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Denver Nightlife & Music Scene

Since the international punk surge in the late seventies, the style had been common place in the diverse underground, but had not had enough of a boom to gain regional popularity. Denver’s small punk scene did feature many innovative punk bands through the 80s however such as Bum Kon, Happy World, UTI and Horrorshow among others. Punk again started tesst college student loan forgiveness to gain momentum in the late nineties, while oppressed under the jam/stoner movement. Depending on what is going on downtown, you can usually find a seat and enjoy a more intimate version of our show without having to wait in line. On Fridays and Saturdays, the line normally starts around 9 PM, sometimes earlier if there is a Rockies game.

Photo by Larimer Lounge FacebookIf you are looking for a classic concert in Denver, Larimer Lounge is it. A Denver institution, the Larimer Lounge is the perfect stage for up and coming musicians. This old-time bar is packed wall to wall with concert-goers, cheap beer, and barely enough room to breathe, but can sure put on a show with the best of them. Mainly hosting punk rock and alternative bands, this venue is a heavy hitter for those who enjoy a good headbanger with their beer. It’s come a long way since its first official concert in 1906. Red Rocks Amphitheater is now a destination for music fans and artists from around the world, both because of its sound and stage, but also because of the views overlooking the city in the rocky, natural amphitheater.

This spot knows how to mix it up with everything from open mic nights to Rock ‘n Roll Bingo. Get your country music fix with a trip toGrizzly Rose. Known for its hardwood dance floor and wild mechanical bull rides, this honky-tonk bar and dancehall has welcomed toe-tapping cowboy boots since 1989. The country music venue hosts almost nightly music, including past big-name acts like Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill and Waylon Jennings. Southwestern flavors are offered nightly at the on-site Smokehouse Grill.

Photo by Paramount Denver FacebookWith a seating capacity of nearly 2,000, the Paramount Theatre is a Denver concert venue for larger acts that seek a more intimate stage and crowd. Coupled with its unique art deco features, the theatre hosts a variety of performances, including film festivals, comedy shows, and hard rock bands. Its downtown location, near 16th Street Mall, makes this a fun concert venue for an evening out on the town. On any given night, you’ll find local and national artists playing a vast array of genres in clubs throughout the metro area. From the chic lounges and happening hotspots in Larimer Square and LoDo to the pulsating dance floors of the South of Colfax Nightlife District, The Mile High City knows how to let its hair down and party in style.

Boasting a from-scratch kitchen, over 30 draft beers, and weekly promotions, Whiskey Row is the new premier venue in Denver. Expect to find a range of musical acts perform at the Bellco Theatre such as Alicia Keys and DJ TAB. It was big news when one of the world’s most famous bars moved into Denver in spring 2018. A few years and one pandemic later, the hullabaloo has died down and what we’re left with is a stunning space in which to drink some of the city’s tastiest and most imaginative cocktails.

A true new kid on the block,The Mission Ballroomopened its doors to Denver music scenesters in summer 2019. Located in Denver’s thriving RiNo Arts District, it features plenty of space to dance in the ballroom, along with top-tier sound and lighting for a full-sensory experience. Head here for a mix of touring acts — from indie to EDM to bluegrass. The folks behind Tony P’s Pizzeria also operate the adjacent Zio Romolo’s Alley Bar. Once a working alleyway, Zio Romolo’s is decked out in Art Deco style, with antiques from the 1930s and ’40s, including a cash register and matchbook dispenser.

Lost Lake Lounge hosts many up-and-comers before you even know they’re on the up, and if you need to get to know the local scene, well, this would be the place to do it. It’s a local band’s dream to headline the Bluebird, and it’s been amazing to see those who do. Not to mention the other bands who roll through town and end up steeped in the legacy of the Bluebird. There’s something magical about the venue and each show played there. Colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine per year, so we love outdoor music.

You will also hear from plenty of classic tribute bands who often take the stage. First-rate acoustics and free parking are improvements on the old location. The concept is owned by Tavern Hospitality Group which is also the owner of several other nightlife concepts in town. Jam bands like Widespread Panic and Phish frequent Red Rocks with other performers including Trampled by Turtles and the Luminaries gracing the stage. Beyond concerts, the venue also offers other events such as Yoga on the Rocks and Film on the Rocks.