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The Best New Club in Denver in 2019...and Through the Decades

Temple Nightclub opened in 2017.
Temple Nightclub opened in 2017. Aaron Thackeray

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click to enlarge ViewHouse Ballpark. - BRANDON MARSHALL
ViewHouse Ballpark.
Brandon Marshall
2014
ViewHouse
2015 Market Street
720-282-1588

Lotus Clubs founder Francois Safieddine, who owns Chloe and Suite Two Hundred, clearly knows a thing or two about dance clubs. He took a slightly different approach with ViewHouse, which opened just before the start of the 2013 baseball season, in the former home of Mori Japanese Restaurant. Safieddine pulled out all the stops to honor the ViewHouse name, transforming the venue into a 20,000-square-foot party palace topped by a deck with a breathtaking view of the mountains and Coors Field. ViewHouse is doing just fine; today there are also locations in the Denver Tech Center and Littleton.

VIE NIGHTCLUB
VIE Nightclub

2015
Vie Nightclub
1427 Larimer Street
Lotus Clubs owner Francois Safieddine has had a long and successful history in Denver's nightlife, especially with more recent venues like Chloe and both ViewHouse locations. While Chloe is a stylish dance club/restaurant, Safieddine went a step further when he opened Vie in late 2014 at 1427 Larimer Street. Formerly Suite Two Hundred, the 7,000-square-foot space has been transformed into an ultra-chic dance club. Vie brings in local and national EDM talent and features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Vie has closed.

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Westword
2016
Pearl's
608 East 13th Avenue

The building at 608 East 13th Avenue housed the venerable Snake Pit for nearly two decades before the Beauty Bar took over in 2010. When that venue closed last June, co-owner Mike Barnhart and manager Tucker Schwab spent the next few months transforming the space into a super-cool dance club and music venue on one side and a neighborhood bar on the other. Pearl's hosts the ever-popular Motown Thursdays — with free chicken and waffles — as well as other weekly and monthly dance nights. Pearl's has closed; the space is now Your Mom's House.

click to enlarge The Black Box. - AARON THACKERAY
The Black Box.
Aaron Thackeray
2017
The Black Box
314 East 13th Avenue
303-831-6207

The building at 314 East 13th Avenue has housed several different venues over the past decade, including Bender's Tavern and Quixote's True Blue, but the place didn't truly start rocking the deep bass until Sub.mission's Nicole Cacciavillano took it over and opened in the fall of 2016 as the Black Box. While the dual-room club, which sports a powerful, state-of-the-art Basscouch sound system, brings in a number of local and national dubstep acts on a regular basis, a variety of EDM artists perform in both rooms throughout the week. The Black Box is doing just fine today.

click to enlarge Temple Denver on opening weekend. - AARON THACKERAY
Temple Denver on opening weekend.
Aaron Thackeray
2018
Temple
1136 Broadway
303-309-2144

Over the past decade, San Francisco's Temple Nightclub has built up a strong following, and last year, CEO and founder Paul Hemming opened an outpost in Denver, in the former City Hall location. The super-futuristic three-story venue, which Hemming calls "a love child of Burning Man and Las Vegas," has presented heavy-hitting EDM talent like Fedde Le Grand and Benny Benassi, who play jams pumped through a booming Funktion-One sound system. The club's LED-covered walls and laser light shows give the space a sci-fi-flavored ambience. Temple is going strong today.

And the best new club in Denver in 2019 is...

click to enlarge The Rock Steady Block Party, September 29 to 30, at 21st and Curtis streets. - MICHAEL EMERY HECKER
The Rock Steady Block Party, September 29 to 30, at 21st and Curtis streets.
Michael Emery Hecker
2019
Rock Steady
2100 Curtis Street
720-420-9898
When Cold Crush closed in late 2017, RiNo lost one of its great hip-hop spots. But it didn't take long for owner Brian Mathenge to start another project. He teamed up with Curtis Club owner Scott Bagus to turn that space into a new restaurant/nightlife concept called Rock Steady. The spot, named after the original New York breakdancing crew, opened last summer. While not a reincarnation of Cold Crush, Rock Steady retains some of the place's vibe with its weekly and monthly DJ nights.
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