For close to three decades, Bob and Cathy Lyons ran the no-frills, nautical-themed Brown Barrel Tavern
at 76 South Broadway. The bar was one of the last old-school joints in the Baker neighborhood, an area that was once full of them, and earned a nod in our Best of Denver issue for best dive bar in 2008
. But the Brown Barrel has finally rolled on, and the spot is now home to Badger's Pub
, which is slated to have its soft opening Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m. Named after the mascot of the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin-themed sports bar will cater to fans of the Brewers, Badgers, Bucks and Packers, rather than just fans of cheap beer and drunken bar talk.
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