Kris Baehre's earliest memory is of watching the 1974 World Cup final with his dad, which cemented a lifelong obsession with soccer, particularly the Arsenal. The Armoury, which is slated to open on New Year's Eve in the former Euphoria Lounge space at 2048 Larimer Street, is named after the English soccer team's fan store. For the Armoury, Baehre, who previously owned Highland Tavern, has partnered up with Spill Lounge owner Brad Beale and Juan Padro, who oversees Highland Tap & Burger.
During the day, the pub will show soccer games, and at night, the Armoury will become an entirely different animal. According to Baehre, the plan is for the spot to host live music and DJs three or four nights a week. Baehre is an audiophile and avid vinyl collector, and as such, he's toying with the idea of keeping a locker full of vinyl at the place and then having people register online to deejay or have a record party.
"I've been kind of haunting the underground music scene since the mid-'80s," Baehre says, "and being a guy with zero talent, the only way I figure I can contribute is by trying to give my friends a place to play and support it however I can."
Baehre, who's spent a lot of time in Europe, hopes to take a few cues from that continent, where sports, culture and art aren't mutually exclusive, like they are in the States. "It's either you're a musician, artist or a jock or whatever else," he points out. "Over there, it's completely different," adding that the former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon's an avid Arsenal fan and that Joy Division's Ian Curtis was a Manchester City supporter.
But while Baehre's a big Arsenal fan, as far as English clubs go, he also likes St. Pauli in Germany. "I like them just because of the culture around it -- the punk rockers and the anarchists. Like I said, the culture is intertwined. It's not one or the other over there. People are starting to figure that out here."