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One of these places even hosts a rowdy drag bingo. 

Peter Schlesinger
July 25, 2017

Looking to have a gay old time in the Mile High City? The LGBT community in Denver — a friendly mix of outdoorsy mountain men and women — has a host of places to choose from. From drag bingo to roller skating and from Colorado craft beers to specialty cocktails, these are seven of the best gay bars and clubs in Denver for every occasion. 

For Dancing: Tracks

The quintessential gay club Tracks fills out its weekly calendar with nightly events like RuPaul showings, goth nights, and roller skating parties. On weekends, it’s the city’s top destination for LGBT locals looking to dance. Wander the different rooms (top 40, country, hip hop) until you find the music you’re looking for. While Tracks is inclusive every night, the club also has a monthly night dedicated to lesbians and allies that’s one of the largest in the country.

For the Beer: The Denver Wrangler

A mainstay of the gay social scene for burly types since 1996, The Denver Wrangler moved to the Five Points neighborhood in 2016. The new location is almost twice as large as the original, allowing for more dancing, darts, and debauchery. Head to the weekly Beer Busts and enjoy 4 hours of unlimited Coors Light, Fat Tire, Blue Moon, and Killian's for just $10.

For the Bingo: Trade

A popular queer bar by night, newcomer Trade also has the city’s rowdiest drag bingo. Stop by Sunday afternoons to play a few rounds, hosted by the fabulous Jackie Summers. It’s a hilarious few hours with well-priced drinks and a friendly atmosphere. Lucky winners walk away with various toys you wouldn’t show your mother.

For Latin Music: El Potrero Nightclub

A Latin-influenced nightclub southeast of Downtown, El Potrero is where to go if you want to dance to cumbia, banda and reggaeton music until the wee hours of the morning. There are weekly drag shows and karaoke nights, as well as multiple dedicated evenings for the queer ladies of Denver.

For the Neighborhood Bar: Li’l Devils Lounge

South of downtown in Denver’s Baker district, Li’l Devils Lounge is a low-key corner bar serving Colorado craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Swing by with friends, a date, or just yourself and you’re bound to strike up a conversation with a neighborhood regular.

For the Original: Charlie’s

Open since the early 80s, Charlie’s has maintained a dedicated following of local fans who come here for country music and line dancing. A recent facelift affected the playlists, too, bringing in more pop and contemporary dance music. But it’s still the city’s number one spot for LGBT cowboys to take their boots for a spin.

For the Community: Blush & Blu

During the day, Blush & Blu is a welcoming tea, coffee, and beer lounge reminiscent of Central Perk from "Friends." But queerer. Evenings see it transition fully to a bar, the only official lesbian one that remains in town. Live music, game nights, and solid music mean that first-time visitors are likely to become regulars at this communal spot where everyone knows the owner by name. (Her name is Jody.)

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