Todd Brown (left), Aaron Scoresby and Seth Koonce (right) join other guests at the newly opened Tight End, Denver’s first gay sports bar, on April 24th. The bar has an outdoor terrace, nine televisions, and a full cocktail and beer menu. (Kathryn Scott, Denver Post special)
Tight End, a sports bar built for the Denver gay community, officially opened at East Colfax, previously occupied by Streets Denver.
Owner Steven Alix took over the premises this month after Streets closed in late March. This two-decade-old bar had a particularly difficult past year in the pandemic; its owner, John Elliott, died in November following his second diagnosis of COVID-19.
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Now Alix, who also owns the X Bar and the Squire Lounge, wants to create a conscious meeting place in the former punk rock location. (When Elliott bought Streets in 2018, he also tried to change his more recent reputation as a neo-Nazi hangout.)
Customers gather on April 24th at the newly opened Tight End, Denver’s first gay sports bar. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver Post)
The new tight end will partner with gay sports leagues across Denver, Alix said. And while a huge awning of the Streets of London still covers the front of the building – “We’re working on it.” – the interior has nine televisions and a full bar, and opens up to lawned front and back terraces.
“All big cities have these sports bars and ours don’t,” Alix said. “Besides, we’re a huge sports city anyway, we all have big national teams here. It seemed to be the perfect match. “
1501 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-9103, 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, food available at 3 Guys Pies next door, tightdbar.com
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