In the mood for a glitzy night out on the town, where you’re treated like a VIP at every turn? Denver won’t disappoint.
From the chic lounges and happening hot spots in Larimer Square and LoDo to the pulsating dance floors of the South of Colfax Nightclub District, The Mile High City knows how to let its hair down and party in style. Put on your best outfit, get your hair just right and explore Denver’s glamorous nightlife.
By day, Larimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown)
are populated by Denver's most stylish residents, boasting ultra-hip
boutiques, cozy cafes and plenty of people watching opportunities. By
night, the area transforms into the city's most fabulous nightlife
experience. Within just a few blocks, you'll find more than enough after
hours excitement to last you for a good long while.
In the mood for a little bubbly? An opulent champagne and crudo bar in Larimer Square, Corridor 44 (1433 Larimer St.) is intimate and unabashedly sensual, juxtaposing white leather banquettes and crystal chandeliers with striped walls, oversized chairs and zebra-print carpeting. The bubbly bar features some of the world's most prestigious labels, offering more than 85 sparkling wines by the bottle, split and glass, as well as a full bar and complete still wine list.
Sip some sophisticated spirits at Green Russell (1422 Larimer St.). This new-but-old-school joint is a chef-driven cocktail bar. The menu is meant to be in keeping with the philosophy: fresh ingredients, at the peak of their flavor profile. Every item from the grenadine, to the amarane cherries, infused liquors and sodas siphoned to accompany them bear the stamp of Green Russell craftsmanship.
Want to kick back in style in between clubs? Try the Cruise Room, (1600 17th St.) one of Denver's coolest cocktail lounges, located in the historic Oxford Hotel. The Cruise has been frozen in time since its Art Deco facelift in 1933. It was fashioned after a lounge on the Queen Mary. Original chrome and neon reflect onto wall panels depicting light-hearted "toasts" from around the world. It's a timeless Mile High City spot to spend your nighttime in.
For a little old-fashioned entertainment, hit Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, (1601 Arapahoe St.) located on the 16th Street Mall in the basement of the landmark D&F Tower -- you can't miss it. Lannie's features big bands, sultry singers, comedy and all kinds of after hours fun.
The best part about the Tavern Downtown (1949 Market St.) is that it's just what it sounds like: A tavern downtown. The bar inside of a historic downtown warehouse has what sports enthusiasts crave, as well as a few gratuitous yet thoughtful extras for everyone else. Watch games on plasma TV screens and check out the view of downtown and Coors Field (2001 Blake St.) from one of three rooftop decks. Most nights are reserved for some sinful pleasure like karaoke, trivia or ‘80s music. And the Tavern Hospitality Group even threw in a frozen margarita machine.
If you start feeling the need to get "above it all," head to the Peaks Lounge (650 15th St.), a contemporary oasis in the Hyatt Regency Denver, providing the perfect backdrop for sophisticated gatherings with an unmatched view of that fabulous Rocky Mountain Front Range. The gourmet small plate cuisine and desserts are as luxurious as the cocktails and plush confines.
Let's face it. A night at the bars can be work. Hard work. And hard work requires fuel. Fortunately, you can head to Larimer Square's Tom's Urban 24 (1460 Larimer St.), a 24-hour joint that serves up some seriously great eats.
South of Colfax Nightlife District
1155 Sherman St.
On the other side of Denver's downtown, you'll encounter a wealth of nightlife options -- especially good if you're in the mood for dancing. In the South of Colfax Nightlife District you'll pay one admission price for several hot nightclub venues, each with more than enough drinks, dancing and DJs, all within walking distance of each other.
There's the Church (1160 Lincoln St.), a renovated former house of worship that now bows to the altar of good times. Check out their Saturday Latin nights, with live salsa bands, and salsa dancing lessons beginning at 9:30 p.m. Vinyl (between 10th and 11th on Broadway), meanwhile, is a multileveled nightlife playground, with live hip hop and dancehall reggae, a sweaty dance floor and friendly vibes. The Funky Buddha Lounge (776 Lincoln) is indeed extremely funky and fun, with an intimate atmosphere, great drink specials and one of Denver's best rooftop lounges. After a long and invigorating night of clubhopping, chill out at Two:AM (1144 Broadway), a lounge open in the wee hours of 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
5450 N. Valley Hwy.
Ask any Coloradoan about a good old country bar in Denver and they'll probably provide you with a longwinded, sentimental Grizzly Rose anecdote. Maybe it's the mechanical bull, line dancing, bottled beer, plastic cups, live country music and abundance of people who are truly named Dewey ... no matter, this is one of the best cowboy bars in Colorado.