Known for its fully immersive, state-of-the-art lighting and visuals—and especially its thunderous sound system—Temple Nightclub in San Francisco has proven to be a singular spectacle in Bay Area nightlife. Now, during Halloween weekend, Denver gets its own version of Temple.
The roughly 17,000-square-foot new venue opens October 27 in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. It’s similar to San Francisco’s in that the company is taking over the entire building and duplicating its template of complementary businesses there, like a coworking space, a café and an art gallery. But potentially more exciting is the actual design and sound of the club, which promise to up the ante in Denver.
“The design esthetics ... may not be mirroring but are definitely inspired by San Francisco,” says Bob Shindelar, who acts as Temple’s chief marketing officer while running his own consulting company. “Instead of how standard nightclub operators these days put some sort of giant, hi-res LED panels by or behind the DJ booth, we’ll have the whole room function as one organism.”
Shindelar says Denver boasts the most educated music scene he’s ever known, which will help flavor the soundtrack. No matter the genre, everything is going to sound great blasted through a customized Funktion One sound system. “I think they like stuff that’s a little more underground than the giant commercial markets like Las Vegas or Miami,” he says. “Denver is also known as a bass capital, really heavy on dubstep, so we’ll figure out a proper balance.”
Shindelar grew up and started his career in Las Vegas, and he has noticed the differences and similarities between the two cities as Temple Denver continues to build buzz. “Like Vegas, Denver is growing up, but the last real big room nightclub in Denver is nine years old. There’s a giant segment that’s been neglected.” Not anymore.