Denver isn’t just the Mile High City, a place where you can enjoy some of the green stuff for recreational purposes, and one of the best places to live in the United States. It is also quite well-known for its collection of great music venues–the live jazz lounges and bars, in particular! Although Denver isn’t a city usually associated with the creation of a specific genre of music, the city has a thriving jazz scene that continues to give birth to more and more fresh blood and young talent. Jazz is well and very much alive in Denver! So if you’re thinking of heading out to get a taste of Denver nightlife, we recommend you hit up the best jazz bars in Denver, Colorado.
1. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Jazz is like wine–it gets better with age! And that’s why one of the best places to listen to live jazz is the Brown Palace, one of Denver’s heritage hotels. Built in 1892, the Brown Palace provides a gilded space for great jazz. Best of all, you don’t need a room reservation to enjoy the night’s lineup of jazz musicians.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Address: 321 17th Street, Denver, CO
Website: The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
2. Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club
Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club’s entire space is superbly designed with great acoustics for their live jazz nights, which feature local musicians and the occasional touring artist. Nocturne is also notable in Denver for being an incubator for the city’s up-and-coming jazz acts thanks to their Artist in Residency program.
Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club
Address: RiNo – 27th & Larimer, 1330 27th Street, Denver, CO
Website: Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 7pm - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11pm - 12:30am (closed on Sun & Mon)
Owned by a musician, you can say that Herb’s has a deep love and passion for music. No wonder the place is filled with live music every night! Live jazz nights are a regular on the music calendar– just check it out to be sure you visit Herb’s on the right night. If you miss one of their jazz sessions, you’re still guaranteed to enjoy good music and great cocktails.
Address: 2057 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 2am; Sun: 3pm - 2am
4. The Crimson Room
Stroll around Larimer Square and you’ll find a red door. What’s behind it? The Crimson Room, one of Denver’s premier live music venues! Every night, the Crimson Room plays host to live jazz and acoustic performances, all of which you can enjoy with their wide selection of cocktails and small bites.
The Crimson Room
Address: Larimer Square, 1403 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Website: The Crimson Room
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 12am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 2am (closed on Sun & Mon)
5. El Chapultepec
Since we’re on the subject of the best jazz bars in Denver, we can’t forget El Chapultepec. Open since 1933, it’s one of the oldest jazz and blues bar in the Mile High City. El Chapultepec serves a healthy dose of live jazz every night (shows start at around 8:30 in the evening), along with delicious Mexican chow. Not your usual pairing, but once you’re introduced, you’ll keep looking for it.
Address: 1962 Market Street, Denver, CO
Website: El Chapultepec
Opening hours: 11am - 2am (daily)
6. Bull & Bush Brewery
On the get-go, Bush & Bull Brewery is a great place to get some pub grub, some locally made craft beer, and also damn good burgers. But on a Sunday night, from 6pm to 9pm, Bull & Bush Brewery transforms into a haven for jazz enthusiasts for live jazz nights. The owners would like you to remember, however, that there’ll be no jazz on Sunday if it’s Super Bowl Sunday or if the Broncos are playing. They love their sports here, too.
Bull & Bush Brewery
Address: 4700 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, CO
Website: Bull & Bush Brewery
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 2am
7. Green Russell
Jazz takes on a more formal form at the Green Russell, a classy speakeasy that is also a great dress-up date spot and cocktail joint. The intimate space and the ritual at Green Russell makes you appreciate the jazz a little more while you enjoy a glass of one of their cocktails (all of them are good!)
Address: Larimer Square, 1422 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Website: Green Russell
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 5pm - 12:45am; Sun - Mon: 5pm - 10:45pm; Tue - Thu: 5pm - 11:45pm
8. The Meadowlark
Down a basement in Larimer Street is another intimate space–this time it is art-themed and oozing with attitude. Welcome to the Meadowlark, where the great jazz musicians come alive and new talents are heard. Head down on a Monday for their live jazz nights, or go any other night for the people and the vibe. It’s all good.
Address: 2701 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Website: The Meadowlark
Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)
9. La Cour Denver’s Art Bar
For most people passing by, La Cour Denver’s Art Bar is usually known as the French bistro to go to for rustic cuisine and also some scoops of house-made ice cream, but among Denver’s music crowd, La Cour is also a very special place for live jazz music. They have a steady line-up of jazz performances (check their website for more information) so you can have a regular dose of good jazz.
La Cour Denver’s Art Bar
Address: 1643 South Broadway, Denver, CO
Website: La Cour Denver’s Art Bar
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 12am; Sun: 10am - 2pm, 4pm - 11pm (closed on Mon)
10. Mercury Cafe
Mercury Cafe is not your ordinary venue. How often do you come across a restaurant/events place that is also a three-ring circus? You’ll find the live jazz music (and other performances) in the Rose Room and the Jungle Dining Room. Find out what’s in store for the week by checking their calendar on their website.
Address: 2821, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO
Website: Mercury Cafe
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5:30pm - 1am; Fri: 5:30pm - 2am; Sat: 9am - 2am; Sun: 9am - 1am (closed on Mon)
Ready to explore Denver's jazz scene?
The best jazz bars in Denver, Colorado will keep you coming back for more. Explore more of the Mile High City when you browse our website for more Denver city guides. We have everything you need to know, from where you should stay to what you must absolutely do while in the Mile High City.
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