Club Nights

Club Directory

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Bourbon Street: 5117 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village, 303-721-6150. There are plenty of reasons to make the trip to this clean, bistro-style restaurant. Well-lit and family-friendly during the week, the place reflects its namesake more on weekend nights, when blues and jazz groups get the joint jumpin'.

Bovine Metropolis Theater: 1527 Champa St., 303-758-4722. Nearly hidden by the surrounding downtown businesses, Bovine Metropolis Theater is the type of place you'd expect to need a secret password to enter. Located upstairs in the old Changing Scene facility, the cozy space hosts experimental theater, improv performances and sketch comedy on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Brendan's Pub: 2009 Larimer St., 303-308-9933. It's hard to have the blues at Brendan's beautiful new locale: The interior is simultaneously impressive and inviting, with the rich woodwork and restored antique bar conveying warmth and comfort in the elegant atmosphere. Luckily, the calendar is packed with pros -- some more established than others, but all able to belt out the blues despite their lush surroundings.

Brunswick Zone Green Mountain: 945 S. Kipling Pkwy., Lakewood, 303-980-0300. The decor of this bowling-alley bar is as antiseptic as a Holiday Inn cantina, but Green Mountain Bowl picks it up with Jell-O shots and non-smoking hours. Come for the electronic scoring, but stay for the live DJs during Cosmic Bowl and the moderate-screen TVs.

Buckhorn Exchange: 1000 Osage St., 303-534-9505. The Buckhorn Exchange's upstairs bar has the thickest history in town, and it's a good spot for a cocktail and atmosphere, even if you can't afford the pricey bison and quail downstairs. Adjacent to the classic bar (an 1857 German import) is a lounge packed with antiques and plush furniture, where autoharpist Roz Brown performs four nights a week.

Buffalo Rose: 1119 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-278-6800. Recent renovations have transformed the Buffalo Rose into a venue worthy of national acts. Musicians perform on a platform built over an old community pool while patrons wet their whistles in an adjoining restaurant. On busy nights, the huge dance floor fills with twirlers, boot-scooters, honky-tonkers and, sometimes, boxing enthusiasts: Fights have been added to the mix at this Golden holdout.

Burnsley Hotel: 1000 Grant St., 303-830-1000. Once owned by an investment group that included vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, the posh Burnsley Hotel has long been home to a first-rate jazz club; local vocalists, pianists and other swingers perform in the lobby bar Thursday through Saturday nights. The upscale, candle-lit atmosphere and mellow sounds make this a great date spot.

Bushwacker's: 1967 S. Broadway, 303-722-0280. The huge, lit-up mirror in this low-maintenance, live-music hideout allows bands to preen from the stage before launching their aural assaults. And you can watch the show without being too far from your next beer in Bushwacker's sunken bar area, complete with comfy chairs.

C.B. & Potts: 6575 S. Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, 303-770-1982. No one , not even the staff -- is in a hurry at C.B. & Potts's Tech Center spot, a happy-hour harbor for the suit-and-tie segment. Background-level music is sporadically folded in, though patrons are more likely to stick to the plush booths than get out on the small dance floor.

C.B. & Potts: 555 Zang St., Broomfield, 720-887-3383. Buttface Amber is the name of a lager served to the business-class crowd at C.B. & Potts; it's made by the Bighorn Brewery, housed within the Broomfield bar, where sports TV, trivia games and unique microbrews are the favored forms of entertainment. DJs do spin control a couple of nights a week.

C.B. & Potts: 43 W. Centennial Pkwy., Highlands Ranch, 720-344-1200. Working with the popular hunting-lodge/yuppie-watering-hole theme, C.B. & Potts is Highlands Ranch's closest approximation of a neighborhood bar. TVs are everywhere, the decor is unintentionally campy, and there's live music for the late-night crowds on Wednesdays.

Cafe Prasad: 1904 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2667. Cafe Prasad has a split personality: It's half juice counter/mini-restaurant, and half carpeted live-music venue. There's plenty of seating available -- thick, rough-hewn oak on one side of the room and folding metal chairs on the other. Or take a cue from the regulars and sprawl on the floor, relax and enjoy the mostly acoustic acts that play here.

Caff Sol: 637-R Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, 303-499-2985. A clean, subtly lit coffee shop on the south end of town, Caffé Solé does its best with a mini-mall address. Dreadlocked baristas pull joe for students and others who want to enjoy the mellow atmosphere.

Carioca Cafe: 2060 Champa St., 303-296-1250. Live music dominates Carioca Cafe on the weekends, and a lively jukebox keeps the beat during breaks. Some might speculate on the meaning of a huge deco-style mural on the wall, painted in the ´40s, while others simply concentrate on sinking the eight ball at one of many game tables.

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