(credit: The Grizzly Rose)
Hanging out with your girlfriends is a must-do weekend event for many teens but the options can become routine. If you and your friends want to do something other than seeing the latest blockbuster, going bowling or going shopping, you’re in luck. There are many options for girls’ night all over the city if you know where to look. If you’re ready for a change, round up your crew and check out one of these places.
Leela European Cafe
820 15th St.
Denver, CO 80202
This coffee shop in the Performing Arts District is open 24 hours and serves a wide menu of food and beverages. With table chess, local artist displays, delicious snacks and more, you and your friends will have a blast. Leela is popular with people of all ages, so it’s also a good place to hang out and watch people. Leela also invites performers to play on occasion, so kick back with your latte and enjoy a show while you’re out.
Santa Fe Arts District
Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
The Santa Fe Arts District is one of the most frequented arts areas in Denver. On the first Friday of every month, guests are invited to tour many of the galleries for free. This night out is a fun way to mingle with Denver’s art community while meeting artists. Since admission is free, you and your friends can see several galleries in one night without spending a lot of money. If you and your friends are interested in cultural events, be sure to check out First Fridays.
5450 N. Valley Highway
Denver, CO 80216
Every Thursday, the Grizzly Rose hosts an 18+ night, and people ages 18 and over are also admitted for concerts. If you and your girls are into cowboys, want to learn to line dance or want to try your hand at the mechanical bull, then this is the place for you. The dance floor is big enough to move without bumping into a bunch of people, and there is a lot of seating. If you aren’t familiar with the dances, the Grizzly Rose offers dance lessons with a Sunday all-ages line dancing option.
590 Downing St.
Denver, CO 80218
This Denver staple is a favorite for indie film buffs. The Esquire Theatre primarily shows the independent and foreign movies, but the Midnight Madness movies on Saturday make for a good time. Past shows have included “Blazing Saddles” and “The Crow,” among others. This summer, the Esquire’s Midnight Madness line-up includes “V for Vendetta,” “Jaws” and “Legend.” If you want to have a fun, campy time, don’t miss the June 27th presentation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” complete with a shadow cast.
1909 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
The 18+ set has a place to party in Beta Nightclub. With one of the best electronic dance scenes in the city, this club is perfect for those of you who want to dance the night away. World-renowned DJs like Armin Van Buren, Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method are some of the guests that have rocked this club, and the regular DJs know how to get the floor pumping as well. Be ready for a crowd because this place fills up but with an electric atmosphere and endless beats, you and your friends can get down all night.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.