Club Nights

Aztec Sol

Ah, tequila -- one of Mexico's favorite exports, it sends shivers down the spine and many imbibers to the floor. It's the nectar of the Spring Break gods and takes an iron stomach to keep down. Give your refined palate a Latin kick on Friday nights at Aztec Sol (2219 West 32nd Avenue), when the drink special is Shots in the Dark. ("The Black Out" might be a more accurate title.) The deal is four-for-one tequila shots for just $6 all day until 10 p.m. I repeat: four tequila shots for $6. Aztec Sol stocks over 200 kinds of the spicy sauce -- although the Shots in the Dark selection is limited -- and the bartenders know them in and out. They'll customize tequila samplers and even help you call a cab. "It's a local bar, and we just want people to come in and try us out," says Sonja Lara, who owns and runs the place with her husband, Jose. "We're a fun bar."

And here's more fun: Aztec Sol also hosts a monthly Bladder Buster Night, when for $8, it's all-you-can-drink tapped beer until you have to get up to relieve yourself. The next baño-fest is Thursday, January 19; we recommend you wear loose (and probably dark) clothing. For more information on either event, call the bar at 303-256-0787.

The only thing better than a cheap drink is a drink on the house. And Roosters Bar & Patio (4381 West 120th Avenue in Broomfield) delivers that from 9 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday, when draft beer is absolutely free. "It packs the place," says owner Rick Roos. "It's insane hectic." Though there's no official name for the night, Roos likes to call it Divorce Night. "Free beer makes your next ex very pretty," he jokes. The bar's crowd is eclectic, with everyone from hard bikers relaxing during the day to college students and club kids who stop by for the nightly DJs. And it all just goes to show that everyone takes their pants off the same way: one free drink at a time. Check the web for updates at www.roostersbar.net or call 303-465-2070.

Also in Broomfield (at 665 East Marketplace Drive at FlatIron, to be precise), Benny Armas has transformed the short-lived suburban version of Benny's Restaurante y Tequila Bar (a Denver institution at 301 East Seventh Avenue) into the Corner Pub, where old friends meet again." How many old friends live near this new development may be debatable, but the Pub packs in plenty of friendly entertainment options, including Benny's Mexican food and margs, burgers and pizzas, Over the Hump hip-hop and techno jams after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and Get Your Groove On music mixes from the '70s through the '90s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday nights, industry people get to rest -- and enjoy drink specials and a free buffet. For more information, call 303-469-7700.

Finally, from 4 to 8 p.m. on January 16, the Sports Column, at 1930 Blake Street, will offer free food and beverages -- but the club has already paid a very high price. On December 18, Richard Barry, a member of the venue's management team, lost his fight against cancer. "We are now turning our sorrows into celebration and converting our loss into action," says owner Mark Kinsey. So to get in the door to this Monday's event, you must make a minimum donation of $20, all of which benefits Barry's family (his mother moved here to nurse him and wants to keep working with families of cancer patients) and the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 303-296-1930.

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Tuyet Nguyen