On a recent Sunday night, Malloy's son, Travis Lindley, the current general manager at the bar, explained that the family had been looking to change things up and possibly rebrand when the folks from Paramount called about being on Bar Rescue, so it seemed as if fate were intervening. The name change was a welcome one, honoring the family but broadening the appeal of the bar to more than military folks. The show overhauled the patio, adding a custom fire pit and seating along with TVs so customers don't have to miss any game-day action when they're enjoying a little fresh air or a smoke. A garage window was also added to connect the dining area and the patio when the weather is nice. On this chilly evening, a crowd was gathered around the fire pit outside.
The large, open interior was also renovated with fresh paint and what the show considered a "Colorado bar" vibe, with pine paneling, stonework and reclaimed pipes serving as framework for the liquor shelves behind the bar. New digital displays on the tables advertise specialty drinks and menu items, and phone chargers have also been added at each table for customer convenience. Memorabilia and photos now grace a wall by the pool tables to honor the Malloys' military and family history.
Despite the changes, Lindley said many regulars — including a couple that works at the King Soopers next door and loves the hamburgers here, some old-timers sitting along the bar who have been coming in for years, and a few younger bros who give him a head nod before returning to yelling at the Packers game — never went away. It's an eclectic crowd, and the bar draws from all over "the Ranch" and "the Valley," which I learned are different parts of Littleton's Ken Caryl neighborhood. (Malloy's is located in the Ranch, if you want to be specific.) The GM noted that since the makeover, regulars have enjoyed the spiffed-up look and new specialty drinks, rather than being alienated by a new vibe at their old haunt.
I enjoyed my Fire Burger during happy hour, which runs from 2 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Sundays are also Service Industry Night, with buy-one, get-one wines, wells and drafts for hospitality workers from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The family has also kept its deal for Armed Forces veterans, serving them $1.50 domestic beers all day, any day.
Free live music draws a crowd every Friday and Saturday night, with an eclectic mix of local bands hitting the large stage with a surprisingly good lighting and sound setup. On Wednesday nights, the stage is for anyone who want to sing: Uncle Dutchie's karaoke helps celebrate Ladies' Night, when women enjoy dollar wines, wells, and drafts from 9 p.m. to midnight. For those looking for food specials, Street Taco Tuesday is the way to go, with four tacos for $10.95 and $3 Dos Equis bottles, as well as discounted Tecate and Modelo Chelada tall boys. Malloy's supports the Chatfield High School Chargers and is part of a coupon-book deal for the school. Lindley is also hoping to incorporate more fundraisers for local nonprofits at the bar.
This week, Thanksgiving celebrations are in order, with a Turkey Day spread for those who show up on Thursday (though the bar doesn't open until 5 p.m. that day) and, for whatever reason, a Onesie Party tonight (Wednesday, November 27).
So count this bar rescue as a success: Malloy's has stayed true to its neighborhood roots while changing and growing into an appealing hangout for a wider Littleton audience.
Malloy's Bar & Grille is located at 11550 Meadows Drive in Littleton and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Visit the bar's website or call 303-972-8658 for more information.