It's been a tough few months for anyone who plans outdoor events in Denver. But "that's just the way it works in Colorado," says Eric Dyce, a longtime local promoter who now runs the Marina at Cherry Creek State Park — the most visited state park in Colorado, he points out, with 1.8 million people stopping by annually, 600,000 of them nearby residents. And it's for this group that in April he introduced Grille Nights from 5 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday for "unfancy feasts and fun times," including live music. Tonight's performer is Matt Chimes, a local guitarist/singer who'll be playing from 6 to 9 p.m.; the B.O.S.S. food truck will also be on hand.
But those aren't the only special features that Dyce has cooked up. Tonight will also mark the debut of the Tiki Beach Bar, with standard tiki-bar drinks and "goosed-up cocktails" from mixmaster Xander Grado, who works at the Corner Office "as well as some other cool places," according to Dyce. It took a while for Dyce to secure a liquor license — in the meantime, "I was happy to provide free beer," he says — but now he'll really be pouring out the fun, with "updated and new items at the bar every single week."
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Starting today, the Tiki Beach Bar will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. And don't worry: The bar features a sheltered patio, and the tables have umbrellas. "I can weather the storm fairly well," says Dyce.
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