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2008 Stories by Drew Bixby

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  • Park Tavern

    published December 25, 2008

    Bar time at the Park Tavern (931 East 11th Avenue) is roughly fifteen minutes fast, which means, of course, that last-call and... More >>

  • Beer Up

    published December 25, 2008

    “For too many people,” says Marty Jones, organizer of Wynkoop Brewing Company’s thirteenth annual Beerdrinker of the Year... More >>

  • Grizzly Rose

    published December 18, 2008

    The trick to making any mechanical bull your bitch is to choke up on the saddle with your knees and thighs tight against the frame, lean... More >>

  • Holiday Humbuggery

    published December 18, 2008

    Love holiday theater but feel downright nauseated imagining another year of salty Scrooge and pathetic Tiny Tim? Of dancing nutcrackers and... More >>

  • Comics for a Cause

    published December 18, 2008

    Comic books have always been an inspiration to graphic artist/photographer Marc Hughes. “Growing up,” he says, “comics were a big... More >>

  • Burgers and beers at the Cricket

    published December 11, 2008

    The Cherry Cricket (2641 East Second Avenue) — formerly Duffy's Cherry Cricket and, before that, Mary Zimmerman's Bar —... More >>

  • Really Unreal

    published December 11, 2008

    “I want something to happen in people’s brains as far as their questioning of reality and what they’re looking at and what... More >>

  • Downtown's last true dive

    published December 4, 2008

    The bummer about Bar Bar (officially the Carioca Cafe, at 2060 Champa Street) is not that the bathrooms are glacial, grimy,... More >>

  • Heli-Claus

    published December 4, 2008

    What’s it like watching Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of their special elves fly into Aurora via helicopter? “It’s like a mob... More >>

  • Scoreboard Restaurant & Lounge

    published November 27, 2008

    I have never before asked a bartender for permission to buy a drink. Why would I? Bars, taverns, saloons — they exist for the sole... More >>

  • Lancer Lounge

    published November 20, 2008

    "Rita, I'm sick of this shit," Tom says of his Beck's bottle, then orders a Smirnoff screwdriver. His friends and acquaintances smirk at the... More >>

  • Friday Night Fever

    published November 20, 2008

    36 Hours of Keystone, we hardly knew ye, brah. For four years, we had to ingest an arsenal of trucker speed and energy drinks in order to shred... More >>

  • JD's: It'll do

    published November 13, 2008

    When the It'll Do Lounge closed its doors last year after 27 years in business, regulars wondered what would happen to the small structure at... More >>

  • Turkeyball

    published November 13, 2008

    When touting the awesomeness of adult dodgeball leagues and tourneys, organizers and participants always talk about reliving the glory days of gym... More >>

  • Hill-Top Tavern

    published November 6, 2008

    The Hill-Top Tavern (4907 Lowell Boulevard) will not run a tab for anyone. I know this because a sign taped behind the bar says so.... More >>

  • LOL League

    published November 6, 2008

    Times are hard. Why, just last week, my scooter was stolen, my dog needed expensive dental surgery and an 800-pound hangover sat on my face,... More >>

  • The Squire is one of Denver's greatest dives

    published October 30, 2008

    The cops are everywhere by the time we roll up to the Squire Lounge (1800 East Colfax Avenue) just after 8 p.m. — two squads... More >>

  • Illicit Complicity

    published October 30, 2008

    In Curious Theatre’s new quasi-musical, Speech & Debate, three teenage outcasts — Howie, Solomon and Diwata — each... More >>

  • Taking a gamble on drinking in Black Hawk

    published October 23, 2008

    It all starts with a graying Latino gentleman wearing a jean jacket and a straw cowboy hat being told he can't have a beer. "I'll give... More >>

  • Vehicular Candycide

    published October 23, 2008

    A six-foot-tall Venus flytrap. An elaborate scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Maybe just some spider webs and a jack-o-lantern.... More >>

  • Wazee Supper Club

    published October 16, 2008

    In sum, I've consumed seventeen and a half cold beers by the time I fall through the doors of the Wazee Supper Club (1600 15th Street)... More >>

  • Out of Africa

    published October 16, 2008

    When Boulder-by-way-of-Canada newgrass musician and banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone blows into town tonight to perform in Swallow Hill’s... More >>

  • Is Gelman's a good bar? There's no debate.

    published October 9, 2008

    Watching Chine inspect wine glasses — the way he delicately scoops each stem from the counter, elevating it high above his head and... More >>

  • Walnut Room

    published October 2, 2008

    Daniel's mad because he can't bring booze into the green room. "I mean, what the fuck?" he whisper-screams into my left ear as local... More >>

  • Hearing Voices

    published October 2, 2008

    With a little help from James W. Loewen (author of, most notably, Lies My Teacher Told Me) and Howard Zinn (most famous for A... More >>

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