Top Nightlife Spots For The Under 21 Crowd In Denver

July 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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It’s the coming-of-age conundrum: you’re under 21, but you want to have some good-old-fashioned weekend fun. What to do? Don’t let that giant, red “under 21” stamp on your license stop you from having a good time–there are several places you can go at night in Denver and still have a blast. That’s the thing about this city– there’s a little something for everyone. Check out these unique venues for some seriously fun nightlife for the under 21 crowd in Denver.
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Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

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There is a word in Denver that’s synonymous with the city’s best jazz, and that word is “Dazzle.” Being under 21 won’t stop you from experiencing the rich musical culture this Golden Triangle Museum District venue has to offer. Enjoy the smolder of excellent live jazz and some mighty good food from a varied menu that has everything from garlic cheese bred and alfredo pizza to California burgers and monster cookie ice cream sandwiches. Dazzle is open to all ages until 10:30 p.m., but after that, it’s for 21 and over crowd only.

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Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-1772

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Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom is a terrific historical concert venue for live music lovers with an edge. The building itself used to be the old Casino Cabaret, which has played host to such famous musicians as BB King and Tina Turner. Everyone ages 16 (when accompanied by an adult) and up are welcome, and shows tend to start early, making this a perfect spot for those with a curfew to keep in mind. This is a slick hangout for hipsters, rockers, punks and grunge-seekers alike. Cervantes’ is by no means a dance club or lounge, but it’s a great place to hang out if you like smoke and haze. Check out Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Tuesdays, as they occasionally have free admission.

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The Grizzly Rose 
5450 N Valley Hwy
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 295-1330

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If you’re looking for a boot-scooting, tail-wagging honky-tonk that has some of the best country western music around, have a look at the Grizzly Rose. It’s located in northern Denver, somewhat off the beaten path near–in fact, you can see the Grizzly Rose from I-25 as you head north. This is a fun place with a great atmosphere, and for those of you who need it, the Grizzly Rose has a dancing class, too. If you’re under 21, you’re welcome to swing by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before 10 p.m., Thursdays for 18 and up night and for any scheduled concert event. The Grizzly hosts concerts weekly, and and has been known to feature some amazing performances from some of country music’s most famous performers.

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7519 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, CO
(303) 463-6683

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The D-Note is a great place for hanging out, listening to live music and eating some tasty grub. If you’re looking for a fun night out, you can’t go wrong with this type of environment. D-Note allows under 18 guests at a lower cover charge, so you can save those dollars for some tasty grub. Check out the menu; the themes are all musically related and excellently prepared. As for the entertainment, you’ll find everything from open mic nights to salsa dancing to jazz music. You can even find free form yoga and Zumba classes every weekend. The D-Note is a quick drive out of the Denver city center, but well worth it.

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The Church
1160 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-8628

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The Church was so named because of its historical past, and one look at the stained glass, tall ceilings and stone exterior will make it clear that this was once a place of worship. What used to house the faithful back in the late 1800s now serves as one of Denver’s hottest dance parties for the 18 and up crowd. While you will have to pay a cover if you’re under 21, those ages 18 to 20 are invited to dance the night away on Electrobot Thursdays with DJ Danny, who will be spinning hip hop and top 40, or DJ Tower who will be playing indie and electro music. You can also come back for Global Fridays, Latin music Saturdays with merengue, reggaeton and free salsa lessons, or Service Industry Night Sundays. There’s even a sushi bar in the lower level, dubbed “the catacombs,” for those who want to imbibe in some food after a night of dancing.

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