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Top Spots For Guys' Night Out

Okay, so I'm not a guy writing about the best places a guy and his pals should hang out. But I have witnessed many of Denverite men, be it boyfriends, husbands and friends alike, having a kick of a time going bowling and drinkin' beer; wearing skirts, yes skirts, for the sake of getting a beer; exploring their gentlemanly ways with fine cigars; kicking back after a long ballgame at a historic and European setting; and even having fun watching girls bruise up other girls while on roller skates. There's much to be entertained in the following places for some of my favorite guy-hang-out spots!
Moe's BBQ and Bowl
Moe's BBQ and Bowl (credit: Sarah Carpenter)

Moe's Original BBQ and Bowl

3925 South Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 781-0414
What can be more of a guys' night out than barbecue, bowling and beer?! Moe's Original BBQ and Bowl in Englewood provides all this, and more. For just $3 a game and $3 shoe rental Sunday-Thursday nights, $5 a game Friday nights and Saturdays, or $30-$40 an hour for group rental, the guys can reserve one of the handful of lanes for pure, bowling bliss. There's a solid selection of draft beers, full bar and of course the saucy, southern style barbecue dishes. And if that's enough, you can entertain yourself at any of the number of nostalgic pin-ball machines, a game of pool or rock out at the weekly live music shows.

Ned Kelly's Irish Pub
Joel and friends wearing skirts at Ned Kelly's Irish Pub in 2011 (credit: Sarah Carpenter)

Ned Kelly's Irish Pub

5686 South Sycamore Street
Littleton, CO 80120
(720) 283-8717
"Real guys where skirts ... and pink!" says local pub-goer, Joel, at Ned Kelly's Irish Pub in Downtown Littleton on Wednesday night skirt night. Any guy, or gal, who wears a skirt, dress or kilt, drinks wells and domestic drafts for free from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. And no cheating on the skirts either boys, jeans under the skirts won't get you free drinks! Ned Kelly's is one the few Irish pubs in the Littleton area, which they proudly claim in their creation. They also offer live music on Saturdays, poker on Mondays, Trivia on Tuesdays, of course the fun Wednesdays, and karaoke on Fridays—a whole week of suburban - Irish fun!

Flavor Of Havana

Flavor of Havana

2295 South Chambers Road Unit F
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 337-6242

Have any cigar aficionados in your circle? Located right at Iliff and Chambers, just off of I-225 in Aurora, is a great neighborhood lounge to take the guys out of the city for a relaxing, yet sophisticated evening with cigars and snifters. Flavor of Havana is recognized as a smoker friendly spot, and where cigarettes are allowed there too, most people go there for the wide selection of fine cigars. The joint has a full bar, and has a growing number of fun theme nights, such as poker night on Wednesdays, trivia night, karaoke, even a ladies' night!

The Lobby
The Lobby (credit: Sarah Carpenter)

The Lobby

2191 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-9911

Dedicating your weekends, even taking days off, for the beloved Rockies games throughout the summer is almost a guarantee guys' night out pastime. And where there are numerous sports bars and restaurants to hit up after the game, The Lobby is one good one that promises exceptional food and a nice atmosphere. Just five blocks away from Coors Field, the "American Grille" offers a spacious and cozy indoor urban setting, and a tucked away European side patio. After a long afternoon in the sun, many order the 2.5 Liter beer towers of $15 Miller Lite, or $20 Colorado microbrew, during the 4-6:30 p.m. happy hour. Pair that with some seared ribeye steak rolls, stuffed with mushrooms and parmesan cheese, or a cream cheese and jalapeno stuffed burger, and you've forgotten about your beer-battered sunburn!

Roller Skates, Roller Derby
(credit: CBS)

Denver Roller Dolls

What's better than watching a bunch of kick-butt chicks skating their hearts out and taking names? Next time you and the boys are trying to think of something to do, spectate and scream along at a Denver Roller Doll game. The comeback sport of roller derby essentially consists of lady athletes roller skating in a race, with a lot of shoving and speed, with pretty easy rules to follow. There's about one "bout" a month, April through November, with tickets starting at $15 and up. Colorado has a growing number of teams, but Denver houses four competing teams: Bad Apples, Electrocuties, Green Barrettes and Shotgun Betties. With names like that, not to mention the many infamous skater names, how can you resist?!

- Sarah Carpenter lives in Littleton, where she was born and raised. She spent a decade in Downtown Denver, and its surrounding neighborhoods, going to school for writing, working in the service industry, and getting to know Denver's diverse culture. She has a passion for travel writing, local and afar, focusing the story on its people, culture and region.


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