Club Nights

When and Where to Party During Denver Pride Week 2018

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A.M. Rolling *Pride Edition
Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hudson Hill, 619 East 13th Avenue

DJ Fancy Matthew’s A.M. Rolling daytime spins party goes with the flow of Pride over coffee and cocktails. Line up early along Colfax for the PrideFest Parade; afterward, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump over to Hudson Hill, where Fancy and Roger Soave of the Playground will be at the decks, rocking the house all afternoon.

Official Denver Pridefest After Party
Sunday, June 17, 8 p.m. to close
Temple Nightclub Denver, 1136 Broadway
$20 to $40 in advance

To officially cap a fabulous week of out-of-the-closet fun, the GLBT Community Center of Colorado will throw an after-party to remember at the new 21+ Temple Nightclub in the Golden Triangle, with national DJ Dave Audé and Orange Is the New Black cast member Taryn Manning, additional music by DUGAN and the Blondetourage Denver DJs, and a host of your favorite Denver Drag queens. A portion of all ticket sales (and Smirnoff liquor sales) will be donated to the Center; call 720-607-4000 for VIP bottle service.

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Blush & Blu
1526 East Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, June 13: Make You Blush Celebrates Denver!, 9 to 11 p.m., $5 cash at the door

Friday, June 15: Queer Pride Party Sass Capacity, 8 p.m. to close, $5

Saturday, June 16:
- Blush and Brunch with Denver Dyke March, 8 a.m. to noon
- Unity Community Showcase, 2 to 5 p.m.
- Sex Com with Debbie Sheer, 7 to 9 p.m.
- Lady Gang, live music, 9 to 11 p.m.
- Dancing with DJ Jody B, 11 p.m. to close

Sunday, June 17: Pride Parade Watch and Mardi Gras Party, 8 a.m. to close

Blush & Blu welcomes everyone, but gives special consideration to the whole alphabet city at the end of the GLBTQIA+ acronym, so no worries here if you’re afraid you might not fit in. Drink specials will be flowing throughout the week, so pipe up and ask.

Join Thin Air Burlesque for drinks and a little bump & grind to start off your Pride itinerary on Wednesday; on Friday, stumble into a special 21+ night for the general queer community, with drink specials, dancing, DJs Buddy Bravo and L.A. Zwicky, and the Secret Love Collective photo booth. Saturday is an all-day affair: Brunch and hang with the butch ladies of the traditional Denver Dyke March to get a roaring early start; things kick off with a selection of food trucks and entertainment before the march roars off to the State Capitol Building steps at 2:45 p.m. But never fear: The party keeps raging inside Blush & Blu until let-out, if you're hankering to get out of the sun and Civic Center Park. And Sunday’s the same: Start with prime viewing of the PrideFest Parade, followed by more food trucks, a NOLA-style Mardi Gras brass band and partying into the night.

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Charlie’s Nightclub Denver
900 East Colfax Avenue

June 14 to 16:
Charlie’s Pride 2018 Island Oasis Pool Party, 11 p.m. to close daily

Charlie’s keeps it simple with a seemingly un-ending late-night, beach-themed party that splishes and splashes nightly, Thursday through Saturday. Oil up those biceps and dive in.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s
1336 East 17th Avenue

Saturday, June 16:
- Mary's Pride Party Hosted by Jessica L’Whor, 5 to 8 p.m.
- Mary's SAUCY After Dark Show, hosted by Jessica L’Whor, 10 p.m. to close

Sunday, June 17: Mary's Last Call for Pride, hosted by Khloe Katz, 9 p.m. to midnight

With a leadup throughout the week of Pride-inflected signature weekly events involving trivia, karaoke and happy hours, Hamburger Mary’s is THE place to refuel before killing it all weekend long, with glittery drag shows, cabaret acts galore and good eats any time, day or night. Working girls never looked so good. Same for the burgers.

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Tracks Denver
3500 Walnut Street

Thursday, June 14: Spotlight, 7 p.m. to close, $7.50 to $12.50 online

Friday, June 15: Drag Nation, Fame, 7 p.m. to close, $20 online

Saturday, June 16: Action, 7 p.m. to close, $20 online

Tracks spit-shined its in-house drag-centric programming for Pride Week, with three big shows fanning out over the long weekend, beginning with Thursday’s kickoff, Spotlight, which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of Tracks Studios. On Friday night, it’s Drag Nation on steroids for Fame, with a surprise interjection by Jon Jon Lannen’s Lipsync for your Laugh comedy drag game show from 9:30 to 10 p.m., and Saturday reaches new heights with Action, a burn-the-house-down Pride finale. Best-kept secret: Buy a $50 weekend pass for easy entry on all three nights.

Triangle Denver
2036 North Broadway

Thursday, June 14: Thursday Blackout with DJ Drew G

Friday, June 15: Pride XL with DJ Grind, 9 p.m. to close, $10

Saturday, June 16: 12"s of Love /// Pride ’90s Dance Party, 9 p.m. to close, $10

Sunday, June 17: Pride Spilt Tea with DJ Tracy Young, 5 to 11 p.m., $10

During Pride Week, the rebooted Triangle embarks on its biggest test so far, since reopening with a new look and atmosphere last December, so expect the club to play it to the hilt, with high-profile national DJs every night, a ’90s party and the official introduction of its new basement room. Take note: The Triangle offers a $25 Pride weekend pass online.

Denver Wrangler
3090 Downing Street

Saturday, June 16: Megawoof America, Denver Pride Edition, 9 p.m. to close, $10 cover

Sunday, June 17: Pride Sunday Charity Beer Bust, 4 to 8 p.m., $12 cup, $10 cover, $20 fast pass

While the Triangle celebrates a revival, the Denver Wrangler, which announced recently that it will close June 25, begins a host of farewells with its last Pride events ever. Megawoof America brings an L.A.-style bear party deluxe to the club for one last hurrah on Saturday, while on Sunday, the Wrangler throws its final Pride Beer Bust, the most epic edition of its sudsy, shirts-off claim to fame, to benefit the Mile Hi Football Club and Colorado Canine Rescue.

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X Bar
629 East Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, June 13: Gaga Ball 3, 8 p.m. to close

Thursday, June 14:
- Denver Gay Professionals 7th Annual Pride Kick-Off Party, 3 to 8 p.m., free
- MGWN (#mygawdwhynot): Glow, 8 p.m. to close

Friday, June 15: DTF Friday: Pink Flamingo Dance Party, 8 p.m. to close

Saturday, June 16: Flamingos Gone Wild, 8 p.m. to close

Sunday, June 17: Pink Flamingo Glitter Parade Party, 7 a.m. to close

X Bar is another hangout for everyone, with a hip atmosphere and a fun-loving streak exemplified by go-go dancers, lip-sync nights and an affinity for pink flamingos. Pride Week is all over the board, with a top-notch Gaga tribute with the Cortez Club, memorializing themes and music from the pop star’s many tours; a Miss Phitt fundraiser for the Transformative Freedom Fund; and a trio of Pink Flamingo rave-ups, beginning with a wear-pink party and ending with a Pink Flamingo Glitter Parade Party that starts at 7 a.m. on X Bar’s prime parade-viewing stretch of Colfax Avenue. It all ends Sunday with a celebratory beer bust and a drag show with Kai Lee Mykels.
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