Best of Denver

The Best of Denver 2015: Music Winners

The Best of Denver, our annual love letter to the city, is on newsstands now. Within, you'll find 200-some pages filled with the things that make Denver interesting, from the best handheld burrito to the best twerking workout. We found plenty to celebrate in Denver music and nightlife, too — see the winners below, and head to the Arts & Entertainment section to learn much more. 

Best Jukebox: Nob Hill Inn

Best Karaoke Bar: Armida’s

Best Spanish-Language Karaoke Bar: 100% de Agave

Best Open-Mike Night: Strange Grounds

Best In-Store Performances: Twist & Shout

Best Concert Series: Strings & Wood

Best Old-School Hip-Hop Night: MGM’s Restaurant & Lounge

Best Club Night: TheHundred/Culture Magazine Fridays

Best Underground Dance Parties: Deep Club

Best Place to See New Bands: Bar Bar (Carioca Cafe)

Best New Club: Vie

Best Dance Club: Beta Nightclub

Best Rock Club: hi-dive

Best Blues Club: Ziggies

Best Jazz Club?: Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Best DIY Venue: Rhinoceropolis

Best All-Ages Venue: Skatuary

Best New Venue: Syntax Physic Opera

Best Multi-Stage Venue: Mercury Cafe

Best Non-Venue Venue: Mutiny Information Cafe

Best Venue for the Unexpected: Deer Pile

Best Art Gallery/Music Venue: Denver Art Society

Best Underground Arcade and Music Venue: Hyperspace

Best (Literally) Underground Venue: Ubisububi Room at the Thin Man Tavern

Best Venue to Fall in the Past Year: Dead Leaf Arts

Best Venue Green Room: Bluebird Theater

Best Sound System: Summit Music Hall

Best Sound-System Upgrade: Lost Lake Lounge

Best Venue Renovation: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Best Door Guy: Trevor Thon, Larimer Lounge

Best Sandwich-Making DJ: DJ Gatsby/Peter Schroeder

Best Underground Promoter: Aaron Saye, Seventh Circle Music Collective

Best Music-Education Program: Youth on Record

Best Recording Studio: Dryer Plug Studios

Best New Radio Station: OpenAir 102.3

Best Music Video: “Amsterdam” - Gregory Alan Isakov

Best Comeback Album: America, The Samples

Best Denver Music Compilation: Wet Pizza V: Wet It Be

Best Use of Weed in an Album Design: Drive, Sleepers

Best Use of Bones as Instruments: Matthew Hunzeker/Of Earth and Sun

Best Fitness Band: Werk Out Palace

Best Tribute Band: Fauxgazi

Best New Band: Future Single Mom

Best Music Festival: RockyGrass

Best Concert of the Year: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Temple Buell Theatre

Best Album: Totem, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Best News About the Denver Music Scene: We Beat Austin!