The Black Box
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The building at 314 East 13th Avenue has housed several different venues over the past decade, including Bender's Tavern and Quixote's True Blue, but the place didn't truly start rocking the deep bass until Sub.mission's Nicole Cacciavillano took it over and opened in the fall of 2016 as the Black Box. While the dual-room club, which sports a powerful, state-of-the-art Basscouch sound system, brings in a number of local and national dubstep acts on a regular basis, a variety of EDM artists perform in both rooms throughout the week.

Readers' Choice: The Black Box

Larimer Lounge
Jeff Davis

Long before RiNo became the buzzing neighborhood that it is today, the Larimer Lounge was pretty much the only place in the area bringing the rock. And although the neighborhood has exploded in popularity in recent years, the fifteen-year-old club continues to book a steady stream of national acts, some of which (Arcade Fire and Band of Horses, for starters) have gone on to play Red Rocks and other much bigger venues. Although the emphasis at the Larimer is on rock acts — like Reverend Horton Heat, who recently did a five-night stand there — it's also a great place to see a wide-ranging assortment of bands most nights of the week.

Readers' Choice: hi-dive

Ziggies

Hailed as Colorado's oldest blues bar, Ziggies has been part of Denver's blues community for more than half a century. On most nights, you'll find stellar talent performing at the venue, whether it's the local or national seasoned veterans who play Thursdays through Saturdays, or up-and-coming players honing their chops at the four different jam sessions that run the other days of the week. There are a handful of places in town that cater to blues acts, but Ziggies should be first on your list.

Readers' Choice: El Chapultepec

Nocturne
Jon Solomon

In the two years since Nicole and Scott Mattson opened Nocturne, the supper club has established itself as a stellar jazz venue as well as becoming an integral part of the RiNo neighborhood. With a modern take on 1920s East Coast art deco, Nocturne provides an elegant setting in which to catch some of the area's finest jazz musicians — both veterans and up-and-coming players — along with touring national acts. And while the jazz talent is reason enough to visit Nocturne, the venue's menu offers creative cuisine from chef Greg Weadick, and the bar staff knows how to serve a wicked cocktail.

Readers' Choice: Nocturne

Since starting Mile High Soul Club nearly a decade ago, DJs Tyler Jacobson and DogBoy have turned their monthly night into Denver's foremost place to hear vintage and rare Northern Soul, R&B and funk from the late '50s to early '70s, whether it be the Jones Girls or Gus "the Groove" Lewis. MHSC brought on resident DJs Steve Cervantes in 2012 and Jason Heller last year; they eventually started a companion night called Funk Club. The crew also recruits guest DJs like Nick Waterhouse or soul singer Nikki Hill. Catch Mile High Soul Club every month at Syntax Physic Opera or opening for heavies like Lenny Kravitz or Charles Bradley.

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Readers' Choice: Electronic Tuesdays at the Black Box

Tracks
Keith Garcia

Tracks has been fierce and fabulous for almost 37 years. The largest gay club in town has worked hard to be our gay Disneyland. Top-notch DJs, the hottest go-go boys and girls, a hot dance floor, a sexy and dedicated bar staff, an excellent security team, nimble management and production crews and its fostering of Denver's blooming drag scene keeps Tracks' colors shining bright. After the shooting at Pulse nightclub last year, Tracks hosted a gigantic vigil to provide the community space to mourn and reflect. Tracks' continued commitment to safety, stellar music and a welcoming atmosphere for those in the LGBTQ community and its allies helps us be who we want to be without fear, night after night.

Readers' Choice: Tracks

Blush & Blu

Although Blush & Blu is an established lesbian bar and coffee shop in the heart of Capitol Hill, it's always welcomed the larger, diverse community with open arms. With its sizable performance space, the bar has beefed up its credibility with poetry readings, art shows, yoga classes, drag shows, music and more — and it's fun to visit before or after you dip into Voodoo Doughnut next door. That said, desperately seeking Susans will always find what they're looking for when they walk in.

Readers' Choice: Blush & Blu

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