Best disguise of a playground as a concert venue

Wonderground

Cindy Wonderful of Rainbow Sugar is the namesake behind this elusive new warehouse space on Denver's northwest side -- and she's one of the primary loony luminaries you're likely to see doing time in the kissing booth or smashing up the tiny computer modules that dot the Wonderground stage like orchestra floodlights. A breeding ground for both bizarre and bold works of underground music, Wonderground has hosted performances from local and touring acts that prefer a free-spirit performance environment to clubs and other venues that are likely to frown on, say, bandmembers stripping naked on stage. Like its prankster predecessor, Money Mania, Wonderground has become an asylum for sonic sycophants, burlesquian buskers and others heartset on making a musical mockery of themselves. There may not be any Cheshire cats roaming around, but it's a wonderland, all right.

Best disguise of a playground as a concert venue

Wonderground

Cindy Wonderful of Rainbow Sugar is the namesake behind this elusive new warehouse space on Denver's northwest side -- and she's one of the primary loony luminaries you're likely to see doing time in the kissing booth or smashing up the tiny computer modules that dot the Wonderground stage like orchestra floodlights. A breeding ground for both bizarre and bold works of underground music, Wonderground has hosted performances from local and touring acts that prefer a free-spirit performance environment to clubs and other venues that are likely to frown on, say, bandmembers stripping naked on stage. Like its prankster predecessor, Money Mania, Wonderground has become an asylum for sonic sycophants, burlesquian buskers and others heartset on making a musical mockery of themselves. There may not be any Cheshire cats roaming around, but it's a wonderland, all right.

Best way to kill time before a show at the Bluebird

PS Lounge

At first glance, you might not figure this smallish tavern as the place to glean some knowledge of U.S. history. But request a light from one of the friendly staff behind the parquet bar and -- voilà! -- you're presented with a matchbook biography of JFK, LBJ or even Herbert Hoover. Yet presidential trivia isn't the only thing to keep you busy while you wait for the box office at the Bluebird Theater -- located just across Colfax -- to open. This cash-only, no-tabs-please bar serves up some of the strongest spirits in town, as well as regularly hosting some of the characters that give East Colfax its roguish charm. As an added touch, all ladies receive flowers, compliments of owner Pete Siahamis. Chivalry is not dead at the PS, and neither is the notion that vice still has some virtue.

Best way to kill time before a show at the Bluebird

PS Lounge

PS Lounge
Scott Lentz
At first glance, you might not figure this smallish tavern as the place to glean some knowledge of U.S. history. But request a light from one of the friendly staff behind the parquet bar and -- voilà! -- you're presented with a matchbook biography of JFK, LBJ or even Herbert Hoover. Yet presidential trivia isn't the only thing to keep you busy while you wait for the box office at the Bluebird Theater -- located just across Colfax -- to open. This cash-only, no-tabs-please bar serves up some of the strongest spirits in town, as well as regularly hosting some of the characters that give East Colfax its roguish charm. As an added touch, all ladies receive flowers, compliments of owner Pete Siahamis. Chivalry is not dead at the PS, and neither is the notion that vice still has some virtue.
The Supreme Court, a sprawling restaurant at the foot of the Adam's Mark hotel, is a place where weary LoDo workers commune, unwind and get down when the working day is done. The crowd members may have sass, style and courage (once the liquor and live music kick in, that is) when groovin' to the Court's selection of live and deejayed tunes, but they usually don't have rhythm.
The Supreme Court, a sprawling restaurant at the foot of the Adam's Mark hotel, is a place where weary LoDo workers commune, unwind and get down when the working day is done. The crowd members may have sass, style and courage (once the liquor and live music kick in, that is) when groovin' to the Court's selection of live and deejayed tunes, but they usually don't have rhythm.

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