Gay Bar Guide: Get (Rocky Mountain) High In Denver

Meet your very own Brawny man.

Meet your very own Brawny man.

We traveled to Aspen a few weeks ago to participate in the growing phenomenon known as gay ski week! While we were in the cold midwest, we decided to take a detour to the Mile High City, Denver, to check out the gay scene! Being the first time in Colorado, we had a vision of tall hot men with beards, flannel, and an Abercrombie & Fitch look to them. What we found were mostly lesbians, but who doesn’t love a lesbian?

Probably one of the first, regular, charitable drag shows I’ve ever come in contact with, is the Denver Cycle Sluts. Not your big city drag queens, these 5 man ladies put on a great show and raised a lot of money. We happened to stumble upon them at Hamburger Mary’s, at their weekly Slut Bingo. $10 suggested donation for the cheapest, most worth while drag show i’ve been to in a long time! Hamburger Mary’s 708 E 17th Ave Denver, CO 80203

Although I won’t be giving their staff any shout outs (rude), X Bar was a recommendation from a Denver native. A pretty lively and happening place with people partying outside even in FREEZING weather. There was an eclectic group of people and your standard gay bar atmosphere. What I liked best was that the DJ took request, even when my friends and I had a need for Whitney, he was at the ready with a great remix. What I like least…this need for a “VIP card” to get specials, ain’t nobody got time for that! X Bar 629 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203

The big dance club of Denver is Tracks, which reminded me of Save the Last Dance, or was that Steps? Anyways, I had an amazing time here dancing, drinking, and hanging with some of Rupaul’s best! Plenty of room to dance, socialize, do this, and that. Plus once a month they host Drag Nation, which although I don’t quite know what that is, is hosted by Nina Flowers and other amazing drag queens. If your in Denver check out Tracks if nothing more than to see if its time for Drag Nation! Tracks 3500 Walnut St Denver, CO 80205

After finding nothing but boys, drag queens, and lesbians, we were directed to the Denver Wrangler to find our Brawny man! We found him and then some! Super friendly crowd and staff (as most bear bars are), but truly a pleasure all around. The drinks never seemed to cost more than $3 and when we found out about the legendary beer blast on Sunday’s we decided to come back. $8 buys you all the beer you can drink from 4 to 8, and all the bears you can take!! Denver Wrangler 1700 Logan St Denver CO 80203

As a true southern boy at heart, Charlie’s make our list because they offer line dancing classes! A very “come be yourself” kind of bar is always nice to have in your back pocket. The drinks are wicked cheap all week long, and the patrons are a nice mix of gay, straight, lesbian and whatever else (emphasis on the whatever else). Dance classes are free Wed-Sat 8PM to 9PM and are so much fun! There is also talk about a “Taco Bar” and despite my best efforts I was unable to verify said treat. Charlie’s 900 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80218

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