Best Spots For Cabaret Events In Denver

August 27, 2012 12:00 PM

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Cabaret is a live performance style that is still alive and well in Denver. Look closely and you can find plenty of places offering all of the ingredients for a fantastic cabaret experience. From strong drinks to great music, these cabaret options are perfect for an exciting night out on the town. Just be prepared for something a little different, something a little silly and something a little naughty.

Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-0075

You may be fairly familiar with the historic clock tower at the corner of the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street. The iconic tower was built in 1910 and was the first skyscraper in Denver. However, you may not know that the basement of this Denver icon is home to the best cabaret in town – Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Opened by Lannie Garret, who has worked with names like Bill Cosby, BB King and Ray Charles, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is home to tons of fantastic and scintillating events. From burlesque to vaudeville, the Clocktower is one of the most beautiful and hippest places in town to catch some classic cabaret action.

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3090 Downing St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 832-5482

Eden is a great new bar and lounge that caters to women of all orientations. The bright green building is home to a great bar, fantastic food and plenty of great events. Eden often features burlesque and boylesque shows, bringing plenty of risque action to a comfortable and cozy setting. While you are enjoying the burlesque shows, be sure to check out the delicious menu with food that caters to all types of special diets including vegan and gluten-free.

Hamburger Mary’s
700 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-1333

Just as there is Eden for the ladies, Hamburger Mary’s is offering great events for the men. Yes, Hamburger Mary’s is home to Denver’s only drag burlesque show, “Dreamgirls.” This one-of-a-kind cabaret show hits the stage at Hamburger Mary’s every first, third and fourth Friday at 8 p.m. This is the kind of cabaret experience that both men and women are sure to enjoy.

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Benders Tavern
314 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-7070

Bender’s Tavern is always hosting all sorts of live music and other great events. However, one of the best shows offered is Vivienne Vavoom’s School of Burlesque. Students of all walks of life take Vivienne’s course, learning how to choreograph for the burlesque style, how to costume and all the basics of the bump and grind. Then, when the students are ready to fly from the nest, Vivienne takes them on a public recital at Benders Tavern. This is definitely a different kind of graduation ceremony.

Bar Standard
1037 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-8628

Speaking of burlesque, you can’t talk about burlesque in Denver without talking about Reyna Von Vett and her company, BurlyCute. Von Vett offers burlesque shows year round at Bar Standard, bringing titles like “Leadville or BUST!” and “Black Box Burlesque” to the stage. Head over to Bar Standard and see why Reyna and the girls of BurleyCute are always a fun evening.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at