The ten best green rooms in Denver and Boulder

Categories: Best of Denver

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The green room at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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The green room is a mythical place to a lot of people, and rightly so: It's a closely guarded inner sanctum of sorts where artists chill before their sets, smoking their smoke, drinking their drinks and generally co-opting the marketing mantra of Las Vegas -- you know, what happens in the green room... Knowing that these are places that rank and file music fans rarely get to see, we've compiled a list of the ten best green rooms in the metro area, complete with photos (well, the ones we were allowed to shoot, anyway), so that you can glimpse where the magic happens before and after the show. Page down to take advantage of your backstage pass.


10. Herman's Hideaway, 1578 South Broadway, Denver
In the basement of this south Broadway venue sits two hidden-away rooms filled with musty-yet-comfortable furniture. The old couches and autographed walls are covered in a layer of old smoke, and the stench of cheap beer. Herman's boasts a great stage and a cool bar, but the green rooms are dated and need a little upkeep. Nonetheless, that's how a green room should be, and artists should be able to feel both comfortable, and at home.

9. The Fox Theatre, 1128 13th Street, Boulder
Inside of Boulder's famed music spot on the Hill, which has born many big names -- early shows for Pretty Lights when he had a live drummer, the boys from 3Oh!3 used to deliver sandwiches next door at Jimmy Johns -- is also one of the most comfortable green rooms around. Two sets of stairs allow for access, while a connecting hallway/room lies directly underneath the stage. Given the Fox's cozy capacity, the green room offers a welcome solace from the insanity that Boulder's newly renovated venue attracts. (No photo available, as the Fox is currently undergoing renovations.)

8. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton Street, Denver
The green room for the Other Side is located directly beneath the stage and main floor in the venue. At the bottom of the stairs leading from back stage, the room opens into a large lounge with couches, a refrigerator and lots of signatures. For the most part, this is a pretty common area for artists, friends and anyone who likes milking the talent for free booze. It happens all the time. (No photo: The Other Side's green room "was not to be put in print," according to management, when we asked to shoot it.)

Location Info


Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

Category: General

City Hall

1144 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music


1909 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

Category: Music

Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Cervantes' Other Side

2637 Welton St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Fox Theatre

1128 13th St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Herman's Hideaway

1578 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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The renovated green rooms at the Marquis deserve a mention, though the last time I was in there, we were literally the first bands to use them (fresh paint smell!).  The private bar at the Summit is pretty rad too -- I've never seen it elsewhere.  The Fox was certainly the most accommodating staff:


"Hey, what kind of beer do you want?" 

"What do you mean?" 

"Well, do you like good beer or cheap beer?"

"Um, good beer?"


We later three 12 packs of New Belgium and Sierra Nevada products chilled in a cooler -- for a four-piece band.  Suffice to say, we snuck more than a few out to audience members.


The nicest green rooms I've ever been in were at the Belly Up in Aspen, though it's obviously exempt from this list.  60" flat screen, oxygen machine, stocked fridge, great couches, great WiFi, etc.  That place is truly special.




Maybe the green room at Summit is nice but that's the only thing nice about that place.  That place is a dump


They have obviously never been in the Summit Music Hall green room, private bar and fooze ball table.

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