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Lancer Lounge - Closed

233 E. 7th Ave. Denver, CO 80203 | Central Denver | 303-831-8989

Location Description:

Where else but the Lancer Lounge could get away with having the Dirty Dancing soundtrack blaring -- unironically -- over the din of grizzled drinkers circling round the bar and pool balls knocking heads in the next room? This classic dive sticks out like the best kind of sore thumb, with a vibe not unlike an amusement park funhouse. You can actually score fake tattoos and stickers from machines near the front door. As for when to go, you'd be hard-pressed (or a chump) to show up when it's not happy hour: The Lancer's got three a day, including a classic drown hour. All together now: "I've...had...the time of my life...."

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  • Cuisine(s): Bar Food
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining

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