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3.2 Joints – Night Clubs, Bars and Honky Tonks..
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Marios (Denver)

1283 South Gaylord Street Denver

Martha Lees (Pueblo)

Martinique (Arvada)

9660 Ralston Road Arvada

Marty’s Lounge (Pueblo)

217 West Northern Pueblo

Marvelous Marv’s (Denver)

14th and Curtis Denver

The Matador (Denver)

18th Street and Broadway

Matchless Lounge (Denver)

17th and Broadway Denver

The Matchless was located in The Mile High Center restaurant

Matinee Lounge (Aurora)

West Colfax (Aurora)

May’s Bar-Maid Lounge (Denver)

400 17th Street Denver

Melody Lounge (Denver)

1011 23rd Street Denver

Meridian – Arvada


Michael’s Pub (Peart St. Boulder – Mike Bisei owner)

Midtown Lodge (Pueblo)

Mile High Soul Club (Denver)

554 South Broadway

Mister Green’s

Mr. Lucky’s (Denver)

Virginia near Colorado Blvd

Former “Soul Survivor” appearing – the late Gene Chalk

The Southern Colorado State College band Wakefield played this venue.

Monvue Village (Lakewood)

9199 West Alameda Lakewood

The Monvue after going through some name changes – finally was scraped in the early turn of the century – about 2015

Mountain’s Shadow Inn (Lakewood)

Morey’s Baby Grand (Denver)

655 Broadway Denver

This was the nightclub owned by Morey Bernstein the owner of the Finer Arts Record label out of Denver.

Mountain’s Shadow Inn (Lakewood)

196 South Union

Murphy’s (Denver)

22 Broadway Blvd. Denver

My-O-My Room – at the 400 Show Bar (Denver)

400 17th Street Denver

My-O-My Supper Club (Commerce City)

Two miles north of Mile High Kennel dog track in Commerce City

My Sweet Lass (Denver)

Navarre (Denver)

The New Quincy Restaurant (Denver)

1430 Arapahoe

New Yorker (Denver)

2241 East Colfax Avenue Denver – Apparently moved to 2213 East Colfax in the 1960’s

Nineteenth Hole (Denver)

158 Fillmore Street Denver

Nob Hill Inn (Denver)

628 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Oakfords (Denver)

5555 North Colorado Blvd. Denver

Ocasatic (Estes Park)

Garage band The Runaways played this Venue

O’Henry’s (Aurora)

9189 East Colfax Avenue Aurora

Old Miner’s Inn (Creede)

Ole Timer (Pueblo)

325 East Northern Pueblo

The Olive Grape Lounge (Denver)

The Olympic Dance Hall & Saloon (Boulder)

The Omar Khayyam

Colax Avenue East of Fitzsimons

O’Rourke’s (Glendale

4425 East Virginia

O’Rusty’s (Denver)

4151 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Other Place

The Palace Arms (Denver)

Located in the Brown Palace in Downtown Denver

Pannachios (Pueblo)

Paradise (Denver)

2815 West 72nd Avenue Denver

Mike and Andrea played this venue in the early 1960’s

Paradise East (Denver)

9770 East Alameda Denver

The Passport (Denver)

1444 Arapahoe Street

Patio (Littleton)

5110 South Santa Fe Littleton

Paulino’s Lounge (Denver)

8421 North Washington Street Denver

Peppermint Cave (Denver)

Located in the Olin Hotel at 1420 Logan Denver

Petrino’s (Longmont)

Located out towards Longmont, Colorado – Long Gone

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!

Pilk’s Flaming Pit (Denver)

2nd Street and Detroit

The Pin Deck Lounge (Denver)

24th and Forest

The Pink Lady

519 18th Street

Pinnachio’s (Pueblo)

Pistol Pete’s (Denver)

2490 West Hampden Avenue

The Pizza Palace (Denver)

2216 Kearney

Pla-More Night Club (Lakewood)

6320 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood

Plainview Inn (Denver)

38th Avenue and Julian Denver

Ernie Ross appeared there

Play Girl Night Club (Denver)

1520 South Colorado Blvd. Denver

The Playboy Club (Denver)

1790 Grant Street


The Playboy Lounge (Denver)

2022 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee Charlie Burrell was a member of the Al Rose Trio – and the first full contract bass player with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and one of the first in the nation.

Playroom (Denver)

2022 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Plaza Lounge (Denver)

7201 East 49th Avenue

Plush Horse (Littleton)

5100 South Santa Fe at West Belleview Littleton

Porky’s Bar (Pueblo)

3138 Elizabeth Street Pueblo

Port ‘O Entry (Lakewood & Denver)

4105 Wadsworth Blvd & 7900 East Colfax

Posh/PT’S  (Denver)

PT’S  (and then the Posh) was located at 1601 West Evans – which later became The Bird, the The Family Dog and PT’s)

Former Site of The Posh 1601 West Evans

Profile/Le Profile (Denver)

Located in the Stanley Plaza Hotel – 16th Street and Sherman Street Denver

The Prospector

South Valley Highway and Belleview

The Psychiatrist (Denver)

Pueblo Lounge (Pueblo)

Pussycat A-Go-Go (Denver)

A 3.2 joint in West Denver – the Fantabulous Jags were the house band – They had migrated from Kansas and ended up in Las Vegas.

Putney Street Pub (Aurora)

At the Aurora Mall

Quickie’s Sugar Shack (Pueblo)

Quorum (Denver)

Colfax Avenue and Grant Street Denver

The Rainbow Ballroom

Rainbow Music Hall (Denver)

Evans and Monaco Denver

The Ramada West Lounge (Lakewood)

7150 West Colfax

The Ranch (Westminster)

Mile west of I-25 and 120th)

Ranch Manor Motor Inn (Denver)

1490 South Santa Fe Drive Denver

Rathskeller (Denver)

Evans and Colorado Blvd.

The Rathskeller was owned by Ivan and Eva – husband and wife team – Late 1960’s Denver band Umbra performed there – Earlier a regular garage group appearing there were “The Fabulous Roadrunners” show below.  In 2019 the structure burned to the ground.

Red Angus Inn (Denver)

6635 East Evans

Big Daddy Allen played this venue in the early 1960’s

The Red Balloon Lounge (Wheat Ridge)

I-70 and Kipling

The Red Coach Inn (Lakewood)

West Colfax and Newland

Red Door (Lakewood)

10300 West Colfax Avenue Denver

Red Dragon (Lakewood)

10300 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood

Red Embers (Denver)

6000 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Red Garter (Fort Collins)

The Red Garter was located in downtown Fort Collins – before it would have been called “Old Town” – The Red Garter was the home base for Fort Collins’ “Pacesetters” catering to Colorado State University students.


Red Ram (Georgetown)

Red Rocks Amphitheater (Morrison)

While technically a Denver property holding – Red Rocks sits adjacent to the foothills town of Morrison

Red Room (Denver)

The Red Room was located at the intersection of West 63rd Avenue and Federal Blvd., and was a hangout for North siders and North High School seniors.

Red Slipper Room (Denver)

600 South Colorado Blvd. in the Cherry Creek Inn Denver

Red Vest Inn(Lakewood)

1101 South Sheridan Blvd. Denver

The Reese House Lounge (Denver)

455 South Colorado Blvd. (in the Landmark Inn Hotel)

Regis College Field House (Denver)

59th and Lowell Street Denver

Rendezvous (Denver)

6000 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Richie’s Restaurant (Lakewood)

11505 West Colfax (at Simms)

Ridgeview Inn (Wheat Ridge)

44th Street and Garrison Street Wheat Ridge

Riviera (Denver)

9100 East Colfax Denver

Robin’s Nest (Lookout Mountain)

Verne Byers owned the Nest and appeared regularly with his combo – Located high above Golden, Colorado on Lookout Mountain not far from the teenager 3.2 dance joint – “Sam’s”.

Rogue’s Room at Laffites (Denver)

14th and Larimer Street Denver

Romolo’s (Denver)

1747 Tremont Street Denver

Rosita’s Cantina (Denver)

1700 West Colfax Avenue Denver

The Rossonian Lounge (Denver)

Located in the heart of downtown Denver at 2450 Welton Street – Long Gone – Julia Lee was an artist who recorded on the Capitol Record label starting in the late 1940’s

Rosy’s Bar & Grill

Roxy’s Lounge (Littleton)

3499 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton

Rug-ged Room (Lakewood)

268 South Pierce Street

The Rug-ged room was located at 268 South Pierce Street in Lakewood situated in a strip mall just across the street from the popular Roller City rink – It was a non-alcohol establishment but survived for a time booking big name bands such as the Loving Spoonful.  The structure is long gone replaced by a Home Depot Store.  The dance floor was indeed adorned with a large blue rug!

Teen Crowd at the Rug-ged Room – 265 South Pierce Street

Safari (Fort Collins)

The Safari was owned by band leader Bob Swerer

Salt Water Dumas (Denver)

Smith Road at Kearney Denver

Sammy’s Entertainment Lounge (Aurora)

13730 East Colfax Avenue Aurora

Sam’s On Lookout Mountain

A heck of a venue for the 3.2 crowd with a hairpin path to the top (and bottom) of Lookout Mountain to challenge those who had downed a few too many pitchers

Sand and Sage

Sands Lounge (Alamosa)

The San Marco Room (Denver)

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel

Santa Anita Supper Club & Lounge (Littleton)

5480 South Santa Fe Littleton

Satire Lounge (Denver)

3922 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Located and still going on East Colfax in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood – this venue once featured a young Bob Zimmerman – Bob Dylan during his brief stay in Denver.  There is one lone photo of the singer at the Satire today – but now it is a sleepy little neighborhood joint.

Today there is a single wall photo of Bob Dylan displayed as a subtle tip-of-the-hat to bygone days.

Saturdays (Aurora)

8315 East Colfax

Saturdays bit the dust in 2017 as a structure

Seahorse (Greeley)

Maul and the Cut Ups played this 3.2 venue

Senate Lounge (Denver)

Colfax Avenue and Grant Street Denver

Shaft (Pueblo)

1319 East Abriendo Street Pueblo

Shaners (Denver)

610 17th Street Denver

Johnny Smith and the Neil Bridge Trio played this venue in the early 1960’s

The Shangri-La (Westminster)

7199 North Federal

Shapes (Denver)

Shapes was a 3.2 bar located at 2121 East Colfax Avenue – Freddie and Henchie and the Soulsetters are a regular act.  The structure was demolished to make way for an “Advanced Auto Parts” store.

Sherwood Room (Lakewood)

11475 West Colfax Ave. Lakewood

The Ship’s Tavern (Denver)

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel

Shirley’s Lounge (Pueblo)

Shorty’s (Pueblo)

Show Wagon (Denver)

The show wagon was a summer event with the wagon travelling around Denver’s larger parks presenting a wide array of amateur talent competing at each location and performing free-of-charge to the public who would gather with picnics and blankets.

Ronnie Kae, The Saints and Frankie Rino all competed at the Show Wagon.

August, 1965 Show Wagon Article and Photo

The Show Biz (Denver)

1405 Curtis Street

Shuffle Inn

Sid King’s Crazy Horse (Denver)

1211 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Silver Saddle (Pueblo)

Silver Saddle Corral (Littleton)

4595 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton

Silver Slipper (Central City)

The 1960’s Denver group The Status Seekers played the Silver Slipper

Sign of the Tarot (Denver)

20th Avenue between Lincoln and Sherman Streets Denver

The Silver Lake Inn (North of Idaho Springs)

Singin’ Sadie’s Saloon (Breckenridge)

Dave Thornton appeared here and recorded an LP in the Colorado ski town in 1975

The Sink (Boulder)

The Sink continues on “The Hill” in Boulder – a University of Colorado” haunt – Back in the day it was a rowdy experience – All bartenders and waiters had access to billy clubs and when a warning whistle sounded they would scramble – armed to the spot of the disturbance.

Sir J’s (Denver)

1805 Broadway

The Skunk Creek Inn (Boulder)

The band Wakefield played this venue in the early 1970’s late 1960’s

Sky Chef (Denver)

Stapleton Airport

Sky Club (Pueblo)

Snug Harbor Tavern

Sonny’s Lounge (Denver)

23rd Avenue and Curtis Street Denver

Speakeasy (Denver)

3544 Lincoln Street Denver

Sports (Denver)

1630 Broadway Denver

Sports Field (Denver)

8501 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Sports Scene (Denver)

7797 Mississippi Street

The Squire Lounge (Denver)

1800 East Colfax

St George & Dragon (Pueblo)

409 North Santa Fe Denver

Stanley Hotel

Star Bar (Pueblo)

300 Spring Street Pueblo

Starduster (Littleton)

Three miles south of Littleton on Dear Creek Junction

Starlight Club (Pueblo)

Starlite Lounge (Denver)

629 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Stefanino’s (Denver)

East Colfax at Milwaukee

Stockade (Leadville)

Denver’s late 1960’s band Umbra played there

The Stock Yard Inn (Denver)

Studio Restaurant & Lounge (Leadville)

Suburban Lounge (Broomfield)

4381 Highway 287 Broomfield

Sugies Lounge (Denver)

Colfax Avenue and Race Street Denver

Sultan’s Table (Denver)

1601 West Evans Denver

Future home of The Family Dog – Randy King recorded on Band Box Records and is in the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame

Sun Down Lounge (Manitou Springs)

Sundance Saloon (Durango

Sunnie’s Rendezvous (Aspen)

Ralph Sutton played at Sunnies in 1968 with Ruby Braff, Milt Hinton and Mousey Alexander recording an LP – He was the owner along with his wife “Sunnie”.

Swallow Hill Music Hall (Denver)

17th Avenue and Pearl Street Denver

The Sword Room (Denver)

East Colfax Avenue at Downing – Located in the Heart of Denver Hotel

Syndicat (Rendon Brothers)

Tally Ho (Lakewood)

West Alameda at Wadsworth

Tangerine Room (Denver)

390 South Colorado Blvd. Denver

Taylor’s Supper Club

7000 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood

Home of the Taylor’s and a venue that featured many metro area acts

Teller House (Central City)

Theater Lounge (Denver)

1635 Glenarm Street Denver

Thieves Market (Denver)

Valley Highway (that’s I 25 to you out of towner’s) and 38th (at the Rodeway Inn)

Thunderbird Supper Club (Golden)

Atop Lookout Mountain Golden

Tia Maria’s (Pueblo)

Tico Room (Pueblo – on Northern Street)

Tiffin Inn

Tiger A Go-Go (Denver)

Tiger’s Lair (Denver)

4760 East Evans

Tiki (Boulder)

Garage band The Runaways played this venue in the 1960’s

Tiki Lounge (Denver)

1150 East Colfax Avenue

The Tilt Lounge (Denver)

4640 Quebec Street

The Time Out (Thornton)

10250 Ura Lane

Tip Top Tavern (Pueblo)

Tippler Room (at the Copper Kettle) (Aspen)

The Tippler Three were the house act

Tipsy Tiger (Denver)

8000 East Colfax

Toll Gate (Central City)

Located across the street from the old Gilded Garter where Bob Dylan and Judy Collins made appearances before hitting the big time – the Tollgate was a big Colorado tourist attraction which featured many local honky tonk musicians and minstrels.

The Toole Shed (Lakewood)

7150 West Colfax Avenue

Top of the Park (Denver)

450 South Marion Street Denver in the Park Lane Hotel Denver – Bobby Swanson and the Sonics played here before he signed national recording contacts first with Igloo Records and then Bob Keane’s Donna Record label

Townhouse (Aurora)

12300 East Colfax Avenue Denver

Band Box recording artists Rocky Starr and his Trio are featured here

Trader Vics (Denver)

18th & Broadway Denver (in the Cosmopolitan Hotel)\

The Trocadero Ball Room – Elitch’s Gardens (Denver)

Tennyson Street and 38th Avenue Denver

The Trocadero or “Troc” as it was fondly called was built in 1917 and became a major venue for the touring big bands for three solid decades. The venue was a wholesome location for Denver’s youth – a place where alcohol was strictly forbidden. I remember watching my parents and their friends join in with huge numbers of “the Greatest Generation” during the Troc’s nostalgic era in the late 1950’s when the music was nearing a transition point.

Within a few years my boomer generation would invade the hardwood floors dancing to Colorado’s Astronauts, as well as The Four Seasons and many more. The beloved Trocadero was demolished in 1975 and beautiful Elitch Gardens – founded by John and Mary Elitch in 1890 – closed it’s gates forever.

Tropics Theater (Denver)

4842 Morrison Road Denver

Tulagi (Boulder)

Turn of the Century (Denver)

7300 East Hampton

Turquoise Club (Pueblo)

707 North Main Street Pueblo

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Vail Lounge (Pueblo)

217 South Grand Pueblo

Venus Lounge (Aurora)

One Mile East of Fitzsimons Aurora

Don May and the Venusares played here

Vera’s Tavern (Pueblo)

549 East Evans Pueblo

Vic Iseno’s

Vicki’s Lounge (Denver)

6300 West Colfax Avenue Denver

Vicki recorded on Morey Bernstein’s Finer Arts label

Villa Grove Restaurant (Lakewood)

The Voter’s Club (Denver)

2617 Welton Street – Five Points Neighborhood

(Muddy Waters appeared in 1960)

The Voyager Inn (Denver)

I-70 and Chambers Road

The Warehouse

Wayne’s Caravan (Pueblo)

3306 North Elizabeth Street Pueblo

Wellshire Inn (Denver)

3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver

Western Dinner Bell (Denver)

1156 South Broadway

What Not Tea Room – (Central City)

Wig Wam (Denver)

5807 West Colfax/5700 East Colfax Denver

Wildflower (Pueblo)

Located at the Pueblo Airport

Witches Den (Pueblo)

317 South Union Pueblo

Wolf’s Restaurant (Aurora)

Wolhurst Club (Littleton)

Woolworth’s Cafeteria Downtown (Denver)

16th and Champa

Yellow Pages

Yucca Bar

Yum Yum Tree

Zanzabar (Aurora)

10601 East Colfax Avenue Aurora

Zorba “The Place” (Denver)

4111 East Virginia and Colorado Blvd.

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