7. Hit the right notes at DazzleJazz
When it comes to live music, I catch as many shows as I can, and Denver’s growing list of venues gives me plenty of options when I’m out with friends. When I’m seeing a concert on a date, though, the rules change a bit: We could check out that hot new indie band at the Bluebird or Ogden theaters—or that even newer and almost-hot indie band at the Hi-Dive or Larimer Lounge—but chances are the noise levels will relegate us to synchronized head-bobbing and occasional, semidecipherable observations shouted into each other’s ears.
For a more date-y experience, I go to DazzleJazz. This plush lounge features some of Denver’s best jazz, a genre that—regardless of whether you’re a fan—allows for intimate conversation in a refined environment that makes me seem more upscale than I really am. (I actually am a jazz lover, just not a terribly sophisticated one.) The club also offers entrées (try the grilled cheese sandwich made with Brie and lingonberries) and small plates, so we can dine while we soak in the melodies and get acquainted. For a nightcap, I like to head over to Uptown’s D Bar Desserts, which has a rich menu of treats and complementary wines to bring an end to the evening that’s sweet and—hopefully—romantic. —Luc Hatlestad
In the Know Plan ahead for DazzleJazz, a nationally known club where some acts sell out a week or two in advance. At D Bar Desserts, try the cake and shake combo—a three-layer chocolate cake with a chocolate or vanilla shake or malt that’s so sinfully gorgeous it once graced 5280’s cover.
The Details DazzleJazz: 930 Lincoln St., 303-839-5100, dazzlejazz.com; D Bar Desserts: 1475 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-4710, dbardesserts.com