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1160 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80203 | Central Denver | 303-832-8628

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Stained-glass windows, high-beamed gothic architecture and hundreds of candles spread throughout the Church suggest a pious vibe in the former house of worship, but the congregation is as mixed as they come. Built in 1865, the roomy, multi-level Lincoln Street mainstay draws globally based DJs, local residents, retro lovers, even the under-21 set: Sections of the bar are open to those 18 and up. A rooftop patio affords one of the city's best views.


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The Church Nightclub is a unique space that has an expansive range of appeal. Built in 1865, this former church is now home to dance worshippers and gets pumping Thursday through Sunday. With Gothic architecture, and the best parties in town!

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