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For the past five years, Steven Alix, owner of X Bar, has been looking for a place to open a gay sports bar and he eventually found it in the former Streets Denver home. The rock bar on 1501 East Colfax Avenue closed last month after more than two decades.
Alix, who with Sudy Kudva also owns The Squire Lounge, a few blocks east of East Colfax Avenue, opened the tight end in the former punk eatery on Monday, April 12th.
“We’re really just focusing on the sport that was a missing niche in our community and we’re ready to fill that,” says Alix. “It has been very well received so far. It has never been done before [in Denver] As far as I know, and all the other big cities have gay sports bars. This one doesn’t, so it’s time. ”
While the interior and courtyards have been remodeled, Tight End also pays homage to Streets Denver by preserving the former club’s memorabilia, including the venue’s signs and posters.
It’s time Denver had a gay sports bar!
“We’re going to try to keep this memory alive a bit because it took so long,” says Alix. “We hope we can include previous customers and we’ve tried to keep some things from the past.”
Two projection screens and a number of televisions were installed around the bar. With four channel options, Alix, who is from Wisconsin and a huge fan of Green Bay Packers, says they’ll be able to play a variety of sports, both locally and beyond.
While bars were tough to run during the pandemic last year, X Bar, the gay-friendly hangout it opened ten years ago, is picking up steam again, but the smaller clubs like Squire and Tight End could be a little more challenging as both are roughly the same size and have smaller capacities due to COVID-19 regulations.
3 Guys Pies, the pizzeria that has long shared the building with Streets Denver, is still operating as usual and has the same opening times as the bar, 3pm to 3pm, seven days a week. Tight End also has daily happy hours with $ 2 off all drinks from 3pm to 8pm
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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he has been the club’s editor since 2006.