Word of Mouth

Do dive bars make Denver one of the 25 Best Places to Live?

Denver is one of the 25 Best Places to Live, according to the April issue of Men's Journal . The manly mag touts the downtown living here, which allows you to walk "to everything from an NBA game to deliberately divey bars."

But that could be a long walk, because there are very few dive bars left in downtown Denver. Now that Star Bar, at 2137 Larimer Street, has new owners who cleaned up the joint, we'd be hard-pressed to come up with more than a couple of true dives, most notably the Carioca Cafe (better known as Bar Bar) at 2060 Champa Street and Old Curtis Street , 2100 Curtis Street.

Know of another one? Send it our way. But no need to name-check El Chapultepec: Men's Journal already did, in the copy that follows:

Denver's biggest selling point has always been what's outside of town -- blue-sky powder days and the largest concentration of peaks higher than 10,000 feet in the country. But over the past decade, the once dormant downtown of the Queen City of the Plains has been transformed into one of the best in the country for work, owning a condo, and walking to everything from an NBA game to deliberately divey bars.The reclamation of LoDo began way back in the '80s, but it was Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which drew creative chefs and telecommuting urbanites looking to escape bigger cities, that galvanized its reputation as the most sophisticated city in the square states. Hangouts run the gamut from Sinatra-style cocktails at the Oxford Hotel's Cruise Room to burritos and breakfast beers at kitschy-cool El Chapultepec to winemaking in a Quonset hut at Infinite Monkey Theorem. "I work down here and don't have to get in a car until I go skiing," says Chuck Sullivan, co-founder of a local consulting business.

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