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Talia from Boston asked

Best small music venues?

Heading to Denver this summer with a few friends and we want to catch some live shows. Looking for small, local venues where we can get tickets fairly last minute and enjoy some drinks! Open to all types of music.

Denver (Colorado)

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sudhir from Denver

Hey! There are a few really good small venues in Denver. Some of my favorites are, in no particular order, Bluebird Theater which is one of my favorite small venues (about 350 capacity) and some great acts and fairly cheap drinks. Hi-Diveis another great venue that has some great smaller bands and is about a 200 capacity. It is also next door to Sputnik which is a great bar in an of itself. Larimer Lounge has been around for about 10 years and is a staple in the RiNO neighborhood and has about a 225 capacity. They have some fantastic acts (I have seen Ghostland Observatory and Vampire Weekend there). Lost Lake Loungeis owned by the same guy as Larimer Lounge. It is really a bar that has music (about a 100 capacity) but can be fun for local bands. If you like more jam band acts, you can try Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. A bit larger (400 capacity ish), shows there can be pretty fun. The neighborhood is still transitioning so be aware. Aother bar that plays music is Lion's Lair. They have also been around forever and play mostly local focusing on punk and metal.  This should at least point you in the right direction! I would grab a Westword the week you are going down to see what's playing that you might like. Hope you have fun!


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Talia
Wow, my friends are going to be so impressed when I share this with them. Bluebird, Hi-Dive, Larimer and Lost Lake are exactly what we are looking for. Can't wait to check them out, thank you!
 

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No worries! I just thought of another place too. The Marquis Theater is downtown and is a cross between the Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake. They get some decent talent rolling through there as well. Hope you have a blast in Denver!
 
 
 

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answered by
Melissa

Try to stop in Fillmore Auditorium It's a pretty small theater with a RAD ambiance (they have a huge chandelier that hangs over the main area. Lots of smaller indie bands stop through there! If you want to journey a little farther, stop in Fox Theatre in Boulder. It's got a great location and is one of the smallest venues I've ever been to... it's really cool.  Flip side is that it's a collge town so you'll have to deal with a lot of college kids. If you don't mind a bigger venue (much bigger!) stop in Red Rocks Park The best place in the world to see a show!


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I've heard about Red Rocks! I've been told its absolutely stunning. I tend to go to smaller venues but if its the best place to see a show then I must go:)
 
 
 

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Sarah from Watertown Ny

Red Rocks Park is big but an awesome ampitheathre.  Everyone should go there once if they have the chance.  There is a very small place in the canyon west of Fort Collins that get big names but is small called Mishawaka Amphitheater or something like that.  its the only place up the canyon on the way towards Walden from Fort Collins.  Greeley has the stampede over 4th of July that also has a small venue and is quite interesting.  Especially the parade on the 4th where the y have long horned steer hearded thru the streets.  Another fun place is a duel piano sing along bar near the baseball stadium in Downtown Denver.


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Thank you Sarah! It's my dream to get to Red Rocks. Might just have to make that happen...
 
 
 

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Jan from Thornton

Make sure you check line ups at The Fillmore Auditorium, or The Gothic TheatreParamount Theatreor Bluebird Theater.  I am going to Steve Winwood at the Paramount on Sunday night. Should be fun.  Just saw Neon Trees at Ogden Theatrelast night, but it is general admission, standing only shows if you can handle that. Of course, the Creme de la Creme of best music concerts venues IN THE WORLD, is Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.  Definitley larger venue, but a must on the bucket list.....


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Love Neon Trees! We're open to GA for sure. Bluebird looks pretty great too and I mean, Red Rocks might just have to happen. :) Thank you again--really appreciate you taking the time to help us out!
 
 
 

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Talia
Thank you, Brit! The Meadowlark looks really cool. It's so fun discovering new places! Really appreciate it...can't wait to check them out. Thanks again for your help!
 
 
 

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Martin from Colorado

The Gothic Theatre in Engelwood and Herman's Hideawayon Broadway and The Oriental Theater all less than 400 people.  On Colfax Ave head to the Ogden TheatreBluebird Theater, and Fillmore Auditorium.   Oh the Paramount Theatre just off the 16th Street Mall.  The last three places are larger venues > 1,000 folks.

All the venues have ticket offices and if you have cash you and go at least the day before the show you can avoid the service charges.  Unfortunately tix go on sale so early these days so you may have to use one of the resellers.

For tickets or upcoming events try http://www.aeglive.com/search/?term=denver


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Thanks so much, Martin!
 
 
 

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Leigh from Denver, Colorado

Bowman’s Vinyl & Lounge is a record store with a bar¡ they have live music on most all weekends and they're always free she's. 3 Kings Tavern Denver has great shows, with mostly local bands, and a fun hipster punk atmosphere. The Gothic Theatre is beautiful and smaller, but has more national acts, same with Bluebird Theater


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