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Where the Locals Go: Denver Nightlife

While Denver might be known for its outdoorsy lifestyle and mountain views, the Denver nightlife scene is also bustling. No matter what night of the week, there’s always a place to get down after a long day of work or a weekend on the slopes. From LoDo to SoBo to Cap Hill, these venues are full of Denverites with their dancing shoes on instead of their skis.

Denver’s Lower Downtown is often associated with young partiers and post-game celebrations spilling out from Coors Field, but the area also holds some hidden gems for those looking to get their dance on. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, touted as a “gastro-brothel” online, hosts a variety of live music and DJs. One of Ophelia’s most unique events is its live music Sunday brunch—and better yet, there’s no cover. Other LoDo options include Beta Nightclub, a staple in Denver’s late-night dance scene and Chloe, a relatively new addition to the scene that also has a strictly enforced dress code for those who prefer to keep things classy.

For those that want to avoid the tricky parking situations downtown, Broadway offers a variety of options up and down the hippest strip in Denver. Bar Standard is current home to legendary Lipgloss, which regularly hosts indie and rock guest DJs on Friday nights. In the summer, Bar Standard has Sunday night rooftop events and on its first floor, Milk Bar has goth nights on Wednesdays. Parallel to its Broadway counterparts, The Church nightclub on Lincoln is a Denver dance staple and also home to a thriving goth scene. There’s a little something for everyone on Broadway. Further down the street, Syntax Physic Opera hosts music and DJ events including Mile High Soul Club on Saturdays.

While each Denver neighborhood has its own local watering hole, Cap Hill is home to its own local dance club. Pearl’s, formerly Beauty Bar, is the go-to club and bar in the neighborhood. With events that range from fashion to guest DJ sets, Pearl’s is always mixing things up and keeping them interesting. The bar is also home to the classic Motown Thursdays, which has free chicken-and-waffles, along with a crowd of enthusiastic regulars.

Most clubs fill up around 11:30pm and stay packed until closing at 2am, but some have early bird or late night specials. There are so many places to dance in Denver, but these options are a guaranteed hit for visitors and locals alike. What’s your favorite Denver dance spot? Is there anything we forgot that you’re dying to see on the list? Leave a comment!

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