For those who are familiar with the San Francisco nightlife scene, you probably know that one of the city’s crown jewels is Temple Nightclub. The venue is rightly known as a unique space with a legendary reputation for the shows it puts on. And now there’s going to be a second location: Temple Denver.
Temple is expanding and opening Temple Denver in a massive new space where the old City Hall Event Venue once was. The three-story, 20,000-square foot space will house the nightclub as part of a larger Zen Compound, which will house three other concepts, a co-working space, a coffee and cocktail bar, and an art gallery, all of which will be opening later in the year.
Bob Shindelar, Temple Nighclub’s Chief Marketing Officer, has been working on the Denver project for some time now and we got a chance to hear his thoughts on the opening, set for later this month.
What made you choose Denver as the next market you wanted to move into?
We view Denver as a sister city to San Francisco in many ways. Our core philosophies are rooted in technology and progressive sustainability, which speaks volumes to the savvy and highly educated local market.
It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the US, with an eclectic mix of nightlife options. We believe a new nightclub is exactly what the people have been asking for, and we listened. There is something truly unique and special happing in Denver right now and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of it.
What are some new features that will make the Denver location unique?
Many features will be similar to San Francisco on a larger scale, but one of the differentiators we are excited to talk about in Denver is our partnership with Funktion One for the sound system, which has been designed to provide the ultimate listening experience. What’s setting us apart in this realm is the newest Funktion One technology of 32” subwoofers delivering the lowest low-end frequency in a nightclub setting. We are one of only three venues in the country to have this new technology.
This combined with the nonconventional configuration of surrounding speakers, perfectly supporting the cavernous dimensions of the main room, gives us confidence to take the ‘Pepsi Challenge‘ with anyone in the world.
What things will people who have been to your SF location be able to expect?
In Denver, we are mirroring the theatrical lighting and production elements that the San Francisco nightclub is heralded for. An atmosphere of unparalleled cohesiveness, conceptualized and designed for the entire room to act as a single organism pulsating to the rhythm of one heartbeat.
How have you found the Denver music community so far?
I’ve worked in several different markets, and I can honestly say Denver is the most educated and savvy music market I’ve been in. There is a massive scene here for everything from gigantic outdoor live music venues to the smallest speakeasy-style underground house music hole-in-the-walls and everything in between. We feel like there was a void in the market and people hungering for a new dance venue for the 21-and-over crowd and that’s what we’re delivering.
What upcoming events are you most excited about?
We are doing two weeks of launch events, week one dubbed “The Arrival” with Blasterjaxx and Showtek and “The Grand Opening weekend” featuring NERVO and MAKJ.
The opening of a new club is always an exciting time, but what night I’m most looking forward to is Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve with GTA. It’s going to be our first day opening to the public on a non-weekend night which is going to give all hospitality industry professionals a chance to come by and see what we’re all about.
Any plans to continue to expand to other cities?
We do indeed have plans to expand into additional cities and will be actively seeking out locations once Denver is up and running smoothly. It’s important to understand that Temple is just one of four subsidiaries under the Zen Compound umbrella. We also have a co-working brand, Eco-Systm; a coffee and cocktail bar concept, Hive; and an internationally respected art gallery, Mirus. Our core philosophy as a company is to provide a confluence of music, art and technology.
We are looking at cities with a similar spirit and entrepreneurial drive as San Francisco and Denver that all these brands can work together in unison.
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