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Famous Door: 320 S. Birch St., Glendale, 303-316-2640. So named for a white door out front signed by pseudo-celebrity patrons, the Famous Door occupies the Glendale space that formerly housed the Boathouse and Jimmy's Grille. The distinguishing features here are a sprawling outdoor deck, checkerboard floors indoor and a vague Bayou theme to match the Cajun menu, along with the usual diversions: pool tables, dartboards, live reggae bands on Thursday and a DJ on Friday and Saturday, along with karaoke Sunday nights.
1515 Market: 1515 Market St., 303-571-0011. An extensive vino list has earned 1515 Market accolades from within the wine world. But even those who wouldn't know a Merlot from Merlin show up for the live jazz and mellow rock and pop that fill the place Friday and Saturday nights. Three levels of highbrow comfort attract a crowd that craves jet-set style more than Jell-O shots.
15th Street Tavern: 623 15th St., 303-572-0822. Legendarily low-rent, the 15th Street Tavern makes up for its lack of aesthetics with cheap drinks, a decent sound system and a solid lineup of local and national rock, punk and indie acts. By day, the downtown watering hole draws a decidedly Bukowskian clientele; at night it's transformed into a kind of clubhouse for in-the-know indie scenesters.
Fat City: 9670 West Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, 303-972-4344. Fat City crams family vacation spot, first-date destination and frat-party funplex into one sausage casing -- and it's not nearly as far away as Sin City. Live music or DJs with an impressive sound system means even more people wish they could live in this City.
Fiore's Sports Bar: 8236 S. Holly St., Littleton, 303-779-5300. A generic sports bar in a south-suburban strip mall with the requisite neon Bud signs and a dozen TVs, Fiore's lack of atmosphere is tempered by tasty Italian grub and Skee-Ball in the game room.
Fireside Lounge: 200 Inverness Dr. W., Englewood, 303-799-5800. Located inside the Inverness Hotel, the Fireside Lounge invites lounging rather than swinging. An upscale crowd clusters on the big, comfy couches and chairs that edge a fireplace.
FM Afterhours:2901 Walnut St., 303-570-8042. It's a very short drive from the bright and loud world of LoDo to the more austere and darkly seductive warehouse district, where FM Afterhours welcomes the post-closing-time crowd. House music Friday and Saturday nights dominates in this anything-goes asylum for insomniacs.
Foundry Billiards Club: 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-447-1803. Without the rock and blues bands that take its stage on weekends, Foundry Billiards Club might merely be Boulder's most attractive pool hall. But music several nights a week helps to unsterilize the place, as does the hearty-drinking college crowd that frequents it.
Fourth Story: 2955 E. 1st Ave., 303-322-1824. Above three floors of overflowing books, the Tattered Cover's fourth-level restaurant and wine bar offers a refined respite from shopping. Though the music is usually piped in, soft jazz entertains bookish diners on Monday nights and during Sunday brunch.
Fox Hole Lounge: 2936 Fox St., 303-298-7378. A notoriously low-maintenance mecca for happy-hour crowds, the tavern has also attracted dance-music fans throughout the week and on weekends to hear DJs spin their stuff.
Fox Theatre: 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399. Probably the best-sounding room in the Rockies, the Fox Theatre is also one of the most well-rounded. The smoke-free, windowless concert venue hosts country, indie rock and jam-band artists; by including some of hip-hop's most obscure talent, the Fox has also bolstered Boulder's urban profile.
Full Moon Books and Coffee: 9108 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood, 303-233-6666. Art brightens the walls and ceiling of Full Moon Books and Coffee, where a new-age vibe lingers -- along with the customers, who lounge in scattered chairs. Tuesday night's drumming circle draws players who wish to try their hand at the participatory music style.
Funky Buddha Lounge: 776 Lincoln Ave., 303-832-5075. There's no official dress code at the Funky Buddha Lounge, but if there were, it would probably just be "sexy." A magnet for singles with disposable income and a taste for cosmo cocktails, the Buddha also includes the upstairs Ginger Bar, where live DJs perform for an open-air crowd six nights a week. Live art exhibitions on Tuesday include free champagne and, often, live models.
Giggling Grizzly: 1320 20th St., 303-297-8300. The Giggling Grizzly is walking -- or stumbling -- distance from Coors Field; on game days, it's a bear to find a table. During the off-season, however, you can enjoy the mountain-cabin-meets-sports-bar motif and belly up to the log bar for a two-buck brew while enjoying your choice of entertainment under the widespread array of animal heads.
Gothic Theatre: 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-788-0984. The final result of an incredibly ambitious makeover, the Gothic Theatre bears little resemblance to the fallout shelter of a venue that previously stood in its place. Now an art-deco show palace with multiple levels, a gorgeous paint job and a solid if sporadic calendar of rock, pop, electronic and even world and jazz artists, the Gothic can be the most stimulating room in town.
GreenFields: 3355 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303-989-9820. It's easy to lose track of time in GreenFields, largely because the cover bands that take the stage specialize in bygone eras of rock. Beer is always on special, and friendly regulars never stop believin'.