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20 Colfax Dive Bars For Every Taste

A peek into the seedy underbelly of Denver's bar scene.

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They are crowded, loud, and filled with daily well-specials. All of them are set on the longest street in America: Colfax Avenue.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pete's Satire Restaurant & Lounge

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1920 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-2227
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Denverites will recognize the gaudy neon sign which vaguely advertises "mixed drinks" looming over a stretch of central Colfax. This iconic sign sits atop none other than the Satire Lounge, part of Pete Contos' Colfax empire.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151939216773381&set=p.10151939216773381&type=3&theater

2. Lost Lake Lounge

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3602 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-4345
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Live music is the name of the game at Lost Lake. The east Colfax hole-in-the-wall music venue gets some remarkably good acts.
https://www.facebook.com/112867205402534/photos/a.149945075028080.29559.112867205402534/961353560553890/?type=3&theater

3. The Elm

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5001 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 336-5763
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Don't be fooled by the Boston sports bar's no-frills exterior- The Elm serves some of the best burgers on the east end of Colfax.
https://www.facebook.com/theElmDenver/photos/pb.40921531796.-2207520000.1444763311./10152360269291797/?type=3&theater

4. Casa Bonita

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6715 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 232-5115
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Can we call Casa Bonita a dive bar? Well, it serves alcohol and it is a true dive- it just happens to have an indoor amusement park as well.
https://www.facebook.com/casabonitadenver/photos/a.485043858206027.107001.168017253242024/914290068614735/?type=3&theater

5. Streets of London Pub

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1501 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 861-9103
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Punk rock and pizza are a way of life at Streets of London Pub, known fondly as simply "streets" by its die-hard regulars.
https://www.facebook.com/streetsoflondonpub/photos/pb.176509002880.-2207520000.1444763952./10152970367262881/?type=3&theater

6. PS Lounge

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3416 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-1200
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Travel to a simpler time at the PS Lounge. This classic Colfax haunt doesn't accept plastic but does give a fresh rose to every female to walk through the door and does dole out shots of mysterious, orange "Alabama Slammer" to every bar patron. The antiquated jukebox selections will confirm that you have indeed, traveled back in time.
https://www.facebook.com/456421657798726/photos/pb.456421657798726.-2207520000.1444763626./520316311409260/?type=3&theater

7. Charlie's Denver

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900 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 839-8890
Charlie's is a whirlwind combination of gay bar, nightclub, line dancing hub, and dive. If you prefer your dive bars with drag queens and choreographed dancing, this is your spot.
https://www.facebook.com/officialcharliesdenver/photos/pb.334093066687650.-2207520000.1444764477./1076564365773846/?type=3&theater

8. Hangar Bar

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8001 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 320-6683
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This sketchy east Colfax gem has been around since 1938, serving up the cheapest and stiffest of adult beverages. The focal point of the bar is undoubtedly the beer can bomber, constructed from hundreds of old beer cans and hanging precariously from the ceiling.
https://www.facebook.com/hangardenver/photos/a.343311849050896.77752.343287139053367/785628214819255/?type=3&theater

9. The Ram Lounge

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5022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
The Ram Lounge is not for the faint of heart. One must be a true trailblazer of divey forays into dingy establishments to build up a skin thick enough for this place. Shots of saccharine peach brandy are distributed throughout the bar on the house when the Broncos score, and on Sunday nights, guests can enjoy a complimentary spread of various food items. Take the ultimate dive at the Ram Lounge.
https://www.facebook.com/127580057252004/photos/a.167383259938350.40529.127580057252004/129728513703825/?type=3&theater

10. Lion's Lair

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2022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-9200
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Another dive of the music venue variety, Lion's Lair is a dark chasm in the fabric of Colfax with no windows to the outside world and a strange, splashy exterior. Don't judge a dive by its facade- the Lion's Lair hosts some of the best up-and-coming bands that Denver has to offer.
https://www.facebook.com/lionslairdenver/photos/a.212664868849808.46032.207599902689638/661068820676075/?type=3&theater

11. Nob Hill Inn

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420 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-7557
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For a particularly lurid exposure to the Colfax dive bar spectacle, take the plunge into Nob Hill Inn. The weathered yet friendly bar staff pours the stiffest drinks in town. Be warned that this is not a good spot for a large group- the layout is rather labyrinthine and unnavigable, but some see this as one of its many seedy charms.
https://www.facebook.com/205532859604209/photos/a.205533996270762.1073741825.205532859604209/205543069603188/?type=3&theater

12. R & R Denver

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4958 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 320-9337
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Another in the category of gay Colfax dive bars, R&R calls itself "the friendliest little gay bar on Denver's east side." Patrons of all sexual orientations are welcome at this fun, low-key dive.
https://www.facebook.com/randrdenver/photos/pb.116609055046962.-2207520000.1444764869./983034315071094/?type=3&theater

13. City Grille

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321 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-0726
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City Grille falls on the restaurant end of the dive bar spectrum. This Cap Hill watering hole is frequented by both government types who work at the Capitol and vagrants of Colfax for the legendary burgers, divey yet cozy atmosphere, and fun bar service.
https://www.facebook.com/Citygrille/photos/pb.110203475734156.-2207520000.1444764018./119403468147490/?type=3&theater

14. Viking

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4888 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-3256
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The Viking may draw a hard crowd that is particularly rough around the edges, but it has its redeeming qualities. During Broncos games, touchdowns merit free shots for everyone in the bar and you can even snag a crock pot burrito if you get hungry.
https://www.facebook.com/TheVikingBar1/photos/a.203429609687325.50174.114173721946248/203429613020658/?type=3&theater

15. Sancho's Broken Arrow

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741 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-5288
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Calling all dead heads: Sancho's Broken Arrow has cheap drinks and Grateful Dead jams on the airwaves 100% of the time. Sancho's is the perfect heady dive stop for a drink before a show at the Fillmore.
https://www.facebook.com/137153659728051/photos/pb.137153659728051.-2207520000.1444764396./211455448964538/?type=3&theater

16. Satellite Bar

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308 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-3488
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Satellite is a fitting dive for beer snobs. Don't worry, it still serves frosty cans of Shlitz for $1.50 and the like, but alongside microbrew drafts, bottles, and cans. Stop in for the infamous PB&J: a shot of Jameson and a PBR.
https://www.facebook.com/60332630809/photos/a.10150651314240810.384495.60332630809/10150651314245810/?type=3&theater

17. Squire Lounge

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1801 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 333-9106
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Many-an epic night begins at the Squire Lounge, where bar-goers are likely to see multiple fights break out, the blue and red melange of ambulance lights directly outside, and little else due to over-intoxication. If you do take the dive, be sure to go on a night when there is live music and order the Bionic Beaver, a monstrous 52-ounce pitcher of the bartender's choosing, served with about a dozen straws for your sharing pleasure.
https://www.facebook.com/thesquirelounge/photos/a.10150783402712994.472708.97367602993/10151333251592994/?type=3&theater

18. The Frontier Club

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18881 E Colfax Ave
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 367-8637
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The Frontier Club may be deep- so deep in fact, that its address isn't Denver but Aurora. The journey is well worth it to this Western-themed dive with live music and tons of fun events.
https://www.facebook.com/thefrontierclub/photos/a.10151359075878960.502129.105072963959/10153089641578960/?type=3&theater

19. Prohibition

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504 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4840
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Not your down and dirty spot, Prohibition still brings the divey vibe with great happy hour specials on both well drinks and drafts.

20. The Three Lions: A World Football Pub

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2239 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 997-6886
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A pub and sports bar, the bustling Three Lions is casual and makes quick regulars out of its guests.

1. Pete's Satire Restaurant & Lounge

1920 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151939216773381&set=p.10151939216773381&type=3&theater
Denverites will recognize the gaudy neon sign which vaguely advertises "mixed drinks" looming over a stretch of central Colfax. This iconic sign sits atop none other than the Satire Lounge, part of Pete Contos' Colfax empire.
1920 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

2. Lost Lake Lounge

3602 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://www.facebook.com/112867205402534/photos/a.149945075028080.29559.112867205402534/961353560553890/?type=3&theater
Live music is the name of the game at Lost Lake. The east Colfax hole-in-the-wall music venue gets some remarkably good acts.
3602 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

3. The Elm

5001 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
https://www.facebook.com/theElmDenver/photos/pb.40921531796.-2207520000.1444763311./10152360269291797/?type=3&theater
Don't be fooled by the Boston sports bar's no-frills exterior- The Elm serves some of the best burgers on the east end of Colfax.
5001 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

4. Casa Bonita

6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214
https://www.facebook.com/casabonitadenver/photos/a.485043858206027.107001.168017253242024/914290068614735/?type=3&theater
Can we call Casa Bonita a dive bar? Well, it serves alcohol and it is a true dive- it just happens to have an indoor amusement park as well.
6715 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

5. Streets of London Pub

1501 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
https://www.facebook.com/streetsoflondonpub/photos/pb.176509002880.-2207520000.1444763952./10152970367262881/?type=3&theater
Punk rock and pizza are a way of life at Streets of London Pub, known fondly as simply "streets" by its die-hard regulars.
1501 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

6. PS Lounge

3416 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://www.facebook.com/456421657798726/photos/pb.456421657798726.-2207520000.1444763626./520316311409260/?type=3&theater
Travel to a simpler time at the PS Lounge. This classic Colfax haunt doesn't accept plastic but does give a fresh rose to every female to walk through the door and does dole out shots of mysterious, orange "Alabama Slammer" to every bar patron. The antiquated jukebox selections will confirm that you have indeed, traveled back in time.
3416 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

7. Charlie's Denver

900 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
https://www.facebook.com/officialcharliesdenver/photos/pb.334093066687650.-2207520000.1444764477./1076564365773846/?type=3&theater
Charlie's is a whirlwind combination of gay bar, nightclub, line dancing hub, and dive. If you prefer your dive bars with drag queens and choreographed dancing, this is your spot.
900 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

8. Hangar Bar

8001 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
https://www.facebook.com/hangardenver/photos/a.343311849050896.77752.343287139053367/785628214819255/?type=3&theater
This sketchy east Colfax gem has been around since 1938, serving up the cheapest and stiffest of adult beverages. The focal point of the bar is undoubtedly the beer can bomber, constructed from hundreds of old beer cans and hanging precariously from the ceiling.
8001 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

9. The Ram Lounge

5022 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
https://www.facebook.com/127580057252004/photos/a.167383259938350.40529.127580057252004/129728513703825/?type=3&theater
The Ram Lounge is not for the faint of heart. One must be a true trailblazer of divey forays into dingy establishments to build up a skin thick enough for this place. Shots of saccharine peach brandy are distributed throughout the bar on the house when the Broncos score, and on Sunday nights, guests can enjoy a complimentary spread of various food items. Take the ultimate dive at the Ram Lounge.
5022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

10. Lion's Lair

2022 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://www.facebook.com/lionslairdenver/photos/a.212664868849808.46032.207599902689638/661068820676075/?type=3&theater
Another dive of the music venue variety, Lion's Lair is a dark chasm in the fabric of Colfax with no windows to the outside world and a strange, splashy exterior. Don't judge a dive by its facade- the Lion's Lair hosts some of the best up-and-coming bands that Denver has to offer.
2022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

11. Nob Hill Inn

420 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
https://www.facebook.com/205532859604209/photos/a.205533996270762.1073741825.205532859604209/205543069603188/?type=3&theater
For a particularly lurid exposure to the Colfax dive bar spectacle, take the plunge into Nob Hill Inn. The weathered yet friendly bar staff pours the stiffest drinks in town. Be warned that this is not a good spot for a large group- the layout is rather labyrinthine and unnavigable, but some see this as one of its many seedy charms.
420 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

12. R & R Denver

4958 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
https://www.facebook.com/randrdenver/photos/pb.116609055046962.-2207520000.1444764869./983034315071094/?type=3&theater
Another in the category of gay Colfax dive bars, R&R calls itself "the friendliest little gay bar on Denver's east side." Patrons of all sexual orientations are welcome at this fun, low-key dive.
4958 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

13. City Grille

321 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
https://www.facebook.com/Citygrille/photos/pb.110203475734156.-2207520000.1444764018./119403468147490/?type=3&theater
City Grille falls on the restaurant end of the dive bar spectrum. This Cap Hill watering hole is frequented by both government types who work at the Capitol and vagrants of Colfax for the legendary burgers, divey yet cozy atmosphere, and fun bar service.
321 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

14. Viking

4888 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204
https://www.facebook.com/TheVikingBar1/photos/a.203429609687325.50174.114173721946248/203429613020658/?type=3&theater
The Viking may draw a hard crowd that is particularly rough around the edges, but it has its redeeming qualities. During Broncos games, touchdowns merit free shots for everyone in the bar and you can even snag a crock pot burrito if you get hungry.
4888 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204

15. Sancho's Broken Arrow

741 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
https://www.facebook.com/137153659728051/photos/pb.137153659728051.-2207520000.1444764396./211455448964538/?type=3&theater
Calling all dead heads: Sancho's Broken Arrow has cheap drinks and Grateful Dead jams on the airwaves 100% of the time. Sancho's is the perfect heady dive stop for a drink before a show at the Fillmore.
741 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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16. Satellite Bar

308 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
https://www.facebook.com/60332630809/photos/a.10150651314240810.384495.60332630809/10150651314245810/?type=3&theater
Satellite is a fitting dive for beer snobs. Don't worry, it still serves frosty cans of Shlitz for $1.50 and the like, but alongside microbrew drafts, bottles, and cans. Stop in for the infamous PB&J: a shot of Jameson and a PBR.
308 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

17. Squire Lounge

1801 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
https://www.facebook.com/thesquirelounge/photos/a.10150783402712994.472708.97367602993/10151333251592994/?type=3&theater
Many-an epic night begins at the Squire Lounge, where bar-goers are likely to see multiple fights break out, the blue and red melange of ambulance lights directly outside, and little else due to over-intoxication. If you do take the dive, be sure to go on a night when there is live music and order the Bionic Beaver, a monstrous 52-ounce pitcher of the bartender's choosing, served with about a dozen straws for your sharing pleasure.
1801 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

18. The Frontier Club

18881 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80011
https://www.facebook.com/thefrontierclub/photos/a.10151359075878960.502129.105072963959/10153089641578960/?type=3&theater
The Frontier Club may be deep- so deep in fact, that its address isn't Denver but Aurora. The journey is well worth it to this Western-themed dive with live music and tons of fun events.
18881 E Colfax Ave
Aurora, CO 80011

19. Prohibition

504 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Not your down and dirty spot, Prohibition still brings the divey vibe with great happy hour specials on both well drinks and drafts.
504 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

20. The Three Lions: A World Football Pub

2239 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
A pub and sports bar, the bustling Three Lions is casual and makes quick regulars out of its guests.
2239 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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