Best of Denver

The Best of Denver 2014: Music category winners

Westword's annual Best of Denver issue is on newsstands now. Within it, you'll find several hundred of our favorite things about this city, everything from best handcrafted signs to best tater tots. Go find yourself a copy to earmark and keep in your car or bicycle basket or whatever.

It's not all junk food and arts and crafts, of course. Some 50-plus of this year's best things/places/people/events in Denver come from the world of music, covered here every day on Backbeat. For ease of perusal, we've spotlighted those below. Click on any of the category titles to read about this year's winner. And let's start some healthy debates in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. It's already time to start looking for next year's best.

Best Jukebox Skylark Lounge

Best Karaoke Bar Armida's Mexican Restaurant & Lounge

Best Open Mic The Meadowlark

Best Jazz Jam The Meadowlark

Best Blues Jam Ziggies

Best Blues Club Ziggies

Best Jazz Club Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Best Dance Club Beta

Best New Club ViewHouse

Best Dance Party of the Summer Global Dance Festival

Best Club Night Mile High Soul Club

Best Dance Party of the Year Decadence

Best Disco Revival Denver Disco

Best DJ Party DJ Ktone's Birthday Bash 6: Denver Got Next

Best Beach Parties Inkmonstr Pool Party Series

Best Theme Parties Crowdsurf Concerts

Best DJ Set DJ Muggs

Best DJ Showcase Electronic Tuesdays

Best Hip-Hop Hangout Cold Crush

Best Hip-Hop Brunch Table 6

Best Club Patio Bar Standard/Milk Bar

Best Club Smoking Area Vinyl

Best Cocktails at a Music Venue The Soiled Dove Underground

Best Metal Brewery TRVE Brewing

Best Metal Fest Denver Black Sky

Best Mic Stand Lola Black

Best Vending Machine Larimer Lounge

Best Bathrooms at a Music Venue Red Rocks Visitor Center

Best Experimental Mix Watt? Amplified and Supercharged Music Expression

Best Musical Mix Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Best Mix of Music and Comedy Greater Than Social Club

Best Underground Venue Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

Best New Venue The Sidewinder Tavern

Best Place to See New Bands Seventh Circle Music Collective

Best Unexpected Place to Hear Local Music Untitled at the Denver Art Museum

Best DIY Promoter Zach Smith

Best Underground Talent Promoter The Hundred/Home

Best Reunion Show 40th Day

Best Album-Release Show Chimney Choir

Best Album-Cover Design Scavenger, The Raven and the Writing Desk

Best Flier Art Ethan McCarthy

Best Stage Art FaceMan's shark stage

Best Music TV Sounds on 29th

Best Music Video "Culture Over Currency Vol.1" Collective Culture Cypher

Best Band Name Change Wiredogs

Best New Band Inner Oceans

Best Concert of the Year Prince and 3rd Eye Girl

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