Club Nights

Club Directory

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Club Dream: 3500 Walnut St., 303-863-7326. Also called Factory of Dreams, Club Dream is just that: a dream for both DJ and dancer. With one DJ working on the building's construction and beautiful murals hand-painted by another, this heaven of a nightspot boasts a smart layout with a spacious floor area for getting into the luscious grooves that are guaranteed for both the gay and straight clientele.

Club Purple: 1523 Market St., 303-607-9209. The best view at Club Purple is found by looking up: A glass floor on the second level provides an intimate view of the beautiful people who gather to hear DJs spin techno and hip-hop. The large club boasts three bars and a private, full-service basement that's available to rent for parties.

Club Ra: 1111 Lincoln St., 303-861-2225. Tobacconist heaven meets Egyptian afterlife at Club (Amon) Ra, the conjoined twin of a Mideast eatery, the Pharaoh Lounge. Belly dancers will bring you a hookah full of your selected blend, while the sun god namesake plus a variety of beats keep the dance floor hot all night.

Club Sky: 1520 20th St., 303-298-7625. Screens are everywhere -- even under your feet -- in this club for the Coors Field crowd. Downstairs is family-friendly; upstairs is for dancing and drinking. The well-buffed floor is usually packed with upwardly mobile twenty-somethings moving to the music and looking to score.

Comedy Works: 1226 15th St., 303-595-3637. The location is underground, but the acts the Comedy Works presents aren't. The cavernous and oft-cramped room hosts many of the comics who regularly cozy up to Jay, Dave and Conan, as well as local standup guys and gals. The setting isn't for the claustrophobic -- tables are shoved together to maximize the laughter-decibel level -- and the drinks aren't cheap. But the laughs aren't, either.

Common Grounds: 3484 W. 32nd Ave., 303-458-5248. Writers and readers in northwest Denver take refuge at Common Grounds, the quintessential neighborhood coffee nest. Every night, acoustic acts and solo artists vie to entice the regulars from their double lattes and laptops, though the place is more of a meeting ground than a music hall.

Common Grounds LoDo: 1601 17th St., 303-296-9248. Musicians play for tips in this bright LoDo coffee-corner space, where, each Thursday through Saturday, acts distract patrons from the computers, board games and books that line the walls, nooks and crannies.

Conor O'Neill's: 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Conor O'Neil's is the most authentic Irish pub you'll find in the Rockies, thanks to the importation of everything from the bar to the fireplace to the decor. Irish masons even flew over to help build the place. Live music on weekends includes rock, surf, folk and, of course, Celtic.

Cool River Cafe: 8000 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, 303-771-4117. Deep in the heart of the Tech Center, Cool River Cafe provides a respite for young and not-so-young urban professionals, where they can enjoy a few drinks after -- or during -- the workday. A steak-and-seafood-laden menu, pool tables and revolving dance bands performing each weekend give patrons a reason to linger after happy hour.

Cricket on the Hill: 1209 E. 13th Ave., 303-830-9020. Smoky and legendary, Cricket on the Hill is where local bands come to test their chops. With live music seven nights a week, the stage fare ranges from bawdy country to screaming death metal. Notoriously strong drinks and low lights make this a semi-grungy second home to Capitol Hill drinkers and scenesters.

Darcy's Bistro and Pub: 4955 S. Ulster St., 303-770-0477. Located in an upscale DTC strip mall, Darcy's Bistro and Pub is a chic eatery/Irish-pub hybrid that caters to an after-work crowd. Three seating areas complement the social atmosphere: a dark wood bar (with the requisite Irish ales and whiskeys on tap), a dining area with tables and booths, and a cozy library in the back.

Dazzle: 930 Lincoln St., 303-839-5100. When bands are playing, a musicians' fee is tacked onto each check at Dazzle -- which means patrons actively support the live-jazz combos that show up to entertain cocktail, dinner-hour and late-night crowds seven nights a week. Music is a theme throughout the classy but comfortable restaurant/lounge, where the menus are printed on old dog-eared record covers. Seats near the stage offer a visceral performance experience, which is usually a good thing.

Deadbeat Club: 4040 E. Evans Ave., 303-758-6853. The first Denver club to open in an old church, the sprawling Deadbeat Club is no house of God. Most ´beat heads worship at the altar of electronica, but the music menu varies with the tastes of resident and visiting DJs. Attracting a casual clientele that eschews the style mandates of downtown's nightlife scene, the danceplex has multiple rooms for drinking and shaking it.

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