Long considered the black sheep of Cherry Creek North Shopping District upscale entertainment district, this lively neighborhood tavern serves some of the best bar food in town. The only catch is trying to snare a table, for it is always busy. The bar serves 23 beers on tap and 50 in bottles. For dining options, try the bar's famous homemade green chili or a plate of cold pot roast with horseradish sauce. There is also a poolroom in the back.
If country music is your thing, this massive spot is the place to be. It has been recognized by the Country Music Association as one of the top clubs in the country, and in the past has featured such artists as Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill. Live music hits the stage seven nights a week, with the crème de la crème flocking here to let their hair down. You will not look out of place when you saunter in wearing boots and a cowboy hat! Free country dance lessons offered every Wednesday night.
If you are tired of keeping up with the ever-changing trends in LoDo, or want to hang out in a place less populated with suburban sports nuts and pretentious urban youth, stop by this blast from the past. The pool balls and a hip track from the best jukebox in town are the only sounds audible above the buzz of conversation; in this place talk is an art form. Without any TV's and comfortable booths-built-for-two, conversation flows easy. Live bands crowd into the joint occasionally.
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.
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.
Enjoy the best live music that Colorado has to offer at the Buffalo Rose; there is live music every night and during the summer, you can even enjoy it from the live patio. The bar is frequented by a delightful mix of people and has a decent selection of Mexican small bites and an array of good strong drinks to complement their time here. It gets pretty raucous on the weekends so be prepared for a good time. The music covers almost every genre of music, ranging from reggae to hip hop. So choose your night and walk down this eclectic live music haunt.
Born of the artistic vision and culinary finesse of renowned chef and restaurant owner, Justin Cucci, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox will leave you breathless with wonder and delight. Housed within a historic building with a past that many would consider unsavory, this restaurant is certainly not for the prudish or shy. Tasteful nudes, risque movie posters, amber lights and velvet clad couches make up the decor, creating a space that is distinctly contemporary, yet hints at the building's notorious past as a peep show parlor, brothel and adult store. There is something to capture your imagination around every corner at Ophelia's The food menu is as adventurous as the decor, with flavorful dishes that draw inspiration from Greek, Latin American and Japanese cuisines, to name a few. While the restaurant occupies the ground floor, the basement is more of a music venue, featuring varied live acts, with a stage, a second bar and a dance floor. With its eclectic offering of adventurous cuisine, stimulating decor and great music, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox promises a night of wonderment to all those who embrace adventure and crave a taste of something different.
Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, View House is a rooftop bar which also has a huge space for games. Visitors can bowl inside and also play golf in the garden area. Besides drinks, the bar also offers lunch and dinner. With spectacular views of Denver city, this bar is an ideal place for friends to have a good time. Additionally, View House offers its venue for private events. With several activities, drinks and stunning views of the city, View House is a cheerful place where there is something for everyone.
Take a break from the regular bars and enjoy a casual evening at First Draft. With a fresh concept into its making, First Draft is one of the first self-service bars in town. This cozy bar offers over 40 on the tap selection of beers, ciders and wines to choose from. The variety of liquors keeps on rotating and First Draft always has something new to offer for your palate. In case you feel hungry, this bar serves a scrumptious small-plate American menu to munch. Spread across 2521 square feet (232 square meters), First Draft offers a cozy hangout spot for you to catch up with your friends on a relaxed evening.
Set in the happening Five Points area in Denver, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is a must-visit for beer lovers. With several barrels in their facility, they have a fantastic selection of specially-crafted beers to offer. Established in the year 2006, this brewpub has branches in other states like Oregon and Idaho. It features a spacious taproom and a rooftop seating area which is perfect for the warm and cozy months. In addition to beers, they serve pub eats like pizzas, burgers and other shareables.
The owner of Mercury Café calls it a community center. The cafe exudes a vague hippie aura and serves as a restaurant, bakery, coffeehouse, dance club and concert hall. It is hard to pinpoint the exact style of this eclectic nightspot, serving up everything from Celtic and Cajun to theater and poetry. Swing and salsa bands are regulars on the second floor, which accommodates 350. The main dining room might feature a concert pianist one evening and a string quartet the next. The dinner menu offers salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and more.