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3.2 Joints – Night Clubs, Bars and Honky Tonks..
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5 O’Clock Lounge (Denver)

302 17th Street Denver

400 Club (Denver)

400 17th Street Denver

Acapulco Lounge (Denver)

1236 20th Street

Aeroplane Club (West Denver)

3312 West Alameda Denver

Al Stromberg’s

Alhambra (Denver)

1645 Tremont Street

Alias Smith & Jones (Pueblo)

1030 Delta Street

Alibi Inn (Denver)

495 South Federal Blvd. Denver

Alibi Lounge (Pueblo)

Alpine Bar (Pueblo)

116 West 1st Street

Amato’s Capris Lounge (Denver)

1545 Broadway

Analyst Coffee House (Denver)

The Analyst – a 3.2 bar was located at 311 East 20th Avenue in Denver – The former site is now a parking lot.

Andy’s (Denver)

490 South Colorado Blvd. Denver

Arcadia

Auditorium Hotel (Denver)

1406 Stout Street Denver

Aurora Lounge – Starlite Room (Aurora)

11249 East Colfax Avenue Aurora

Aviators Club (Lakewood)

Back Door (Denver)

1540 Welston Street Denver

The Back Door was a 1960’s-era Denver night club owned by musician Ernie Kemm – Musicians Al Fike of the Taylors and Larry Wegner played at the Back Door as a duo – as did national recording stars.

The Baja (Denver)

14th and Stout Streets Denver

Bandbox Lounge (Denver)

3100 East Colfax at St. Paul

Bastiens (Denver)

3523 East Colfax Avenue

Bastille (Denver)

3.2 bar – The 1960’s garage group Jinx played this venue

Beacon Supper Club (Denver)

7800 East Colfax

Al Fike of the Taylors performed here with singers Helen Hartley and Ann Howard as well as Willie Hartzell and Jerry Blake

Bear Valley Inn (Denver)

3390 South Sheridan Blvd. Denver

Fred Arthur was a ‘mover and shaker’ around the Denver musical community

Benny Hoopers (Denver)

Located in a basement location in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood

Big Al’s Gas House (Aurora)

8975 East Colfax

The Bird (Denver)

The Bird was located at 1601 West Evans – originally The Posh and later The Family Dog and finally PT’s.

Former site of The Bird 3.2 Spot – 1601 West Evans

Black Orchid (Denver)

1541 Curtis Street

Blue Bird (Pueblo)

Blue Blaze (Denver)

5300 North Washington Street Denver

Blue Onion (Aurora)

Long gone located at 8615 East Colfax – a piano bar in the “After the Lovin” tradition…

Bobby’s Cabaret (Pueblo)

Bonfire (Denver)

7576 Morrison Road Denver

Brandy Snifter (Denver)

4780 East Evans Denver

Brass Horn (Pueblo)

The Brass Lantern Restuarant (Golden)

Al Fike of the Taylors opened this night spot with Dick Kroeckel in 1972.

The Breckenridge Inn (Breckenridge)

Broken Dollar (Pueblo)

3201 Lake Avenue Pueblo

Brown Palace Ship Tavern (Denver)

321 17th Street Denver

(The Beatles stayed here during their 1964 tour)

Buff Room (Boulder)

Bull & Bush (Cherry Creek)

Burl Tree Lounge (Pueblo)

Cameo Lounge (Denver)

4757 Vasquez Blvd. Denver

Capri (Northglenn)

84th Avenue and the Valley Hi Way

The Phil Urse Trio played this venue in the early 1960’s

Captain’s Table

Caravan (Pueblo)

Caravan West (Wheat Ridge)

11221 West 44th Avenue

Both Embert Mishler and Jim McGraw shown below recorded on the Denver Band Box record label.

Caribou Ranch Studio (Nederland)

Cart ‘N Rib (Denver)

888 South Colorado Blvd. Denver

Casba (Lakewood)

10300 West Colfax Lakewood

Cats Corner

Caucy’s Room

Cavaleri’s – Celebrity Room (Denver)

4780 Tejon Street Denver

Kurt Goeletz fronted a couple of combos including one with his sons and he recorded a couple of long play records

Cave (Littleton)

Celebrity Sports Center – Celebrity Room & Lounge(Denver)

888 South Colorado Blvd., Denver

In the 1960’s we would come out to Celebrity to bowl in their late night “all you can bowl” for three bucks – drink 3.2 beer and listen to KIMN radio piped in – This special would begin at midnight.  Celebrity has long since been scraped from the landscape.

Chateau (Denver)

6200 East Yale Avenue Denver

Chez Paree (Denver)

1649 Court Place Denver

Competed with “The Tropics” back in the day.

Chilton Lounge (Pueblo)

800 Highway 50 West

City Auditorium (Colorado Springs)

Visit Lisa Wheeler’s Pueblo City Limits Blog site for tons of images and stories for City Auditorium.

Clancy’s (Fort Collins)

A very popular ‘3.2’ college spot located south of Fort Collins in the 1960’s – The Wild Ones and Freddie-Henchi and Soulsetters appeared there as did many local bands. The Clancy’s structure is long gone.  It was situated along what is now a row of antique/flea markets.

Cleft Club

Cloud Nine (Rendon Brothers)

Clown Room Lounge (Denver)

Located in the Holiday Inn at the Mousetrap Denver

Club 6000 (Denver)

6000 East Colfax Avenue

Club Algiers – North of Brown Palace

Club Ciro’s (Denver)

741 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Club Jubilee

Club Killarney (Denver)

724 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Club Morocco (Denver)

490 South Colorado Blvd. Denver

Coco Club

The Coliseum (Denver)

College Inn (8th Avenue & Colorado Blvd.)

Colorado State Fairgrounds (Pueblo)

Columbine (Pueblo)

Combo Club (Denver)

2530 Washington Blvd., Denver

Continental Denver

North Speer Blvd., at the Valley Highway (now I 25) Denver

Continental Room (Denver)

In the Union Station Restaurant

Coral Lounge (Denver)

The Crimson and Gold (Denver)

Located at 1201 South Pearl catering to the University of Denver student body – This is from back when D.U. had a football team!  The C&G was a 3.2 hangout

Crossroads (Pueblo)

Highway 50 at East 4th Street

Crystal Lake Lodge (Bailey)

Danny’s Columbine (Pueblo)

3240 North Elizabeth Street

Danny’s 39 Club (Denver)

3900 Pecos Street Denver

Dark Side (Denver)

Folk Room at Denver’s Green Spider 612 East 17th Avenue Denver

Dave and Rena’s (Pueblo)

Del Creal Lounge (Denver)

8950 North Federal Blvd. Denver

Del Rio Night Club (Pueblo)

Denver Auditorium

Let me know if you made it to this one! – Note tickets being sold at both the “May Company” (pre-May D&F) and the great “Rhythm Record Shop” at 2613 Welton Street

Denver Electric Company

Denver Theater

16th Street & Glenarm Denver

Denver University Stadium

Denver’s Oldest Bar (Denver)

17th and Market Street Denver

Dever’s Tropical Inn (Denver)

1800 East Colfax Avenue Denver

The Diamond Belle Bar (Durango)

Located in the Statler Hotel – opened in 1887!

The Diplomat (Denver)

18th Street and Sherman Street Denver

The Diplomat Night Club (Colorado Springs)

Colorado musicians Al Fike, Steve Ashton and Larry Wegner performed here as a trio in the 1960’s.

Dirty John’s (Denver)

Dog Bar (Pueblo)

The Dublin House – Colorado Springs

Al Fike of The Taylors/Taylor Four and Bonnie Hackett appeared here in the 1960’s.

Dud’s (Golden)

1119 Washington Avenue Golden

Dutchman’s Milwaukee Tavern (Denver)

19th and Curtis Denver

East Side Lounge (Pueblo)

721 East 4th Street Pueblo

Eddie Bohn’s Pig’n Whistle (West Denver Venue)

Bohn’s was a very popular restaurant located on West Colfax Avenue in West Denver – His “Pig’n Whistle” restaurant and motel were leveled in 2016 to make way for progress.  My wife and her family knew Eddie and he would invite them often to swim in the Motel pool after dining!

El Patio (Pueblo)

El Rancho Club (Evergreen)

Back in the 1950’s El Rancho featured live entertainment then a bit later on the owner ceased to book musicians

El Toro Supper Club (Denver)

5555 North Colorado Blvd. Denver

Emporia Roon (Aurora)

1478 Emporia Street Aurora

Esquire Lounge Denver

Colfax Avenue & Williams Denver

Evergreen By the Lake (Evergreen)

Evergreen, Colorado front range community just west of Denver – the “guitar virtuoso” is Dean Reed – the “Red Elvis” and Capitol Records recording artists from Wheat Ridge, Colorado

The Exodus (Denver)

The Exodus folk club was started by Hal Neustaedter in the late 1950’s, located at 1999 Lincoln.  The club showcased many local and national folk acts through the years and towards the end in the early 1970’s was featuring rock-oriented cats and progressive acts.  The club was shut down by Denver law enforcement for delinquent tax debts.  The venue is long-since gone making way for Denver downtown expansion.

Denver folk singer the late Walt Conley is shown here in 1957 – Walt recorded on Band Box Records in Denver – Judy Collins is shown appearing at the time of a Smothers Brothers date in 1960.  Judy was a graduate of Denver East High School.

Members of White Lightning at Exodus 1968w

Evergreen By the Lake (Evergreen)

Evergreen, Colorado front range community just west of Denver – the “guitar virtuoso” is Dean Reed – the “Red Elvis” and Capitol Records recording artists from Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Fairmont Hotel Lounge

Fairway Inn (Pueblo)

521 Pueblo Blvd. Pueblo

Falcon Room Antlers Hotel (Colorado Springs)

4 South Cascade Avenue Colorado Springs

Family Dog

The Family Dog at 1601 West Evans Street had a short (less than a year) but mighty run in the 1960’s a spin-off of it’s San Fran Cousin – Many clubs have occupied the spot – including The Posh and PT’s.

Former site of the Family Dog

Farouk’s Restaurant (Denver)

1448 Washington Street Denver

Fireside Lounge

Fireside (Delta)

Five O’Clock Lounge (Denver)

302 17th Street Denver

Five Star Bar and Lounge (Pueblo)

219 West 3rd Street Puelbo

Flagstaff House (Boulder)

Flagstaff Mountain Scenic Highway Boulder

Flamingo Lounge (Denver)

241 South Santa Fe Blvd. Denver

Four Winds (Denver)

4600 West Colfax Avenue Denver

Four Mile House (Denver)

4156 Leetsdale Drive Denver

Four Seasons (Aurora)

14401 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Morrie Hampton and the Seasoneers played this venue

Fridays (Aurora)

Late 1960’s band Wakefield appeared there

Funny Papers

Gaetano’s (Pueblo)

600 Santa Fe Drive Pueblo

Gaslite (Denver)

1101 West Alameda Avenue Denver

Gayety Bar (Denver)

1643 Welton Street Denver

Gene’s Petrinos (Longmont)

6496 Highway 6 Longmont

George Bray’s Depot Tavern (Pueblo)

George Manley’s Steak House (Denver)

South Colorado Blvd., Denver

Gilded Garter (Central City)

Both Judy Collins and a very young Robert Allen Zimmerman appeared at the Garter in the early stages of their careers.

Glory Hole Saloon

Goal Post (Alamosa)

Another mountain venue where the late 1960’s Denver group Umbra playe

Gold Room at the Fountain Inn (Denver)

3015 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Golden Buffet (Denver)

1866 Arapahoe Street Denver

Golden Fiddler (Denver)

6300 East Yale Avenue Denver

Golden Key (Central City)

Golden Steer (Lakewood)

24th and Kipling Street Lakewood

The DJ Trio played this venue

Green Light (Pueblo)

227 North Santa Fe Pueblo

Home of the “3rd Street Door”

Grizzly Bar (Lakewood)

7623 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood

Grizzly Bear

Grove (Pueblo)

Gus’ Place (Pueblo)

1201 Elm Street Pueblo

Hal Baby’s (Aurora)

Montview Blvd. and Dayton Street Aurora

The owners were KIMN DJ’s Ted Atkins and Hal Moore – The first three acts they booked were all local: The Astronauts, The Boenzee Cryque and The Monocles

Happy’s Music Store (Denver)

1749 California Street Denver

Hawk’s (Denver)

3100 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Henritze’s (Denver)

Heritage House (Pueblo)

2601 East 7th Pueblo

Hi Fi Club

The owner was Ted Walls – Dean Carr and the Corvettes appeared here joined for a few months by Bobby Swanson formerly of The Sonics

Hi Fi Club (Pueblo)

Sunny and the Sun-Liners appeared in 1964 and the Sir Douglas Quintet in July of 1967 – both groups coming out of Texas

Hi-Hat (Denver)

22 Broadway Denver

Hi Life Lounge (Pueblo)

314 North Union Pueblo

Hitching Post (Colorado Springs)

2520 West Colorado Avenue Colorado Springs

Honeycomb Teen Club (Aurora)

25th and Dayton Aurora

This ad featured a “Battle of the Bands” between the Status Seekers and The Lidos a Band Box Records group

Hot Spot (Peetz)

620 Main Street Peetz

Denver’s late 1960’s progressive rock group “Umbra” appeared here.  Peetz is a very tiny little town in just a few miles from the Nebraska border in Logan County.

Huddle

Hullaballo (Colorado Springs)

3200 North Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs

Like all things Hullaballoo – the establishment is long gone  – This is what remains today

Idle Hour Lounge

Bear Creek Junction & Waterton-Martin Hiway

Impala Lounge (Denver)

1328 Broadway Denver

Interlude (Denver)

5301 South Broadway Denver

The Mollisons played this venue

Jeanie’s Bar (Pueblo)

Evans and Jones Pueblo

Jerry’s Keg Room (Pueblo)

Jim’s Bar (Pueblo)

310 West Street Northern Pueblo

Joe’s 96 Tavern (Pueblo)

2100 East 4th Street Pueblo

Johnie’s Club (Aurora)

1625 Chambers Road Aurora

Jubilation Nightclub (Lakewood)

1st Avenue and Union Blvd Lakewood

Kats Corner  (Denver)

East Colfax – east of Colo Blvd. Denver

Bobby Swanson appeared here with The Roadrunners

Kelker Junction

Kennedy Pavillion

Keyboard Lounge (Denver)

5640 West Colfax Denver

The Vincent Brothers recorded on the Denver Finer Arts label

King Cole Show Bar (Denver)

1082 Broadway Denver

Bob and Silvia were a man and wife comedy team who recorded on the Spicy record label – a subsidiary of Band Box records

King of Clubs (Denver)

19th Street and Lawrence Denver

King’s Table (Aurora)

11750 East Colfax Avenue Aurora

Kona-Kai Lounge (Lakewood)

1125 South Wadsworth Lakewood

Krazy Cat (Pueblo)

 

La Flavorita (Pueblo)

La Pichet (Denver)

La Pichet (or “The Pitcher” to the locals) was located at 1750 West Mississippi Avenue in South Denver.

1750 West Mississippi Avenue – Site of “The Pitcher”

Lakeside Amusement Park (Lakeside)

48th and Sheridan Blvd. Denver

Lakeview Bar (Pueblo)

2330 Lake Pueblo

Lakewood Gardens (Lakewood)

11475 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood

Lakewood Grill

Latin Village (Pueblo)

Le Bar Sour Sol (Wheat Ridge)

7000 West 38th Avenue Wheat Ridge

Le Bistro (Denver)

3100 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Lemon Tree

The Rendon Brothers appeared here. Below is what sits today where the Lemon Tree resided

Library (Greeley)

The Library was a popular Teacher’s Collage 3.2 spot in Greeley

Lil’s After Hours Club (Denver)

29th Street and Welton Street

The owner was Frank Miller – This spot was frequented by big jazz names passing through Denver including Mose Allison, Dinah Washington and Charlie Parker to name a few.

Limelite Lounge (Denver)

116 East Ninth Avenue Denver

Lion’s Lair (Denver)

2022 East Colfax Denver

Yes Tiny Tim visited this Denver venue back in the 1960’s

Little Banquet (Denver)

1265 Broadway Denver

Little Bohemia (Denver)

1238 West 38th Avenue Denver

Walt Conley a Band Box recording artist and folk singer appeared here in 1958

London House (Denver)

Located just off south Colorado Blvd., near Alameda – DJ Ray Durkee spun oldies here with great contests on Friday nights

Lugano Lounge (Denver)

3535 Quebec Street located in the Olive and Grape

The Gene Johnson Trio played this venue in the early 1960’s

Lyle Alzado’s (Denver)

Cherry Creek Shopping Center Denver

Lyle infamously fought a match with Mohammed Ali (lost) and ended up his career was an Oakland Raider

Mad Russion

Malibu (Denver)

6160 Smith Road Denver

Mammoth Gardens (Denver)

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