Denver's Dance and Fun Party Bars
The Best Places For Margaritas, Martinis, Music & Sports
Denver's dance clubs keep the party going and the people smiling.
By The Bar Blogger, PubClub.com's Traveling Party Correspondent
Most – but certainly not all – of the dance clubs are located just away from the main downtown area in the shadows of the State Capitol building (about a $10 cab ride from LoDo).
But one doesn't need to leave LoDo to dance. Bash is the lagest dance club in all of Denver. The bartenders here are really good, which keeps the huge crowd happy and partying. By Coors Field Club Sky, where some people go after Rockies games.
Dance clubs are located throughout Denver.
Picture perfect: A weekend night in LoDo.
On the down--and-dirty dance side is the Lucky Star. It's very young; any guy over 21 is the oldest man on campus. The Lucky Star has a mid-sized dance floor, is crowded, sweaty, people dance their asses off on boxes, women get in free and men pay $5-7.
The funky vibe of the Funky Buddah makes it a cool place to party in Denver.
Away from LoDo, the coolest place is the Funky Buddha (776 Lincoln). It's two-level bar with a superb open-air bar and patio upstairs. That's where crowd gathers to talk or to sit and be approached at the big chairs by the large open windows (The view is not outside but in). This is a 30ish casual, friendly hangout. Downstairs is a quite bar with cool booths for private conversations.
Just down the street is The Church, a three-level, high-energy dance club, mainly for 20s clubbers. Built in 1875, it has two restaurants,three dance floors, a cigar room, martini bar, wine and sushi bar and rooftop lounge. The place is so popular, pubbers who don't frequent clubs go there.
There's also a place called The Wave. Just with that name, it has a special place in PubClub.com's party heart, for it brings to mind the legendary club of the same name that once ruled Honolulu. The Denver Wave (2101 Champs Street) has a lot of college students and some of the city's best DJs. It's also adjacent to 2101, which has a patio and lounge.
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila... dance floor!
In the same neighborhood is Vinyl, which features several guest DJs. It has a circular bar with a hole cut out to enable loungers to peer down at the dancers. Sometimes, Vinyl has under-18 nights. The Church is glow sticks; the Vinyl is for smooth grooving.
For the big city, serious club scene, people head down the alley to the Alley Cat. The main door is located in an alley off the main street and the doorman is as tough as a cheap steak. Once inside, it's a real scene – people wearing black, Go Go dancers on stage, a funky band, a low-lit side room with seats and tables and a VIP room overlooking the dance floor. The crowd is funky and sexy – it's where many dancers from the Diamond Cabaret (see below) go after work. The only beer sold is Bud Lite; this is a crowd fueled by mixed energy drinks.
This is hardly Vegas, but Denver has a some first-rate strip clubs. Locals like the Diamond Cabaret for its beautiful girls – the best in town, they say. For the wild side, there's Shotgun Willie's. The Paper Tiger is a "nasty" strip club and away from downtown, PT's is famous for its Flashlight Night where the lights are turned down and the place is lit by flashlights.