Nightlife

Location
Denver, CO
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Tuition
$36,936
Admission Difficulty
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Night life in Denver is super expensive. DU isn't really near any clubs, but once you get there it's a blast.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always parties right off campus. Frat parties are not the only thing going on every weekend. There is never a shortage of places to go if you know a wide range of people.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Greek life has far too much influence on this campus. If you're not in Greek life, expect to not be able to attend any parties, especially if you're a dude.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really party so i don't know much about the night life. Transportation good with the light-rails near by and there's 18 and older clubs downtown but I don't know where you can find the parties.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am a RA so cannot party. Large bar scene, mostly stick to house parties. Frats and sports teams have parties but normally mellow out and kick people out soon after midnight.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 60th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 124th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1250th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Hometown
Winnetka, IL
Major
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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Students at DU like to party, and the city of Denver makes it easy for them to do just that. Although downtown Denver is overflowing with exciting and trendy nightlife, there’s definitely more to Denver than downtown. When the party bug bites, don’t miss some of the other hotspots around town, including clubs and bars in Littleton and the Cherry Creek area. In fact, you don’t even have to get in a car to find somewhere to relax, get crazy, play some pool, or just drink. The Border, Stadium Inn, Stick-E-Star, The Pioneer, and Jordan’s are all within walking distance from campus.

House parties are another ever-present option for partying at DU. Most parties get broken up before they really catch flight, but if you’re on your way to another club or bar for the evening, drive through the neighborhoods surrounding campus and see what you can find. Also, don’t miss out on Greek-sponsored bar parties. You don’t have to be Greek to attend, and besides, it’s fun to take over an entire bar for the night and just party away. Being underage at DU is not a problem. Head for the Border, where it’s no secret that the “bouncers” are pretty lax on IDs. A double-feature, drive-in movie theater is located just a few miles from campus, and Denver also has some late-night coffee houses with eclectic interiors and charming atmospheres. Other favorite activities include late-night bowling, arcades, and putt-putt.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Boulder
  • Cherry Creek
  • Lower downtown Denver (a.k.a. LoDo)
  • Washington Park
Student Favorites
  • The Border
  • Fado
Other Places to Check Out
  • Beyond
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Fagan's
  • Heavenly Daze
  • Las Margaritas
  • Market 41
  • Mynt
  • Paramount Café
  • Purple Martini
  • Sing Sing
  • Soiled Dove
  • Stadium Inn
Local Specialties
  • Coors:
  • Fat Tire:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip Cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • denver.nightguide.com
  • www.milehighnights.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Border Campus Lounge
Organization Parties
Bar parties, sponsored by Greeks, usually draw a sizable crowd of Greeks and non-Greeks alike. Most bar parties are held at well-known bars downtown or near campus. Other student organizations and clubs throw parties occasionally, but they don’t publicize them as much to those outside the club.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Mercury Café

Salsa, folk dancing, belly dancing, and swing await you at The Merc. The venue is a fun alternative to the sometimes snobby and vulgar atmospheres of other Denver dance clubs. The Merc features live music, poetry readings, and a large food menu-including vegetarian dishes.

2199 California St.

(303) 294-9281

Rise Night Club

Rise is one of Denver's newest night hotspots for the beautiful to see and be seen. The music at Rise ranges from electronic to reggae to Top 40, depending on which of the three dance floors you visit. The outdoor, 5,000 square -foot patio features live palm trees, and when your feet start to ache, comfy couches to relax on.

19th and Blake Streets

(303) 383-1909

Stampede Mesquite Grill & Dance Emporium

A dance club not located in or around LoDo is change enough, let alone a club solely devoted to country music. The Stampede features six bars, an expansive dance floor, and plenty of pool tables. Don't miss out on the lively two-stepping, line, and swing dancing. For those who are not dance-inclined, get your picture taken in Old West costumes and settings. The place is so sprawling that it never seems overly crowded or unpleasantly busy.

2430 S Havana St.

(303) 337-6909

LoDo's Bar and Grill

A little short on space but packed with energy, LoDo's is a prime setting for the singles scene. The dance floor overflows with beefcake boys and scantily clad girls living it up to the beat of top 40 hits. The bar is also a little on the small side, and it can take a while to get the bartender's attention. But LoDo's is the place to go for a night of nonstop dancing, and if you so desire, one-night stands.

1946 Market St.

(303) 293-8555

Bash Nightclub

Bash boasts the biggest dance floor in Denver. Partying at Bash is more of an experience than merely a dance club, complete with video screens, light shows, and a number of DJs. Drinks, however, are a little pricey.

1902 Blake St.

(303) 298-7994

The Church

The well-known DJs at the Church, who work three floors of music, play house techno, Goth, rap, and `80s tracks. The club is more than just a club, complete with a sushi and wine bar, cigar room, and outdoor patio. The décor of the club, which used to be-you guessed it-a church, might seem a bit sacrilegious to some, but it's a unique spot to drink and dance the night away.

1160 Lincoln Ave.

(303) 832-2383

Club 314

Club 314, located on the outskirts of LoDo, is refreshingly different from the typical dance clubs and sports bars throughout Denver. The club features fashion shows, go-go dancers, giveaways, and contests. DJs play electronica, techno, and metal, and a large lounge allows weary dancers a chance to rest. Parking is $2 all night-most other lots in downtown range between $6 and $20.

314 E 13th Ave.

(303) 861-8078

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Fado Irish Pub

If you're Irish, then you have a cultural obligation to visit Fado. The dark wooden interior and rustic furniture make Fado a small slice of Ireland stuck smack in the middle of Denver. Live music including Celtic folk and Irish rock is played almost every night, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Fado is located close to Coors Field, which makes it a great pre- or post-game spot. Every Monday is open-mic night with Irish singers and musicians.

1735 19th St., #150

(303) 297-0066

Govnr's Park Restaurant & Tavern

The Park is an optimal hangout for sports enthusiasts. Don't miss the 2-for-1 happy hours that cover margaritas, drafts, and Long Island iced teas. Spring and summer are the best times to venture to the Park for the open outdoor deck, which is filled with people, laughter, trivia games, and drinks.

672 Logan St.

(303) 831-8605

www.govnrspark.com

Campus Lounge

Campus Lounge has been a DU student staple for 50 years. Although the bar is nothing spectacular, the atmosphere is uniquely 1950s. The Lounge offers a prime place to watch sports, play pool, eat nondescript Mexican food, and drink beer.

701 S University Blvd.

(303) 722-9696

Blue 67

If you're one of the fortunate attending DU on your parents' pretty penny, hit up Blue 67, an upscale Denver hotspot. The bar's name is derived from its 67 variations on the martini, which include lemon drop, white chocolate, and sour apple. The food menu is just as varied as the drinks. To see some beautiful people making their way through LoDo on a weekend, head to Blue- just be sure to dress the part. Happy hour drinks (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily) are $3, as opposed to full-price $6 to $8.

1475 Lawrence St.

(303) 260-7505

The Border

The Border, however sleazy, cramped, and seedy of a joint it is, has been a DU tradition for years. This is most likely because it's so close to campus, the bouncers don't carefully check IDs, and drinks are cheap. Throngs of students flock to the Border for pool, music, dancing, video games, and random hookups. The Border is notorious for letting almost anyone with a fake ID past its doors. Don't be surprised if you find yourself partying with underage kids who are quite proud of themselves for getting into a "college" club. Regardless of its ghetto feel, you have to visit the Border at least once or twice to be a true DU student.

2014 S University Blvd.

(303) 722-9880

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Dave and Busters

Video games, pool tables, and TVs everywhere make this a great spot for underage fun, but expect to be kicked out when the clock strikes 11 p.m.

1940 S Colorado Blvd.

(303) 759-1515

Decades

A 16-and-over club that gets especially busy on weekends. The club is kind of seedy, and several wannabe gangsters hang out there.

1650 N Wadsworth Blvd.

(303) 238-5777

Rock Island

Saturday night at the Island is open to all ages.

1614 15th St.

(303) 572-7625

Avalon Nightclub

Every Tuesday is 18-and-up night at Avalon. Tuesdays feature hip-hop and Top 40 jams to get down to on one of Avalon's huge stages or dance floors. Additionally, for those over 21, the drinks at Avalon are cheaper than many places downtown.

9535 Park Meadows Dr.

Lone Tree

(303) 790-0024

Bash Nightclub

Cover charge on Friday nights is $10 for 18-and-up, and $5 on Saturdays for ladies 18-and-up after 11 p.m.

1902 Blake St.

(303) 298-7994

Common Grounds

This charming coffee shop in LoDo features delish desserts, coffee drinks, board games, a piano, and computers. It's also a prime spot for people-watching, which can get pretty interesting in LoDo.

1601 17th St.

(303) 296-9248

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 72 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 40% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 47% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 7% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 32% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 51% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Halloween
  • 20% The Big event
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