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Back in September, when they took over the former Snake Pit, at 608 East 13th Avenue, Noah Ray McMahan, Justin Martinez hoped to have it transformed into the tenth location of the Beauty Bar brand by late January. Now, finally, the trio will open the club's doors on Saturday, June 19.
Beauty Bar got its start in New York City in 1995, when Paul Devitt turned a four-decade-old salon into a bar, keeping most of its vintage glory intact, right down to the hair dryers. Since then, he's opened Beauty Bars in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Austin. Like those clubs, the Denver version will feature furniture and equipment salvaged from old salons, including Paris Salon of Beauty, a '60s-era beauty parlor in New Jersey.
While this club will have plenty of vintage kitsch, it will also sport state-of-the-art, German-made KS Audio systems in the front and main rooms, which will both have their own DJ booth and bar. And in keeping with a tradition started at the original Beauty Bar, Denver's will also feature a Martinis and Manicures happy hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, when $10 gets you a signature cocktail and a manicure from the in-house cosmetologist.
For the grand-opening party on June 19, the bar is bringing in Las Vegas-based DJ Sensé, New York-based DJ Justine D. and the Chicago-based DJ duo Moneypenny. And on June 22, DJ Rockstar Aaron will kick off his Rollercoaster Tuesdays dance parties.
Club scout: The outdoor stage at the Meadowlark (2701 Larimer Street) just racked up its third noise violation from the city in less than three years, which essentially means the bar can no longer hold shows outside. "It's been really emotional for everyone," says Jonathan Bitz, the Meadowlark's talent buyer. "What we had to offer here was something that no other venue in town really had." Now all of the shows will be held in the downstairs bar. "We're going to continue to do what we've been doing, which is to put together the best bills that we possibly can and continue to foster a good creative community here in Denver," Bitz promises.
The space at 940 Lincoln Street that had been Zen — and was known as Hunks for a few days last month — has now changed its name to Chique, and has changed its concept as well. Bonnie King, the club's owner, says that while she'll continue to offer the Hunks show Thursday through Saturday, the spot will be more of a nightclub and event center. "It's like a nightclub that has a Las Vegas flair," she explains. "There's going to be something going on stage every fifteen minutes." For starters, she's added some gals to the Hunks show, and she's marketing the club to everyone, not just females who want to look at hunky dancers. King is also featuring $2 Skyy drinks on Thursdays, $3 Absolut drinks on Fridays, an open bar from 11 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and service-industry deals on Sundays: $1 wells and $3 Jameson shots.
Jezebel's Juke Joint, the former High Street Speakeasy at 3862 High Street, went dark near the end of May. According to the Jezebel's website: "Jezebel's Juke Joint has been commondeered by SWINDLERS!!"
Finally, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, Elway's (2500 East First Avenue) in Cherry Creek kicks off its weekly summer music series with U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky, which will play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Some of the other acts performing on Wednesdays through September 1 include Funkiphino, Something Underground, the Informants and Hazel Miller.