(credit: Lost Lake Lounge)
There’s an air of desperation in bars that specifically cater to the single people. Rather than putting yourself through that kind of torture, why not just have a plain old, good time? Denver has many cool, entertaining bars that are filled with interesting and dynamic individuals. The following bars will take the pressure off meeting a special someone, instead making for a great night out, where you just might meet some terrific people.
The Front Porch
1215 15th St.
Denver, CO 80202
The Front Porch is located in LoDo and has several special drink nights that bring people in the door. This roomy bar is great for singles because there is always a diverse crowd, the drink specials are great and the Name Night Calendar makes guessing the name of a potential suitor pretty easy. Another perk of the Larimer Square bar is Flip Night, where every time you order a drink, you get to guess the outcome of a flipped coin, and if you’re right, you get a free drink. So, even if you don’t meet your future partner, at least you won’t be thirsty.
2700 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Cold Crush quickly became popular after opening in Denver’s RiNo Art District last year. Its cozy interior, great music selection and delicious food and drink menu keep patrons coming back. The very friendly staff and revolving waves of good looking patrons makes it a perfect place to potentially meet the love of your life. Order a light dish and a strong drink and you just may catch the eye of the gorgeous person at the other end of the wooden bar. If not, at least the soundtrack is terrific.
717 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
The 1up is a fun spot for several reasons. First, it’s an arcade bar, equipped with nostalgic video games from several eras. The Colfax location of 1up also includes a full venue which boasts live acts many nights of the week. Challenge a cutie to Mortal Kombat or The Simpsons to break the ice, and whoever wins buys the drinks.
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Lost Lake Lounge
3602 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Lost Lake Lounge is on the further east side of Colfax, near Colorado, but it is one of the swankiest bars on the list. The lodge-like interior with rich wood, fireplaces and stone work makes it charming while still being comfortable. The brand new stage and friendly staff make it good for singles as there’s much to do to ease the pressure of paring up. Order a Lost Lake brew and cozy up to the bar; conversation will inevitably come your way.
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
1260 22nd St.
Denver, CO 80205
Sure, comedy houses are great for dates, but Voodoo Comedy Playhouse with its full bar and vivacious clientele makes it a perfect place for singles to mingle. Check out one of the venue’s Improv nights to get in some laughs, then try some improv of your own on the hottie at the bar. Whether you’re successful or not, laughing is a great way to improve your morale and your abs.
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Nicole Cormier is a hip-hop head with business ambitions who stumbled awkwardly into journalism in 2007 as Colorado Music Buzz’s hip-hop editor. She is the publisher and editor of the Colorado hip-hop e-magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.