El Chapultepec / Denver
Open since 1933, the venerable–and really, really compact–El Chapultepec offers live blues or jazz seven nights a week. There’s nothing fancy here, but there is history. Some of the greatest musicians on the planet have played at the Pec, including Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Count Basie’s orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Artie Shaw, John Heard many of Denver’s own revered musicians. The food is down-home Mexican plus burgers and every dish is still reasonably priced, just as it has always been. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. and the bar serves until 2 a.m., so wherever else you go in Denver you can wind up your night at the Pec for a late-night bite and the last music sets.
El Chapultepec has been hosting jazz and blues notables since 1951, including the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The place is small and usually crowded, but it’s known throughout Denver as the city’s best venue for live blues and jazz. A limited menu of drinks and Mexican food is offered, and you’ll want to try the burritos, which are almost as legendary as the performers. Live music every single night, and never a cover charge! Two-drink minimum per set. The club is located in the heart of downtown where parking meters have a 2 hour limit, which means you are better off spending more by parking in a garage or taking a cab.