Bars

The Writing's on the Wall: Bathroom Graffiti at Now-Closed Sancho's Broken Arrow

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Molly Martin
Sex, drugs, graffiti, pizza.
Since it opened back in 2000, the Grateful Dead-themed Sancho's Broken Arrow on Colfax Avenue had been a magnet for hippies, wooks and anyone stumbling out of a show at the Fillmore who was looking for a cold beer or other after-concert activities. In 2020, it was cited for violating the stay-at-home order; last year, owner Jay Bianchi announced that he was retiring amid sexual assault allegations and union picketing. And now the bar is closed for good following a Denver Police Department investigation over alleged coke dealing that resulted in the bar's losing its liquor license and a public nuisance case set for trial in December.

Sancho's was known for a lot of things, good and bad, including its famously grimy bathrooms covered in graffiti, which we visited one last time on the bar's last night in business on October 26.