Live Music in Denver and What You Need to Know

The Mile High City brims with entertainment every week with big names from around the world coming to one of the many concert venues around the city. Whether you want to listen to some smooth jazz as you sip a cocktail or rock out to your favorite band at one of the most famous concert venues in the country, it’s easy to find a fantastic place to listen to live music in Denver! If you’re searching for other events and attractions to experience during your time in the Mile High City, request our free Vacation Guide!

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The Top Places to Experience Live Music in Denver

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is hands-down the best venue to experience live music in Denver. The biggest names in music cycle through the hallowed hills 25 minutes west of the Mile High City every year. If you want to see a fantastic concert in one of the most famous and beautiful concert settings in the country, make sure you put Red Rocks on your list of to-dos.

The Pepsi Center

This ultra-modern stadium venue sits in the heart of the Lower Downtown District and brings in plenty of top performers from around the world. The Pepsi Center also hosts Colorado’s professional basketball and hockey teams in the fall, winter, and spring.

Ogden Theatre

This small theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places is a great place to listen to live music in the heart of Denver. The Ogden Theatre’s intimate setting hosts a variety of artists in the heart of the Capitol Hill District, where you can walk to a selection of restaurants and bars before or after your show.

The Filmore Auditorium

The Filmore Auditorium also lies in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood in Denver. This spectacular venue features elegant chandeliers and a wrap-around balcony that combine to create an extravagant performance space. The best part is that you’re just steps from your room at Castle Marne!

Colorado Convention Center

The Bellco Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center has the perfect location to watch a live music performance in Denver! The beautiful venue sits in the Central Business District, which is within easy walking distance to the two main entertainment shopping, and dining hotspots in downtown—Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall.

Bluebird Theatre

The Bluebird Theatre is one of the premier small venues in the Denver area. This historic theatre turned concert venue boasts a three-tier balcony with great views from anywhere in the crowd.

1stBank Center

This state-of-the-art entertainment center 15 miles north of downtown Denver packs in plenty of guests for a set list of top-notch performances every year. The 1stBank Center offers a mid-size concert experience where guests can enjoy the show from seats or standing space on the floor.

Smaller Live Music Venues in Denver

If you’re looking for nightly entertainment at a local bar or restaurants, there are plenty of fantastic options for those wanting to enjoy the best up-and-coming music in Denver. Check out these venues around downtown and the Capitol Hill District!

Live Rock Music in Denver

Larimer Lounge

The Larimer Lounge is the premier location for taking in live rock music in Denver. This established venue sits in the heart of Larimer Square, which is the best place in downtown for live entertainment, bar hopping, and shopping. A strong indie rock presence dominates the stage every night of the week, so you will always be able to catch a show regardless of when you visit the Mile High City. The lounge also offers a great happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (extended to 8 p.m. on Thursdays).

Herman’s Hideaway

Herman’s Hideaway is another fantastic spot to sample live rock music in Denver! While this venue features several weekly performances ranging from heavy rock to a mix of rock and jazz. Herman’s is only a 15-minute drive south of downtown Denver and Castle Marne along the South Broadway corridor.

Hi-Dive

This unique dive bar is just up the road from Herman’s Hideaway and features an array of music, from punk rock to bluegrass music. Hi-Dive holds both local and national artists on its modest stage that makes it the perfect small venue with a local feel. The no-frills bar is a great place to grab drinks before soaking in the music.

Tennyson’s Tap

Live music, a class bar experience, a recording studio, and big screen TVs makes Tennyson’s Tap the perfect place to jam out to live rock music in Denver. This Berkeley District Bar is open every night and holds specials like Tennyson’s Taco Tuesday on nights when there isn’t a performance. It’s also a great spot to catch a big game.

Lion’s Lair

This quaint classic 70’s dive bar highlights live punk rock music and open mic nights every night of the week. A cozy stage, multicolor lights, and a uniquely decorated interior give this venue an intimate feel. The Lion’s Lair Lounge also has a long happy hour (from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday).

3 Kings Tavern

Decorated with a hodgepodge of odd antiquities ranging from skateboards to monster heads, 3 Kings Tavern is a no-frills bar that hosts live rock music and comedy shows. This venue dubbed itself as “Denver’s Premier Rock Establishment” in the South Broadway District, and it sits right across the road from Hi-Dive, so that you can hit up both bars in one night for some wild and exciting entertainment.

Live Country Music in Denver

The Grizzly Rose

If you’re looking for the penultimate country bar in Denver, The Grizzly Rose is as good as it gets. This country western bar north of downtown is one of the largest music venues and dancehalls in the Mile High City. Spend a night here to experience live music, dance lessons, classic country smokehouse grub, and a fun evening. Who knows, you might be back for more again during your trip!

Cowboy Lounge

The Cowboy Lounge sits a block away from Coors Field in one of best dining and entertainment districts in downtown Denver. You’ll find cowboy boots, hats, and plenty of downhome country music in this trendy club. You’ll even hear a little bit of rock n’ roll mixed into the playlist! It’s the perfect place to continue your night after an evening of watching the Mile High City’s pro baseball team at Coors Field! They also feature a variety of weekend specials, ladies nights, and private parties.

Globe Hall

Who doesn’t love a good saloon that has live music, barbeque, and beer? Globe Hall is a Texas-themed country music saloon in Denver packs in plenty of savory Southern flavors, catchy tunes, and a fantastic atmosphere. The venue is north of downtown in the Globeville neighborhood, just down the road from The Grizzly Rose. The music here is great, but the finger-licking platter full of brisket, pulled pork, and smoked cheddar mac n’ cheese is even better!

Stampede

The name says it all for this Denver country bar. You’ll have to venture outside of city limits to visit this sprawling complex, but it’s well worth your time. A large center stage, seven bars, and a restaurant make up Stampede in the suburb of Aurora. It’s only open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, but that ensures each night has some of the top country entertainers in the business. If you’re looking for an incredible deal, ladies night is every Wednesday and ensures that ladies get free admission and drinks the entire evening!

Howl at the Moon Denver

Howl at the Moon is another fantastic spot to spend your evening after a fun night cheering on Denver’s professional baseball team at Coors Field. This chain party bar/night club showcases everything from live country music (and several other genres) to mechanical bull riding. It’s open seven days a week and has a variety of specials throughout the week. The party never stops at Howl at the Moon!

Live Jazz Music in Denver

Live @ Jack’s

Live @ Jack’s is the quintessential place to experience live jazz music in Denver. This trendy bar and lounge that blends in a variety of pop, soul, blues, and funk in addition to karaoke nights throughout the week. Kick back with a delicious martini while reveling in their intimate and upscale venue.

Nocturne

If you’re searching for a bar with a 1920’s prohibition vibe, Nocturne is the place to do in the Mile High City. This lounge in the Five Points District of downtown Denver evokes the true essence of a dimly lit, classic jazz bar that you might see in a movie. It also features a delicious tasting menu with elegant choices such as fresh oysters or five-spice pork rillettes. Nocturne is a fantastic date night spot for those wanting the ultimate jazz experience.

El Chapultepec

Blues and jazz music blare from the entrance of El Chapultepec the same as it did back in 1933 after it’s opening. This Mexican-themed bar and restaurant in the heart of the city is one of the oldest places to listen to live jazz music in Denver. Indulge green chile specialties, tacos, burritos, and margaritas as you soak in the lively scene!

Dazzle

The black and gold interior of Dazzle is the perfect backdrop for listening to live jazz music during your visit to Denver. This trendy lounge and restaurant serves up an assortment of unique drink concoctions and cuisine options that make for a delicious complement to lively tunes playing on the stage. Dazzle also has a collection of over 3,000 curated near mint vintage records!

The Soiled Dove Underground

East of the Cherry Creek suburb lies The Soiled Dove Underground, an eclectic live jazz venue that packs a big crowd into the small indoor amphitheater. This 21 and up bar and night club features several weekly performances, appetizers and drinks, and even an in-house recording studio. You’ll hear everything from Celtic music to classic rock at this hip and trendy Denver entertainment hub.

Mercury Cafe

The Mercury Cafe is a popular local hotspot that serves up organic food in a modern boho setting. In addition to live jazz music, you can experience poetry readings and community theater. Whether you want to enjoy some delicious local food or learn how to salsa or swing dance, the Mercury Cafe is the perfect place for a memorable evening in Denver.

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Caste Marne is the perfect place to stay for those interested in exploring Denver’s diverse entertainment scene. Our charming and historic Inn sits in the heart of the Capitol Hill District so you can easily walk between all of the restaurants and venues in the area! A stay in one of our comfortable and luxurious rooms makes for a unique and memorable experience on your trip to the Mile High City!

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