The Silver Lizard.
4400 Grape St., #A Denver, CO 80216 303-862-7940 www.thesilverlizard.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Online Menu? Yes. Handicap accessible? Yes
I've heard good things about the Silver Lizard from Facebook friends for some time now. General consensus is that the herb is well grown, the concentrates are amazing, and the prices are phenomenal.
The new location is south of I-70, just east of Holly Street in an industrial area loaded with warehouses and semi-trucks dropping off and picking up goods from companies like Safeway and Coolerado. Next door to the Silver Lizard is an art-supply store -- handy for those of you who enjoy creatively expressing yourself through paint after burning a doobie or two.
But because of the recent move, the shop doesn't seem quite at home in its new space. It's not sloppy or shabby, but a lack of artwork up on the walls and the amount of unused space makes it seem more unfinished than purposefully sparse. On the other hand, it's a clean shop, and the crew members are doing well with that they've got for now.
The entry takes you right into a small, secured room that looks into the receptionist area through a thick, large window. When I stopped by, the receptionist was giving what looked like a consultation to a new Silver Lizard patron (I later found out it was a first-time medical marijuana patient). I handed my card over at a break in their conversation and was let in the shop by my budtender, a tall, friendly woman dressed for the heat outside in shorts and sandals.
The dispensary is a large, rectangular room. One half has been set up as a patient lounge, with a couch and chairs arrayed around a coffee table littered with pot magazines and a flat-screen television tuned to ESPN or CNN or some other channel you can drop right into and be entertained by for a minute while you wait. Along the front side of the building are a few staff offices and one room set aside for clones. The shop had a small tray of healthy $10 clones of HOG during my visit, but that was it -- and the green-painted room looked barren because of it. My budtender said the staffers have been working to get more clones to the shop, though, and they should have restocked with a handful of different strains by this week.
There's no separate bud bar, and as long as you and the patient ahead of you don't mind, you can co-mingle at the bud counters opposite the lounge. Ganja is kept in jars in the main cabinet on shelves also holding T-shirts with the shop's logo. Hash is on a second counter to the right, kept up top in a clear display case. A third case with edibles from vendors like Dr. J's and Dixie took up the far end of the J-shaped setup.
Herb variety wasn't huge the day I was in, with nine strains, including a jar of decent mixed shake that sells for $50 an ounce. Other strains on deck included orange-peel-smelling Tangerine, hippy-stink SAGE, crunchy dry but fruity Lambo, and the Chem-based, cross-dubbed Underdawg. Buds were trimmed tight and cut off of large stems, giving the jars a packed-full appearance and some of the buds, like the MOB and Sage and Sour, a more beat-up look. A grower I spoke with later told me that the center is in the process of moving from an inert, recirculating hydroponic system to an organic coco medium after recently becoming unhappy with results. Herb is capped at $25 an eighth, which is a good deal for the quality. Ounces are even cheaper, with a $200 cap out the door and deals as low as $180 at least once a week.
The real draw at the Silver Lizard was the selection of extremely well-made icewater bubble hash. With easily more choices than was the case with actual bud, the shop clearly takes pride in its extractions. Grams sell for $30, and employees will break those down to a $7.50 quarter-gram for you if that's all you can swing. And do try and swing some of this if you stop by. Perfectly dried and cured, the hash had distinctly different looks and smells depending on which strain-specific or blended mix I was looking at. (Strains like the Tange, Flow, Jilly, OG, Underdawg, Stardawg and Blowfish were available both ways.) The shop also carried third-party BHO called "Moon Rocks," but I didn't give that a second glance next to the hash. I had a momentary freakout from the hash overload and botched my purchase, bringing home a gram of one strain instead of four quarter-grams of different strains.
First-time patients get their first eighth for $10, which was a nice surprise at checkout time. Discounts like this are good gimmicks to get people in the door for the shop, but for a patient, it is a great way to see what a dispensary has to offer without blowing your bank on something you've never smoked. Normally, my purchase would have run me about $55, but with the discount, I walked out at $40 even.Page down for strain reviews and photos.