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El Chapultepec, at first glance, is just another aging dive bar serving up traditional Mexican tastes on paper plates in downtown. But even though the great green chili draws plenty of patrons, it is the jazz performances that hold prominence in this place. Local as well as some national legends crowd into the small dining room filled with old vinyl booths and play just about every night of the year. Since the LoDo revitalization, this has become a trendy nightspot, so expect a big crowd.
A unique concept bar, Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto, is a must visit Denver destination. A prime location for local artists to showcase and creative community to do some networking in style. Lit with dim red and blue lights, eccentric artwork adorning the walls and whimsical furniture, the place is an unusual combination of live-music space and cocktail lounge. Try drinks which are as unique as their names are, the Fall of Man, Six-Toed Kitten or their award winning drink, Succo Vafanculo di Mario. An unusually memorable night-out is guaranteed!
One of the jewels of the Jet Hotel in the happening LoDo district of Denver, this lounge is the place to relax if you have enough stress and dough to burn! Stroll into the renovated hotel's lobby and take in the subtle colors, plush furniture and chic accessories. Signature cocktails are available by the dozen, while live music puts some spark into the joint on weekends. This is truly the place to be if you are part of the city's social scene, given the eclectic mix of people that hang out here!
Located in a turn of the century stone church, this place is Denver's hottest nightspot and trendiest disco. The crowded main dance floor resides where pews once rested and a high tech lighting system flickers among awe-inspiring stained glass windows. Other rooms adjacent to the large dance floor offer sushi and pizza and inviting booths for lounging. Another room downstairs plays host to local bands. Check the website for cover prices as they vary on the weekends.
Vinyl, the nightclub, is a popular one-stop for the young crowd to have some uninhibited fun. There is no shortage of bars here, in fact the club has three! A large spacious dance floor is on the ground level with a raised lounge upstairs and a more intimate downstairs area. The music here is spun by talented DJ's with quality drinks made by knowledgeable bartenders. It can get a little crowded on the weekends, so be sure to be there early to avoid the lines.
At La Rumba, formerly known as 9th Avenue West, sultry salsa dancing takes center stage. Within this spacious and colorful club, decorated down to the bathrooms with art from Picasso and his contemporaries, comfortable couches and sleek tables line the slick-tiled floor which gives way to salsa dancing through the night. This is one of Denver's few clubs that will make you feel out of place if you enter in T-shirt and shorts; dress is very classy. Free salsa dance lessons are also given.
One of the most happening venues in the city, Hi-Dive is a popular nightclub and live-music venue located in south Denver. Known for its action packed live entertainment, Hi-Dive has regular gigs and concerts. The venue has has won accolades from magazines and been named 'Best Rock Club' multiple times. A favorite with music fanatics in the city, the venue plays host to performances by local talents as well as national artists. The club has quickly become an 'important institution' in the city and a must-visit venue for Indie music fans. They have a full-bar and the bartenders are more than happy to keep the drinks pouring in and to keep your "spirits up" as you cheer your favorite band.