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One of Denver’s Newest Bars Wants To Become RiNo’s Backyard

Improper City will have an outdoor patio complete with Astroturf, stadium seating, fire pits, and rotating food trucks

RiNo’s newest bar opens Friday and hopes to become the neighborhood’s go-to hangout spot. Improper City’s 7,500-square-foot footprint will house a cafe brewing its own brand of roasts among its many additions, including a huge outdoor patio slated to open late this summer. It joins next-door neighbor and partner, Movement Climbing + Fitness, the newest additions to RiNo’s ever-expanding line up of alternative, mixed-use locales.

A view of the front of the bar and attending patrons.
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The lofty, industrial space, previously a warehouse at 32nd Avenue and Walnut Street, offers patrons various seating areas — including a bowling alley-length bar, wooden tables and booths to slide into, a telephone booth, and a loft overhang with plush couches — spread out across its concrete floors.

Left: Improper City’s colorful stage area. Right: The interior of the bar’s private phone booth.
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One of the bar’s various quotes found on the front wall of the space.
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The bar will serve up 36 beers on tap, most of which will come from Colorado companies, as well as several domestics such as Coors and PBR. It will also offer a menu that extends diners a selection of six to eight on-tap, batch cocktails — such as Old Fashioneds and limoncello — as well as a curated selection of “clean, new age” drinks that will stick to two to four ingredients, max. The bar also also plans to offer a few varietals of sake.

A view of the bar set up.
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One of the bar’s speciality cocktails.
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One of Improper City’s bar tenders mixes up a specialty cocktail.
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The space will host live art shows, concerts, and an ever-rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks. While there are currently no plans to incorporate a food menu into the bar concept, the cafe plans to offer an assortment of morning snacks such as breakfast burritos and pastries.

Improper City’s outdoor space, once completed, will expand to an area of 12,000 square feet, making it the largest patio in Denver. And while the space is not set to open until the end of August or early September, it should be worth the wait with a multitude of lounge areas complete with fire pits, stadium seating, and Astroturf.

Some of the locale’s bar tenders.
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“We want to be Denver’s backyard,” Giovanni Leone, one of Improper City’s bartenders explains; one of the reasons for its dog-welcoming policy and numerous bike racks. The bar aims to remove any obstacles that might prevent locals from staying a while, furthering its main priority to just get people together in the space. “…we don’t actually need you to spend money to be here,” one of the bar’s fliers reads, “Just do your thing.”

A side seating area of the space with a garage-style window wall.
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Status: Improper City is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located 3201 Walnut St., Suite 101. For more information, visit the website.

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Improper City

3201 Walnut Street, , CO 80205 (720) 666-0043 Visit Website