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Denver's five best small dance clubs

Patrons at the Hive on Friday night, which made our list of small clubs. Slide show: Libation Fridays at The Hive
Patrons at the Hive on Friday night, which made our list of small clubs. Slide show: Libation Fridays at The Hive
Jim Wills

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Denver offers a lot when it comes to dance clubs, but lately we've seen an influx in boutique-sized places popping up all over town. Club-goers looking to avoid the massive crowds found at bigger venues that are booking more mainstream acts are flocking to these five small clubs to dance and see Denver's finest DJs and electronic acts doing what they do best.

Milk Bar is located downstairs at Bar Standard. Musical offerings range from goth to hip-hop to '80s new wave, drawing an eclectic group of people who come together for the sole purpose of dancing to the older sounds. There's no room for dubstep in a room like this; it's for choice people who like choice music. The ambience echoes that of the Korova Milk Bar from the Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange, and while the black-and-white walls and steamy red bar light conjure a swanky lounge, the dance tunes pumping out of the DJ booth remind you that you came here to party, and that's just what you'll do.

Fingers of the Sun perform at Deer Pile.
Fingers of the Sun perform at Deer Pile.

4. Deer Pile, 206 East 13th Avenue

The folks who run the Deer Pile host live readings, album releases, DJ nights and intimate performances from Denver's indie musicians. Cozily nestled above City, O' City in a small room with windows facing bustling 13th Avenue, the Deer Pile barely hits attendance numbers in the upper eighties, but the inspiration that bleeds from its humble architecture is unmatched. Should you find yourself wandering 13th Avenue late, hungry for a delicious snack and libation, then power those legs to City, O' City's sister hangout.



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