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Just over three decades ago, it seemed that New York, LA, and Chicago had a stranglehold on the standup circuit. For those with guts in need of busting and knees in need of slapping, the only alternatives were treks to the Catskills or nights spent snuggling with a Bob Newhart doll. Lucky for the Denver community, Doug Olson, Edd Nichols, and George McKelvey opened Comedy Works in 1981, the city's first club to specialize only in full-time standup. Unsurprisingly, it transformed the Southwest into a prime destination for the nation's top touring comedians, even landing a spot on USA Today's list of the Top 5 Comedy Clubs in the US. The downtown location, which still resides in the basement of the Granite Building, has played host to a who's-who of comedy throughout the decades. Roseanne Barr got her start doing open mics there, while Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, and George Lopez have all milked the mile-high elevation for maximum laughs. Now under the ace management of Wende Curtis (one of the country's few female comedy-club owners), Comedy Works has expanded to The Landmark at a second location known as Comedy Works South. The environs are decidedly posher than its predecessor's, with a 380-seat showroom, and accompanying restaurant, lounge, and ballroom. Despite the differences in atmosphere, both locations maintain the club's comedic pedigree and passion for nurturing the next generation of standups.
1226 15th St
Denver,
CO
US
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse’s resident yuksters split sides four days a week, oscillating between stand-up acts, improv shows, and celebrity impersonation revues. On Saturday nights, The Fine Gentlemen’s Club opens its stately gates for a retinue of solo joke-tellers, lobbing laugh-bombs at audiences still crooning choruses from Hit and Run’s Friday night musical improv. Chuckling companions may also rain roses on Makeshift Shakespeare’s all-male cadre of bard-minded barnstormers, who deftly fuse the rich, florid prose of Shakespeare with a soupçon of gut-busting improv. Alternatively, guests can opt for a late-night lark at the Divalicious Cabaret, which raucously parades the spitting images of such fetching celebrities as Cher, Beyoncé, and Snuffaluffagus. Suds and spirits from a full-service bar irrigate arid laugh lairs as performers tread the boards beneath Voodoo’s pristine, ultramodern theater set-up.
7290 Commerce Center Drive
Colorado Springs,
CO
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Bistro Al Vino whets whistles with wine flights that integrate more than 30 varietals. Each flight rounds up four 2-ounce pours, organized by playful monikers such as Marilyn Merlot. Pinot Envy, which brandishes Californian and New Zealand wines, takes its name after Sigmund Freud’s theory that psychological development centers around one’s possession or lack of pinot noir. Red and white libations originate from California, Italy, Spain, Australia, and more.
15352 E Ida Dr
Centennial,
CO
US
An easy hangout, join fellow drinkers at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon for that classic Irish bar experience. Those looking for a meal that s low in fat won t find it at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon, where hearty, tasty meals come first. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon's full bar to top off your meal. Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. Seating is readily available at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon for those with large parties. Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon. Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon as well. Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard. It tends to get especially busy on weeknights, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. The dream is to eat an amazing meal for under $15, and at Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon, they are making dreams come true. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
25 Old Town Sq
Fort Collins,
CO
US
Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar's 16 synthetic lanes gleam under a healthy collection of neon lights and high-definition television screens as leather sofas at each lane cradle guests who patiently wait their turn. When not bowling, bowlers can play foosball or billiards at the onsite sports bar or order from a full menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and other grilled items. The sports bar?s wooden accents add to the alley?s decor, which harks back to midcentury lounge styling without vintage drawbacks such as faulty ball returns or the ghosts of failed mayoral candidates floating down the alleyways.
415 S Teller St
Lakewood,
CO
US
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
1 City Hall Place
Pueblo,
CO
US
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