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Denver’s music scene is extensive. With venues stretching into the foothills and out to the Denver Tech Center, wherever you are in the city, rest assured, there’s a venue calling your name. To make things simpler, music experts at 303 Magazine have compiled this list of all the major Denver venues and separated them by neighborhood. 

LoDo & Downtown

Pepsi Center
Opened in 1999 with a Celine Dion concert, Denver’s largest multi-purpose arena and music venue is located in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver. During the winter season, the Pepsi Center is used mostly for sporting events (NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche), but during the spring, summer and fall, expect to find some of the biggest names in music gracing the stage. Just a few minutes' walk from downtown, you can expect to enjoy good concession food, drinks aplenty or even a meal at one of three restaurants located inside the venue.

Summit Music Hall
LoDo’s Summit Music Hall has gone through an evolution this past couple of years. From hard-rock bookings to a thoroughfare of acts across a spectrum of genres and a large scale renovation that just concluded last year, Summit has become a fantastic venue in the heart of the city. The 1,000-plus capacity venue can even accommodate smaller acts on the touring circuit in its accompanying offshoot, the Moon Room. There’s even a pizza place that serves hot slices throughout the night. What could be better?

Marquis Theater
A smaller counterpart to the nearby Summit Music Hall, the Marquis Theater is an intimate venue and pizza joint as well. The theater used to be known for its extensive punk and harder rock bookings, but in the past year or so, have extended themselves to covering all genres. Also much like Summit, the Marquis is coming off a huge renovation that has opened the small theater into the versatile and intimate venue it is today.

Dazzle
No longer located on the stretch of Lincoln nearby Bar Standard and Temple Nightclubs, Dazzle, the age-old jazz club has found new life in the historic Baur’s Confectionery Building in downtown Denver. The venue, a hotspot for improvised music, has seen a resurgence of sorts to accompany its recent move, yet still holds the title of best jazz club in Denver across a range of publications. Fans of the genre often revel in the national and local upstarts that have made their way to the stage since the venue was conceived in 1998.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
The former brothel turned restaurant and venue has, in recent years, become a major addition to Denver’s thriving music scene. Whether you’re catching a local band during a brunch performance or you find yourself tearing up on the venue’s bustling dance floor, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox is always wired.

Black Buzzard
The Black Buzzard is a brand-new venue addition for Denver located in LoDo. Conjoined with Longmont-hailing Oskar Blues Brewing Co.’s Bar & Grill location, the Black Buzzard combines good tunes with good eats in an unfussy and uncomplicated manner.

El Chapultepec
The incredibly understated El Chapultapec is as storied a venue as they come. As Denver’s oldest jazz and blues club, the longtime Denver establishment rooted to its LoDo corner since 1933, right across from Coors Field, is a local hotspot and tourist destination serving up live music every night of the week. With its cozy bar and booths, all you need to do is take a seat and watch the clock tick back and take in the glorious sounds as many generations had before.

Herb’s
Nights at the musician-owned and operated Herb’s in LoDo are riotous affairs. The wall-to-wall congregation of loyal clientele reel in the covers and originals of the many talented bands that hit the venue’s stage. With cheap drinks and loose crowd, it's always a memorable night at Herb’s.

Paramount Theatre 
The Paramount Theatre has been entertaining crowds since 1929 in downtown. From comedy routines to film festivals and from rock bands to Wurlitzer organ performances, there's no shortage of variety in its restored art deco setting. Former Broadway star Sarah Brightman, who was a member of the original cast of "The Phantom of the Opera," performed here recently. 

FIVE POINTS

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & The Other Side
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & The Other Side caters to a loyal demographic of jam, electronic and hip-hop fans. A former jazz staple that hosted the likes of Duke Ellington, the now meeting place for heady beat freaks has a nearly nightly hustle and bustle reminiscent of its days as a Denver jazz staple. The venue is paramount to finding a community in the local music scene.

Roxy Theatre
The Roxy Theatre is a gritty, no-nonsense, cut your teeth type of venue. Primarily catering hip-hop of a million different shades, the Roxy Theatre is where you’ll find that particular niche that speaks to you, whether it's the Insane Clown Posse or the backpack rap of acts like Chris Webby.

RINO 

Mission Ballroom
This massive newcomer in RiNo (River North Art District) is one of Denver’s most state-of-the-art performance spaces. Boasting a multi-million dollar sound system, the venue has already hosted some big names and continues to draw them back in. Able to transform its capacity for intimate shows as well as blockbusters, it's the first proper venue to arise in the Brighton Boulevard stretch of RiNo.

Nocturne
Jazz music lives and breathes in this RiNo joint. The bi-level lounge and supper club exclusively features music in the jazz tradition almost every night of the week. The venue boasts an artist in residency program whereby musicians run for six to eight weeks bouncing between focusing on musical icons and their own original work. For purists of the genre, Nocturne is the place for you.

Larimer Lounge
Larimer Lounge is a Denver institution and is the bread and butter of venues for emerging musicians. A launching pad for local and national acts alike, Larimer Lounge is a true rock club venue complete with cheap beer, sweat-covered floors and a penchant for packing the room wall to wall and blasting the night out of this atmosphere.

Meadowlark
Basement level vibes go through the roof at RiNo’s Meadowlark. The bar and venue is a vivacious display buoyed by a talented roster of local DJs that keeps people percolating from start to finish.

Globe Hall
Barbecue eats marries hole-in-the-wall music venue with Globe Hall. The tucked-away venue may, in fact, be one of Denver’s best-kept secrets. However, the talent this little bar/venue serves up is anything but understated. Musicians who have performed here have gone on to hit Denver's larger venues, but there’s nothing like seeing them here first.

CAPITOL HILL

Ogden Theatre 
The Capitol Hill neighborhood is known for good coffee shops, a plethora of fine restaurants to make any foodie swoon and awesome music venues. The Ogden Theatre is one such venue hosting anywhere from two to five shows per week. Located on East Colfax Avenue, this venue is general admission only, so make sure to get there early to find the perfect floor space. Offering an eclectic mix of genres and near-constant sell-out attendance, the Ogden is by and large one of Denver’s most essential venues.

Fillmore Auditorium
Located one block down from the Ogden Theatre, the lush Fillmore Auditorium is the biggest venue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Stunning chandeliers dot the ceilings of the expansive space that caters everything from high-production EDM shows to hip-hop blowouts. With a giant main floor surrounded by an upper level facing the stage, this is another general admission venue, holding upward of 3,700 concertgoers and offering lots of room to dance and enjoy a show.

Black Box
Heavy electronic music has a home in Cap Hill’s Black Box. The almost nightly rotation of abrasive and bass-forward DJs and electronic acts have guaranteed an almost non-stop shaking of the block into the early morning hours. The Black Box has curated a community of like-minded individuals headbanging and upheaving their bodies to the metallic destruction of the small bar and venue.

Your Mom’s House
Name aside, Your Mom’s House is actually the spot to be if you want to dive into the unknown of its hodgepodge mix of genres. Through the clouds of smoke lingering at its front, the dive aesthetic is only made more pertinent with the cast and characters enjoying a night out at the perpetually random Cap Hill venue.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Club Vinyl
The multi-level Club Vinyl is one of Denver’s most cherished clubs. From their rooftop LGBT dance parties to the diverse array of national and local DJs who light a blaze on the dance floor night after night, Club Vinyl is a high-wire destination for a high flying night out.

Temple Nightclub
Low-frequency beats and full throttle euphoria overflows from the neon daydream that is Temple Nightclub. Reminiscent of a spaceship, this club is a full-blown production rolling on high-octane EDM. Featuring three unique dance spaces within, the relatively new club fills the gap and then some left by the now-defunct Beta Nightclub, making a night out at the club into an experience.

Bar Standard
Dark and tastemaking, Bar Standard is a venue on the cutting edge of electronic music. An absurd array of club music breaks ground in the venue, as well as the occasional live band performance when the time befits it. One thing that’s constant, however, is the crowd's unambiguous reception and determination to cut up on its long dancefloor until the early hours of the morning, night after night.

CONGRESS PARK

Bluebird Theater 
Built back in 1913, the Bluebird Theater was originally a movie house before being redone in 1994, reopening as the music mecca that we know today. Located on East Colfax and fronted by a not-to-be-missed neon style marquee, this venue is an intimate affair hosting emerging and steady touring acts alike. The 500-capacity tiered layout venue makes it so there are truly no bad views.

Lion’s Lair
Punk rock and cheap beer collide at East Colfax’s Lion’s Lair. The dive bar locale is a local favorite ushering in the good old-fashioned, hard-hitting rock for years. The only thing sharper than the gnashing of guitars and drums may be the spikes adorning some of these rockers' leather jackets.

Lost Lake
Located on East Colfax, Lost Lake is a hotbed of emerging local and national talent in a classic lounge capacity. Up close and personal with the artists who grace the stage, Lost Lake’s charm comes from experiencing something mostly unknown and walking away blown away.

SOUTH BROADWAY

 

Gothic Theatre
The Gothic Theatre began, like the Bluebird, as a movie theater. It was even the first to show "talkies" in Denver in the 1920s. In 1998, the theater was renovated from top to bottom while keeping the historic interior intact. When it reopened its doors a year later, the Gothic made its mark once again now as a renowned music venue. The venue offers a lot of room for patrons to stand or sit and enjoy the show much like an Ogden Theatre counterpart. Like many other venues of this size, the Gothic covers a wide variety of music from indie to electronic, from rock to folk, and much, much more.

Hi-Dive
Broadway’s Hi-Dive right in the middle of the Baker neighborhood has been a launching pad for many local bands over the years. The independent venue’s modest stage and bar have created some of the tightest fan connections that have stood the test of time, and propelled many acts to the bigger stages of Dever and beyond. Grabbing a ticket and standing in line to enter could mean catching the next big thing before they really kick off.

Herman’s Hideaway
Once a shot-and-beer lounge for blue-collar workers, Herman’s Hideaway became Denver’s longest running live music venue. Having hosted Phish’s first Denver show and on to hometown bands like the Fray, Herman’s Hideaway was a gateway to local music and spoke to the Denver scene like few venues had before it. Nowadays, Herman’s Hideaway is still independent and resolute in their support for the local music scene and the artists that make it what it is.

3 Kings Tavern
The rock ‘n' roll show keeps rolling at 3 Kings Tavern. The South Broadway outpost is a hot and sweaty throwback of a venue that lends itself to the more than occasional moshpit and a seemingly never-ending posse of fans donning all black waiting patiently to get in. Once inside, the scene is often pandemonium set to the shrieks of a lead singer absolutely rocking out with his bandmates in tow, just like the good ‘ole days.

Near Denver

Oriental Theater (Berkeley)
While Tennyson Street is going through a renaissance of sorts, the street located in northwestern Denver, has long been home to the historical Oriental Theater. Built in 1927, the theater operated for 40 years before closing its doors, only to reopen in 2005 as a live music venue. The theater has since hosted a number of acts across genres and endured several large scale renovations, and most recently had a massive mural stretch across the entirety of the theater commissioned by Meow Wolf and completed by Denver’s own Rumtum.

Levitt Pavilion (Athmar Park)
Non-profit, and relatively new venue Levitt Pavilion, makes watching music on a budget a reality. With more than 50 free concerts a year featuring national and local musicians, catching a show at the outdoor venue is rapidly becoming a Denver summer pastime. Couple that with its proximity to downtown — located in the beautiful Ruby Hill Park — and you’ll wish you had unrolled those blankets and busted out the lawn chairs much sooner.

Grizzly Rose (Globeville)
Country music has a home in the institution that is Denver’s Grizzly Rose. The venue has held surprise shows from the likes of Blake Shelton and more, as well as a bevy of country music upstarts and classic acts. One of the few standing venues dedicated almost exclusive to country, the Grizzly Rose offers a venue that you can certainly two-step to.

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (Greenwood Village)
Denver is known for hosting outdoor music venues featuring amazing acts. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, situated just south of Denver in Greenwood Village, was commissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts in the 1980s and was built as a large-scale earth sculpture with rolling grassy slopes and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Grab a cold beer and a blanket, take a seat on the giant lawn or buy a reserved seat, and watch the sunset as you listen to your favorite band belt out a beautiful tune.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)
This venue needs no introduction. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is America's best outdoor amphitheater, according to Rolling Stone magazine and renowned as one of the best venues in the world by fans and artists alike. It's hosted such luminaries as U2, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016, it's a top destination for Colorado residents as well as tourists from around the world. It's close to Golden and just 15 miles from Denver.

1stBank Center (Broomfield)
Located just a short drive up Highway 36 in Broomfield, the 1stBank Center is the premier mid-sized event venue near Denver, holding up to 6,500 people. Opened in 2010, this venue hosts musical acts of every genre, from electronic to country to rock ‘n' roll. Make sure you double-check the fine print when buying your tickets; floor tickets are standing room only in front of the stage while bowl tickets are seated tickets surrounding the standing floor and facing the stage.

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