With a saloon town reputation and a beer-swilling, mining history, it would be easy to assume
that Denver canít compare with New York or even San Franciscoís nightclub scene. True, Denver canít compare, but not for the reasons one might think. Set a mile high into the Rockies, Denver has carved out is own brand of nightclub nightlife, a diverse sprinkling of bars and clubs chic enough to please even the most seasoned Ibiza veteran. For ambiance, Denverís Church nightclub infuses an old Gothic church with retro-flavor and internationally renowned DJs. For industrial Goth nightlife, Denverís Double Daughterís Salotto features live art every month and a trendsetting set of stylish patrons and cutting edge dance music. For a trendy nightclub in the heart of trendy Denver, Lotus nightclub in LoDo is the Denver nightclub.
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2101 & The Wave Nightclub
2101 Champa St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.299.9283
Theme nights and booze soaked boogien' are the staple at 2101 nightclub and lounge in Denver that has something for every clubber no matter where your musical dart lands on the spectrum. The crowds at 2101 and The Wave Nightclub range from the young college bingers to yups cutting loose every weekend to a rotating slate of top Denver DJs. Also, if you need a little chill space, 2101 sports a decent patio and down beat lounge area where you can gather your energies for another run under the lights on the dance floor.
The 9th Door
1808 Blake St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.292.2229
Denver's fashion plate A-listers and chic hipsters constantly pack The 9th Door for an excellent meal of hot or cold tapas and an extensive list of signature cocktails expertly mixed with premium liquor. The atmosphere at The 9th Door is decidedly swanky with enough velvet, satin and candle light to make any moneyed heiress jealous. As mentioned the menu at this trendy Denver restaurant and lounge is so far above gourmet as to make the coin you just dropped on the tab instantly forgettable.
22 Broadway, Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.777.3433
Blue Ice has the look of a trendy Denver cocktail lounge, but the older set that imbibes there is more interested in seeing booze than being seen. But, just because it's not filled with style over substance wannabes doesn't mean that Blue Ice isn't a good place to wind down after work or pump up for a night out—it just means that you won't have to wade through a sea of self proclaimed hipsters wearing the same striped shirt to get your next heavy handed drink and you can actually have a decent conversation with someone who's sole sociological and political perspective isn't derived from MTV.
1160 Lincoln St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.832.3528
Housed in an—yep, you guessed it—old Gothic church, Denver's dance club mainstay, The Church, could have easily turned down the road of catering to the black clad, perpetually moody set, but instead chose the more mainstream path of retro-infused, swank Denver dance club and lounge. Instead of dishing out cocktails with names like Lestat's blood, The Church's bartenders sling martinis, beers and shots dropped into energy drinks for the hipster masses that continually crowd this Denver nightclub. Also, The Church let's the kiddies in on the fun sporting some of Denver's only 18 and up dance club nights and when the nationally and internationally touted local DJs are dropping mad beats and you need a breather, check out the roof top deck for a stellar view of Denver.
Double Daughter's Salotto
1632 Market St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.623.3505
Inspired as much by a fascination with Goth macabre and geek love as by the artistry of the mind, soul and cocktails, Double Daughter's Salotto is a darkly hip Denver bar and lounge that's done up in what can only be described as contemporary Victorian vampire Gothic chic—if that makes any sense. Well, we really don't care if it does or doesn't because Double Daughter's Salotto is nothing short of a drinking experience for Denver bar revelers that are done with the cookie cutter club scene. Local Denver artists are showcased monthly at Double Daughter's and the cocktail menu boasts selections that rival the uniqueness of the artwork. Also this hip Denver nightclub and lounge features some of the hottest local DJs manning the decks for the curious drinking crowds and die hard, perpetually black clad Gothsters that crowd Double Daughter's Salotto nightly.
1403 Larimer St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.623.4874
A small underground club in Denver that draws in the beautiful people that don't really mind parting with their hard earned cash for a little image bolstering. Trendy scenesters flock to Hush for its see and be seen vibe, some strong cocktails that you're gonna pay for in both money and liver decomposition and some old-school hip-hop spun by rotating DJs. If that's your scene, then Hush's candle lit dim confines is your place, also, all of the tables are VIP reservation only with required bottle service which kinda makes you wonder what all these pretensions are doing in Denver.
1424 Larimer St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.893.5463
Sporting American-Mexican fusion cuisine and the largest margaritas in Denver, Lime has cemented itself as a cool hip restaurant and bar to grab some delicious chow in a stunning setting. Everything at Lime is exceptionally good, from the musical vibes put forth by their resident DJs to the contemporary chic ambiance to—and this is the absolute best—the complimentary shot of tequila that's brought to your table before you even freakin' order; decidedly the best perk we've seen at any Denver restaurant and bar.
2199 California St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.294.9281
Catering to a vast array of Denver nightlife seekers, the Mercury Café restaurant and nightclub hosts everything from dance nights to poetry readings and political rallies to live music while providing excellent food and drinks. This Denver restaurant and nightclub's eclecticism is its bread and butter and such diversity works surprisingly well. Nearly everything at the Mercury Café, from their fresh cuisine to their premium wine and cocktail menu to the avant-garde nature of their of the Merc's performances is first rate, so if you want top delve into the diversity that inhabits this Denver nightclub, you just need to show up on any given night.
3500 Walnut, Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.863.7326
Tracks has been taking care of the diverse Denver dance club set for years and their new expansive location means that a whole new crew of young partiers can cut their teeth and earn their drinking chops at this venerable Denver club. The large dance floor at Tracks is commanded by some of Denver's hottest DJs spinning genre-smashing tunes for the young club revelers and the heavy drinks flowing out of the bar ensure that even the most arrhythmic imbiber will at one point shake it on the dance floor under the disco balls and neon lights.
1512 Larimer St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.629.0544
Sleek and sophisticated, Tryst Lounge in Denver is the velvet roped meeting ground for posh drinkers into premium cocktails, down tempo DJ tracks and sushi. Tryst Lounge is nightly hotspot for Denver's fashion plate set, so if your normal drinking attire is ballpark chic, you've got some shopping to do if you want to hang with the Denver bar beautiful set. The ultra-premium cocktails at Tryst Lounge can beat up your wallet, but consider it a valuable lesson in the fact of life that states: designer decadence rarely comes for free. Well that is unless you work in the bar biz; this Denver nightclub will be your Sunday night hangout because the club courtesy prices for drinks plummet dramatically.
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—Denver bar and club reviews by Ryan Osterbeck