Denver is a mountain oasis filled with great places to live. With tons of live music venues and great bars, Denver neighborhoods will curb your rock and roll cravings.


Near downtown, the Ballpark neighborhood is right next door to Coors Field Stadium, for which it is named—but baseball isn’t the only highlight of the area. With jazz clubs, bars and event centers, you can fill your nights with live music. Exdo Event Center brings in bands and DJs all year long. The Loft nightclub also attracts local DJs, perfect if you love dancing as well as music.

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Capitol Hill

Filled with jazz clubs, coffee shops and bars, Capitol Hill has a creative and unique atmosphere. There’s plenty of reliable public transportation in the area, making it easy to hop from one show to another.

If you’re into the smoky jazz club feel, you’ll want to check out DazzleJazz Restaurant and Lounge. This live music venue has great deals on drinks and even better food. They have regularly scheduled jam sessions where artists from different bands play together.

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Swallow Hill Music, a local music school, brings folk artists to the Cultural Center on a regular basis. So if you’ve got love for the upright bass or can sway to some banjo, keep tabs on where Swallow Hill Music shows are playing in the neighborhood.

The Bluebird Theater is a mid-size venue with indie acts from all over the area. With a killer sound system and retro feel, Bluebird Theater will be sure you have some great nights. Every time you go, you’ll hear something different.

River North

The River North—or RiNo—district is filled with art galleries and studios. Bars and restaurants of all kinds open their doors to local musical talent.

Meadowlark Bar opened its doors in December of 2005 and has been hosting open mic nights ever since. When hopeful area artists aren’t showcasing their music work, bands and DJs come through. Every night at Meadowlark is a little different, with bands ranging from Metal to funk and electric.

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The recently opened Sidewinder is another venue to check out. As the bar quickly gains attention, the owners hope to give local bands top priority while still bringing in smaller national acts. All sorts of genres are welcome, so if you have eclectic taste, you’ll be coming back for more.