There’s more to Durango than mountains and adventure. In fact, our Four Corners mountain town is known for being an artistic and cultural hub -- and that means there’s plenty of opportunity to hear live music in Durango, Colorado. Put your dancing shoes on and plan a night out on the town with our Durango music venue guide below.
Where To Find Live Music in Durango, CO
No matter what kind of music makes your toes tap, you’ll find it on tap in Durango. An evening stroll through Durango is practically music to the ears, as sounds and songs spill out onto the street from the bars, pubs, breweries and restaurants that line our city streets. Here are 8 places to see a show while you’re in town.
11th Street Station
Though this collective eatery’s design and decor pays homage to its location’s history as a service garage and gas station, the 11th Street Station is so much more than a place for food trucks to park. The food trucks bring the fresh tastes of the southwest and beyond, while Ernie’s Bar serves as the centerpiece. Live music graces 11th Street Station frequently. There’s a weekly jam session each Wednesday night, and it’s a great place to catch an acoustic set on the weekends. You can see a full list of upcoming live music at 11th Street Station at their Facebook page.
The Balcony Bar and Grill
The recently revamped Balcony Backstage is now the Balcony Bar and Grill, and it's still one of Durango’s favorite places to hear live music. The outdoor balcony bar is now open year round, giving locals and visitors alike many opportunities to kick back with a drink and live music. You can hear live music on the balcony in the spring, summer and fall. And you won’t have to rely on whiskey to keep you warm -- the balcony has enclosure and heaters to keep you toasty on chilly nights.
The Balcony offers a venue for some of Durango’s favorite bands to play. Local favorite PJ Moon is a frequent performer at the Balcony and even some regional and nationally touring acts have been known to make an appearance on the Balcony.
The Strater Hotel
The historic Strater Hotel is one of the Four Corner’s best places to hear live music and have fun. The hotel features two venues, including the Diamond Belle Saloon and the Office Spiritorium. The Diamond Belle Saloon features live music every night, so there’s always a chance to check out some of Durango’s best talent. The Office features live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. No matter whether you’re knocking back beers at the saloon or sipping craft cocktails at the Office, you’ll enjoy your time at the Strater.
The Animas City Theatre
The Animas City Theatre is a cinema and performance arts hub in Durango. See nationally touring acts here or enjoy special movie events. Be entertained at this local landmark. You can catch all kinds of music here, from indie to industrial. The Animas City Theatre also features a menu of beer, wine and cider to make your outing even more fun. All music shows at the Animas City Theatre are 21-and-up.
Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall
You’ll find more than music at the Fort Lewis Concert Hall. This venue on the campus of Fort Lewis College attracts all kinds of performing arts events: music, comedy, dance, theater and more. The Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall brings big names to Durango. David Sedaris, Donny McCaslin, Kevin Smith and other big-name performers have all recently made appearances at the concert hall. Browse upcoming events and find a show that fits your style at their online events calendar.
The Irish Embassy Pub
Take a trip over the Atlantic without leaving Durango. The Irish Embassy pub is an authentic Irish pub where you can grab a pint and enjoy a band. Live music at the Irish Embassy includes a regular traditional Irish music jam session and acoustic shows. If comedy is more your style, you’ll find open mic comedy nights on the event calendar, too.
Wild Horse Saloon
Taste the Old West at the Wild Horse Saloon. This western bar features dance lessons, karaoke and live music each night. Find live music here on Fridays and Saturdays. Dust off your boots and dance a country two-step to performances from local artists like Tim Sullivan, WILD COUNTRY, Julie and the Boys and more. Known as Durango's favorite honky tonk, country music lovers will feel right at home at Wild Horse Saloon.
With so many venues, visitors and locals alike love hearing live music in Durango, Colorado. Plan your next Four Corners adventure and make the most of your time in the mountains.