Still, for the agoraphobic, right now the Loft's quiet locale is a pleasant change of pace from Larimer Square, where hordes of hungry singles and drunks mass every weekend.
"We wanted to bring an upscale lounge to a different neighborhood," explains manager/owner Jamie Uhlir, who, along with partners Shane Hudson and Ryuji Brumley, took over the space from Evolution owner Andy Mannsfield. And although the spotlight is no longer on the gay-and-lesbian circuit, Uhlir insists that the Loft welcomes everyone. "We have something different that Denver hasn't seen yet," he says. "Downtown is so saturated that you can't even park. Here, people don't have to worry about fights or getting attitude from the staff. We try to focus on service."
And, boy, does he mean that. Not only does the club offer the rare amenity of a free parking lot, but from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, it also features an Escalade limo service that shuttles patrons between the Loft and down-downtown. That means you can still get your pre-game drink on Five Points style, and wind up on Market Street in time for 2 a.m. Let Out. Pure genius.
All sorts of weekly events, from live bands to classic cinema to martini and manicure nights, are popping up on the Loft's calendar; for a full schedule, visit www.myspace.com/theloftdenver or call the bar at 303-296-4604.
Meanwhile, back on Larimer Square: After twenty very sober years, the Market, at 1445 Larimer Street, is going for a hotel-and-restaurant license so that it can offer beer and wine with its food offerings. Sounds good to us. The public hearing is September 11. You know how Club Scout would vote.