The Ten Coziest Venues in Denver — 2016 Edition

Get cozy in these ten awesome venues in Denver.
Get cozy in these ten awesome venues in Denver.
Ken Hamblin

Hey Denver, did you know it's winter? I know it must be hard to tell with all the blue skies and sixty-degree days, but technically we're still in the dead of the chilly season. We've rounded up a list of the coziest music venues in Denver, the steamiest, most intimate, "sorry I touched your butt, it was an accident" venues. 

The exterior of Cold Crush painted by Patrick Kane McGregor.
The exterior of Cold Crush painted by Patrick Kane McGregor.
Lindsey Bartlett

10. Cold Crush
2700 Larimer Street

This RiNo venue has a huge draw for its hip-hop nights and occasional electronic shows that pack as many concert-goers as possible, no matter what day of the week it is. On the patio's south-facing wall, an ever-changing mural facade will feature work by rotating local artists. Look for a hip-hop centric lineup in Westword's music listings.

Taken from Lipgloss's short run at Syntax.
Taken from Lipgloss's short run at Syntax.
Brandon Marshall

9. Syntax Physic Opera
554 South Broadway

This gem off South Broadway was voted our best new venue of 2015, and it doesn't get much cozier than this. "Physic Opera is sort of a Latin phrase that the insiders would call a medicine show," owner Jonathan Bitz told Westword. "The idea is that it is a medicine show — that everything is medicine, from the food to the drinks to the art to the music to the conversation, hopefully."

The Ten Coziest Venues in Denver — 2016 Edition (17)
Ryan Brown

8. Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street

Globe Hall is a new restaurant venue with an old charm, as you still feel the echoes of its past as the dive bar and venue called Sidewinder. Globe Hall has bomb barbecue now and even better music acts to go with it. The name may reference the whole world, but the space lets you get up close and personal.

Behind the scenes at Ophelia's.EXPAND
Behind the scenes at Ophelia's.
Danielle Lirette

7. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street

The history of Ophelia's makes it one of the sexiest new restaurant venues to have opened up in 2015. A tiny stage on the first floor feels grandiose as it opens up to the balcony of the second story, making it the perfect spot to have an intimate dinner-and-a-show date with your sweetheart. The vibe of this "gastro-brothel" is always sexy, and the musical acts that Ophelia's has been booking — upcoming shows include the Pharcyde! — will blow your mind. 

Bar Bar is a weird spot.
Bar Bar is a weird spot.
Westword/Voice Media


6. Bar Bar
2060 Champa Street

They don't make 'em like Bar Bar anymore. This teeny dive off of Broadway and Champa Street, straddling the line of LoDo but feeling a bit more like Five Points, offers some of the coolest alt-shows in the city.  



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