Unique Nights Out In Denver

May 31, 2012 5:00 AM

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Denver is a playground for outdoor types year-round, but what if you are looking for something unique to do? Colorado is great for skiing, snowboarding, rafting and hiking, but what if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind activity to enjoy at night? Not to worry, Denver has you covered. Here are five unique nights out in Denver ideas that will put a smile on your face.
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Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
Downtown Denver

16th Street Mall at Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-0075

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Burlesque, vaudeville, comedy and music dazzle in this classic setting from days gone past. Relish in the decadent styling, bizarre chandlers and retro feel of this exciting room from the innards of a clock tower built in 1910. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret hosts a variety of acts that interact with audience members to such a degree that you can even rent a costume from the cabaret to join in. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret also offers a fine menu of appetizers and drinks to accompany your evening.

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Landmark’s Mayan Theatre
110 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 352-1992

Prices: $10.50 general, $7.50 bargain, $7.50 senior (62+) and $7.50 for children under 12
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Usually, people go to a movie theater to experience a film, but the Mayan Theater is so much more than a simple venue to catch a good flick. If you’re in to foreign films, love subtitles, or your idea of a perfect night is munching on some popcorn while watching the script of a great indie film unfold, the Mayan Theater should be your next date night destination. Originally built in 1930, the Mayan Theater has become a night spot that has the feel of the old-time glitz mixed with a technologically modern movie experience. Belly up to the full bar or check out the café upstairs which bookends two small screens. The main screen is downstairs and it offers stadium seating.

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Unser Racing and Entertainment
7300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80221
(720) 282-5000

Prices: $25 plus a $5 one day membership or $50 for an annual membership. Group discounts and specials are available.

Get your inner racer on and try out some serious go-kart action. Located north of Denver, Unser Racing and Entertainment is a blast that the whole family (children 6 and up can race). Or, put the kids to bed and enjoy a one-of-a-kind date night to see which one of you has the most need for speed. The track is open late–until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday–so this is a fun way to trade the bar scene with a more unique activity for a change. You need to dedicate about 15 minutes to a safety briefing, but after that, the racing heats up. Invite a group and see who brings home bragging rights as all of the scores are kept digitally.

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Denver Roller Dolls Roller Derby
@ 1st Bank Center
11450 Broomfield Ln
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 410-0700

Prices: Tickets start at $17
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Roller derby is one of the most exciting sports you may not be watching. Take a team of extremely athletic women, a ring on a flat floor, roller skates, pads, helmets and add in some serious mayhem and you have the makings of a thrilling night. With derby team names like the Bad Apples, Shotgun Betties and Bruising Altitude, these bouts are sure to provide a literal bang for your buck. Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center is where all of the local bouts are held, and it’s only about a 15 minute drive from Denver. Unlike roller derbies of the past, this is not choreographed and what you see is what you get–which is a night of off-the-hook excitement.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Film on the Rocks
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-4939

Price: $12
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Arguably one of Colorado’s most iconic landmarks and most certainly the world’s only naturally-occurring soundstage, Red Rocks combines the fun of live entertainment with the beauty of Colorado in one fantastic, unrivaled outdoor venue. While the park usually plays host to live concerts, for a mere 12 bucks, Denverites can also catch flicks on a giant projection screen as soon as dusk hits the park’s red sandstone “walls.” Forget drive-ins–you won’t find a better outdoor theater in which to catch a good film on a warm summer night. Past films featured here have varied from comedies like “Pineapple Express” to dramas like “Top Gun” to cult classics like the “Big Lebowski,” so there’s always something to suit every movie-lovers’ tastes.

Automotive media, racing, vehicle evaluation, wrecking yards, and car sales are just a part of Nathan Adlen’s vehicular past. He writes out of high octane passion. He currently resides in Denver and his work can be found at Examiner.com.