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Top Hipster Hangout Spots In Denver

Are you a hipster looking for a banging good time at an affordable hangout? Denver is home to plenty of cool spots to let it all hang out while digging on a cool brew. There is nothing pretentious about any of the local places in the Mile High City's hipster scene. Simply show up, pay a couple of bucks and have a great time with friends while sipping on local craft beers or chilled PBR.
Nightlife & Music Hipsters, Herman's Hideaway
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Herman's Hideaway
1578 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-5840

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As rocking clubs go in Denver, Herman's Hideaway is an institution and a fabulous place to soak in local bands and tasty suds. Located a little further down Broadway than many of the other bars that line this street, Herman's has been "rockin' Denver" for more than 25 years. Perhaps one of the most laid back venues to hang out in, Herman's Hideaway has a mix of music that ranges from punk to grunge to blues, rock and alternative. Despite the differences in musical variety, the crowd always seems to blend together nicely. Herman's houses a decent sized bar, good seating and a vibe that's perfect for the local music scene. Come check out local and up and coming bands every Wednesday night for the new talent showcase, or come any weekend night to enjoy tunes among a plethora of other music lovers.

Nightlife & Music Hipsters, Tooey's off Colfax
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Tooey's Off Colfax
1521 Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 586-5075

Between the plethora of dive bars and abundance of live music venues, there's no other street in Denver (or Colorado, for that matter), for hipsters quite like Colfax, and Tooey's location in the heart of it all serves as a hipster haven. Tucked behind Kinga's and located across the street from the Irish Snug, Tooey's is part dive-bar, part neighborhood bar and part old school paradise, but the vibe is always fun and the patrons and staff alike are always friendly. The most frequently consumed drink here comes in the form of tallboy PBRs, and the activity of choice ranges from dancing to old school hip hop to playing retro video and arcade games to conversing on the patio with friends. Bring cash if you don't expect to drink much, as there's a $10 minimum for credit cards and the drinks are cheap.

Nightlife & Music Hipsters, Bender's
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Bender's 13th Avenue Tavern
314 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-7070

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Bender's is a proper music tavern with a rockin' vibe. Check out the Reverend Jim DJs (Jim Norris) on $2 Tuesdays. While you get loaded up on rock, punk, R&B and good old rock'n'roll, get loaded on $2 domestic bottles, wine, drafts and more. The food is plentiful and cheap, while being fairly tasty. This is not a club to chill at--in fact, it's not a lounge by any stretch of the imagination. What Bender's Tavern does represent, however, is a place to have a rockin' good time. Showcase your talents on open mic night every Monday, or opt for a less formal way to belt the lyrics to your favorite songs on Karaoke Thursdays.

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Nightlife & Music Hipster, Scruffy Murphy's
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Scruffy Murphy's
2030 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 291-6992

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Looking for amazing music, tasty booze and a proper Irish crowd? Scruffy Murphy's is your place. The bar has specials every day like $4.50 20 ounce imports, $3 wells drinks, $2 domestics and over 50 whiskeys. Both the crowd and the music here are diverse. Enjoy Irish punk, rockabilly, blues, rock 'n roll, alternative country and psychobilly (a genre that fuses punk rock and rockabilly) or catch some rugby or soccer on of the Dublin-themed bar's TVs. Also find a mix of up and coming local bands as well as established musical performers grace Scruffy Murphy's stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Nightlife & Music Cervantes'
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Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-1772

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If you're looking for adventures in chill and flower-power, check out Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Located in what used be the old 1930s Casino Cabaret, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom is more of a music venue than a traditional bar. The venue wafts heavy with various fumes, loud jams and a cheap bar. If you're not into a grungy, smoky bar-scene, Cervantes is probably not for you, but if you like to have a good time with live music and fellow hipsters, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is the place to be in Denver. As an added bonus, the venue often hosts free shows on Tuesdays.

Nightlife & Music Hipster Bushwackers
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1967 S. Broadway
Denver, CO
(303) 722-0280

Bushwacker's is a fun, locally appreciated establishment with a bent towards improv rockers who are encouraged to jam every Sunday night. The bands are often local, blasting metal, alternative, blues/R&B/soul and rock in Bushwacker's small confines. This is definitely hipster paradise with an interesting way to recover after rocking out to great music. The bar serves a "recovery breakfast" every Sunday from 9 a.m. to Noon that consists of bloody Marys, screwdrivers and a home cooked morning meal (or brunch--depending on the time of day you drag yourself out of bed). The booze is affordable, but there are no advertised specials. By the way: "Cha-Chi's Kool-Aid" comes highly recommended.

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