Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse: 8100 E. Orchard Ave., Greenwood Village, 303-796-0100. A swank joint tinged with candlelight and cigar smoke (amid an air of DTC deal-making), Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is thick with fat-cat atmosphere. Abundant dark wood and killer martinis give off a definite men's-club vibe, as does a price tag that's not for the faint of wallet. Jazz musicians perform every night except Sunday.
D Note: 7519 Grandview Ave., 303-463-6683. The eclectic calendar of music and the array of graphic art displayed throughout the club make the D Note a comfortable spot to enjoy a wide range of aesthetic pleasures.
Druid's Arms: 809 Main St., Louisville, 303-661-0721. A semi-crunchy neighborhood bar in downtown Louisville, the Druid's Arms is an unpretentious, shot-and-a-beer antidote to the bar scene in nearby Boulder. The lean, rectangular layout puts the audience face-to-face with live bands on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dulcinea's 100th Monkey: 717 E. Colfax Ave., 303-832-3601. With a chic paint job and futura furnishings, Dulcinea's 100th Monkey is a modern variation on an old-school jazz club. Most nights of the week, acid jazz, fusion, reggae and dub acts perform in the intimate room -- formerly a foul Colfax Avenue dive bar -- while a green-leaning crowd looks, and dances, on.
Eck's Saloon: 9890 W. Girton Dr., Lakewood, 303-989-2991. Eck's is larger than it appears from the outside, with room for hearty drinkers, pool sharks and anyone who just wants to stretch out and dance. Cover bands typically rule the weekends, while local acts of all genres entertain the after-work crowd.
E-Z Pickens: 1950 S. Holly St, 303-757-7129. The sign outside advertises "Eatin,' Drinkin,' Darts," and that's pretty much what you'll get inside this rough-and-tumble roost, which sports a large stage and dancing area. A working-class clientele and a minimalist decor set a casual environment.
Fad: 1735 19th St., 303-297-0066. With a large patio and huge, wood-accented interior, Fadó feels as big as Dublin. The cheeky Irish pub was fashioned by carpenters from the Emerald Isle, and its music calendar is thoroughly green, with performances from acoustic and Celtic groups, and rock bands on the weekends. Lining the boulevard leading to Coors Field, Fadó is popular with the sports crowd and LoDo denizens looking for a little culture, however contrived.
Famous Door: 320 S. Birch St., Glendale, 303-316-2640. So named for a white door out front signed by pseudo-celebrity patrons, the Famous Door occupies the Glendale space that formerly housed the Boathouse and Jimmy's Grille. The distinguishing features here are a sprawling outdoor deck, checkerboard floors indoor and a vague Bayou theme to match the Cajun menu, along with the usual diversions: pool tables, dartboards, live reggae bands on Thursday and a DJ on Friday and Saturday, along with karaoke Sunday nights.
1515 Market: 1515 Market St., 303-571-0011. An extensive vino list has earned 1515 Market accolades from within the wine world. But even those who wouldn't know a Merlot from Merlin show up for the live jazz and mellow rock and pop that fill the place Friday and Saturday nights. Three levels of highbrow comfort attract a crowd that craves jet-set style more than Jell-O shots.
15th Street Tavern: 623 15th St., 303-572-0822. Legendarily low-rent, the 15th Street Tavern makes up for its lack of aesthetics with cheap drinks, a decent sound system and a solid lineup of local and national rock, punk and indie acts. By day, the downtown watering hole draws a decidedly Bukowskian clientele; at night it's transformed into a kind of clubhouse for in-the-know indie scenesters.
Fat City: 9670 West Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, 303-972-4344. Fat City crams family vacation spot, first-date destination and frat-party funplex into one sausage casing -- and it's not nearly as far away as Sin City. Live music or DJs with an impressive sound system means even more people wish they could live in this City.
Fiore's Sports Bar: 8236 S. Holly St., Littleton, 303-779-5300. A generic sports bar in a south-suburban strip mall with the requisite neon Bud signs and a dozen TVs, Fiore's lack of atmosphere is tempered by tasty Italian grub and Skee-Ball in the game room.
Fireside Lounge: 200 Inverness Dr. W., Englewood, 303-799-5800. Located inside the Inverness Hotel, the Fireside Lounge invites lounging rather than swinging. An upscale crowd clusters on the big, comfy couches and chairs that edge a fireplace.
FM Afterhours: 2901 Walnut St., 303-570-8042. It's a very short drive from the bright and loud world of LoDo to the more austere and darkly seductive warehouse district, where FM Afterhours welcomes the post-closing-time crowd. House music Friday and Saturday nights dominates in this anything-goes asylum for insomniacs.
Foundry Billiards Club: 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-447-1803. Without the rock and blues bands that take its stage on weekends, Foundry Billiards Club might merely be Boulder's most attractive pool hall. But music several nights a week helps to unsterilize the place, as does the hearty-drinking college crowd that frequents it.