Lion’s Lair Bar

Submitted by Markydoodle August 29th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

I’ve driven by this bar many times, but today I decided to drive over and take a couple pictures of it. I don’t think I can describe it better than the people I’m quoting here:

“Lion’s Lair is the punk rock dive bar staple of Denver. It’s definitely dark, seedy, and dirty(which I have always suspected, but it’s so dark you can’t tell… great! I don’t wanna know how dirty this place really is. lol) Lion’s lair is a tiny venue but it’s awesome to go see a good show… I’ve seen a mix of bands everyone from UK Subs to The Red Elvis’s at the Lair and local bands like Lyin’ Bitch and the Restraining Orders often call this place their old stomping ground.”

“Situated squarely between an alley and a tattoo parlor, this emphatically CASH ONLY!! bar is Colfax culture at its very finest — don’t despair, there’s an ATM at the Walgreen’s just a few steps down the block. Long a mainstay of punk culture in Denver, the space is tiny, with a nice bar located in the center of the room — within arms reach of patrons and players. If the band is willing to turn down to a reasonable volume, a seat at the bar is perfect. The Lair presents a schedule of national acts that are a thrill to see in such a small setting. Hard rock, punk and various forms of alt-country and alt-rock are the mainstays here. A great place to hide away when you’re tired of the usual meat-market round.”

Lion’s Lair. Another Colfax Avenue treasure in Denver, Colorado.

5 Responses to “Lion’s Lair Bar”

  1. Allee Willis

    Completely fantastic looking!!! I would like to move in here. Any idea when it was built?

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)