Velvet Elk Lounge, Boulder’s newest music venue, opens Sunday with live music and cocktails

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As Boulder’s music scene begins to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic, a new venue will soon provide local artists with a stage to turn it up and get people back on the dance floor.

This weekend, the public is invited to listen to live music, sip a cocktail – or two – and dance in the new Boulder venue the Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St. The lounge is the latest attempt by the Big Red F restaurant group, said Dave Query, chef-owner of the group. The group also owns several restaurants, including Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, The West End Tavern and Centro Mexican Kitchen.

“We’re really excited,” Query said. “We wanted to do this for a long time and certainly the pandemic was not the time to open anything. We hope we get through the heaviness, even if we’re going to take it slow because we haven’t gotten through it yet. We will proceed with caution. »

The salon will hold a private event on Saturday for friends and family, but will officially open to the public on Sunday. At the public event, the Strangebyrds will perform as part of an album release party. The bar will open at 4:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Drinks and food will be limited during the Sunday event.

Tickets are $21.99 and are available at bit.ly/3kXABH2. People can sign up for the lounge newsletter at velvetelklounge.com to be notified when tickets for future shows become available for purchase online.

Query said the venue is in a shotgun building that has a bar in the front and a stage in the back. The lounge will feature local bands, DJs and will also host open mic nights, comedy shows and dance parties. In addition to drinks, it will offer small dishes to share such as spicy fried Korean chicken saam, fried mushrooms and chicken poutine.

“It will be a small venue with a great sound system and a great little stage and a fun little place to have a drink and listen to live music,” Query said.

The lounge will be open seven days a week from 4:30 p.m. with the last call for alcohol at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11:30 p.m. on weekends.

“We’re just trying to add live music to Boulder and continue the tradition of places that have great local live music,” he said.

Before the Big Red F restaurant group took over, the building was occupied by Silver Vines Winery. The Big Red F restaurant group previously had a small space available for events at the back of The Post Chicken & Beer on 13th Street, said Chip, CEO of the Downtown Boulder Partnership.

“It’s a very necessary part of the cultural environment here,” he said. “We’re very lucky to have venues like eTown and the Boulder Theatre, but it’s a very different style and size.”

Boulder Chamber President John Tayer said the Velvet Elk Lounge will help Boulder turn a corner and reinvigorate the city’s vibrant music scene.

“What this reflects is an opportunity to maintain Boulder’s character as a great place for business and a place that has wonderful attractions,” Tayer said.

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