With local cider, spirits, beer and wine, live local entertainment and food from a local chef, Number Thirty Eight offers the best of Colorado under one roof.
“Even with winter approaching, Fronk and Palmquist are enthusiastic about opening Number Thirty Eight right now. “We want this to be Denver’s après destination,” says Fronk. “We’re natives and know well how much Coloradans like to be outdoors. We hope people will bundle up; in fact, we can’t wait for the first show when it’s snowing.”
Concert-goers will experience a thoughtfully planned health and safety process at Number Thirty Eight, from the wrist bands you receive upon entry that support contact tracing and touchless ordering and payment to the spacing of the myriad seating arrangements. (More on that in a moment.) Half of the 120 taps and bar seats won’t be operational or available until post-COVID, and a maximum of 175 guests will be allowed into the enormous space—12,000 square feet inside, 18,000 square feet outside—instead of its normal-times capacity of 1,000. It’s reservations-only to enter, as well, across two daily seatings: 3 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to close, with a full sanitization of the facility in between. Of course, masks are mandatory when you’re not seated.
Named after Colorado’s status as the 38th state in the nation and Inspired by the live music scene in cities like Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, Fronk and Palmquist have a simple goal for their multipurpose endeavor: “We don’t want anyone to have to make a choice between good music and good food and drink,” says Fronk. The duo intend to bring similar concepts to Portland, Oregon (Number Thirty Three), Columbus, Ohio (Number Seventeen), and Austin (Number Twenty Eight) over the next two years, but Denverites get first access—and rightly so,” writes Denise Mickelson of 5280 Magazine.