Denver's Best Venues for House, Trance, Techno and Indie Dance

The Church nightclub.
The Church nightclub. Aaron Thackeray
The Mile High has a thriving dance community, with every flavor of music you could want. Whether you’re into the boots and cats of house music, the soaring synths of trance, the industrial drum beats of techno or the poppy vocals of indie dance, Denver’s got your electronic-music cravings covered. Here are some of the best nights in Denver for house, trance, techno and indie dance music.

The dance floor at Pearl's is simple, intimate and spacious. - SAM NGUYEN
The dance floor at Pearl's is simple, intimate and spacious.
Sam Nguyen
Jack Mode Mondays at Pearl’s
9 p.m.
No cover

Every Monday night at Pearl’s, the crew “bumps house music," inviting people to "drink, dance and shout all night.” This casual industry night has a ladies-drink-free hour from 10 to 11 p.m. and shot-and-a-beer deals til close. The vibe is chill, the people are friendly, the music is fresh, and the drinks are cheap.

GRiZ plays a secret set at Bar Standard. - AARON THACKERAY
GRiZ plays a secret set at Bar Standard.
Aaron Thackeray
Steam Wednesdays at Bar Standard
7 p.m.
No cover
This is a great way to celebrate hump day, featuring a fresh mix of local residents with monthly national guests. Ian’s Pizza sponsors a weekly pizza partyso you can get down on pie while grooving to a variety of electronic dance styles. This Baker neighborhood bar has a loyal regular crowd, so it feels like a family affair on Wednesday nights. The DJs always play a good mix of old- and new-school tracks, and you’re bound to discover a new artist to follow. Did we mention there’s pizza?

Underground Thursdays at Milk Bar
9 p.m.
No cover

Located in the basement of Bar Standard, Milk is a unique multi-room club, often referred to as Denver’s “goth bar.” While the bar is a nod to Clockwork Orange and caters to an eccentric crowd, it also puts on one of the longest-running tencho/tech-house dance parties in Denver. The ambiance is reason enough to head to this event. With elegantly upholstered couches built around dimly lit cement walls, it’s hard to remember you’re not in a decked-out basement in Detroit. Meet new and interesting people while having your ears massaged with cool industrial sounds. Don’t be alarmed if you spot a guy in a gas mask; it’s all part of the scene.

Lipgloss on Fridays at Milk Bar
9 p.m
No cover before 10 p.m.; $5 after

At Lipgloss, one of Denver's most celebrated dance parties, you can experience ’80s German club music mixed with new indie dance sounds from the likes of Louis the Child, SAINT WKND, Party Pupils and Hotel Garuda. This is an upbeat event with people who love to dance, dance, dance, in all sorts of fantastic ways. Watch and listen to the blending of dance music through the decades at this eclectic night.

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