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Hill-Top Tavern (4907 Lowell Boulevard)
A favorite hangout of comedian Bill Murray, the Hill-Top's got Busch on tap, Bowie on the jukebox and a bar that stretches from wall to wall. Be sure to bring cash, and if the phone rings, don't answer it.
Several of our favorite dives dried up last year, including Club 404 (which will reopen under new ownership), Brown Barrel and the Mickey Manor. And 2012 has already been tough on fans of old-time watering holes: Both Gabor's and Music Box closed their doors. Fortunately, the Denver area still has an abundance of old-time dives, which we've been visiting in anticipation of choosing the Best Dive for the Best of Denver 2012, which will hit the streets on March 29. (But who are we kidding? We'd be bellying up to these bars, anyway.) Here, in no particular order, is our current list of the ten best dives in Denver:
Photos by Jim Wills. By Cafe Society writers, including Drew Bixby, author of Denver's Best Dive Bars.