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With Halloween coming right up, there are plenty of ogling opportunities around town. Lotus Entertainment has parties at all four of its clubs, which kick off on Thursday, October 28, at Oak Tavern (1414 Market Street) with the Playboy Halloween Party, featuring 2007 Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood. On Friday, October 29, Suite Two Hundred (1427 Larimer Street) will host the Angels & Demons Ball, followed by the Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball on October 30 and the Hollywood Undead Ball on Halloween; all three nights, the club will have costume contests at midnight, with $2,000 going to first prize, $400 to second and $250 to third. On October 30, 24K (1414 Market Street) will feature Haunted Wonderland, while 5 Degrees (1474 Lawrence Street) will have a Sexy Masquerade Party.
The South of Colfax Nightlife District has created a Halloween club crawl for five of its venues: City Hall (1144 Broadway) Vinyl (1082 Broadway), the Living Room (1055 Broadway), Bar Standard and Milk (both at 1037 Broadway). On October 29, City Hall will be the site of Haunted House, with house DJs Miguel Migs, Julius Papp and Lisa Shaw and more; that night, Bar Standard and Vinyl will throw Latin-style Halloween bashes. On October 30, City Hall will offer a tribute-band night with Under a Blood Red Sky, American Idiots and Sunday Girl; hip-hop group the Cool Kids will headline at Bar Standard. Tickets to get you into all five venues each night are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
For a complete list of Halloween events in the area, go to our online calendar.
Club scout: Back in the '70s, when Joe Bernstein's dad ran the place, the Madrid Lounge (5127 West 64th Avenue in Arvada) had live bands. "We did very well, and then my dad got tired and just made a restaurant out of it," says Bernstein, who's run the restaurant — despite the name, it serves Chinese and American food — since 1982. But Bernstein recently reintroduced music to the spot. "I think there's a demand for it again," he notes. "I'm going to do it all over again and bring it back to where it was years ago."
After putting in a stage, dance floor and lighting, he started bringing in classic rock and blues bands every weekend. "I want to have it be like an old-fashioned nightclub where they come in and have dinner, have nice music, and they can dance and whatever," Bernstein explains. "Have it all on one menu."
Looks like you'll have to wait a little longer to see what Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (8260 Northfield Boulevard) has on its menu. The club was originally supposed to open this past summer, but it's still a few weeks from opening. Las Vegas-based country act Marshal Reign is scheduled to perform a five-night stand starting Tuesday, November 23, so it should definitely be in business before then.
Chances (1135 Bannock Street) recently launched Twisted Tongue Tuesdays, when DJs spin vinyl classics all night. And after a four-year run, DJ Rockstar Aaron is ending his Cassette Fridays at Rockbar (3015 East Colfax Avenue) on Friday, October 29. On Friday, November 5, he'll kick off Female Trouble, a no-cover Friday-night rock, dance and Top 40 party at Bar Standard (1037 Broadway), where there will be a $10 all-you-can-drink deal as well as $1 drinks for ladies until midnight.