NYC. L.A. Chicago. They’re all spoiled with late-night dining options. And while Denver has been ramping things up in that department lately, nothing beats the O.G. Sure, this used to be one of the only 24-hour options in town. But really, it’s all we ever needed.
So you may be morally opposed to entering a gentleman’s club -- nothin' wrong with that. But are you morally opposed to drinking after 2am? Almost every bar in Denver must shutter its doors by that hour, but not the Gun. They’ve found a loophole and we’re not even sure how they did it. Does it matter? Its T Bar slings drinks 'til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
There are a lot of taverns in Denver. And, guess what? Most of them are open pretty damn late. So, where to go? Try this unique experience that many a Coloradan has attempted before: Pick a bunch of bars on Colfax Avenue, grab a few pals, and get a bar crawl going. True heroes can start at Sancho’s Broken Arrow and work eastward to the PS Lounge, hitting the dozen-plus spots in between. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it, even if you don’t remember a lot of it.
The Esquire recently reopened after a six-month renovation caused by water damage and there may be no better way to celebrate than attending one of its midnight movie screenings. Every Saturday, one of Denver’s cinematic jewels screens cults and classics -- and yes Rocky Horror is in the rotation.
Hometown comedy icons Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy have brought their show back to its rightful place at the Bug Theater. It begins at 10pm on the last Saturday of every month and there are always plenty of special guests.
Rip a scooter up Brighton Boulevard
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As Denver extends its reach outward, public transportation and, uh, boring ass walking sometimes get the shaft. Close the Uber app and opt for a little e-scooter run down Brighton, checking out the new options at The Source Hotel, heady brews at Great Divide, eclectic food stalls at Zeppelin Station and craft wines at Bigsby’s Folly. Cap it all off with a show at the gorgeous and new Mission Ballroom.
Late night eats conjure images of 7-Eleven microwaved burritos and sad, over-cooked ramen noodles. Step your game up with a visit to Cart-Driver, which brings the ruckus with wood-fired pizzas, freshly shucked oysters, and delicious cocktails. The best part? The RiNo spot offers a happy hour from 10 until midnight.