When visitors head to LoDo in Denver, chances are they hit the hop spots where the rest of the visitors gather: The Tavern, Lodo's, The Gin Mill, Retro Room, Sports Column, Cowboy Lounge, Croc's... my head is going to burst pea soup...
Right in the heart of downtown Denver sits a historic jazz joint that opened the day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Way before Coors Field was even across the street. (Rumors told me it was a speakeasy during that wretched booze-free time.)
The little dive, El Chapultepec, 1962 Market St., Denver, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this week, all week, beginning on Sunday and running through Aug. 10.
Homies. Frank Sinatra played there. Tony Bennett. Ella Fitzgerald.
Shit, even former president Bill Clinton played his sax on stage (pre-Monica Lewinski).
The bar is small. The seats are limited. The stage can barely fit a whole band. The adjoining room with a pool table is seedy, at best. It's a cash-only bar. But it's awesome. If you've never visited, now is the time to go.
The joint has always hosted free live jazz every night of the week. There's never a cover. There will be a transient slamming a PBR in one booth and a fancy couple sipping martinis in the next. It's fantastic.
All week, the bar will celebrate free live jazz with local musicians, swag giveaways, blues jam sessions, dancing and drinks.
Info: Sunday-Aug. 11; 303-295-9126; free
Get a room
Lookin' for love in all the wrong places? Looking for love in too many faces?
Look no further than Jazz at Jacks, 500 16th St., Denver (in the Pavilions), which is hosting Speed Dating on Sunday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Listen! In order to take advantage of the brief 8MinuteDating, you must pre-register. Then, after a cool 35 bucks, you get a room full of singles, eight dates at 8 minutes a pop, a mingle session, appetizers and maybe a night of hardcore, passionate plowing. (Sluts.)
Story for the grandkids.
Info: Sunday at 6 p.m.; 8minutedating.com; $35
Colorful Colorado has hopped on the street food trend and mobile eats have popped up all over the place, featuring gourmet, fair-priced meals.
Denver Gourmet is hosting A Taste of Gourmet Street Food, beginning Friday at 1 p.m. at Market Street Station, 1601 Market St., Denver, until 4 p.m. Go taste the wheels of Denver, and if you're passed out in a Denver alley on Saturday, there will be a Craft Beer and Food Truck tour from 2:30 p.m-5 p.m.
Info: Friday at 1 p.m.; 303-775-5038; denvergourmettours.com; $39
You could go see Kid Rock Saturday at Fiddler's Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, at 6:45 p.m.
But don't tell me about it unless you shave his hair off and sew it into a Yarmulke.
The only reason I'm pimping his show is because he actually cares about his concert-goers. Aw. It's called his $20 Best Night Ever Tour, featuring ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker (how's 1994 doing?) and he's also lowering prices for merchandise, parking and beers.
Alright, Mr. Caucasian Rubbish. That's considerate of you.
Info: Saturday at 6:45 p.m.; $20; kidrock.com