Lion's Lair

2022 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
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  • Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am
Small and curiously laid out -- a huge bar takes up more than half the room -- the Lion's Lair has been a Denver rock-and-roll institution since the spot (once a jazz club where Dexter Gordon and Billie Holiday played) started hosting live music in 1991. Local punk, rock and garage bands are most likely to be found on the elevated stage, though hot touring acts such as John Doe, Jonathan Richman and Graham Parker sometimes pack the place, which holds about a hundred people. Regulars drop by for cheap draft beer and the company of an occasionally crusty clientele.

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