Are Denver's dives an endangered species? Over the past year, dives featured on our 2013 list of the dozen best dive bars in Denver have lost their divey status or disappeared altogether. The latest casualty is the Thunderbird Lounge, which just closed in east Denver; the owners of the property, La ... More >>
Are Denver's dives an endangered species? Over the past year, two of the dives featured on last year's list of the dozen best dive bars have lost their divey status -- one, the Hill-Top, closed and just reopened this past weekend as the Rocky Top Tavern, and the Squire, while still open, has been re ... More >>
The Little Pub Company just opened the latest in its chain of neighborhood bars and restaurants, The Whittier Pub, at 2000 East 28th Avenue. Mark Berzins, who runs Little Pub, told Westword earlier this year that he's not normally an urban pioneer, preferring to open new locations in established ar ... More >>
Although downtown just lost another pizza spot, Toppings, today Pizza Republica will make its debut on 14th Street, right in front of the Colorado Convention Center -- and this downtown version of a restaurant that got its start in Greenwood Village looks like more than a fair trade. And more pizz ... More >>
Denver's great dive bars are disappearing -- but there are still many worthy of celebration, including Bar Bar (Carioca Cafe), which just won Best Dive Bar in the Best of Denver 2013. And there was stiff competition for that award, as evidenced by our list of the dozen best dive bars in Denver. That ... More >>
Did you resolve to become more expressive in 2013? To indulge all of your artistic fantasies -- even if your wildest dream is to sing "Feelings" before a crowd? Inspired by our list of "Denver's ten best karaoke bars," one reader visited our number-one pick, the Rear Inn Lounge. And she didn't appr ... More >>
The Little Pub Company -- owners of The Spot, the Irish Hound, Wymans and seventeen other neighborhood watering holes -- will open its newest location in the former M&D's Café, at 2800 28th Avenue, which closed a year ago. Mark Berzins, who runs Little Pub, says he's not normally an urban pioneer, ... More >>
Last Friday night, the Denver Police Department did an undercover operation, sending underage police cadets to liquor establishments across Denver where they tried to buy booze. And succeeded in the case of four bars (and numerous liquor stores), all of which were cited for selling to a minor. The ... More >>
Do you want a shot of attitude with that beer? Laura Shunk's interview with Adam Hodak, the Green Russell bartender who doesn't think bartenders should be pretentious, hit a few people in their funny bones, not to mention wallets lightened by the cost of craft cocktails. The comments keep flowing o ... More >>
We might all be Manhattan and martini connoisseurs now, but not even ten years ago, properly made classic cocktails were a lot more difficult to find not just in Denver, but in any city. And cocktail bars -- at least the trendy cocktail bars that keep proliferating today -- were virtually non-exist ... More >>
Happy Repeal Day, Denver. In celebration of the day in 1933 when United States citizens could finally booze legally again, you might consider raising a pre-Prohibition era cocktail -- like a dry Martini, made with equal parts gin and vermouth, or a bittered sling (the old-fashioned Old Fashio ... More >>
Oskar BluesTaprooms and food trucks are a perfect match: the taprooms need good grub to feed their customers, and the food trucks need to find good spots with a lot of hungry people. Over the past few years, it's a combination that's worked well for more than a dozen breweries in Denver, Bou ... More >>
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My Brother's Bar has no sign, but lots of fansDive right in, the water -- and beer -- is fine! Our list of the town's Five Best Dive Bars -- starting with the Kentucky Inn, winner of the Best Dive Bar in the Best of Denver 2011 -- has fans of dive bars and definitions alike plunging into the ... More >>
Last year the B.U.F.F. Brothers Group sold four of their bars -- the College Inn, Dirk's, Gibby's and Pifler's -- to the Little Pub Company. B.U.F.F. Brothers co-owner Rob Lanphier says the sale basically came down to money: The Little Pub Company, which now owns nineteen saloons in the area, ... More >>
Esquire Magazine has atoned for a huge mistake that Men's Journal made two years ago. Unlike that mag, it's included Denver in its list of the nation's seven best beer cities. The Esquire issue, which just hit newsstands, lists Chicago, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, St. Louis and ... More >>
Photo courtesy Baker St. Pub & GrillFat Tire and fried shrimp are a winning combination in chef David Spirito's book.Beer pairings aren't the newest movement on the culinary scene, but how about an entire menu full of pairings -- dessert included -- numbering some sixty all told? That's how ... More >>
How do you know you're in a classic dive? It helps if the owner stands up and welcomes you to his place -- the place he's had for 58 years, and bought before he was old enough to own it legally. Jerry Feld bought the bar at 404 Broadway back in 1951, and he's run Club 404 ever since -- eve ... More >>
The Rustic Tavern meets all the qualifications of a dive -- and then some.Sample one of Denver's best dive bars at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 5, when Club 404, 404 Broadway, hosts a launch party for Westword Drunk of the Week columnist Drew Bixby's Denver's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving ... More >>
What you might have missed this week on Cafe Society while checking out Jason Sheehan's top ten places on 17th Avenue to swell your belly. Lori Midson got a sneak peak of Sean Yontz's new restaurant space during a sit-down with the Sketch, Mezcal and Tambien executive chef, who's also the s ... More >>
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