Reader: Denver's Best Old-School Bars Are Disappearing

The Wazee's dumbwaiter has been delivering beers for forty years.
The Wazee's dumbwaiter has been delivering beers for forty years.
Mark Antonation

Last week we rounded up a dozen restaurants that have lasted at least fifty years in the same family's hands. Compared to those long runs, the Wazee Supper Club is a relative newcomer: It just celebrated its fortieth birthday. And it changed hands more than a decade ago, moving from founder Angelo Karagas to the Wynkoop group.

See also: Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll Talks about Wazee Supper Club's 40th Anniversary

That means it's not the same place, says DenverDave:

Sorry, guys -- you can't count the Wazee's years in business and include the ones since it was corporatized. Not the same Wazee -- you should have had to change the name because it bears no resemblance to the little bar where I had my first adult beverage in Denver in 1974. I don't mean that in a good way. Breckenridge-Wynkoop and the Little Pub Group are buying and ruining all the best old-school bars in Denver. Sad.

Replies KarlMarx:

Sorry, Dave -- you can. They bought the name and all associations that came with that name. This is how business works. Welcome to 2014.

What are your favorite old-school bars in Denver? And if they changed owners, would you still bend an elbow there?


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