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The best lesbian bars, clubs & events in Denver, Colorado

Robyn Exton

May 17, 2023

The best lesbian bars, clubs & events in Denver, Colorado

Calling all queer and lesbian Denver dwellers and visitors! The Colorado capital has a vibrant LGBTQIA+ community and many lesbian bars and nightclubs to show for it, along with events for your next sapphic date. 

Some of these establishments cater specifically to the lesbian community, and others welcome all LGBTQIA+ folks. If you know where to look, you’ll find your community in no time. 

So, download the HER app and start swiping, because there are definitely spaces for you among these bars, clubs & events that we’ve put together for you.  

This is your ultimate Lesbian Denver Guide.

Disclaimer: Safety always comes first, and while we hope for a more inclusive and safe environment for lesbians and queer women out there, there are still way too many occurrences of misogyny and disrespect, even in gay bars. We’ve purposefully vetted our recommendations and chosen the ones with the highest review and least amount of complaints of discrimination. Keep this in mind, but please never let it stop you from having a grand gay time! 

The best lesbian bar in Denver: Blush & Blu on Capitol Hill

Blush & Blu is one of the 27 lesbian bars left in the United States, according to the Lesbian Bar Project, found in the hearty center of Denver, Colorado. You can expect traditional cocktails and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike at this casual queer spot.

Source: Blush & Blu

There are only 27 lesbian bars left in the United States, down from 200 in the 1980s. And one of these 27 is the Blush & Blu bar located in Capitol Hill. 

Since Blush & Blu is the only official bar in Denver that caters mostly to lesbians and queer women, it’s an easy winner for the best place to meet lesbians in Denver. 

Established in 2012, Blush & Blu was founded by Jody Bouffard after years of saving up tips as a service industry worker to open up her own queer bar. She’s clearly dedicated to the lesbian and queer community of Denver, having opened other lesbian-centric businesses like the now-closed tHERe Coffee Bar and Lounge. Her dedication shows that Denver lesbians will always find a home to have fun and find love, friends, and family. 

“This is so much more than just a bar in Denver — this is where LGBTQ folx can find a home,” says Kendall P. on Yelp.

With daily happy hours and a coffee menu too, this is the queer spot for all types of occasions. Bring your entourage for improv, comedy, karaoke, poetry, and open mic, at Blush & Blu. 

Open 7 days a week, from 12 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am on Sundays, and 6 pm on Mondays, this iconic lesbian-owned bar accepts credit cards and has traditional cocktails, White Claws, and beers. Non-drinker? No problem. They’ve got mocktails too.

Lesbian-friendly bars and clubs in Denver, CO

Lesbians can bring the party anywhere and you don’t need to go to a lesbian bar to find them. That’s why we’re not stopping with Blush & Blu. While we anticipate and hope for another lesbian bar renaissance in the US, you can still be a patron of other LGBT and queer bars in the same area. We’ve put together other queer bars in the area that you can meet and bring your next date to!

A view from the front door looking into the wonderland of what this new bar in Denver has to offer for all types, meaning inclusion,” says Jason J. on Yelp.

Source: Yelp

Alt-text: “A view from the front door looking into the wonderland of what this new bar in Denver has to offer for all types, meaning inclusion,” says Jason J. on Yelp.

Head to the City Park neighborhood for a game of darts at this dive bar. It’s the latest addition to the roster of lesbian-friendly bars in Denver and patrons are loving it. 

“Love this space. Owners have put a lot into making the bar open and welcoming. A great addition to the community,” says John H. 

A standout part of their business: their mocktail list boasts 15 non-alcoholic drinks! And you won’t be bored while you’re there: according to their website, they have “darts, arcade and board games, and weekly events like Trivia and Karaoke.”

Stop by this new bar in town from Monday through Friday between 2 pm and 2 am and on the weekends from noon to 2 am. And if you want some of their yummy snacks, their kitchen is open from 2 pm to 10 pm every day.

Leave your mark at Tracks Nightclub

Tracks Nightclub is a staple in Denver’s LGBT nightlife, and it’s been around for over 40 years, having opened in 1980. It’s got several floors of different music on most nights and many different themes from night to night — no wonder queer folks still come out in droves to this popular club found in the River North (or RiNo) neighborhood. 

What makes Tracks stand out as one of the many queer bars in Denver is that the first Friday of every month is the BAD (Babes Around Denver) party when the majority of the crowd is lesbian or queer women. 

“Everyone was friendly, the music was great, and the staff was friendly. It’s an absolute must for any queer women visiting on the first Friday of the month!” says Cedar C.

If you’re looking to drown the stress out of the workday with EDM, hip-hop, and Latin music, Tracks is for you. It’s the best place for dancing and has a DJ most nights. 

There are so many events, from roller skating to drag nights, there’s likely a themed night for your kind of vibe. Check it out from Wednesday to Saturday from 8 pm to 2 am.

Come as you are at X Bar

 Two men dance on the dancefloor while other patrons enjoy their time at this queer bar where lesbians and queer women are welcome. Come as you are at X Bar on Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO, open every day of the week..

Source: X Bar

The place to go 7 days a week anywhere between 3 pm and 2 am is X Bar: with a dance floor, an outdoor patio, and karaoke on Tuesdays, what’s not to love? 

Josie A. says, “No matter your sexual preference or what you identify as everyone is welcome. The environment is safe and friendly. I never have to worry about being groped or touched here.”

It’s sad that women and femme folks have to worry about such a thing, but it’s helpful to know what to expect regarding safety! 

This bar is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood nearby Blush & Blu and is known for its inclusive atmosphere that caters to a diverse LGBTQ+ crowd. 

Meet lesbians in Denver at these queer-centered events

The Denver film festival sometimes screens its movies at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, an open-air amphitheater built into a rock structure, seen here, with seemingly hundreds of people watching a screening at sunset.

Source: Denver Film Festival

Celebrate LGBTQ+ cinema at the CinemaQ film festival

Maybe cinema is more your speed, in which case, Denver’s CinemaQ film festival is the perfect place to explore the latest films that highlight LGBTQIA+ life. As part of Denver’s larger film festival that’s been running since 1978, you’ll find more queer art in the form of cinema.

Denver PrideFest

We’d be remiss not to mention the yearly PrideFest that takes place every June in Denver. Like other Pride festivals around the world, you’ll find dozens of events here, from drag performances to musical artists showing their stuff. Why not bring your queer friend group and put yourself out there! 

Lesbian dating in Denver doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you’re a city slicker or just passing through, you have a few options for a weekend out on the town. 

While lesbian bars are on the decline, lesbians and queer women as a community are not going anywhere, so our patronage now is more important than ever.

Robyn Exton

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER. Find her on Twitter.

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