Hot Dog!

Over the past few months, I've been running into people I haven't seen in years, and it's mildly freaking me out. At Vinyl (1082 Broadway) in February, I saw a guy who was on my little-league football team. A few weeks before that, it was a high-school classmate at My Brother's Bar (2376 15th Street). Both times, I was surprised that they recognized me, especially since I'm about eighty pounds heavier than I was in high school and hide behind my biker beard.

And when I recently walked into Old Tyme Drafts & Dawgs (2479 South Broadway) for one of my high-school buddies' fortieth-birthday parties, I ran into at least a dozen people I haven't seen in a decade or so. Okay, so maybe I'm not the best at keeping in touch with people. But at least Old Tyme was a cool joint for reacquainting myself with folks I hadn't seen in, like, forever. Some of the guys were hitting the Bad Manners show at the Gothic later that night, and a few more (myself included) were heading over to the Bluebird to see X. Both bands were in their prime during the early '80s, just before we all started high school.

Although Old Tyme doesn't have live music, it does have bar games I haven't seen anywhere else in town, including Table Skittles (no, you don't eat them), Senet (one of the world's oldest board games), Fox and Geese, Shut the Box and Captain's Mistress, which was reportedly one of Captain Cook's favorite games. The games are just some of the innovations that Dion Boeke introduced when he took over the former home of the Blue Walleye last year and turned it into Old Tyme. He remodeled the room, increased the tap handles to fifteen (English brews, microbrews and domestics) and added a full menu with some tasty hot dogs on it, including a great Classic Chili Dawg. If you eat eight dogs in one sitting, you get a plaque on the bar's Hot Dawg Hall of Fame and a free T-shirt.


Old Tyme Drafts and Dawgs

Club scout: At a March 19 Boulder Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting, after two hours of discussion, the board split on how the Nitro Club (1124 Lawry Lane, Boulder) should be zoned. Two members of the board voted that the strip club should be zoned as a restaurant; the other two wanted it zoned as an "indoor amusement establishment." Since the board couldn't reach a definitive decision, it will try again later this month, when two additional boardmembers should be present.

Owner Michael Cobb and his lawyer are hoping that board agrees to zone the club as a restaurant, in which business could continue as usual. But zoning administrator Brian Holmes would like to see Nitro zoned as an "indoor amusement establishment," which means the club would have to undergo a use review and could be shut down if its application was rejected by the planning board. But for all the commotion over the club since it opened in December, only one actual Boulder citizen showed up at the March meeting to lodge a complaint.

Ziggie's (4923 West 38th Avenue) held a grand reopening celebration on March 27 to show off its freshly renovated digs and new, 700-square-foot smoking patio in the back. The club also recently launched a Monday Madness happy hour with pianist Bill McKay. Farther west, the Zoo Bar (8529 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood), which claims to be Lakewood's only cigar and smoking bar, has introduced Buzzer Battle on Wednesdays and standup comedy on Thursdays. And Thursdays through Sundays, when you buy a cigar that costs more than $4, you can get a drink for $2.

Brian Howe, who last month started a Friday residency at Beta (1909 Blake Street), now has a retro mash-up night every Wednesday at Electric Cowboy (8811 Harlan Street in Westminster), where he'll be spinning disco, new wave, funk and rock from the '70s through the '90s. Speaking of mash-ups, there'll be a whole lot of that going on at Bar Standard (1037 Broadway) on Thursday, April 10, when San Francisco's Adrian and the Mysterious D visit the spot for Bootie, reportedly the world's largest franchised mash-up remix party. Local DJs Magnet, Postman, Soup and Bri Whoboy will also be on hand, and the first fifty people in the door get free VIP backstage access and Bootie CDs.


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