Denver’s theatrical tenant and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually. It’s clear that no matter the performance, the theatre continues to engage, excite and inspire every participant and audience member.

Address: , 1400 Curtis Street, Denver, 80204
Telephone: +1 720 865 4220
Website: http://www.artscomplex.com

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Denver Magnolia Hotel

The Denver Magnolia Hotel has 246 rooms and suites designed with an air of old-world charm and modern sensibility. Guests are within walking distance of all the major sites in downtown Denver. The hotel also boasts cosy club lounges and a bar, Harry’s Bar, serving an incredible array of martinis.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Stay in one of the Grand Hyatt Denver’s 516 rooms and enjoy splendid city views from the comfort of your bed. You only have to travel as far as downstairs to enjoy some fine Western cuisine at one of Denver’s newest brewpubs, Pub 17. If you’d rather snack on appetizers and enjoy a nice cocktail, the hotel’s Fireside The Bar features a 4m (14ft) sandstone fireplace.

Hotel Teatro

This luxury boutique hotel is conveniently located across from the Denver Centre for Performing Arts, in the heart of downtown Denver. There are 110 luxury guest rooms, which are decorated with an elegant palette of rich, soft gold, and sage tones. Rooms are pet-friendly as well. The bathrooms aren’t short on extravagance either with Indonesian marble- and sandstone-finished baths.

The Oxford Hotel

European antiques and exquisite linens in each of The Oxford Hotel’s 80 rooms make for a relaxing stay in Denver. This luxury boutique hotel has uniquely decorated rooms, though they’re all dressed in French, English, Victorian, or classically 20th-century American décor. There’s much to see and do in the hotel’s immediate vicinity, as it’s located in the heart of LoDo. If you want to take a day to really relax, look into the services offered at The Oxford Club Spa & Salon, located next door.

NATIV Hotel

Staying at this glitz and trendy hotel and hotspot in the heart of the bohemian Lower Downtown (LoDo) area means staying in the centre of the scene. You won’t have to leave the hotel for entertainment, as the NATIV Coffee and Champagne Bar offers locally sourced, organic coffee by day and specialty champagne and tea cocktails by night. In the evening, the lobby turns into one of Denver’s hottest nightlife venues, where you can enjoy a cocktail at the Champagne Bar, catch up with friends in the Biergarten, or take to the dance floor in the Stereo Lounge.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

 Just three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and one block from Denver’s 16th Street Mall, the Renaissance Denver Downtown offers 230 chic and sophisticated guest rooms in the historic Colorado National Bank building—a deal given the hotel’s location and amenities. Inside, you’ll find a lobby decorated with 16 important works from the famed Allen Tupper True and an illy Caffé, one of only six in the US.