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These Are Denver's 15 Iconic Dive Bars

A great dive can hit the spot for cheap drinks, a relaxed atmosphere, and sometimes nice live music.

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Denver loves its restaurants and upscale cocktail bars, but the neighborhood dives, the iconic ones, the beloved ones, home to bar flies, dirty pool tables, juke boxes, and sub-par food, have a special place in the Mile High City's heart. Known for their readiness to pour cheap, stiff drinks to faithful, sometimes awful patrons, these joints have earned their stay in their respective hoods.

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1. El Chapultepec

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1962 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-9126
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Right by the Ballpark, in a hot location, El Chapultapec is a landmark dive bar of the highest caliber that has had great live jazz since 1978. It is still going strong.

2. 3 Kings Tavern

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60 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-7352
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Your local Punk Rock tavern. Some of the worst (and best) bands have cut their chops in this little slice of south Broadway.

3. PS Lounge

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3416 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-1200
This place is literally a hole in the wall. Everyone that comes in gets a free rose and a free alabama slammer. Rockstar bartender Anika Zappe worked here back in the day.

4. Sputnik

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3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 570-4503
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This is in the 'high' class of dive bar with real upholstered booths, edible food and rotating art exhibits every month. It used to be connected to the Hi-Dive, but since these Siamese twins got separated, you can find a DJ or similar playing live music in the corner.

5. Sancho's Broken Arrow

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741 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-5288
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Sancho’s location (next to the Fillmore, down Across the street from the Fillmore Auditorium, this dive has both the down and dirty vibe and dash of coolness to be popular. Cheap drinks flow and the smell of patchouli permeates the air. Happy hour starts at 4:20 p.m.

6. Don's Club Tavern

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723 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-0218
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Just your average neighborhood dive bar, cheap drinks. Cheaper people.

7. Berkeley Inn

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3834 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 495-3508
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Dimly lit, home to many bar flies, filled with some arcade cabinets, pool tables, and a juke box, this place defines neighborhood dives.

8. Campus Lounge

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701 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-9696
A college dive bar, Campus Lounge serves decent Mexican and American food. Reasonable prices, friendly service, tiny bathrooms, and a jukebox are to be found there.

9. Bar Bar (Carioca Cafe)

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2060 Champa St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 993-2010
Bar Bar, officially named Carioca Cafe, is favorite of hipsters and homeless alike. There are dirty bathrooms, smoking inside, passed out homeless in the bathroom. The Breakfast special (no, they don't serve food) is the eye-opener, available from 7 to 10 am: 3/4 shot of vodka and an 8 oz of beer.

10. Crash 45

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321 E 45th Ave
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 955-2835
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This has been a bar since Denver was new. There have been a number of changing hands, but it forever was and forever will be a dive.

11. Lion's Lair

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2022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-9200
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Old Style on draft, live music, and velvet paintings of lions on the wall. Irresistible.

12. Lost Lake Lounge

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3602 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-4345
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13. Candle Light Lounge

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383 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-9530
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Neighborhood dive with expected greasy grub - think $3 burgers- great shuffle board and other bar games, microbrews, and friendly staff. This place gets loud and bustling at night.

14. The Filling Station

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3507 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
Old thrift store and patio furniture inside, a jukebox where none of the songs are in English, and $2 pints in chilly cold glasses. What could be better? Cash only .

15. Thunderbird

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721 Quebec St
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 377-5730
Located in a strip mall in Lowry, this is an old time bar where service is hit or miss and the drinks are cheap. Regulars love it and see it as a community bar.

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1. El Chapultepec

1962 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
Right by the Ballpark, in a hot location, El Chapultapec is a landmark dive bar of the highest caliber that has had great live jazz since 1978. It is still going strong.
1962 Market St
Denver, CO 80202

2. 3 Kings Tavern

60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Your local Punk Rock tavern. Some of the worst (and best) bands have cut their chops in this little slice of south Broadway.
60 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

3. PS Lounge

3416 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
This place is literally a hole in the wall. Everyone that comes in gets a free rose and a free alabama slammer. Rockstar bartender Anika Zappe worked here back in the day.
3416 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

4. Sputnik

3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
This is in the 'high' class of dive bar with real upholstered booths, edible food and rotating art exhibits every month. It used to be connected to the Hi-Dive, but since these Siamese twins got separated, you can find a DJ or similar playing live music in the corner.
3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

5. Sancho's Broken Arrow

741 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Sancho’s location (next to the Fillmore, down Across the street from the Fillmore Auditorium, this dive has both the down and dirty vibe and dash of coolness to be popular. Cheap drinks flow and the smell of patchouli permeates the air. Happy hour starts at 4:20 p.m.
741 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

6. Don's Club Tavern

723 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Just your average neighborhood dive bar, cheap drinks. Cheaper people.
723 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

7. Berkeley Inn

3834 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Dimly lit, home to many bar flies, filled with some arcade cabinets, pool tables, and a juke box, this place defines neighborhood dives.
3834 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

8. Campus Lounge

701 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209
A college dive bar, Campus Lounge serves decent Mexican and American food. Reasonable prices, friendly service, tiny bathrooms, and a jukebox are to be found there.
701 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209

9. Bar Bar (Carioca Cafe)

2060 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205
Bar Bar, officially named Carioca Cafe, is favorite of hipsters and homeless alike. There are dirty bathrooms, smoking inside, passed out homeless in the bathroom. The Breakfast special (no, they don't serve food) is the eye-opener, available from 7 to 10 am: 3/4 shot of vodka and an 8 oz of beer.
2060 Champa St
Denver, CO 80205

10. Crash 45

321 E 45th Ave, Denver, CO 80216
This has been a bar since Denver was new. There have been a number of changing hands, but it forever was and forever will be a dive.
321 E 45th Ave
Denver, CO 80216

11. Lion's Lair

2022 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Old Style on draft, live music, and velvet paintings of lions on the wall. Irresistible.
2022 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

12. Lost Lake Lounge

3602 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
3602 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

13. Candle Light Lounge

383 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80209
Neighborhood dive with expected greasy grub - think $3 burgers- great shuffle board and other bar games, microbrews, and friendly staff. This place gets loud and bustling at night.
383 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80209

14. The Filling Station

3507 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Old thrift store and patio furniture inside, a jukebox where none of the songs are in English, and $2 pints in chilly cold glasses. What could be better? Cash only .
3507 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

15. Thunderbird

721 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80220
Located in a strip mall in Lowry, this is an old time bar where service is hit or miss and the drinks are cheap. Regulars love it and see it as a community bar.
721 Quebec St
Denver, CO 80220

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