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Best old bar Denver 2000 - My Brother's Bar

My Brother\'s Bar

My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St.

Denver, CO 80202


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Not only is this a bar where everyone knows your name, but the bar itself is so secure in its identity that it doesn't bother to announce its name outside. You don't need a sign to find your way to My Brother's Bar, however; anyone and everyone who appreciates a good drink -- with or without good company -- knows the way there. The brother is Jim Karagas, who's presided over this spot for almost three decades; his late brother, Angelo, used to run the Wazee Lounge and Supper Club eight blocks down 15th Street. For the record, My Brother's is at the corner of 15th and Platte streets, where it once stood out as an oasis of civilization in the deserted Platte Valley; today it's an oasis of neighborliness in an area that's increasingly highbrow (million-dollar "lofts" will soon rise just a block away). But inside My Brother's Bar, time stands still: A letter from Neal Cassady still hangs in the phone booth, classical music is still piped over the dark-wood booths, Girl Scout cookies are still sold through much of the year, and those great bar burgers (the Johnny burger is our favorite) are still served well into the early hours of the morning. The place has made a few concessions to progress, however: It added a great urban patio ten years back, and the menu has slowly expanded (gazpacho is this summer's special). My Brother's: Everyone should know this joint's name.

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Harold Taylor
Harold Taylor

Jim - hope you can continue to operated "My Brothers" for another 30 years. Left Denver 5 yrs ago and still think of your cheese burgers - the best!!


i couldn't disagree more. great bar burger? sure if you like frozen SYSCO patties on a stale bun with crappy cheap cheese and wilted lettuce. the latter, because it's been in the too hot kitchen for too long. it's the epitome of a burger assembly that requires ZERO preparation and skill in the kitchen. everything else is pretty much deep fried and served on disposable ware. or, as in the burger's case you get condiments served in a very unsanitary and awkwardly strange clear plastic box. even that with disposable serving utensils. how environmentally conscious.i got to give credit to the ambiance, however. interior albeit a little noisy and smelly, is sort of old world charming, patio is alright, too. beer quite drinkable, just SKIP the food.