With a thriving nightlife and highly diverse culture, Denver is a must-see for any traveler. Well-known for its outdoor activities and beautiful views, The Mile-High City has plenty to offer. Enjoy the natural atmosphere of the Rocky Mountains at night or attend one of the city’s many theaters and clubs. You can even find a guided tour if you know where to look.
1. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Enjoy music, movies, and a variety of other entertainments at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Opened in 1941, the Red Rocks is a geologically formed amphitheater and one of a kind. Most well-known for its concerts, the Red Rocks is also home to guided tours and hiking, as well as seasonal events.
No events that day? No problem! The amphitheater closes one hour after sunset on non-event days. Come watch the sunset over the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
2. Rocky Mountain National Park
Not just a daytime activity, pull up a blanket and enjoy the sound of nature at Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring some friends and picnic while you listen to the park’s animals, including the sound of elk calling each other.
Is listening to the animals, not your thing? Attend one of the park’s Night Sky programs during the summer. Observe the stars with the help of park rangers and volunteer astronomers, or attend a storytelling event at the park. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and have fun!
3. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Located in Greenwood Plaza in the Denver metro area, Fiddler’s Green is the largest outdoor amphitheater in Denver. Accessible via light rail and several bus routes, the theater is just minutes away from area hotels. Fiddler’s Green is home to concerts, festivals, and a wide variety of special events.
Come enjoy concerts from such names as Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Sugarland and enjoy a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains while you’re there.
4. Historic Theaters
Looking for a historic feel to your night? Elitch Theater, built in 1891, the “Cradle of American Drama offers events throughout the year, some lasting into the evening. Slightly newer, Paramount Theater was built in 1930, and now offers events varying from music to lectures to comedy shows. If you’re hoping to catch a movie rather than a live show, check out the Landmark Mayan Theater, also built in 1930. They only offer three screens, so your options are limited, with two of the screens converted from the original theater’s balconies.
There’s nothing like watching new shows in a theater so full of history as the ones Denver has to offer.
5. Bug Theater
Hoping to catch a show, but not sure where to go? Check out the Bug Theater for live entertainment and shows. Ride along the Freak Train the last Monday of the month for a comedy experience like no other, or follow the adventures of Ash in the Evil Dead: The Musical show. Bug Theater also offers Open Screen Night, when amateur videographers can send in their submissions and possibly find them playing on the theater’s screen.
The Bug Theater updates its entertainment offerings frequently, but always offers a unique experience for its patrons.
6. Irish Rose Drafts
Treat yourself, go with a group of friends, or surprise your partner with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Denver with the Irish Rose Drafts. Enjoy the sites and sounds of downtown in a unique way.
The company also offers holiday specials, such as a carriage tour of the lights in December and Valentine’s ride that runs from the weekend before to the weekend after.
7. Grizzly Rose
As country Western as its name implies, the Grizzly Rose is a bar which also serves as a venue for well-known country music stars in Denver. The Grizzly Rose offers line dancing lessons, draft beer, and no cover charge.
Far from being a one-pony show, the Grizzly Rose also offers such excitement as live MMA, dueling ride-on animatronic bulls, and a pool hall. Some entertainments are only available on select days, but the Grizzly Rose never disappoints its patrons. There’s something for everyone here.
8. Movie in the Park
What a way to usher in your summer! Catch a movie in one of Denver’s many parks. With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a movie and a park that you’ll love.
Try Films on the Rock at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for your blockbuster needs, which also features live pre-film entertainment. Infinity Park offers Monday Movie Madness, featuring films voted on and for by viewers, including new films and classic hits. For picnic and food truck fun to go with your movie, check out the Civic Center Cinema on Wednesday nights at Civic Center Park.
9. Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
An improv comedy club, The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse offers a multitude of entertainments, all comedy-based. Drop in on a Monday or Tuesday night for Improv Class, or sign a group of friends and yourself up for a private event. The Playhouse also hosts a number of improv comedy acts, including experimental shows and the occasional free show.
Open six nights a week, Monday through Saturday, the theater also boasts a bar. All ages are welcome until 10:30 pm, at which time the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse becomes a place only for those of legal drinking age.
10. Denver Patio Ride
Explore Denver’s bar scene with the help of the Denver Patio Ride. Tour the city in groups of up to 16 people in a prearranged outing using a pedal-powered vehicle manned by one of the Denver Patio Ride’s knowledgeable employees. Use one of their two pre-designed routes through Denver’s LoDo or RiNo districts, or create your own, and enjoy your pub crawl in safety and fun.
Prices are moderate, with a price increase on Friday and Saturday nights. Denver Patio Ride is open seven days a week, 365 days of the year. There’s no more fun way to explore Denver’s bar and nightlife scene than this.
Updated: February 18, 2018