Michael downplays the fact, though, stating that the Hideaway is just a classic neighborhood bar, with ambience and good service as the focus. And customers seem to be happy to go with the low-key vibe, having made the bar their own personal hideaway over the five years since the father-son duo took over. On a recent visit, the regulars were good-natured and engaging, making my friends and me feel like part of the gang.
The Saturday afternoon clientele comprised a few old bar dudes as well as some younger couples, a group of hippie-ish-looking guys and gals and a diverse mix of other drinkers along the long bar. A projection screen pumped out pop and hip-hop music videos to add a soundtrack, and several televisions showed UFC fights, Grand Prix racing and poker tournaments.
The rest of the bar isn't big, with just enough room for one pool table, a dartboard and a stack of board games alongside the hightop tables. Folks come for food as well as drinks here, and there are several specials on both throughout the week, including half-price Bud Lights (first beer only) on "Jammin' Feud" trivia Mondays, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, and Ladies' Night on Thursdays, with $3.75 you-call-its. Other happenings include poker on Wednesdays, music bingo on Fridays, karaoke on Saturdays, and bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on Sundays, when service-industry employees can also land two-for-one drinks. Along with all that, there's happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. every day, with $1 off drafts, wells and wine, and $2.50 Sauza shots all day, every day.
The decor is modern and tidy, with a warm glow and cheery chalkboard murals all over the walls, including one above the door that reads "Danger: reality outside." During nicer weather, or just for a smoke on days like this, there's a tiny fenced patio facing the parking lot; it's adorned with Colorado flags, which could be the lone telltale sign of Greg's political career — or just symbols of the "Colorado proud" attitude that pervades the city.
The reality waiting outside was dark clouds, gloomy skies and rain, making it tough to leave the welcoming Hideaway.
The Hideaway Lounge is located at 2627 South Parker Road in Aurora and is open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m Sundays. For more information, call 303-671-4633 or visit the bar's website.