One of Denver’s most lit up and explosive nightclubs is set to have its flame extinguished. After 11 years, Beta Nightclub will be closing its doors on January 5, 2019. For years, the electronic dance music (EDM) venue drew massive stars, from Deadmau5 to Armin Van Buren, to the tune of lasers, smoke cannons and deafening bass. At one point dubbed one of the top 25 best clubs of all time by Billboard Magazine, as well as taking the number one spot for dance clubs in America by Rolling Stone in 2013, the loss of the venue doesn’t just affect the dance community, but Denver’s music scene as well. With a mantra of “club culture evolving,” Beta Nightclub was the destination to hear cutting-edge electronic music by the hottest up-and-comers as well as the special opportunities to catch the veterans in relatively close quarters. Citing the need to take time and recalibrate what it means to fulfill their mantra, Beta has decided to bid farewell.
While not mentioned in their official parting statement, one cannot deny that Temple Nightclub embodied their vision of “club culture evolving” far better than Beta had in recent years. Coupled with the abundance of similarly EDM-focused clubs lining South Broadway — all in one place — the decline of Beta was only a matter of time. The closing, perhaps, even caught many at Beta off guard, as they had many shows lined up into 2019, like Arty, Luca Lush and a rare live performance from the elusive Danger. While January 5 has been deemed the official closing date, the final show has yet to be announced.
Currently, there’s no word on what will fill Beta’s space, but whatever it will be has a lot to live up to.