Denver Colorado Nightlife – 12 Best Things to Do After Dark

Breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery and an abundance of hiking, skiing, and snowboarding lure tons of adventurous travelers to the Mile High City every year.

But after you’ve completed your day of black diamond runs, how do you keep the good times rolling? Luckily, nightlife in Denver Colorado doesn’t disappoint. Follow along to learn everything you need to know about the best nightlife in Denver.

From inspired late-night comfort food served at a cocktail bar to thrilling outdoor musical venues. Denver’s nightlife scene offers a little something for everyone.

Hit the multiple dance floors with your group of friends and show off your salsa skills. Or take things South of the Mason-Dixon line with a mechanical bull ride.

Savor a hand-crafted old fashioned at a romantic speakeasy. Or celebrate your best friend’s bachelorette with neon pink buckets of Malibu Barbie drink at Howl at the Moon.

No matter if you are looking for a late night of house music or would rather tempt your palate with roasted green chili cornbread and burrata. D-town delivers a dazzling array of after-dark attractions.

Denver Colorado Nightlife

Howl at the Moon

Kick off your night with a Mile High Bang when you plan your next Bachelor or birthday party for Howl at the Moon. Moving to a new location this fall just down the street from Larimer Square. This feisty watering hole promises live music, drink buckets, and dueling piano shows.

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Get ready to get rowdy as you knock back Strawberry Shortcake shots and scream out your favorite 80s throwback song requests. For a super lubricated night on the town. Take down one of their famous drink buckets in intoxicating flavors such as Cherry Limeade, Fruit Roll-Up, or Hurricane.

Alcoholic DrinksThe Family Jones Spirit House

Calling all craft cocktail snobs! Impress your friends with flights of on-site distilled spirits, small plates, and inspired pours at the Family Jones Spirit House. A stylish beacon of thoughtful blends, quality ingredients, and understated ambiance. Family Jones takes pride in their lovingly crafted vodka, gin, whiskey, and rye.

Swing by and try a flight of their classic cocktails. or awaken your taste buds with their refreshingly herbaceous Chaos & Harmony cocktail, featuring rum, cilantro, jalapeno, tomato water, and lime.

Take the edge off your booze-ignited hunger with an order of luscious burrata served with pesto, basil and tomato conserva, and pimento oil. Or, keep it kitschy with a side of deviled eggs and homemade focaccia doused in rosemary oil.

Run for the Roses

Swanky, elegant, and understated, Run for the Roses is an underground lair that is a love letter to the cocktail clubs of the yore. Settle in for a night of classic libations as you snag a chic bar stool seat and peruse their menu of drinks creatively illustrated with custom playing cards.

Consistently updated to reflect the changing seasons, patrons will be treated to a diverse menu of crafted libations and rare vintage spirits. Whisk yourself away on a tropical vacation with the fruity Beachcomber Zombie, or indulge your craving for scotch with a traditional Rob Roy. Don’t forget to pair your poison of choice with a special savory snack or two.

smiling women in party dresses, toasting with drinks
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Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Who says you can’t combine your late-night revelry with some gastronomical goodness? Get down and heed your craving for American comfort food, when you let loose at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox.

Known as a ‘gastro brothel’ this live music and event space is also home to an electric menu featuring a 200-year-old starter-made pizza, Cola Braised Pork Belly, and Chicken Biscuits and Gravy.

After you’ve eaten your fill of delectable carbs make your way to the dance floor and get groovy to the sounds of a 2000s dance party or Tori Kelly concert.

Not in the mood to shell out some dough? Ophelia’s offers a number of free events ranging from Chef Showdowns to riveting Soul Music shows.

The Church Nightclub

Let your evening of rhythmic beats and sweaty dance floor sessions be blessed by the heavens above. If partying in a church is wrong, we don’t want to be right! Get down in the company of sweeping arches and stunning stained glass, when you wile away the night at the Church.

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This iconic Denver nightclub features multiple rooms blasting Bass, Dubstep, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and more. A former Episcopal church. This Denver go-to has been entertaining night owls since 1996 with its Gothic architecture, state-of-the-art lighting design, and the top-rated Void Acoustics Incubus Sound system.

People on the dance floor at a club with colorful lights and balloonsBar Standard

A rooftop patio, an undeniably trendy atmosphere, and a slinky chandelier come together in perfect harmony at Bar Standard. Hipsters in the know flock to hear legendary DJs from around the world at their historic Jonas Brothers Furs building location.

Take in concerts by MYD, Sasha Marie, and the Faint. Or head to the patio to delight in some outdoor fun. For a true underground experience, hightail it to the adjoining club Milk located in the alleyway behind Bar Standard.

54Thirty Rooftop

Raise a glass to Denver’s highest open-air rooftop. Sip away on your tangy Guava Daiquiri as you soak in the splendor of unobstructed Rocky Mountain views at 54Thirty Rooftop. Located on the 20th floor of the Le Méridien hotel.

This cosmopolitan lounge welcomes you with string lights, fire pits, and sleek modern furnishings. Rent out a whole cabana or cuddle up on an outdoor sofa as you savor a signature cocktail or local Denver draft beer.

Order up a mess of food to share. You’ll want to sample everything from the addicting Truffle Potato Chips and Onion Dip to their succulent braised short rib tacos.

group of friends sitting on chairs with grey cushions having food and drinks on rooftop with view of nearby buildings during daytime at 54Thirty in Denver, Colorado, USA
photo credit: 54thirty via Facebook

Grizzly Rose

Feeling a bit country? Harness that hoe-down spirit when you make a beeline for the beloved Grizzly Rose. A Mile High City staple, Grizzly Rose has hosted performances from legends such as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, and Toby Keith.

Don your best cowboy boots and prepare for some high-kicking country fun. Queue up for a turn on the mechanical bulls, or splash out with some line dancing. Loyal locals know the Grizzly Rose lets you listen to music six nights a week.

Additionally, frequent patrons wax poetic about this down-home watering hole thanks to their free line dancing lessons, pool tables, and grill.

‍Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Not all night life in Denver needs to come with a wristband and a hangover! Honor your inner groupie with a date at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Located about 10 miles west of Denver, this open-air venue is renowned for its unique rouge-colored rock structure.

Considered one of Denver’s most spectacular pieces of architecture, it’s well worth the trek to view this over 80-year-old structure. Check out their events schedule and you could be treated to concerts by Sting, the Counting Crows, Thundercat, and more.

a wide shot of the red rocks and a crowd at the theater 
photo credit: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre via Facebook

La Rumba

Those hips don’t lie! Pepper your after-hours with some picante spirit when you salsa, bachata, and merengue your way through Denver’s best Latin dance club. Whether you are a salsa novice or a seasoned pro.

Dancers of all backgrounds congregate at La Rumba for drink specials, a festive atmosphere, and dance lessons. For over 25 years Mile High City locals and visitors have cleared their schedules to gyrate to the rhythms of cumbia, reggaeton, and more.

Today La Rumba also features monthly salsa performances. And orchestrates concert nights highlighting internationally-known artists such as Los Enanitios Verdes, Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, Dread Mar I, and Jand arabe de Pal.

Club Vinyl

Ready to ball out? Make it rain when you make your debut in the Denver nightlife district with Club Vinyl. An epicenter of music, dancing, and bottle service, Club Vinyl serves up four levels of stylish partying.

Break out your body glitter and best Euphoria-inspired eye makeup, as you take on evenings of Dubstep, Techno, Bass, and Hardstyle. Keep warm around their crackling rooftop fire pit as you revel in the spectacular mountain and Denver city skyline views.

Or, show off those moves as you appreciate their throbbing state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound system featuring LED video design and multiple screens.

The nighttime of the town
photo credit: Larimer Square via Facebook

Denver Hotels

Late nights, unforgettable open-air concerts, and loads of honky tonk line dancing. No matter your nightlife in Denver plans, it’s imperative that you lock down some lodgings. Primp and prime for your big night out in historic accommodations just minutes from Union Station.

Or soak in some sun poolside in downtown Denver. Whether you choose to go modern and minimalistic or splash out with a luxurious suite at the Crawford Hotel. We offer Denver Hotels for every style and budget. As always, make your reservations stress-free knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates online.

While many travelers may assume that New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas hold court when it comes to royalty-worthy after-dark entertainment, in recent years Denver’s evening scene has exploded.

aerial view of Colorado with mountains in distance in Colorado, USA
photo credit: Denver’s Best via Facebook

Indeed, club rats, cocktail connoisseurs, and concert fiends alike will find endless treasures to enjoy in this rugged mountain capital.

Sit back and soak in panoramic city views from an open-air rooftop as you cheers with a fresh glass of bubbly.

Or brace for a wild night of pulsating electronic music set against the backdrop of a former Episcopal church.

Heed your munchies with a late-night dinner of Cuban Plantains and Harissa honey-topped pizza at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Or, sample on-site distilled Rye and Gin at the most charming local cocktail bar.

Ready to conquer the creme de la creme of nightlife Denver? Don’t wait, start exploring the Mile High City tonight!

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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