First Impressions and Halloween 2015

NATIV Downtown Denver https://www.facebook.com/NATIVHOTELS

I was bored on a Sunday night a few weeks back and stopped in at this place. The door guy was really awesome and explained the nightclub and hotel to me and took me on a mini-tour of the nightclub. (He was also quite handsome, but ahem.) I doubt this is my kind of place. Girls with bodycon dresses and stiletto heels, boys in half casual, half dressy attire with super styled hair. Drinks were also a little pricey for me. The waitresses (all female) and bartenders definitely ran to eye-candy. The DJ was pretty cool. She was the regular house DJ for Saturday nights but had to pull an extra shift due to some event not working out. The bathroom was tidy, also… you know me!!

Halloween 2015

I’m not sure what I was trying to do, but I had an OK time. No plans, so no expectations. I ended up at a place called Lodo’s with my neighbor’s little brother. Ok then.

Lodo’s https://www.facebook.com/lodos.bar/

Anyway, we got there well before cover charge ($15/$20, really??) so we didn’t have to deal with that. The waitstaff was all eye-candy, but very friendly and nice. Unfortunately my claustrophobia and social anxiety kicked in with all the people that showed up to see JoJo .(who I didn’t even realize was going to perform, *sigh*) The whole second story dance floor was swaying and moving under the press of all the people. My nerves were shot. It’s not really my kind of place anyway. The bathroom was spectacular, probably because they had a bathroom attendant. The drinks were reasonably strong and reasonably priced. During the DJ section of the night, I felt really old. People were singing and dancing along to songs I didn’t know. It was a fairly young crowd. I did get a giggle out of the mashup of Nine Inch Nails: Closer and 50 Cent’s In Da Club.

After I managed to escape from Lodo’s I ended up at

Sports Column  https://www.facebook.com/Sports-Column-56457909123/

It was surprisingly NOT packed. I had a really cheap, strong drink. Just on that basis, I might be back, even though it’s a sports bar. Goodness.

There were some pretty cool costumes during the night. I also ended up chatting with a guy whose name I vaguely recall was David? outside of the Summit Music Hall for the GWAR concert. (Yeah… I think I’ve reviewed that place, ick.) Anyway, we were talking about the Denver Goth Scene and his really cool red and black leather kilt. I hope I run into that dude again, he was really neat.

I ended the night getting a slice of BAKED POTATO PIZZA from Slice Works Lodo. https://www.facebook.com/pages/SliceWorks-Pizza/217416284992656

It was so good (and maybe I was kind of drunk) but it was so good I’ve been dreaming about it. Good GAWDZ. I will definitely be back to that place!

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4th of July bar review.

Paramount Café 4th of July, 2015

This was the first time in over a decade that I did not leave a tip.

The place was (surprisingly to me) uncrowded. Late night happy hour, 2 for 1 Long Islands. Cool, I thought…

NOPE NOPE NOPE.

I won’t be back.

I like to drink. That’s no secret. I rarely, if ever not finish a drink and definitely don’t turn away free ones. I had a third of my drink tonight. The bar area was mostly some old drunk men. The bartender didn’t take too long to get to me, but after he served my drink, he ignored me the rest of the time I was there.

The sweet potato fries I ordered came out suspiciously quick and I said so. He was like, “they’re fresh!”  Yeah, so fresh, they were greasy and under-cooked. And he didn’t even bother to give me a napkin and I had to flag him down for the ketchup. (The side of the bar he was working was maybe 20 feet long, really??)  Not once was I asked how my drink was, how my food was – and the fucking fries were sitting there in front of me barely touched and I had pushed them away.

Whatever.  My bill (once I could flag down a different staff member to get it for me) came to $11.88. I left a 10 and two ones on the bar and walked out.

First Impression Review: Cuckoo’s Nest

Where’s the door?

Do you remember that girl? You know the one, small town prom queen or beauty pageant winner, the one who was sure she was meant for bigger and better things. She was going to GET OUT of that small town and be Somebody, but somehow it just didn’t work out.  It turned out OK though. She got married to a very nice man, got a good job at the library or local grocery store and had a couple of kids. She’s comfortable and actually happy and really can’t imagine having other life. She looks a little run down, but you can see she hasn’t lost heart, no not at all.

Cuckoo’s Nest

Location: Lakewood, CO.  Way, way back in the corner of a strip mall.

Atmosphere: Moist. The table was sticky and there were random puddles (beer? water?) around and on the tables of the enclosed smoking patio. It was mostly clean and tidy though.  Typical dim lighting of a Dive bar, though the setup was more like a bigger type of bar. Main bar area was not too big, lined with bar-stools. Maybe seating there for about 15? Then there was the table area which was comfortable enough. Worn down but OK to sit. One long booth with separate tables and facing chairs and some freestanding chair/table combos. No dance floor or stage to speak of really. Karaoke was kind of just in the corner by the kitchen. Good sound though. It’s nice having a monitor when singing.

Bathrooms: The women’s bathroom only had the one toilet, but it was stalled off and a good size. And that way someone can be washing their hands or fixing clothing or makeup (nice big mirrors) while someone else is using the facility.

Staff: Very cheerful and friendly.

Patrons:

Drinks: Competitively priced to the other bars in this area I’ve been to. My beer was GINORMOUS for $5.25. I don’t know about mixed drinks or shots.

Food: Didn’t try anything. That lady’s nachos looked damn delicious though!

Would I Go Again? Yes.

My buddy convinced me to try this place out on a Saturday night for Karaoke. I liked the song selection (Master Blaster) and the way everything sounded. The KJ was very nice, a quiet sort of guy. I really enjoyed the songs he played between singers.  The patrons were mostly about 10-20 years older than me and you could definitely tell most were regulars. It wasn’t very busy this time. I don’t know how the crowd usually is, but from what I can tell, this was an unusually slow night. (It was similarly slow at another place we visited the same night.) On the other side of the bar was a room with a pool table and a bunch of pinball machines. I might have to go in some night loaded with quarters!! I enjoyed myself. Tried a new song. It was good.

Larimer Lounge Review

Larimer Lounge

Location: Just north of Downtown Denver on Larimer Street

Atmosphere: It was smaller than I expected. Not sure why I thought it would be bigger. Typical scarred floors and loud speakers. I’m not sure what I think about all the graffiti and stickers everywhere. The courtyard in the back was about the same size as the stage and dance floor area. I thought that was odd, but ok. Couple of trip hazards, like dark mini-steps and uneven floors. Cables running across the floors. It was clean enough, though. No stickiness under my shoes.

Bathrooms: Seriously? The bathrooms are up a STEEP flight of stairs. I made sure NOT to drink much liquid as I didn’t want to  1. Have to run up and down those bitches all night and 2. Get drunk and fall down that fucking staircase. (The bathroom stayed pretty clean though, so that was a plus.)

Staff: They all seemed pleasant and friendly enough.

Patrons: This was a 16 and over event so the crowd leaned young. Lot’s of black X’s on the hands and even the 21+ banded seemed pretty young, early 20s. Typical hipster look.

Drinks: Competitively priced, I guess. The mixed drink glasses were small, but decent strength.

Would I go again? Meh. I was a bit underwhelmed by the total experience, though it was nice to hear the band I came to see again. I might. Depends on who is playing. (I do have the added motivation of a juicy little piece of eye candy who is a friend of one of the staff members, teehee!)

Show: JJ Evanoff Experience

It was a slow start. My party arrived at the venue about 9:30pm. The crowd started to pick up about an hour later, but it was waves for sure. Everyone seemed genuinely pleased to be there and see the show though, so that was nice.

This was my second time seeing these boys and I am more impressed even than the first time. I think they might have the Success Trifecta: Talent, Ambition and Youth/Energy. I hope to see them again. I think that they definitely have a lot of potential. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see them perform somewhere big like Red Rocks. I think that in that venue their performance would really be a blast.

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Staircase of DOOOOOOOM!
Staircase of DOOOOOOOM!
The Seven Dollar Candy Bar
The Seven Dollar Candy Bar

First Impression Review: Greenfield’s

Greenfield’s Pool & Sports Bar

Location: Lakewood, CO. Kind of tucked away from the main street, next to a gun store.

Atmosphere: Big and clean.

Bathrooms: Quite clean. Wonder what it’s like on a weekend/busy night.

Staff: Friendly enough. A few seemed a bit unenthused, but then again it’s the middle of the week.

Patrons: Older crowd for the pool tournament. Younger crowd for the free pool/billiards. Mostly white males, early to mid-twenties.

Drinks: Didn’t try, but seemed reasonably priced.

Food: The menu looks good. I’ll have to go back sometime and make a point to try some things.

It was fairly busy when my friends and I arrived, but not so busy that we weren’t able to find an empty pool table. This is definitely not what I consider a “dive bar”, it has a more er, corporate or franchise feel to it. Lots of space. Matching tables and booths or chairs/barstools. Large heated patio (which is ESPECIALLY NICE, since it’s been so cold and rainy this spring.) I was DD so I didn’t try any of the mixed drinks or shots. There weren’t too many obnoxious drunks but a few, and that only towards closing. I’m hoping to come in on a Sunday soon to try out “Cashbox Karaoke.” I don’t know what it means, but it sounds interesting.

Would I go again? Yeah, looking forward to it and I’d like to get a second impression.

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