Where are the true dive bars in this city? Since we published our updated list of the Ten Best Dive Bars in Denver a year ago, a couple of our favorites have closed. And last week Rosa Mia Inn, winner of our Best Dive Bar Happy Hour in the Best of Denver 2015 and a northwest Denver institution since 1966, shut its doors; the place is turning into the Nip & Sip. That's bad news, says Sherry:
The Rosa Mia was an "authentic" neighborhood bar. A great place to go and get away from trendy hipsters and bitter-tasting, overpriced microbrew beers. It was the kind of place you could enjoy hearing a great story, enjoy seeing something unexpected, or just nothing at all. It was unique because it was genuine: It wasn't pretty or fancy, but it was the real deal. It will be a complete shame to see it turned into just another hipster douchebag bar. There are plenty of bars you could have chosen to do this to in Denver; this is one that should have been allowed to survive as is, because it was a gem.
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Did you ever go to the Rosa Mia Inn? What are the best dive bars still left in metro Denver? Pour out your nominations now — we'll be serving up our 2015 dive bar list later this week.