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The structure that houses Shelby's was built in 1906 and, according to legend, has housed everything from an early Denver family to an undertaker's operation (giving rise to the rumor that the place is haunted) to a speakeasy during Prohibition, a brothel (giving rise to yet another rumor, about underground tunnels leading to nearby hotels) and various incarnations of a restaurant - cranking out spaghetti in the '30s and '40s, turning to ribs in the '50s. In 1979 it became Shelby's, and for the past thirty years, it's been a go-to joint for quick lunches and long, liquid after-work gatherings around the rectangular bar. The kitchen specialty is the burger, but the menu offers many alternatives, including Southwestern options and a lineup of bar snacks. Regulars here range from bike messengers to business leaders to hobos, and that's part of Shelby's charm: The beers and burgers are cheap, and entertainment's on the house.
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