The Mile High city has a Wild West history and a thriving contemporary cultural scene. It’s a beer town, and one that gets 300 days of sun a year. It’s near the mountains but not in them. There’s a lot that sets this town apart, so it’s fitting to share a round up of the unique event venues in Denver.
When searching for a unique venue in Denver, you have plenty of options with lots of ways to exercise those creativity muscles. Herewith, 11 of the most unique venues in Denver, from a clock tower to a storied hotel.
Neighborhood: Larimer Square
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If speakeasies are up your alley, then head downstairs at Russell’s Smokehouse to Green Russell. However, instead of taking its cue from the Prohibition era, this spot is all about 1940s cocktail culture. This underground lounge, which can accommodate 65 patrons, also boasts one of largest rare whiskey collections in Denver if that’s your tipple of choice. Despite being beneath the historic Larimer Square it doesn’t feel claustrophobic or too dark with its lack of windows. Instead it’s that elegant bar setting of yesteryear, with spacious booths and low seating.
Neighborhood: Five Points
RedLine Contemporary Art Center is both unique and practical in function for events. This is an amazing organization where education, philanthropy, and engagement between artists and communities merge. There are indoor/outdoor options and four distinct spaces you can rent, but the largest is the 5,500-square foot main exhibition space where 90 seated or 250 guests can enjoy the modern artistry around them.
Neighborhood: Curtis Park
Asterix Denver has had nine lives in the century. The building originated in 1923 as a U.S. Post Office garage. From the 1950s to the 1980s it was a tire and auto shop and then a showroom for Weisco Motorcars. More recently it was called the Junction Box which the contemporary ballet company Wonderland called home. Now, it’s a coveted 10,000-square foot venue that can host up to 950 in their transformable Main Hall.
Neighborhood: River North
If you’re looking for that quintessential urban-chic setting, albeit one with a twist, blanc delivers and with a cherry on top. It’s an eclectic space spread out over 2,080-square feet inside, in addition to the 1,125-square foot patio area outside. Part of what sets this place apart is if your event is meeting-oriented you can work out of the Innovation Room. You can “accelerate the exchange of ideas” by writing on their dry erase wall, or why not use the easy-to-clean glass conference table. If you’re planning a bigger event for 150 seated/175 standing this is light and airy inside, while the gazebo provides some great photo ops outdoors.
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
Calling the Denver Art Museum a museum almost doesn’t seem fitting, because it’s actually more of a giant complex—a 210,000-square foot complex encompassing multiple buildings. There are myriad stunning event spaces to consider for intimate gatherings or ones up to 1,000 people. Much can be said about this place in history, design, function, you name it. Definitely worth a deep dive, and a visit or two or three. It’s unique but also iconic and has been a part of the Denver cultural scene for a century.
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In 1859, London proved that a clock tower adds a certain something to a city’s landscape with “Big Ben.” Denver got the memo. Enter: the historic D&F clock tower (atop a building which was once the largest between the Mississippi River and California). Clock Tower Events is arguably as unique as it comes re: venues. You’re spread out over five unique floors in the tower which is in a nutshell steampunk aesthetic heaven. However, 125 attendees can also get an outdoor experience with one of the two wrap-around balconies featuring panoramic views over Denver and to the mountains.
Neighborhood: Santa Fe Art District
In the heart of Denver’s historic art district SKYLIGHT has aptly housed artists and photography galleries since it was built in 1900. It’s now a premier event venue, and while it is something of a blank canvas you already have that urban industrial feel with exposed beams and huge skylights Some twinkling Edison lights are really all you need if you’re going minimalistic. 200 seated or 300 standing guests will enjoy the spacious 4,000-square feet be it corporate or social events.
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa first opened its doors and there’s been an illustrious clientele over the years. The Beatles, presidents, you name it. “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown stayed here just a week after surviving the Titanic sinking. The building itself is gorgeous, having been built in the Italian Renaissance style using Colorado red granite and Arizona sandstone. We could go on and on about the exceptional interiors, from the atrium lobby to the 26-carved stone medallions featuring Colorado’s animals. It’s grand in size and look, encompassing 18 separate event spaces over 20,000-square feet, so fitting for any event needs.
Neighborhood: River North
Brian Dunn has been a pioneering force in the Denver craft beer scene since the 1990s, when it barely existed–-hard to imagine today. His Great Divide Brewing Company (as in the Continental Divide) offers up two options for spaces, the largest of which will accommodate 100 seated or 125 standing/cocktail-style. The Barrel Cellar features growler and lantern centerpieces and state-of-the-art amenities as well, so the design is really on point to begin with..
Mile High Station, a nod to Denver’s sobriquet, is in a building that dates back to 1897. It was once an important landmark building in the area, home to the former Midwest Steel and Ironworks Building. Workers built and shipped large-scale ship sections for the U.S. Navy during World War II. While the almost 7,000-square foot venue (that can hold up to 1,200) has been completely renovated, it still harkens back to a different time with the old-brick exterior walls and other touches. Some of the old operational equipment is still on display for that extra touch..
Neighborhood: Convergence Station
Meow Wolf — which really should be a band name — is the third permanent exhibit in the Meow Wolf artists collective based out of Santa Fe. The building is a self-described immersive, psychedelic, mind-bending experience; one that will make your 488 guests feel like they are on a 95,000-square foot science-fiction/fantasy set.
Unique venues are always a conversation starter. It’s a chance to really step outside of more traditional event planning parameters and have some fun! At the end of the day just make sure the venue fits the tone or theme of your event.
When booking a venue your list of “must-haves” is likely well honed. You’ll know the spot when you see it, but keep your regular checklist—with budget front and center—always in mind.
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