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

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

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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