Written by Christine Loomis, USA Today

Once upon a time, Denver closed up at 5 p.m. with the exception of a few pockets here and there. Today, that’s hard to believe. Denver is a vibrant city of color, characters, sophistication and extensive nightlife options down every street and in every neighborhood. There are lounges, dance clubs, breweries, wineries, speakeasies and a growing number of sophisticated cocktail lounges, all with gathering spots that come alive when the sun goes down. The Larimer Square area satisfies the sophisticated crowd with such options as Corridor 44, Denver’s only Champagne bar. Uptown is home to Retrograde, just one of the city’s speakeasies, while the Highlands is home to another, Williams & Graham., as well as old-school, come-as-you-are Occidental Bar.  Dairy Block, near Coors Field, has become another hub for nightlife, especially underground Run For The Roses. In Denver’s north quadrant, the country-western crowd still packs the Grizzly Rose to line dance, listen to music and challenge the mechanical bull. And in RiNo, nightlife options include Death & Co, the first outpost of New York City’s famed cocktail bar.  In short, Denver has it going on across all areas, ages, genres and tastes. If it’s happening, it’s happening here. 

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