Denver is a city where the extremes meet – the majestic ruggedness of the Rockies face the wild vastness of the Great Plains and the gorgeous outdoors are only miles away from the urban jungle. This mixture of extremes means that the Mile High City has something attractive to offer for every possible taste. This is also true if you are one of those who feel that they come alive when the dusk sets, and who love nothing more than to party all night long.
Denver’s nightlife scene is a diverse assortment of rowdy bars, relaxing cocktail lounges, energetic nightclubs, toped up with the most refined restaurants and steakhouses. Although there was a time when the capital of Colorado was only known for its breweries and pubs, today, Denver can match up with any other major American city when it comes to having fun after dark. Here are a few of the options of spending a night out in the Mile High City.
Restaurants – there are over 2,000 eateries located in Denver, with a diversity of styles, cuisine and decorations. Many of them feature the distinctive Southwestern cuisine, with wild game such as buffalo, at great price. Go to the Buckhorn Exchange, the oldest and most prestigious restaurant in town for a refined Western menu, or visit some other well-known places, such as the Chop House, where many professional athletes hang out, or the exquisite Mizuna, a French styled bistro where you will be surprised by the excellent assortment of foods and drinks.
If you’re more into having fun with your friends while having a drink, in Denver you can be sure that you will never run out of pubs and bars to spend a wild evening out. Many of them are placed in the trendy LoDo district, or in the equally active Colfax Avenue area. In these palces, you can crawl the pubs late into the night, in search of the best selection of drinks or the greatest atmosphere. Some of the best places to visit are the Cruise Room, built in 1930s and left virtually unchanged ever since, the 9th Door, where you can enjoy some flamenco rhythms while sipping sangria, or the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer and Café, where you can enjoy import ales in a fine surrounding. In fact, the variety of pubs and bars in the Mile High City is staggering, and most probably you’ll find one that will suit your tastes in no time.
The clubs in Denver are as varied and exciting as the bars and restaurants. No matter if you’re into techno or you love to bang your head on riffs of electric guitars, in Denver you’ll find the perfect place to mingle with people and have loads of fun. Many of the dance clubs are placed in the vicinity of the Capitol building, a short cab ride form the LoDo, meaning you can begin your evening with a couple of drinks in a bar, and then, dance your night away in one of Denver’s great clubs. One of the most original locations for a club belongs to the Church, a three level dance club, which functions on the premises of an abandoned church. Just down the street, the Vinyl is another club where you can spend a great time. Other popular venues are Rise, Poly Esther, a disco club, and the Funky Buddha, an excellent place to relax, especially in the hot summer days.
Denver is as active by night as it is by day. If you’re looking to relax after a stressful week at the office, or wishing to set your mind free from the day to day routine, Denver’s nightlife will offer you the best places for having wild fun, or simply for relaxing in a smooth atmosphere.