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FAQ

Is there always music? Is it always jazz? What if I just don’t “get” jazz?

Nocturne is open for service weekly, Wednesday through Sunday and there is live music on our stage each night we are open.  Sets run from 6:30pm to 7:45pm and 8:45pm to 10:00pm on weeknights and Sundays. Friday/Saturday sets run from 6:30-8:00pm and 9:00-10:30pm. 

Occasionally we feature national artists, special menu events, private parties, and holidays that can change our standard set times, so it’s always best to check our live music calendar when making your reservations.

You will always hear live jazz at Nocturne. The styles of jazz performed range from hard-bop and cool jazz to avant-garde, bebop and even vintage depending on the artist. One night you might hear exciting new and original works, and the next you might enjoy one of Denver's finest singers exploring the Great American Songbook; part of our mission in bringing Nocturne to life was the desire to make the great American art from of jazz accessible by presenting it alongside perfectly made craft cocktails, innovative plates and welcoming hospitality.

If you aren’t yet a jazz lover or you just don’t get it, that’s ok! Come enjoy a cocktail or a unique bottle of wine alongside our award winning food and you just might leave with a little more appreciation for the magic that is live jazz.

Do you allow children?

When we designed Nocturne, we envisioned what it meant to have a great night out, and thus our space and hospitality is for adults 21 and older. We recalled our parents and grandparents getting dressed up to go to a nice dinner and a show - the kids stayed home so that they could enjoy a night of elegance, respite, and enjoyment. Many of our guests tell us that we are their date night spot; their go-to place when they opt to get a sitter or treat themselves to a night on the town. Other children (though not your children, we’re sure) can sometimes be a distraction to that experience. The music is loud at times, the environment and ambiance adult, and the food while delicious, is decidedly not kid-friendly.

On the other hand… we also have fond memories of our parents sneaking us into venues before we were of age so that we could experience jazz as it was meant to be heard -- live, on stage, and often in a dimly lit bar. If your child, between the age of 10 and 21, is accompanied by you as parent or guardian and you have table reservation we try to accommodate such a situation. We certainly want young people to be exposed to the jazz artform, but want to be sure we are doing so responsibly, and without distraction to our other guests. We do not allow access to guests under the age of 10 for any reason.

Is there a dress code?

Unofficially, we suggest that you dress more toward the upscale side of casual. Sure, we’re still in Colorado and jeans are always welcome, but if you are looking for an excuse to get gussied up, you won’t be out of place here.

Officially, we don’t allow cut-offs, tank tops, jerseys, inappropriate costumes, or clothing with profanity and/or offensive images. Shirts and shoes are required per health regulations.

I received a gift card. How can I use it?

Please call us at 303-295-3333 so that we can personally assist you in applying a gift card toward a prepaid reservation.

We sell our gift cards via Square, but make reservation via Tock and unfortunately the two technologies aren't currently compatible.

If you wish to use your gift card for additional items while here, simply bring it with you and your server will apply it to your bill.

Is there a cover charge?

We don’t charge "cover" at the door. Instead, a fee for live music (which typically ranges from $22 - $35 per person) is added to your final check or is included in your prepaid dinner and a show reservation.

Can you accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and/or aversions?

Yes. Please let the host know when you receive your confirmation call or let your server know on arrival if you have any allergies or strong aversions. Our menu is adventurous and we would love for you to put your trust in our talented kitchen staff as you enjoy each dish as the chef created it. However, if it’s possible for us to modify a dish to accommodate you, we will. Please note that we have small kitchen and are unable to avoid all potential cross-contamination, especially for gluten. There are always vegetarian dishes on the menu and many of them are available as vegan dishes with a small modification, just ask your server.

How do I recommend a band/artist for you to consider in your lineup?

We are fortunate to have a world class jazz scene in Denver with so many great musicians to partner with and feature in our stage. If you have a favorite band or player that we haven’t hosted yet, we encourage you to submit examples of their work and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can consider them for future dates.

How do I make a reservation using a gift card?

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to connect our gift cards with our reservation system, so we'll need to help you out with this one. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 303-295-3333 and we'll be happy to assist in applying your gift card toward your reservation.

How do I make a reservation for my party that is bigger than 6 people?

For the moment, our maximum party size is 6 people. For larger events, see our private events link.

Do I need a ticket to get in?

Advance planning and reservations are highly recommended (especially on Friday and Saturday evenings). If you are making last minute plans, please call us at 303-295-3333 and we will check availability and do our best to accommodate your visit.

How long can I stay?

To accommodate high demand, we respectfully request that guests limit their visit to one set only at this time. If you would like to stay for both sets, please make a reservation for both sets. For example, you could reserve Dinner and a Show for the first set and a Bar Reservation for the second set so that when you are finished with dinner, you can retire to a bar seat for the late set.

Much like a standard restaurant, we offer dinner reservations nightly for our floor seats. Reservation times are scheduled around the first and second sets of music.

First Set reservations are available at 6:00, 6:15 and 6:30pm (with music starting at 6:30pm).

Second Set reservations are typically available from 8:15p to 9:00p.

On Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the second set of music starts at 8:45pm 

On Fridays and Saturdays, the second set of music starts at 9:00pm.

Within 24 hours of seating your reservation is locked in - cancellations or change requests recieved inside 24 hours of seating will not be refunded, but can be transferred.

We kindly ask that you let us know if you are running late so that we may plan accordingly and hold your table. We reserve the right to cancel or alter (without refund) any reservations arriving more than 20 minutes late.

BAR SEATING:

The majority of our bar/cocktail seats are reservation only, with a very small number of seats aside for walk-in guests on a first come, first serve basis. Bar and cocktail table seats offer great views of the stage and are a part of the dining room.

Are there tables that are quiet or away from the music if I’m just there for the food and drink?

Our intimate dining room and bar seats were designed with the intention that guests would be focused on the stage and engaged in the music.

There is not a separate room away from the music and we encourage you to enjoy the live entertainment while you enjoy our award winning food and drink.

While Nocturne is not a listening room, we do ask that all guests keep conversations at a reasonable/private volume so as to not negatively impact other guests and be respectful to the artists making music on stage.

What's up with parking?

The RiNo Arts District is bustling lately, which means that parking can be tricky on some nights. Street parking on 27th street is not metered but has a 2-hour limit before 10:00pm. Other streets such as Walnut and 28th do not have time limits. There is also a lot located on Larimer Street just behind our building. Prices range from $5 to $15 depending on special events and Rockies games. Taxi, Uber, or Lyft are also great options and typically under $15 for fares from most locations within Denver's downtown area.

Is there a minimum charge required if I’m just there for the music?

Nocturne is a modern jazz and supper club that celebrates the art of live jazz and the craft of great hospitality. Since opening our doors in Spring of 2015, we have never required a "minimum spend".  To help us continue to do what we love and support the livelihoods of our staff however, we do ask that you grab a bite to eat or a drink while you are enjoying some of Denver's greatest live music.

We accept all major credit cards. 

Jean-Luc Davis' Alternative Reality

 

Alternative Rock Classics reimagined through the language and lens of the jazz idiom. Special guests Peter Sommer and Shane Endlsey will be on hand throughout different nights of this series.

Performer, Composer, Educator Jean-Luc Davis is an active performer in the Colorado music scene. In addition to leading his own ensemble, Jean-Luc plays with Gypsy Swing Revue, Tom Gershwin Quintet, Adam Bodine Trio, Andy Hackbarth Band, Jesse Manley Band, Jayme Stone and the Other side of the Air, the John Kite Quartet, and regularly accompanies Wonderbound. Additionally, Jean-Luc has performed with Ron Miles, Shane Endsley, Peter Sommer, 9th and Lincoln Orchestra, Art Lande, Greg Harris, the Aakash Mittal Quartet, Carmen Sandim Sextet, the Matt Fuller Group.

Jean-Luc Davis - Double Bass  Jack Dunlevie - Piano  Kevin Matthews - Drums

Special Guests:

Peter Sommer May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 22

Shane Endsley June 8, 15, 22, 29

Jeremy Wendelin Quintet: Our Man in Paris

The first three Saturdays in October, saxophonist Jeremy Wendelin and his talented quintet dig deeply into the art form of hard bop as they study the compositions and stylings of Dexter Gordon and Bud Powell, the famous American jazz expatriates living in Paris in the 1950's and 1960's. In addition to compositions by Powell and Gordon, a special focus will be paid to the contributions of prominent sidemen from this time and place, people like Kenny Clarke, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson, Kenny Drew, and Pierre Michelot.  These nights will be filled with swinging, driving hard bop, with a few select ballads (always a staple for Dexter), to provide counterpoint.

Saturday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Set Two: 9:00 - 10:30pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

- Floor seats are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations (Music & Three Course Dinner Included)

- Reserved Bar Seats are $29 per guest and include music. Bar guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & cocktail list.

- If availability permits, we do allow walk-in guests. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $30 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays

     

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time

Due to high demand, we encourage guests to book well in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Late Night: Annie Booth Trio

LATE NIGHT 11:00p - 12:40a - THE ANNIE BOOTH TRIO

The trio is comprised of long-time friends and accomplished bandmates in their own right: Patrick McDevitt (bass) and Alejandro Castaño (drums).

Denver based pianist and composer Annie Booth began the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school. She went on to study music at the collegiate level, earning a BM in jazz piano performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2011.  Annie has become a force in the Denver jazz scene with recent awards as Westword Magazine's winner in the "Best In Denver" jazz category for both 2015 and 2016 and a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.  In addition to her notable work as a recording artist and bandleader, she is an accomplished side-woman, playing often at Nocturne with a number of bands and very recently featured in the Greg Gisbert Quartet tour of Mexico through the "New York Jazz All-Stars" concert series.

Patrick McDevitt is an upright and electric bassist hailing from Denver, Colorado. From playing as a sideman to local legends, to touring internationally, to working on the road with New Orleans' famed percussionist Mike Dillon, Patrick is a versatile and talented bassist who is prolific in a myriad of musical backgrounds.

 

Guests must be 21+

No Charge for late night music

 

Ryan Fourt Quartet plays Smokin' at the Half Note

The Ryan Fourt Quartet honors the iconic Verve jazz recording "Smokin' at the Half Note"

Ryan Fourt started his career by studying jazz guitar with Professor James Greeson, the great Dale Bruning and New York guitarist Mark Elf. In 2004, Ryan moved to Northern Colorado and established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Chris Lee, Ben Markley, Erik Applegate and Paul McKee. Currently Ryan lives in Loveland Colorado and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the front-range and mountain west regions. On top of performing Ryan is also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Tom Amend on piano, Matt Smiley on bass and Ed Breazeale on the drums

The Annie Booth Trio

The Annie Booth Trio (Booth - piano, Patrick McDevitt - bass, Alejandro Castaño - drums) has performed together for 15 years - embodying a level of expression, dynamism, and collaboration that only comes from so many years of deep musical partnership.

Annie Booth is a versatile and award-winning composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. She has received international recognition for her work as a composer with awards and grants from the likes of Chamber Music America, ASCAP, Downbeat Magazine, and many others. As a bandleader, Booth has released six albums and her most recent release is her 2023 otherworldly chamber jazz album, Flowers of Evil: The Poetry of Charles Baudelaire Imagined Through Music. Additionally, Booth is a respected jazz educator and appears frequently across North America as a guest artist-educator. She serves on the faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in the Jazz & Commercial Music Program, teaching jazz composition, arranging, and jazz piano. In 2023, she and business partner Alan Baylock launched Brava Jazz Publishing, the only publishing outlet of its kind dedicated to providing a platform for women composers and arrangers in jazz.

Annie Booth credit Seth Beamer

Wednesday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Reservation Information:

Main level and mezzanine tables are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations and include our seasonal three course menu and the cost of music

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Reserved Bar Seats are $22 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.

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The 'Ellington Experience' is the ultimate night out at Nocturne, featuring a five course tasting menu with wine pairings, served at just two tables per set in our favorite nook of the main level under the curve of the grand art deco staircase.

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Important Notes:

- On Wednesdays and Thursdays we set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $22 per person applied to their check.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Derek Banach Quintet

Trumpeter Derek Banach returns to the Nocturne stage to explore classic and straight ahead works from the 60's to the present. Composers include Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller as well as original works by Derek.

 

Colorado native Derek Banach has performed professionally for 30 years in a variety of settings from Jazz to Hip-Hop, Salsa, Classical, and Reggae. His roots are firmly set in the Hard-Bop stylings of 60's period icons such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Derek's quintet album, 'Tugende' displays his composing talents and personal approach to trumpet playing. He has recorded with Italian producer Nicola Conte, Quintetto X, Paul Mulliken and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Richie Cole, Joe Bonner and Ron Miles.

 

 

Saturday Show Times:

 

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm    |    Set Two: 9:00 - 10:30pm

 

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

 

- Due to high demand, we encourage guests to book well in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings

 

- Floor seats are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations (Music and Three Course Included)

 

Reserved Bar Seats are $35 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.

 

      

 

- We set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $35 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

- We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

The Katie Thiroux Trio

A triple threat talent, Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura bass playing, singing and compelling compositions. With the release of her debut album, “Introducing Katie Thiroux,” her substantial gifts as a bandleader and recording artist earned her "Debut Record of the Year" from the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz Journalists Association and "Top 5 Debut Records of the Year" from NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Katie just released her newest recording "Off-Beat" on Capri Records and Nocturne is excited to be a part of her tour supporting this new release!

Recent performances with her quartet include sold out concerts at the Blue Note, Birdland, Upstairs Jazz (Montreal) and the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest. In May 2017 Thiroux paid tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Grammy Museum at the request of the GRAMMY Foundation. Thiroux has toured and performed with: Larry Fuller and Geri Allen, saxophonists Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen, trumpeters Terrell Stafford and Brian Lynch and drummers Lewis Nash and Jeff Hamilton.

Joined by her band mates pianist Glen Zaleski and the drummer Matt Witek, Thiroux offers in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond.

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