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Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar)

Map & Directions 2060 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Westword's Description

It's fascinating to watch how the clientele at the Carioca Cafe, better known as Bar Bar, changes over the course of a day (and three happy hours) -- especially when this classic dive, one of the last left downtown, brings in live music. Get there a few hours before a gig and you'll find some of Denver's finest barflies, a few of which might have been there since the doors opened that morning. As the hour gets later, an assortment of hipsters, punks and rockers mixes in with those barflies, the music gets loud, and the next thing you know, you're in a veritable drinker's nirvana. Dive, he said.

Member Reviews

  • lawgreen wrote a review for Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar)
    on 04/04/12

    Have you ever watched day turn to night while listening to a man with no teeth discuss Kafka? How about hearing the best music in town without ever paying a cover? Or what about a one-armed bar tender? This is Denver's only true dive bar/coffeehouse.

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  • Denver Westword on 12/07/10

    Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Place to Watch Day Turn Into Night!

  • Stephanie D. on 11/13/10

    Bar bar is a local hipster haven that is equal parts extremely dangerous and extremely entertaining. It's only bums during the day ($2.50 will get you a beer and a shot at 7a.m.) and fills out with pr

  • Jason L. on 04/10/10

    Total shithole! Bums hang out and the bartender's charge different rates for the drinks. Avoid this place or it will cost you. I know why I am the first...and hopefully last...person to check in here.

  • Chris B. on 12/30/10

    Full of Bums and Transients in the morning.

  • Gregory T. on 11/23/11

    Don't get your stuff stolen or your drinks ruffied...

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