Denver is slowly but surely becoming a city known for its lively, vibrant and diverse music scene. Spread all over the city, music lovers can relish in live music ranging from local favorites to big names in various venues. Many venues specialize in specific genres and cater to the fans and musicians alike. For those whose hearts belong to rock and roll, there are a select few that will cater to that genre specifically. With pumping sound systems, finely tuned amps and free flowing drinks, the following venues are the best places to find rock music in the Denver metro area.
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80223
Broadway is becoming a happening area lately as proven by the countless new eateries and watering holes. But among all of the new, there is an iconic venue that is intimate, a little grimy and the perfect amount of rock and roll. The Hi-Dive is a fan and musician favorite and has played host to some of the most beloved independent rockers to bless the state. Attached to the deliciously decadent Sputnik, concert goers will leave with full bellies and ears.
The Walnut Room
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
Located on Walnut Street in the warehouse district on Denver’s east side, this sizable bar and venue boasts one of the best sound systems in town. Whether you want to enjoy a drink on the expansive patio, move inside to sit at the well-stocked bar or partake in some live rock in the venue part, The Walnut Room can accommodate most rock groups, large or small. Cheap drinks, friendly staff and yummy pizza makes The Walnut Room a venue that shouldn’t be skipped over, or underestimated.
Three Kings Tavern
60 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Another mainstay located on Broadway, the Three Kings Tavern is known for catering to the rock crowd and celebrating the music. From live music, pool tables and other special events like Rock & Roll Bingo, there are many things to keep the music connoisseur entertained. This spot even has a weekly event, The Rock and Roll Garage, where area artists and designers peddle their rock-appropriate wares. Coined Denver’s Premier Rock Establishment, it couldn’t possibly get much more rock and roll than the Three Kings.
3317 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
This large historic venue located on Colfax Avenue is a fan favorite. Its beautiful and ornate interior matched with its penchant for booking great musicians makes it top the list of Denver venues every year. Its ability to fit many fans coupled with its expert sound system ensures that musicians and fans alike delight in a show here.
2721 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Larimer Lounge has one of the weirder setups for a bar and venue. Its almost house-like interior boasts a medium-sized living room where acts play their sets, a steep staircase to the bathrooms and a large, garden-like patio. The layout doesn’t always allow for the best acoustics except right near the stage, but the charming atmosphere makes it feel like you’re at a big a house party with your favorite band in attendance.
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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.