There are a wealth of upscale restaurants around Denver that feature delicious food and exquisite wines, but many people don’t know that these same “stuffy” restaurants know how to let their hair down and rock out a bit! Several metro area restaurants are getting rid of the background elevator music and replacing it with free live concerts from a variety of bands on a weekly basis through the summer.
One of these establishments is Coohils downtown, which will feature free concerts every Tuesday night through Aug. 5. Some of the bands include Eagles tribute band The Long Run, along with original artists like blues guitarist Eddie Turner.
This summer marks the third year Coohills has offered its free outdoor concert series, and each year has come with bigger venue enhancements, and bigger name bands. Lively crowds of up to 600 people typically gather on the historic Wewatta Bridge, while dancing and singing along with the performers on stage. The restaurant also serves a plentiful array of grilled foods, beer, wine and other cocktails on the bridge to help keep the party going.
Elway’s is another fine dining establishment that has provided free live music at their Cherry Creek location for the past 10 summers. The summer concert series steadily increases in size and popularity each year, and now features 10 bands playing over a 10-week period. The crowds have also grown in size each year, and now consist of anywhere from 1,000 to 1,400 people dancing and singing along in the courtyard behind the main restaurant. Seven full bars are conveniently located throughout the venue as well, which serve various canned beer and liquors.
There is plenty of food to go around as well, including burgers, bratwursts, tacos, and more. Guests can also make reservations in the main restaurant, which operates as normal.