Todd Brown (left), Aaron Scoresby and Seth Koonce (right) meet on April 24th at the newly opened Tight End, the first gay sports bar in Denver’s beer menu. (Kathryn Scott, Denver Post special)
Tight End, a sports bar built for the Denver gay community, officially opened at East Colfax, previously inhabited by Streets Denver.
Owner Steven Alix took over the space this month after the streets closed in late March. This two-decade-old bar had a particularly difficult 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 Squire Lounge, wants to create an intentional hangout in the former punk rock venue. (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, Denver Post special)
The new tight end will partner with gay sports leagues across Denver, Alix said. And while a huge Streets of London awning still covers the front of the building – “We’re working on it.” – the interior has nine TVs and a full bar, and opens onto the lawned front and rear 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 fit perfectly. “
1501 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-9103, 3pm to 2am Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 2am Sunday, food available at 3 Guys Pies next door, tightendbar.com
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