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Lion's Lair

Map & Directions 2022 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206


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Small and curiously laid out -- a huge bar takes up more than half the room -- the Lion's Lair has been a Denver rock-and-roll institution since the spot (once a jazz club where Dexter Gordon and Billie Holiday played) started hosting live music in 1991. Local punk, rock and garage bands are most likely to be found on the elevated stage, though hot touring acts such as John Doe, Jonathan Richman and Graham Parker sometimes pack the place, which holds about a hundred people. Regulars drop by for cheap draft beer and the company of an occasionally crusty clientele.

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  • Denver Westword on 04/11/11

    Voted Best Jukebox in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!

  • Denver Westword on 12/07/10

    Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Bar Art!

  • Brea H. on 07/13/11

    Saturdays and Sundays feature bloody marys by Stripe, formerly of Denver's famed (but now defunct) Cricket on the Hill. If you've ever had the recipe, you won't soon forget it!

  • Ciao D. on 01/02/14

    Real good fun, real good people.

  • Hans W. on 07/04/13

    Fuck this place! You're kicking a gay guy out that's fun to talk with, while your loser tatted friends have no people skills?!

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