The Denver music scene is growing and thriving thanks to its variety of great venues.

Want to see indie rock in a dive-y bar? It's there. Reggae in a converted warehouse? Sure thing. A big name on a big stage? You got it.

If there's something you're missing in Boulder, it's probably just a trip down 36 away.

Don't be lazy, and don't be afraid of the RTD. The music is worth the ride.

Bluebird Theater

3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver


The intimate-sized room brings in just about anything that will fill the space, from indie rock and pop, to EDM, to folk and homegrown Colorado rock.

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and The Other Side

2637 Welton St., Denver


The dual venues bring in hip-hop, EDM, reggae and jam bands. Every Thursday they host a bluegrass night.

Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver


Don't be fooled by appearances. The Fillmore doesn't present an impressive front, but it can draw big names in any genre, and it's one of the places in Denver to find punk and metal.


Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Denver


The Gothic is off the beaten path in both location and acts. It's worth the trip to Englewood if you're looking for more hip hop, punk, hardcore or metal.


7 S. Broadway, Denver


Speedy Ortiz played the hi-dive during the Underground Music Showcase last summer.
Speedy Ortiz played the hi-dive during the Underground Music Showcase last summer. (Jeremy Papasso / Colorado Daily)

The hi-dive is one of Denver's favorite mid-sized rooms for checking out up-and-coming indie rock, and the spot hosts a lot of local album release parties.

It's earned a hipster reputation, but the vibe is way more friendly-hipster than snobby-hipster.

Larimer Lounge

2721 Larimer St., Denver


The Larimer Lounge draws breaking and established indie rock, indie pop, hip hop and electronic acts. The mildly grungy, mid-sized venue gets loud and packed — in the best way.

Marquis Theater/Summit Music Hall

Marquis: 2009 Larimer St.

Summit Music Hall: 1902 Blake St.

Both venues are owned and operated by SodaJerk Presents. That means both clubs specialize in indie and alt-rock acts, with occasional classic rock thrown in.

Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver


The Ogden is one of Denver's best venues. They land major acts that could sell larger venues, though the Art Deco room is hardly small. The booking covers rock, blues, pop, indie rock, metal, country and EDM.

Oriental Theater

4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver


The Oriental brings in a little bit of everything. You can catch DJs, acoustic rock, hip hop and comedy nights.


2151 Lawrence St., Denver


Quixote's is the ultimate jam bar, but they also have plenty of shows for reggae, zydeco and blues fans.

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