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It was fun while it lasted — but Jazzmatazz Lounge, which opened last November in the space at 1612 East 17th Avenue, next to Limón, only lasted as a jazz club for a few months. And while Limón has occasionally booked bands in the space since Jazzmatazz closed, it hasn't seen a lot of use.
When Will Olson started as Limón's general manager a couple of months ago, he looked at all that space going to waste and asked Limón owner Alex Gurevich if he wouldn't mind going into a partnership. So, together with business partner Larry Lane, they're turning the room into a separate bar called Next Door, which is slated to open October 1.
Olson says they'll keep many of last year's renovations, but plan to add a pool table, a twenty-foot long bar with a copper top, brick accents, a roll-up door and, out front, a patio and a fire pit; for now, the bar will still be connected to Limón via a walkway. The stage is coming out, but the partners still intend to bring in live music and DJs. What with managing Limon and working on the new bar, Olson explains, he hasn't had a lot of time to audition. When he does, he's hoping to find funk, soul and R&B acts.
In the meantime, Next Door will have other amenities. "We're probably going to have the cheapest drinks in the neighborhood, I'd assume," Olson promises. "I've been to quite a few of the bars around here, and we're going to be pretty cheap."
Club scout: After jumping a few hurdles, Crimson and Gold (2017 South University Boulevard) was finally granted a liquor license in August, and the restaurant/bar is slated to open the first week of September. According to Kevin Caldwell, one of the owners, the DU-themed spot will serve burgers at lunch and steaks and fish at dinner.
The Absinthe House is officially up and running in the former Foundry space (1109 Walnut Street in Boulder). The spot, which boasts the state's largest selection of absinthe, is open for lunch and dinner, then transforms into a nightclub a few nights a week with DJs spinning European electronic music.
After a few name and concept changes, Chique (940 Lincoln Street) has gone dark. Formerly Zen Ultra Lounge and DC10 before that, the venue debuted in May as Hunks, a women-only club with hunky male dancers; a month later, it switched to Chique and more of a club feel. But the switch wasn't enough to save the spot.
Down in Littleton, the Blue Moo'd Lounge (5950 South Platte Canyon Drive) lasted about a year as a restaurant, bar and live-music venue before giving up. A Beef 'O' Brady's is now moving into the space. The Florida-based chain, which was founded 25 years ago, has over 250 locations, most of them in the South and on the East Coast.
Finally, the folks from Bass.code.zero and Basslab are kicking off Impact, a weekly club night dedicated to bass music, at Milk Bar (1037 Broadway) on Friday, September 3. Opening night features some of Denver's heaviest dub-step and drum-and-bass DJs, including RumbleJunkie, Serv One, Despise and Sureshot. The following week, the lineup includes Zeno, Ishe, Pillow Fight and Soleil vs. Solid. The action starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover and $5 drink specials all night long.