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  • 1. Bear Creek Restaurant


    Known for its chicken-fried steak, big burgers, and even bigger breakfasts, the Bear Creek Tavern is a plain-spoken fixture favored by bikers...Read More

  • 2. Bluebird Theater

    City Park | Music Clubs

    Of Denver's numerous old-school music hangouts, the most popular is the regally restored Bluebird Theater, which showcases local and national...Read More

  • 3. Bovine Metropolis Theater

    Central Downtown | Comedy Clubs

    Eight times a week, a rotating cast of characters offers improv at Bovine Metropolis Theater, which also stages satirical productions and teaches...Read More

  • 4. Charlie's Denver

    Capitol Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Charlie's has country-western atmosphere, music, and dancing, and a drag show at least one night a week. ...Read More

  • 5. Comedy Works

    LoDo | Comedy Clubs

    Denver comics have honed their skills at Comedy Works for more than 30 years, and nationally known performers make it a tour stop. A second...Read More

  • 6. DazzleJazz Restaurant & Lounge

    Golden Triangle | Music Clubs

    This is a cozy, casual spot for nightly live jazz in the Golden Triangle. Downbeat magazine has named it one of the 100 best jazz clubs in...Read More

  • 7. Denver ChopHouse & Brewery

    LoDo | Bars/Pubs

    This high-end microbrewery is on the site of the old Union Pacific Railroad headhouse—with the train paraphernalia to prove it. It's a bit expensive...Read More

  • 8. El Chapultepec

    LoDo | Music Clubs

    This fluorescent-lighted, bargain-basement Mexican dive with a checkerboard floor and pool tables in the back feels cramped. Still, the limos...Read More

  • 9. Fillmore Auditorium

    Capitol Hill | Music Clubs

    Denver's classic San Francisco concert hall spin-off looks dumpy on the outside, but it's elegant and impressive inside. Before catching a big...Read More

  • 10. Funky Buddha Lounge

    Capitol Hill | Dance Clubs

    This nighttime spot distinguishes itself with two outdoor rooftop bars for dancing and mingling, and DJs four nights a week. On Sunday during...Read More

  • 11. Gothic Theatre

    Music Clubs

    Sitting south of downtown, this theater came of age in the early '90s, with a steady stream of soon-to-be-famous alternative-rock acts such...Read More

  • 12. Grizzly Rose

    Globeville | Dance Clubs

    Classic-rock bands are big here, as are country acts big and small. The Grizzly Rose has miles of dance floor, hosts regional and national bands...Read More

  • 13. Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

    Capitol Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Drag queens rule the scene here on weekends, with events such as "Mary-oke" and the town's premier drag revue, all of which take place on the...Read More

  • 14. Herb's Bar

    LoDo | Music Clubs

    Hidden in the back of a parking lot, the hipster favorite Herb's Bar, known locally by its previous name, Herb's Hideout, is a gloriously nostalgic...Read More

  • 15. Herman's Hideaway

    Overland | Music Clubs

    In a south Denver neighborhood, down-home Herman's Hideaway showcases mostly local rock, with a smattering of reggae and blues thrown in. ...Read More

  • 16. Hi-Dive

    Capitol Hill | Music Clubs

    This energetic, hip club located in the Baker neighborhood just south of Capitol Hill, books a diverse and eclectic range of talented indie...Read More

  • 17. Impulse Theater

    Capitol Hill | Comedy Clubs

    In performances by the Impulse Theater, the audience is invited to participate in interactive improv comedy and theater, and touring stand-up...Read More

  • 18. La Rumba

    Golden Triangle | Dance Clubs

    DJ-spun, Latin-based dance weekends, with bachata, cumbia, and reggaeton, as well as live salsa Saturday nights and salsa classes several times...Read More

  • 19. Lion's Lair

    Cheesman Park | Music Clubs

    The Lion's Lair is a dive where punk-rock bands and occasional name acts–-the Black Keys played here a couple of times years ago, as did British...Read More

  • 20. Mercury Café

    Five Points | Music Clubs

    Tripling as a health-food restaurant with sublime tofu fettuccine, fringe theater, and rock club in a downtown neighborhood, the Mercury Café...Read More

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