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Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar)

2060 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
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  • Daily 7am-2am
  • ATM
It's fascinating to watch how the clientele at the Carioca Cafe, better known as Bar Bar, changes over the course of a day (and three happy hours) -- especially when this classic dive, one of the last left downtown, brings in live music. Get there a few hours before a gig and you'll find some of Denver's finest barflies, a few of which might have been there since the doors opened that morning. As the hour gets later, an assortment of hipsters, punks and rockers mixes in with those barflies, the music gets loud, and the next thing you know, you're in a veritable drinker's nirvana. Dive, he said.

Related Stories (2)

  • Downtown's last true dive
    6 years ago by Drew Bixby

    The bummer about Bar Bar (officially the Carioca Cafe, at 2060 Champa Street) is not that the bathrooms are glacial, grimy, graffiti-covered dungeons. It's not that the volatile mix of white, black, brown and out-of-town patrons are...

  • Consumed
    13 years ago by Marty Jones

    It's game day at Coors Field, where thousands of fans are enjoying America's alleged favorite pastime. A few blocks to the east, inside the Carioca Cafe, at 2060 Champa Street, a handful of Americans are reveling in a more revered, ...