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The Bar Car

Map & Directions 819 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80206
  • Bar Food
  • Sun, Fri-Sat 2pm-2am, Mon-Thu 4pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary
  • No Parking


Westword's Description

The Recovery Room catered mostly, as its name implied, to the many employees of the ever-disintegrating CU Med Center location across the street. When Leigh Jones -- of Horseshoe Lounge and Jonesy's fame -- bought the place, she overhauled it. Completely. Now on Colorado Boulevard stands the Bar Car, a welcome addition to the East Denver scene. The dark, rustic interior -- with wisps of an old-timey railroad theme -- is surprising after stepping through the nondescript front. On a street known for chains, it's all defiantly 'hood-focused, from the well-curated draft list heavy on locals to its daily happy hour. The crowd follows suit, with a wide gamut stopping by after work to check the score of the game or for a late-night soaking up of the warm surroundings. Plus, what other bar boasts as a decoration a naked picture of Burt Reynolds?

Merchant's Description

The Bar Car was conceived by Leigh Jones and Margaret Moore, of the Horseshoe Lounge and Jonesy's EatBar, in 2010. Upon first glance, it reminded them of a train’s bar car of yesteryear. They decorated the walls with scenic oil paintings, and installed brass chandeliers, to create a refreshing, old timey ambiance. The Bar Car was awarded "Best Old Bar Brought Back To Life" in Westword's 'Best of Denver - 2011'. That same year, Jeremy Matzke joined Leigh and Margaret to helm the Bar Car. Affectionately known as “The DrinkSlinger”, Jeremy welcomes all those traveling on Colorado Blvd to stop by, “drink up and be somebody.”

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  • Denver Westword on 04/19/11

    Voted Best Old Bar Brought Back to Life in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!

  • BestOf on 09/09/11

    Winner of Best Old Bar Brought Back To Life 2011. See more of the best at http://bestof.voiceplaces.com/denver

  • David R. on 01/15/11

    Owners of Jonsey's Eat + Pub own this so you can get their Truffle, Buffalo & Thai fries here. Great Happy Hour prices too

  • Mark S. on 03/07/13

    Best Karaoke in Denver!

  • Julie M. on 09/24/11

    Mmmmmm truffle fries. Basically crack.

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