When considering your nightlife destination and/or bar hopping itinerary, hotel lounges and bars are often overlooked. However downtown Denver holds some of the most pristine and premiere hotel bars with eccentric entertainment, stunning views and world class cuisine. Add to that the option to check in for the evening and enjoy a carefree night on the town or a romantic rendezvous and you have an irresistible combination.

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
JW Marriott at Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 253-3000

Not only does Second Home Kitchen + Bar offer its guests some of the finest cuisine and accommodations in the Cherry Creek North area, it also has one of the most popular bars. With lavish indoor and outdoor seating available, the bar is packed just about every night of the week, drawing in a mix of local patrons and hotel guests alike. On Monday night, resident bartender Nycole brings in her own record player and hosts Vinyl Mondays, playing an eclectic mix of classic, feel-good records from her own collection. Daily happy hour specials are offered and often during the weekends, guests of Second Home Kitchen + Bar are left with standing room only.

Ship Tavern
The Brown Palace
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(800) 321-2599

Nestled in the historic Brown Palace Hotel, the Ship Tavern is a vintage-style pub that is credited with having some of the city’s best prime ribs. Its nautical theme and attention to detail create an ambiance that is said to feel like home. In addition, it features live entertainment Wednesday through Friday evenings and keep its patrons refreshed serving wine, spirits and some of Colorado’s finest microbreweries on tap.

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Peak’s Lounge
Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 436-1234

With lofty views of the Mile High skyline and the Rocky Mountains, Peak’s Lounge at the Hyatt Regency serves up as much by way of visual charm as it does in authentic signature cocktails. The crowning gem atop the hotel, this bar has been voted one of Denver’s Best Scenic Sixteen. In addition, it offers guests a more lofty variety of alcoholic beverages to choose from than there are floors to accommodate overnighters, including more than 40 red and 40 white wines as well as beer and top-shelf alcohol.

The Jet Lounge
The Jet Hotel
1612 Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 572-3300

The Jet Lounge at The Jet Hotel is a local nightlife hotspot open Tuesday through Saturday weekly. Known as an upscale cocktail lounge, it plays host to DJs, fashion shows and art exhibits, among other events to keep the culture within the bar as vibrant as the buzz of the city. Bottle service is available in the club as well as the standard beer, wine and a plethora of signature cocktails at the bar itself. While the hotel is currently closed for renovation, this electric hub of Denver nightlife will remain open for the duration.

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Editor’s Note: A restaurant that was once featured on this list has been removed. Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Hotel Teatro closed in Spring 2014.

Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.