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Casselman's Bar & Venue

Casselman's Bar & Venue

The last word of Casselman's Bar & Venue really tells you what you need to know: This is a venue, above all, and a huge one, located on a warehouse-y stretch of Walnut Street in the Ballpark neighborhood.
Goosetown Tavern

Goosetown Tavern

Located across the street from the Bluebird Theater, the Goosetown Tavern draws beer drinkers, pool players and music fans from the East Colfax corridor and beyond.
Scruffy Murphy's

Scruffy Murphy's

This neighborhood pub offers a warm, inviting old world setting to have a beer or check out the occasional live act -- traditional Celtic and Irish folk music to acoustic rock -- and hang out with the locals.

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  • 3 Kings Tavern

    3 Kings Tavern

    60 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-777-7352

    http://www.3kingstavern.com Calling 3 Kings Tavern a rock bar just hints at the entertainment to be found here. From hosting an array of dance nights, burlesque revues and art shows in the basement gallery to presenting a full calendar of top-notch local talent (including a rare appearance by Slim Cessna's Auto Club) and compelling national acts (Red Fang and High on Fire among them), this venue is almost always a sure bet. Couple that entertainment lineup with a staff that's as welcoming to the customers as it is to the bands (which are all treated like rock stars, whether imports or exports), and it's easy to see why this joint has so many fans -- even if the sound occasionally leaves something to be desired. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Badger

    Badger's Pub

    76 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-733-0488

    Named after the University of Wisconsin mascot, this Wisconsin-themed sports bar caters to fans of the Brewers, Badgers, Bucks and Packers rather than just fans of cheap beer and drunken bar talk, as was the case with the Badger's predecessor, the Brown Barrel, which occupied this South Broadway spot for close to three decades. A makeover transformed the once-dingy dive, and sports memorabilia now lines the walls where nautical items used to be. With plenty of TVs scattered throughout, Badger's makes for a fun place to hang with your land-of-cheddar brethren. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Barker Lounge

    Barker Lounge

    475 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204
    303-778-0545

    http://www.barkerlounge.net A self-proclaimed "stray bar," the Barker Lounge attracts a wide array of patrons -- even if the disco balls hanging from the ceiling and the Madonna tunes blaring from the jukebox may suggest otherwise. The humble interior is clean and inviting, with a friendly staff. But the bar's best-kept secret -- and one that smokers will want to know -- is its patio: Shielded from busy Broadway by wooden fence, the deceivingly large wrap-around outdoor room is a cozy spot boasting plants, Christmas lights and a second bar to accommodate crowds in the summer months. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Black Crown Lounge

    Black Crown Lounge

    1446 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    720-353-4701

    http://www.blackcrownlounge.com After taking over the former Cafe Cero/Open Tap space, business partners Mark Cameron and Brian Grace transformed it into an authentic piano bar that has what Cameron describes as an old-world, over-the-top, decadent country-club feel. While the multi-level, multi-room spot, situated on South Broadway’s Antique Row, offers fine cocktails and wine, small plates and brunch as well as live pianists and bands, the Black Crown also doubles as a retail store, where some of its lavish furnishings, such as chandeliers, mirrors, framed art and objets d'art, are for sale. There's also a patio in front and one in the back. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Boone

    Boone's Tavern

    1135 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210
    720-961-0320

    http://www.pourkids.com Boone's is a neighborhood joint near the University of Denver, which explains the name: Denver Boone was DU's official mascot from 1968 to 1998. But Boone's isn't just about DU. It's "state-triotic," according to co-owner Rob Lanphier, featuring just beers from Colorado, stocking about half of its bar with liquors from Colorado, and "trying to do as much Colorado-sourced food as humanly possible." The majority of the food is made from scratch, including barbecue. "The thing we try to strive for is having great food, basically," Lanphier says. "Better food than people would expect in a neighborhood tavern." Welcome to the neighborhood. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Bushwacker

    Bushwacker's Saloon

    1967 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    303-722-0280

    http://www.myspace.com/socialfuse The huge, lit-up mirror in this low-maintenance live-music/ karaoke hideout allows bands to preen from the stage before launching their aural assaults. And you can watch the show without being too far from your next beer in Bushwackers' sunken bar area, complete with comfy chairs. The bands that play this biker-friendly dive on the weekends run the gamut, from rock and metal to punk and blues. Karaoke nights on Thursdays are also worth checking out. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Campus Lounge

    Campus Lounge

    701 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80209
    303-722-9696

    A Bonnie Brae staple for decades, the Campus Lounge epitomizes the friendly neighborhood saloon with its seasoned waitstaff, drink specials and an owner, Jim Whiste (a retired pro hockey player and DU Pioneer alum), who can often be found bellied up to the bar with his patrons on weekday afternoons. The kitchen is another draw, famous for a full menu of sloppy Mexican food and daily steak specials. The main room boasts huge booths perfect for lazy game-watching on a big-screen TV; and an adjoining space offers video games, pool, foosball tables - and a door that leads to the Campus Lounge's newest amenity, a low-key patio. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Candlelight Tavern

    Candlelight Tavern

    383 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-778-9530

    http://www.candlelighttavern.com Open for over seventy years on an unassuming block of South Pearl, the Candlelight Tavern is a neighborhood haven, the lone bar sitting peacefully next to residences and a milk-truck lot. But the Tavern's patrons are far from unassuming: A rambunctious crowd -- including everyone from working stiffs to college kids and sports fans -- can be found just behind the bar's door seven nights a week, enjoying darts, pool, foosball, an always-occupied shuffleboard table and a menu that includes burgers and fries. And the wood-paneled saloon's biggest attraction may the wall-mounted jukebox, which features plenty of sing-along-inducing songs. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Crimson & Gold Tavern

    Crimson & Gold Tavern

    2017 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210
    720-379-5454

    http://www.candgtavern.com There's no denying that Crimson & Gold is a college bar; that would be impossible, since this joint is right next to the University of Denver. But it's also a reliable neighborhood restaurant, with lots of room for families and other big groups, a 1,400-square-foot back patio and a menu that appeals to just about everyone. There are bar-food favorites -- sweet-potato fries and homemade BBQ chips -- as well as higher-end items (the "After 5" portion of the menu includes Filet Mignon, grilled salmon and pork chops, complemented by wedge and mixed-greens salads). A crowd favorite at lunch or dinner is the Pioneer Burger: a hearty beef patty piled high with bacon, pepper Jack cheese, haystack onions and BBQ sauce. For a sweet finish, Crimson & Gold also offers a variety of shakes, malts and root beer floats, as well as baby ice cream sandwiches -- three little minty desserts per order. Whether you're toting around five starving kids or just looking for a place to grab a beer, Crimson & Gold can accommodate you. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • The Dive Inn

    The Dive Inn

    1380 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    720-242-6157

    http://www.diveinndenver.com Denver's longest-running gay bar, BJ's Carousel, closed in 2011 after a three-decade-plus run. The South Broadway spot was then gutted and remodeled, reopening in 2012 as the Dive Inn. The new bar's nautical theme was inspired by the owner's numerous trips as a teenager to Cozumel, where he opened a dive shop after high school. At the Dive Inn, photos from deep-sea fishing trips share space in the back room with foosball and pool tables and a second bar. The place also sports a taqueria and 2,500 square feet of patio space. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Dougherty

    Dougherty's Neighborhood Restaurant and Pub

    5 E. Ellsworth Denver, CO 80209
    303-777-5210

    http://www.doughertysrestaurant.com Dougherty's is a neighborhood pub that caters to the entire neighborhood - the young and the old, the hip and the square, the firemen, the drunks and the industry people. It's kid-friendly, pet-friendly, family-friendly and drunk-friendly, with cheap lunches all day and happy-hour specials at the bar. The tenders here pour some of the strongest drinks in the entire city, and when the time comes for soaking up that firewater, Dougherty's also has an excellent pub kitchen, a nice dining room separated from the bar, and a menu that's better than you'd expect. Just past the small front patio sits a cozy three-room pub serving up typical Irish food and drink (think Guinness paired with bangers and mash) along with the not-so traditional (like a prosciutto-and-cheese creation called "Leprechaun Lollipops"). Brunch is also a big draw for the pub, offering the usual egg-centered fare plus sweeter items such as French toast. For the most part, Dougherty's feels like a nice, neighborhood bar perfect for a pint. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Former Future Brewing

    Former Future Brewing

    1290 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80210
    720-441-4253

    http://www.formerfuturebrewingcompany.com The concept of Former Future Brewing Company is best summed up by the brewery itself, which says it specializes in "futuristic interpretations of historical styles." That aesthetic applies to Former Future's look and feel as well as its beer recipes. Some of the beers, for instance, are made using recipes from the 1800s, but with a modern twist. Housed in a long, narrow space that was once a marijuana dispensary, Former Future also combines old and new in its decor. Designed by Fin Art in Denver, the interior includes a bar made from the wing of an old Cessna and a variety of light fixtures -- some made from old barrel hoops, others from airport runway lights. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Gary Lee

    Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub

    176 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-282-GRUB

    http://www.garyleesmotorclubandgrub.com After many unexpected delays, Gary Lee Bomar finally opened Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub in 2012, in a formerly run-down garage space that was refurbished and transformed into a vintage, car-themed roadhouse with a great patio. Remember to check out the decorative detail while you chow down on a smoked Portobello sandwich or pulled pork with barbeque sauce. Talk about vroom service! Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Gennaro

    Gennaro's Lounge

    2598 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    303-722-1044

    http://www.gennaroscafeitaliano.com Gennaro's has been a low-key, red-sauce, neighborhood Italian joint for more than fifty years. Separated from its companion bar by a bank of windows (you can also order off the menu in the bar), the dining room has just a few tables with red-checked cloths, as well as a view of the kitchen cooking up pizza and pasta. But while the place is small, the menu is large: Appetizers range from bruschetta to calamari, there are Italian-inspired soups and salads, and pasta dishes include lasagna, spaghetti and baked ziti. The hand-tossed pizzas are all made to order and topped with anything you can can think of. But the real winner here is the calzone, a massive portion that's enough for two, stuffed with your choice of items from the pizza-topping list. Order one of five Deschutes beers on tap, or a cocktail made with any flavor of vodka imaginable (bubble gum, anyone?) from one of the congenial, no-bullshit bartenders. And Gennaro's isn't just an Italian restaurant and bar; it's also a coffee shop that opens at 10 a.m. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • HandleBar Tavern

    305 S. Downing Street Denver, CO 80209

    http://www.tabletotavern.com/handlebar-tavern A few months before opening Boone's Tavern November 2011, B.U.F.F. Brothers co-owner Rob Lanphier split with his business partner and started a new company, Pour Kids, that would later became Table to Tavern. In early 2012, he added HandleBar Tavern, formerly the Downing Street Bar & Grill, to his stable and subscribed the bar to the company's "stateriotic" concept of serving locally sourced beer and spirits. With 25 TVs scattered around the Washington Park hang, there's plenty of opportunity to catch a game. The menu includes a number of starters, lighter plates, sandwiches and entrees. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Hanson

    Hanson's Grill & Tavern

    1301 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210
    303-744-0210

    http://www.hansonsgrill-tavern.com Hanson's is the sort of place you find one night when every other table in the neighborhood is booked, then return to whenever you have an open Friday and no reservations. For families out for a fast, easy dinner; for big, rowdy gangs of college kids looking for their own rathskeller; for solo drinkers seeking a place where everyone knows their name - Hanson's is good on all those counts. Bottom line, it's a proper bar and grill with strong drinks, comfortable booths, a good happy hour, plenty of cheap diversions and a welcoming attitude. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Herman

    Herman's Hideaway

    1578 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    303-777-2535

    http://www.hermanshideaway.com A kind of petri dish for the local-music scene, Herman's Hideaway opens its stage to bands in their gestation period as well as more accomplished acts that draw well on weekend nights. An open room with minimal adornment, Herman's feels a bit like a big basement where young players come together to perform for friends, especially during the weekly New Talent Showcase. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Hi-dive

    Hi-dive

    7 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-733-0230

    http://www.hi-dive.com The hi-dive, which opened in 2003, has become a Denver institution. Many of the current top-shelf local bands got their start at this intimate south Broadway bar, which sits smack-dab in the middle of the Baker neighborhood. And even though many of those groups can now easily fill places twice its size, they still make it down to the hi-dive to perform on a regular basis. Perhaps it's because the sound is fantastic, and because the club promotes local shows with the same vigor and enthusiasm as they would a national one. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Illegal Pete's

    1744 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210
    720-974-2198

    http://www.illegalpetes.com Colorado is known for its homegrown big-burrito chains. Illegal Pete's isn't the largest, but it's big on flavor, with a wide-ranging menu that includes everything from standard chicken- and carnitas-based burritos to versions with fish or potatoes as the main event. The ingredients are all carefully balanced before the burrito is wrapped, ensuring that you won't get any bites of just rice or only sour cream. The casual atmosphere might lure you into sticking around for one more beer; it's no surprise that each and every Illegal Pete's outpost is a favorite hangout for somebody. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover

    54 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
    303-282-4643

    http://www.theirishroverpub.com A dramatic black and red exterior immediately calls your attention to the Irish Rover from the outside. Inside, it's what you'd expect from an Irish bar: Dark brick and wood accent the place, the staff is friendly and welcoming, and Celtic and folk music is playing in the background. The Irish Rover is also pooch-friendly, allowing neighborhood patrons to stop in for a beer while out for a walk with their dogs. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Kentucky Inn

    Kentucky Inn

    890 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-778-9600

    http://www.kentuckyinntavern.com A self-proclaimed "Midwest bar," the Kentucky Inn is just one of many small, discreet dives existing in now-posh neighborhoods like West Wash Park. Once a haven for postal workers -- the post office down the street is the reason the bar still opens at 7 a.m. -- the Inn now services a mostly younger crowd looking for PBR and Old Style by the can, served up by a friendly waitstaff that also doesn't mind making the occasional frozen pizza on request. The low-key bar is just two rooms with darts and other distractions, and while sporting events can bring in the bigger crowds, the Kentucky Inn prides itself on its local clientele and easygoing status. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Lil' Devils

    255 S. Broadway St. Denver, CO 80209
    303-733-1156

    http://www.lildevilslounge.com After a long run at 255 South Broadway, the Barker Lounge relocated near the Santa Fe Arts District, and Li'l Devils took over the Broadway spot in late 2012. The building was spruced up inside and out, giving it a classier feel, but Lil' Devils is still a low-key, comfortable lounge that caters to both the gay and straight communities. Music videos are shown on multiple TVs around the bar, which offers Colorado craft beers and wines along with its specialty cocktails, and there's a decent-sized patio. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln's Road House

    1201 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210
    303-777-3700

    http://www.lincolnsroadhouse.com The rowdy rock at the Roadhouse fits the rough-and-ready crowd or the people looking for a beer and a band on the weekends. Big booths keep colleagues comfy and close for talking, and the stage is right by the window, so prospective patrons can get an earful before they are even inside. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Merchants Mile High Saloon

    Merchants Mile High Saloon

    2014 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210
    303-722-9880

    The Border had long been a popular watering hole in the University of Denver neighborhood, though it went through some dry spells -- and then dried up altogether in May 2012. A trio of new owners, two of whom run Merchants Saloon in Oakland, California, recently took over the space and have reopened as Merchants Mile High Saloon. And although the new owners wanted the place to have more of a "dark and sexy" club feel than a casual sports-bar atmosphere, Merchants will show games when they're on. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

  • Mike

    Mike's Tavern

    2301 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210
    720-287-1403

    When Len & Bill's went dark after fifty years in March 2010, Denver lost one of its great dives, in addition to being one of the dingiest joints in town. But after new owner Mike Keeney took over the space, he did a major overhaul on the small space, added a patio in back and added some of his own personality to the place. After opening it as Mike's Tavern in July, 2011, the bar still attracts a fair amount of Len & Bill's regulars as well a new set of neighborhood folks who might have been scared to go in the dimly-lit dive in the past. Read more about this Denver bar or club >>

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