NORAD Dance Bar is closing at the end of May

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Ken Hamblin

In June of 2012, Preston Douglas opened the doors of NORAD Dance Bar in hopes of redirecting the ears of listeners to the underground sounds of house, deep house, and techno music. Since then, the spot has become a fixture in Denver's growing dance and electronic scene, welcoming fans for sell-out nights with artists like Nicole Moudabar, Goldie and the Great American Techno Festival, to name a few. But NORAD will be closing at the end of May.

"We are not giving up the NORAD brand, the vibes, or the scene we've built, or the music enthusiasts that have rallied around us since day one," says Douglas, now a co-owner of the bar. "We are taking some time off and seeing where our options take us."

All remaining listed shows will happen as planned. The NORAD crew will continue on with its two complete sound and lighting rigs, promoting one-off shows at other venues and possibly opening another permanent location down the road.

See also: Denver's five best small dance clubs

The building housing NORAD, located at 821 22nd Street, has been for sale for nearly six years. The owners of NORAD moved in with the understanding that, once the building was sold, the continuation of the club would be at the discretion of the new owners. The landlord has found new owners, and their plans do not involve NORAD.

"We have first right of refusal if we are able to purchase the property, but at this point, we are not at a level of success to do that on our own," says Douglas. "The new property owners do not want to have an night club leased out there. They are going to move forward on whatever they are doing on their own."

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Several sources who wish to remain anonymous have speculated to Westword that the building will house either a restaurant or retail space.

According to Douglas, there was no mention of a grace period once the property was sold. "We've just been trying to figure out what our best options were: If we could find someone to buy it, would that be enough? If we could get another investor with operating capital to get it the way we wanted...

"We've never been rich club owners -- we are music enthusiasts and fans," he says. "We've weighed the numbers, and unless someone came through with the money and would partner with us as a nightclub, it's not something we are ready to jump into."

Read more information on NORAD's future plans on the next page.


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109 comments
Preston Douglas
Preston Douglas

NORAD will continue on through one off events this summer until they find a new location.

John Elliott
John Elliott

Nothing WILL last there until the City of Denver gets rid of the street dealers, crackheads, deadbeats and others who circle that block and others since Triangle Park and Sonny Lawson Park cleaned up and tossed out the indigents.

Benjamin  Gaylord
Benjamin Gaylord

Is anyone going to be able to find success at 22nd and champa?

Michael Stein
Michael Stein

I take it all back Ben ; I was struggling with my demons yesterday, I forgot that NORAD and its patrons were an extension of the wisdom and beauty of our lord, G-D. May we sing out and demand glory in HIS name!

Ben Donehower
Ben Donehower

fuck you Michael Stein norad was a sanctuary

Matt Ahearn
Matt Ahearn

Professionally, this trolling effort seems like a great idea for him.

Matt Ahearn
Matt Ahearn

Hey, Boone, he may not be good at music and nightlife but he sure is good at interneting! Did you see where he called that one guy a narc?! Classic stuff.

Devan Castinado
Devan Castinado

I heard. Explains why Preston never called me back about the 2nd...

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

That's too bad, I've always had a good time there.

godfacedmonster
godfacedmonster

Techno is stupid, but not as stupid as the people that can tell the difference between "trance" and "jungle', or whatever bullshit people try to classify lame techno music as. boom-put-boom-put-boom-put-boom-put-boom-put...tssk..tickit-tit-boom-put-boom-put-boom-put.

jeffry.dougan
jeffry.dougan

This is an all-around great club.  Great staff, good sound.  The Highlands is in desperate need of an adult dance club.  I wish they'd scope it out.  Please. 

Fabrizio Siracusa
Fabrizio Siracusa

The headline says "the way of the dodo", but in the article the intent to relocate the club is mentioned. That does not sound like extinction to me. Hopefully, anyway.

Michael Stein
Michael Stein

I have never learned how to do it. A degree from bozos clown institute would probably qualify me for a pay raise. I just kinda fuck around on the board and hope it works out.

Isoceles Woodsfish
Isoceles Woodsfish

The dodo is on the "reanimate" list. Creatures whose DNA is on file and technology is available to do it.

Victor Barrera
Victor Barrera

Either way man, it doesn't matter if Medowlark doesn't close. It'll always sound like shit while you're at the helm. Where'd you get your sound engineering degree? Bozo the clown's institute of sound?

Michael Stein
Michael Stein

It's me and you against the world Peter. *sounds* like shit victor, present tense, meadowlark isn't closing right now.

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

seriously troll, isn't there a bridge you should be hiding under?

Victor Barrera
Victor Barrera

Says the sound engineer at the Medowlark. No wonder it always sounded like shit there. Norad Dance Bar had real sound buddy -- you probably could have learned a thing or two just by walking in the joint. :P

Peter Stimson
Peter Stimson

I find it funny how you are trying to make this about you

Dominic Martinez
Dominic Martinez

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Boone Riddle
Boone Riddle

Some people like terrible music and stupid clubs. It's important to remind them they are on the inferior side of hip.

Alexise Gabrielle
Alexise Gabrielle

Thanks for all the ongoing support. You locals know who you are and I love seeing your faces every week!

Alexise Gabrielle
Alexise Gabrielle

Not liking something is fine. If it doesn't affect you, walk on by. As an employee, I'm sad to see it leave. Hey Stein.... How about we hate on your job and hope it closes. Would that be nice or solve anything? I'm sure you wouldn't like that. How about a little class and respect, if you even know what that is.

Andrea Teal Shinn
Andrea Teal Shinn

Boone Riddle I'm glad to see you defending norad. These people saying it sucked clearly do not know how to have fun.

Chris Faessen
Chris Faessen

Hopefully they move kaskade to a bigger venue and sell more tix so I can go :)

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