For two decades, TheWrangler, a popular gay bar catering to a burly clientele, has held down the corner of Logan Street and East 17th Avenue. But this summer it will move to Five Points, taking over the big building at 3090 Downing Street that was once a church, then home to Tosh's Hacienda. After that venture failed, the building was purchased by the management group behind Tracks/Exdo, who saw a succession of occupants, ranging from the Kiva to Eden to Swallows to the Downing Street Grille, come and go.
But with the Wrangler, the owners finally seem to have a tenant that's a perfect fit. The announcement came late last week on the Wrangler’s Facebook page — a reassuring message for customers who might have been concerned that the venue would meet the same fate as the beloved leather/bear bar the Eagle, which closed earlier this month after the building it occupied in RiNo was bought for a hefty sum.
Here is the Facebook announcement:
With all the changes happening in our community's nightlife scene, we wanted to reassure everyone that the Denver Wrangler is NOT closing. We DID NOT lose our lease. We are strong and have amazing plans for the future.
With that said, we are excited to announce that we are moving to a new location by the end of this summer. While we have loved being in Uptown Denver for the PAST 20 YEARS, we are excited for even more space so we can continue to hold themed parties, host world-class DJs, support our GLBT community with our Legendary Sunday BeerBust, and so much more. Thanks to all of you for your continued support over the years!
We have an amazing DenverPrideFest planned! Help us celebrate our final pride at 1700 Logan!
Be on the lookout for more details on the new location.
That new, 13,000-square-foot location is certainly large enough to accommodate the Wrangler crowd, which often pushes the current bar's limits during those legendary Sunday beer busts; the events have raised thousands of dollars for local LGBTQ charities since their inauguration in 1997.
When the Wrangler moves, will it leave its controversial ID & Dress Code policy behind? That policy came to light through a 2014 discrimination complaint filed by customer Vito Marzano with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, which received national attention. Since the Wrangler's new landlords own the nearby Tracks, one of this town's biggest, most popular purveyors of drag culture and gender fluidity, it might want to toss that policy with the old location.
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For more information on the Wrangler, including its twenty-year-anniversary events that run from April 29 through May 1, go to denverwrangler.com.