Kava Lounge, an after-hours, 18+, BYOB venue selling kava root drinks, opens this month

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When Kava Lounge opens at 1915 Broadway in Boulder near the end of April, it will be the first of its kind in Denver's northwest neighbor. It will be open seven days per week and until 5 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday night (Sunday morning, really). Anyone over 18 years old is welcome, and while the two-level club capable of holding 300 people won't be serving alcohol, manager Antonio Otea says that patrons over 21 can bring in their own booze.

"They can bring it in and they can bag it up when they leave," Oteo says. "We can't touch it, store it or sell it, which is fine by us."

Although the spot won't be serving booze, Oteo says the kava-infused non-alcoholic beverages they will sell can substitute most of the effects of from alcohol. He recommends reading the warnings and side effects before you partake, but the kava root featured in the drink has been said to calm anxiety. In addition to the kava drinks, the lounge will serve a Hawaiian based tapas menu.

As far as entertainment goes, Oteo says the main goal of Kava is to fill a hip-hop void in Boulder while also bringing in EDM DJs to spin on the brand-new sound system. The early schedule features DJ Petey, 40oz Profits and House of Dub. Whiskey Blanket and Seth Abrumz are just a few of the acts who will be at three-night grand opening, which starts Thursday, April 24 and runs until Saturday, April 26 (and, again, presumably well into Sunday morning).

Because the building, which previously housed clubs like Elixir and Soma, is on Broadway between Pearl and Walnut streets, close to other bars in downtown Boulder, Otea thinks Kava is an ideal location for after hours traffic.

"The goal is to have entertainment all night long," Oteo says. "The goal is to keep it going the same steady pace all night.

Oteo was a promoter at Atmosphere Lounge in Denver (which was previously owned by Kava owner Iran Faamausili).

"They don't have anywhere to go or anything really to do so we're going to fill that void," he says. "Boulder's never seen anything like it before. It will definitely make an impact on nightlife."

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Kava Lounge

1915 Broadway, Boulder, CO

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vzcreations
vzcreations

HOW EXCITING!!!

A DANCING PLACE VS. A TYPICAL "BAR SCENE". HIP HOP & EDM=STUDENTS HAVING A FUN TIME!! CANNOT WAIT, I WILL BE THERE♡. ☆☆☆☆☆

Grace Lorraine
Grace Lorraine

Joe James this was the tea i was telling you about that they drink in HI to get their buzz on.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Sounds like a money laundering operation.

Stephanie Bunce
Stephanie Bunce

They won't be open long once the 18 year olds taste kava! I still gag when I remember the taste

Theodore Spencer Wise
Theodore Spencer Wise

So what? I hate to alarm Westword, but the dispensaries that you guys cover non-stop also sell something that has been banned in several European countries.

Tegan Wolfe
Tegan Wolfe

"Although rare, case reports have linked kava use with liver toxicity, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure."

David Judd
David Judd

Jordan Arcibal No more having to go to Hawaii for kava lol

Pheenix Wonder
Pheenix Wonder

And what about the EDM crowd? we RAwk! \m/ AND LOVE PEACE!

Ron Kohrt
Ron Kohrt

Why has this become about taking shots at race? This is about alcohol, after hours and minors. Recipe for disaster. Not about how black or white people like to have fun.

Dani Elle
Dani Elle

Alyssa Sudermann put it on your calendar, we are going this summer!

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

despite the cold hard fact that the biggest consumers of hip-hop are pearly white ass brats from the burbs, so we should be witnessing a surge in white-on-white crime in far flung HOA hoods and trailer parks across Murka as a result....derp

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

For 1 it's boulder so who gives a rats ass.. 2 there are no hippies in Boulder per say, it's little trust fund rich kids who think they are hippies.. lastly wtf is kava lol

Scott Siclari
Scott Siclari

Sounds like yet another reason not to go to Boulder.

Briana Sims
Briana Sims

Awesome!! I hope they make it best better than kava !! Add some flaver :) super cool

John Quincy
John Quincy

Kava has been consumed in colorado longer than i have lived. Its a fun time but its not great on your liver and even worse when combined with alcohol...

John Schilling
John Schilling

Didn't Kamehameha the Great drink it before conquering Maui?

Tanya Moyer
Tanya Moyer

That stuff is disgusting! I would definitely suggest taking the BYOB option.

Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans

There were plenty of places just like this growing up and we all turn out just fine. Ground Zero/The Root ring a bell?

Andrew Dayton
Andrew Dayton

^^this dude is selling it hard, after hours drink smuts n Molly hello sounds like a great time

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

The underage EDM clubs are havens for Molly sales. No good will come of this place.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Hippies were better before they got old, sold out, and put on corporate suits.

Kally Busby
Kally Busby

We had a place like this in Des Moines, it was called the Boom Boom Room, was open til 5, and was always packed!

Evan Mathis
Evan Mathis

That sounds like a shitshow waiting to happen.

Ryan M. Cain
Ryan M. Cain

this won't last long is straight-laced, white-washed boulder

Erica Rosenthal
Erica Rosenthal

Filling a hip hop void aka Boulder is asking for higher crime levels

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Boulder was better when it was just hippies.

vzcreations
vzcreations

Who says that? & you sound, and look like a hater, with ALL your negative comments, lol

ranatmosphere
ranatmosphere

This article is misrepresented. There is no BYOB after hours.  BYOB is for the private events ONLY, I apologize for the misunderstanding from this article.

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