2014's Best Venue | Lost Lake Lounge

 BROODS playing Lost Lake Lounge. Photo Credit: Robert Castro

BROODS playing Lost Lake Lounge. Photo Credit: Robert Castro

It’s hard to pick just one venue that really stood out during 2014 because there are many. From the behemoth that is Red Rocks to the smaller venues like Larimer Lounge, we are in no short supply of amazing spots to see concerts. But, one venue in particular stood out to us as a haven for secret shows and intimate evenings. Enter: Lost Lake Lounge.

When Larimer Lounge owner and AEG talent buyer Scott Campbell was passed the torch by Matt LaBarge this year, people were skeptic that the authenticity of the dive bar would be lost. That the dank, rustic vibe would soon transform into another cookie-cutter LoDo bro hangout. But have no fear, Campbell was on the same page and only revamped the venue with a new stage and sound system. Thus, keeping the grungy, divey decor but adding in some necessary new speakers.

The remodel has attracted many artists to pop over after shows at The Bluebird for a wonderfully drunk post show performance. But better yet, the venue has prompted many artists to engage in acoustic sets on off days during tours. The lucky 75 or so people that can cram into the backroom have seen some of the best shows this year. There’s nothing that compares to seeing musicians, like Devotchka who can sell out Red Rocks Amphitheater, play an acoustic set to 75, maybe 100 people. Nothing like it. It is akin to catching a pop-up show or home show with your favorite artist. At Lost Lake Lounge, you feel like you’ve been gifted some type of insider information that less than 1% of the population knows. Because, how else would you be in a room the size of a living room listening to BROODS play?

Our top acts at Lost Lake Lounge this year were: Young & Sick, BROODS, Shakey Graves post show party, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Of Montreal, Devotchka, Deer Tick, Mickey Avalon, Mansions on the Moon and Lord Huron.

If you have yet to check out this local watering hole, we suggest grabbing their signature Lost Lake Beer (like Rolling Rock but better) and seeing a show. You never know who may show up…