I’m a long-time Denver local who can guide you to the absolute best clubs in Denver!
This round-up overviews where to find top DJs, live bands, and music ranging from hip hop to country, Latin, and more. I also cover a few hidden gems where you can party with the locals and enjoy one of the most fun things to do in Denver.
Table of Contents
- 15 Best Denver Clubs
- FAQ About Best Clubs in Denver
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15 Best Denver Clubs
The Church Nightclub
This historic house of worship in Capitol Hill is now one of the city’s top dance clubs.
The Church Nightclub is set within a Gothic-style Episcopal church built in 1889. You can still see the original vaulted beams and stained glass windows while you’re on the dance floor.
The Church has internationally-known DJs spinning every Thursday – Saturday night and is open to anyone 18 or older. It’s located in Capitol Hill, one of the best Denver neighborhoods.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
This “gastrobrothel” in Ballpark serves up delicious food, cocktails, and dancing with a cheeky vibe.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox plays into the building’s past as a brothel and peep show parlor. There’s music and dancing at this Ballpark-area club every Thursday – Saturday night. You can come for dinner, the show, or both!
The menu is veggie-heavy, like those at sister restaurants Linger and Root Down — some of the best restaurants in Denver. But there are options for all preferences, too.
A North Washington country club with a full bar and menu, plus line dancing and a mechanical bull.
The Grizzly Rose is Denver’s best honky tonk bar, located in North Washington just north of Globeville. It hosts concerts with current country music stars. It also has line dancing, a live band, pool tables, and a skee ball game.
My favorite part? Sunday nights are family night and high schoolers who are too young for most dance halls can enjoy an evening of dancing.
Bar Standard & Milk
Get two clubs in one spot at the South of Colfax Nightlife District.
Walk to several Denver clubs within the South of Colfax Nightlife District. Conveniently, Bar Standard and Milk are in the same spot, with Milk in the alley behind Bar Standard.
Milk is an underground club experience. Hang out in the vintage-feeling Clockwork Orange Room or head to the GrooveTop — a rooftop hangout with amazing views of Denver. Bar Standard feels more like a relaxed lounge with bars, live bands, and a patio. The clubs play hip-hop, techno, goth, pop, and ‘80s and ‘90s music depending on the night.
Your Mom’s House
In-house and international guest DJs spin a variety of genres at this Capitol Hill nightclub.
Your Mom’s House is the place to party in Capitol Hill! The club plays lots of different music, from Latin to reggae, house, and electronic depending on the night. Your Mom’s House also hosts after-parties for some of Denver’s music festivals to keep the celebrations going.
This RiNo fixture is Denver’s longest-running and best-known LGBTQ+ nightclub.
Tracks opened in RiNo in 1980 and is still going strong! Some nights, you’ll get top DJs playing everything from ‘80s to modern music. Other nights offer roller skating, karaoke, or drag queen shows with celebrity performers.
Certain events are open to those 18+, while others are 21+. Tracks also has a full bar, and is known for its excellent wine list.
🚗 Pro Tip: Headed for a night on the town? There are many ways to get around Denver without a car so you can celebrate safely!
A dance hall, an up-and-coming artist venue, and an art gallery make up this popular Capitol Hill nightclub on Broadway.
The main room at Temple Nightclub Denver features vibrant lighting and a top-of-the-line sound system. Its multiple open stories look down onto the stage, creating the perfect atmosphere for a massive dance party.
LVL is a smaller room in the venue and hosts private parties and more intimate public performances. The Mirus Gallery is an art gallery in the same space, with street art, graffiti, and work from local Denver artists. You must be 21+ to get into Temple Denver, located on Broadway in Capitol Hill.
Howl at the Moon
Live music, dueling pianos, and dance parties in Five Points.
Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar that also features other live music, dancing, and a full bar. You can also grab some food to fuel your dance party! Currently, Howl at the Moon is located in Five Points, but will be moving to a new address in fall 2023.
Glow Lounge Denver
Local artists designed this North Capitol Hill nightclub with glow-in-the-dark fixtures and decor.
Glow Lounge Denver focuses on lighting, art, and all things glow-in-the-dark. Each weekend features drag queen shows, and local and international DJs spin techno and house music to get you dancing. Be sure to snap a selfie with the electric tree in the lounge of this North Capitol Hill hotspot.
The Black Box
A fantastic Capitol Hill club featuring underground bass music and a lounge with no cover charge.
The Black Box has a custom sound system that brings up the bass without deafening everyone.
The main venue fits 300 people, features nationally-known artists, and has a cover charge. The smaller lounge features local DJs and has no cover. On Sundays, the Capitol Hill club hosts music production workshops where you can learn about sound design.
The Mercury Cafe
Find everything from jazz nights to dance lessons to poetry slams at this eclectic Five Points club.
You can dance the tango, learn the Lindy, or settle in for a night of jazz music at The Mercury Cafe! This Five Points club has been around since the ‘70s and calls itself a home to “poets, punks, rebels, and artists from all walks of life.” There’s food and drink as well. Oh, and sometimes belly dancing.
🍾 Special Splurge: Many of the clubs on this list offer bottle service. Rates depend on who’s performing and how many people are in your party, so email the venue for details.
A Latin nightclub offering concerts and dancing in the Civic Center neighborhood.
La Rumba is one of the best Latin dance clubs in Denver! It’s located in the Civic Center neighborhood and offers dancing lessons. Learn some new salsa, bachata, or merengue moves, then practice them when the club gets going!
A historic Welton Street club with live music from top acts.
Cervantes’ Masterpiece stands in the spot of the Casino Cabaret, which opened in the 1930s. Performers like Duke Ellington, James Brown, and Tina Turner all played at the Five Points venue.
Cervantes continues to host top acts in the 900-person ballroom. The Other Side operates independently from Masterpiece but is in the room next door and guests can wander from one to the other. The Other Side also has a restaurant with hot dogs, grilled cheese, and other comfort food.
X Bar Denver
A South of Colfax Nightlife District club offering food during the day.
X Bar Denver prides itself on being LGBTQ-friendly and has events like “Wigs & Wings” and drag queen brunches. X Bar also organizes shuttles from the club to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for concerts — a fun way to kick off an evening of good music! Pop in during the day for lunch or dinner, or stay later into the night for drinks, dancing, and DJs.
Experience all four levels of this Cap Hill nightclub, each offering a different dance floor and music genre.
Club Vinyl has multiple dance floors on different levels, plus a rooftop patio with fire pits and heaters. Music ranges from Latin and hip hop to ‘80s, ‘90s, and Top 40 depending on the evening and the level you’re on. The Capitol Hill venue is open to those 18+.
FAQ About Best Clubs in Denver
Does Denver have nightclubs?
Hopefully, this article has helped you to find dance clubs in Denver for your next Friday night outing! Be sure to check out my list of the best bars in Denver for more places to hit the town.
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