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Denver’s Best Dive Bars offers a shots eye view of the deliciously seedy underside of bar life in the Mile High City. Join Drew Bixby, Denver’s lowlife nightlife king, as he gets to the bottom of more Frozen Belly Busters, Tinys, and Bionic Beavers than any self-respecting drunk ought to consume. Along and way (and way off the beaten path of Colfax and South Broadway), you’ll discover which joints offer free food and let you light up legally; who makes the best Moscow Mules and pours the deepest shots; and where to find the latest last call. Want to know which dives open at 7 a.m. and whether you’ll need to bring cash? Who serves quality grub, has the best patio or offers free shuffleboard? Where to plan your next dive bar crawl? Whether you’re likely to encounter a hoard of hipsters? Denver’s Best Dive Bars will give you the lowdown on all that and much, much more, straight, no chaser.
When he is not writing the “Drunk of the Week” column for Westword, Drew Bixby teaches writing for the Department of English and the Writing Center at the University of Colorado Denver. Most of his close friends are drinkers, smokers and gamblers, which explains why he feels so at home on a torn and tattered bar stool with a half-full beer and a shot of tequila.
A few conversations recently overheard at some of Denver's best bars:
How's it going, Mr. Don?Taking care of my awful life.How awful is it?We haven't got the time and I don't want to go into it.All right.Santa brought me a DUI.
You know, Tom responds with mock irritation, I've spent so much time learning how to drink, I oughta be able to do what I want.Yeah, a friend with a long white mustache snorts, you've got a degree in drunk.An advanced degree adds Ted.Eh. I'm still working on my master's, Tom retorts, ending the discussion.
The newest title in our best-selling dive bar series, Denver's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Mile-High City offers opinionated reviews of one hundred of the grittiest and grungiest drinking establishments in Denver. If you want to avoid the tourist traps listed in those other bar guides and find out where the real people go to get really wasted, then Denver's Best Dive Bars, like its predecessors from New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, is your guide to the delightfully filthy underside of Denver bar life. It's also a vital resource for cheap drinking in these tough economic times.
Drew Bixby writes the Drunk of the Week column for Westword, the city paper of Denver.
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About the Author
Drew Bixby writes the "Drunk of the Week" column for Westword, the independent paper of Denver.