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Beta Nightclub Will Shutter Its Doors in 2019

Beta Nightclub is closing.EXPAND
Beta Nightclub is closing.
Aaron Thackeray
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Beta Nightclub's mandate has always been simple: "Club culture evolving." But that evolution is coming to an end. On January 5, 2019, the Westword Best of Denver award-winning spot will close.

For eleven years, Beta has been a defining force in Denver's electronic music scene. Westword wrote of Beta in 2015: "Beta has a downtown location and sizable dance floor, but that's not what makes it the best dance club in Denver. It's also got a slick, sleek layout and a large patio where smokers can congregate and watch the LoDo night unspool. Neither of those things turned our heads much this year, though. What really makes this club the best place to lose your mind to the sound of a beat are the Funktion-One sound system, widely regarded as one of the best systems on the planet, and a lineup of DJs and producers that increasingly showcases the top names in the entire business."

The past two years have seen big shifts in the electronic-music market in town, as AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and Live Nation have expanded their EDM offerings at traditional concerts, and Temple Nightclub, a San Francisco-born Las Vegas-style nightclub, opened on Broadway, creating waves in the club scene.

While Beta is shutting down, the future of the venue at 1909 Blake Street remains uncertain.

Beta posted the following statement to its website on Thursday:

To our fellow dance community,

Almost 11 years ago, we, the founders of Beta, began to pull together our idea of what the future of dance clubbing should be, not only here in Denver, but the world. It was an idea that centered on the dance floor, providing cutting-edge dance music and entertainment, with state-of-the-art production along with an unparalleled vibe. It was an idea that club culture should always be evolving, striving to be its best version of itself.

Well, it’s been almost 11 years, and it is with love and adoration for our community that we close the curtains on an amazing show we affectionately call Beta Nightclub. It has been a source of great pride that we have had the privilege to provide a place filled with magic for our thousands of fans, countless DJs and faithful staff, promoters and partners. Saturday, January 5, 2019 will be our last night as we bid farewell to our dance floor.

Our journey has been a wild one, from winning The 25 Greatest Club of All Time by Billboard Magazine and The #1 Club in America by Rolling Stone, to hosting some of the most amazing artists of our time. Whether it was blissfully feeling the music through the sweet spot on the dance floor or enjoying the night sky with the stars as our companion on the patio, there has been countless memories made at 1909 Blake Street.

Our mission statement was always simple. Club culture evolving. As we made the decision to draw Beta Nightclub to a close, we reflect back on this mantra and what it has become. We want to honor what we set out to do, honor our DJs for their devotion to their craft, honor our staff and promoters for their dedication, and most importantly, honor our fans who have shared their valuable time with us. It is with that reflection that we acknowledge the need to take this time to reset, recalibrate, and re-familiarize ourselves with our promise. Our reputation reflects our integrity and we want to remain true to what we stood for.

We can’t predict what the future holds, but we certainly cherish all the incredible memories we were able to share with each and every one of you. There are many opportunities for 1909 Blake Street as we are exploring the future for this very special venue but for right now we want to focus and celebrate what this place means for so many people. So cheers to the nearly 11 years, and we hope to see all your beautiful faces before the final show.

With love and respect,

Beta Nightclub

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