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Ten New and Revamped Denver Venues in 2019

Outside the Mission Ballroom.
Outside the Mission Ballroom. Michael Emery Hecker
Denver's live-music scene is booming. From massive projects like the Mission Ballroom to the pop-up Neon Baby, venues have been opening, remodeling and rebranding throughout the metro area. This means one thing: more live music every night of the week. Here are ten of the spaces that debuted or were remodeled this past year:

click to enlarge Antero Hall at Eck's Saloon has maintained historic elements, including this mural outside. - KYLE HARRIS
Antero Hall at Eck's Saloon has maintained historic elements, including this mural outside.
Kyle Harris
Antero Hall at Eck's Saloon
9890 West Girton Drive, Lakewood

The Lakewood venue at Eck's Saloon has gone through many iterations under a series of colorful owners. Now longtime staffer and new owner Ken Morris has rebranded the venue as Antero Hall at Eck's Saloon and remodeled the space with upgraded kitchen, lighting system and sound system. While opening up has been a struggle, Morris is hell-bent on bringing the space's concert calendar back to its full glory.

Beta 2.0
1909 Blake Street

The old Beta was one of the nation's hottest bass and EDM clubs. It closed earlier this year, with a massive party. Then it reopened this fall, with promises of a pool (which we last heard is slated to be open for Rockies Opening Day 2020). The DJ booth has been redesigned to tower over the dance floor, new projection technology and lighting rigs have been installed, and over the past few weeks, the club has pivoted to incorporate more hip-hop, gaming and sports betting. Tensions have brewed between longstanding dance-music fans and the hip-hop scene, and Denver is still waiting to see how 2.0 shakes out.

Buffalo Rose
1119 Washington Avenue, Golden

Since Chris Cone revamped the historic Buffalo Rose, the Golden venue that dates back to 1859 has a new motto: "“Where the old meets the new.” After being closed since 2017, the bar and restaurant reopened with new decor that opens up the space and brings back some of the original architecture. Best of all, the venue is continuing its long tradition of independent booking — something that's increasingly rare across the Front Range.


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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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