Sam's Bar & Lounge

6801 Leetsdale Dr.
Denver, CO 80224-1522
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  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
While some of Denver's classic dives are dying off, places like Sam's Bar & Lounge continue to forge ahead. Sid Maniatis, one of the bar's owners, says the bar and its iconic neon sign have been in the family for four decades. Today's sign has changed slightly from its original form, however: The flashing marquee lights on the arrow had to be replaced with neon because the flashing was too distracting to drivers. Aside from that, not a whole lot at Sam's has changed inside or out over the past forty years, which is definitely part of the joint's vintage, gritty charm.

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