Since moving to Denver last year, I've absolutely fallen in love with the city, its nightlife, its clubs and its amazing people. Seeing live music has always been a big part of how I spend my free time in the Mile High There are so many reasons why, but if I had to narrow it down these would be the 7 reasons why I love Denver's nightlife.
Red Rocks, the Pepsi Center, The Fillmore and larger spots around the city are all great venues that pack out any day of the week but its the small, intimate spots that are the true gems of the city. Meadowlark, Fusion Factory, The 1up, the Armoury; these spots where there are less people and equally great music is where I like to find myself, but you can't deny the legacy of Beta Nightclub. Its no surprise that almost every month there seems to be a new hot spot to catch some great local Denver talent and dance the night away with some awesome people.
Denver is located smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest interstate intersections in the nation. I-70 and I-25 run right through Denver and that means when festivals like Coachella and Movement are happening, there are some amazing artists stopping by for a quick gig. Duke Dumont, Joris Voorn, Scuba, and the Martinez Brothers all have been through Denver in the past couple months because of their tour scheduling around these festivals and its only the start of the summer. Lee Burridge of All Day I Dream and Robot Heart fame just played Club Vinyl’s first rooftop party of the year on his way to Treasure Island in San Fran. Summer vibes activate!
Great Music Any Day of the Week
It doesn’t matter if its a Monday, Thursday, or Sunday here in Denver. There is always fantastic music going on anywhere in the city. From small sushi bars with up and coming DJ’s playing on a Tuesday night, to 1up Wednesdays with Jamie XX, to Proper Saturdays at Beta with Shiba San and Basement Jaxx. I could dance for seven days straight to some of the best music in the nation, if only my work would stop bothering me to show up all the time.
It doesn’t matter who you are and what your musical tastes are. This city includes everyone. I was pretty astounded the first few months I moved to Denver to be invited to so many different shows from post-hardcore, electronic, funk, country, and everything in between. It is because of the awesome people I’ve met and befriended while clubbing in Denver that my music tastes have expanded and Ive found myself exploring other avenues of sound I never thought I would. I absolutely love the inclusivity here in Denver.
Underground and After-hours
It’s a bummer that there are 2AM closing times at all the clubs in Denver but that never means the party has to stop. In fact, after-hours spots and underground shows have been a staple since I moved to Denver last year. Not only are there a ton of places to go to after the 2AM curfew, but its easy as hell to get to them with driving services and the close proximity to most downtown clubs. I always seem to reconnect with the people I was just dancing with at the club a couple hours ago and finish out the night, or morning, on a high note.
These are some of the most friendly and attentive people I have had the pleasure of meeting while I’m out clubbing in Denver. The door staff at events have always been happy and welcoming. The bartenders make drinks with the quickness and with a smile on their face, they aren’t annoyed that Im taking a couple minutes to get my drink order together. Most nights, I see them dancing behind the bar and having just as good of a time as I am. Ive even had some great after-hours.
Photo Cred: Bryan Grant
What do I mean by this? Im talking about that feeling I have when I get home from a great night of dancing and clubbing in Denver. Im not thinking about the guy that was crowding me while I was trying to get down to FKJ, but rather the huge smiles I was sharing with a ton of people on the dance floor. Im not thinking about the person who spilled their drink on me, instead I’m reminiscing about the friend I just met and shared some killer dance moves with at warehouse party. Its the overwhelming feeling of complete satisfaction with the music I just heard and knowing that next week is going to be even better.
Photo Cred: Taylor Wallace
Even though there are endless more, these are my 7 things I love about clubbing in Denver. Thanks for reading and, as always, I'll see ya on the dance floor!