The nine most notable venues and clubs that opened in 2012
This year, the club scene wasn't quite as busy as it was in 2011, when a large number of spots entered the scene -- but 2012 still welcomed a strong number of clubs and venues with live music and entertainment. Here's a rundown of some of the more promising places that opened in the past year. Tell us your favorites in the comments section.
Grizzly Rock opened in July.
A year after opening the 1UP, the hot arcade/bar in LoDo, owner Jourdan Adler took over the former home of Pete's Monkey Bar last June and put his second bar, the 2UP, in that spot. While the 2UP might be smaller than its downtown sister, it features more than 35 vintage arcade games, three lanes of Skee-ball and nine pinball games.
Grizzly Rose owner Scott Durland took over the former After the Gold Rush space in 2011 and completely redid the outside of the building, the stage and all electrical and lighting systems before reopening it as the Grizzly Rock in July 2012. But Durland says he kept the ceiling lights from the Gold Rush days, and the entrance has been revamped to look like a mine shaft in homage to its former life. While the 1,200-capacity Grizzly Rock has brought in '80s hard-rock bands like Warrant and Skid Row, the venue also caters to other genres and hosts a fair number of cover bands.
Hoot & Howl:
Hoot and Howl, which opened in September in the former Twisted Olive space in Northfield Stapleton, is a restaurant, but it also hosts live, local music, open-mic nights and karaoke on a weekly basis. The venue is designed as a family-friendly hot spot that gets edgier as the day gets older and the beer taps open up. Think Old Chicago minus the sports memorabilia, and add some some rock and roll.
Howl at the Moon:
Over the last year, three dueling-piano bars have closed, including Chez Cirque in Greenwood Village, Wild Ivories and, most recently, SingSing, which went dark at the end of last year. Howl at the Moon, which has more than a dozen locations across the country, filled that dueling-piano void when it celebrated its grand opening in March in the former SingSing space, at 1735 19th Street.
Continue reading for more of the year's most notable openings.