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As implied by its name, the now-defunct Recovery Room catered mostly to the employees of the ever-disintegrating University of Colorado Hospital campus across the street. When Leigh Jones -- of Horseshoe Lounge and Jonesy's fame -- bought the place, she overhauled it. Completely. The resulting Bar Car is a welcome addition to the East Denver scene. Given the building's rather nondescript front, the dark, rustic interior -- with its wisps of an old-timey railroad theme -- is a pleasant surprise. Also pleasantly surprising, given Colorado Boulevard's penchant for chains, is that the Bar Car is defiantly 'hood-focused, offering a well-curated draft-beer list heavy on locals. Patrons follow suit, whether they're stopping by for the daily happy hour or the deep-dish pizza, checking sports scores, or just soaking up the warm surroundings late at night. Plus, what other bar boasts a naked picture of Burt Reynolds as decoration?
The Bar Car was conceived by Leigh Jones and Margaret Moore, of the Horseshoe Lounge and Jonesy's EatBar, in 2010. Upon first glance, it reminded them of a train’s bar car of yesteryear. They decorated the walls with scenic oil paintings, and installed brass chandeliers, to create a refreshing, old timey ambiance. The Bar Car was awarded "Best Old Bar Brought Back To Life" in Westword's 'Best of Denver - 2011'. That same year, Jeremy Matzke joined Leigh and Margaret to helm the Bar Car. Affectionately known as “The DrinkSlinger”, Jeremy welcomes all those traveling on Colorado Blvd to stop by, “drink up and be somebody.”