...and a history buff.
I'm taking a road trip to Denver for Memorial Day to see the play "Red" at the Curious Theatre (see link; one of the actors is Ben Bonenfant, who was so terrific as the gay hustler in the movie "Strapped").
Haven't been to Denver since I was kid. I won't have much time there -- arrive probably Friday afternoon and leave Sunday. So what's there to do? What gay bars/clubs are good for 40-something slightly-bearish dudes? I love history -- is there a good history museum?
The Wrangler is the bear bar in town and sometimes they have wet underwear night. If you like country music, Charlies is always happening too.
The new History Colorado Center just opened and it is supposed to be magnificent.
Is the character of Ken in "Red" supposed to be gay? When I saw the production in DC, he was played by a gay actor; which seems to be the case for the Denver production too (not the same actor either....and the jury's still out on Eddie Redmayne).
Anyway, Denver is a fun town, but it doesn't seem particularly gay.
Great places to hang out for meals in Uptown area ....Olivea, Steubens, Park & Co, D Bar ...lots of great places in town to hang out
Take a walk in Wash Park. Botanic Garden is nice. Shoppong in Cherry Crek North.
History Colorado is getting great press. New Clyfford Still museum is pretty interesting.
Forgot to mention ...if you have time on Saturday afternoon ....drive up to the Georgetown Loop train.
Also, in the city - Molly Brown House ....and stop for a drink in the Brown Palace lobby ...
The Brown Palace hosts a pretty wild party called "Scat/Freaks" the evening of every 3rd Saturday.
R5 is full of shit, no pun intended. The Brown Palace is one of poshest hotels in the country. They do not host shit parties.
The Museum of Natural History is a must-see on your itinerary.
LMAO...it was a crude joke. The Brown Palace is actually pretty swank. I've only seen it...en route to staying at the Crown Plaza :*( --never been inside though. I love Denver and travel there frequently, but sadly I've never really spent much time enjoying the sites. I might be going TDY there for a couple of months so hopefully that'll change.
r2, although Ben Bonenfant played a gay character in "Strapped," he's apparently straight -- his Facebook account has pics of him and his girlfriend; the Facebook profile of "Strapped" director Joseph Graham also has pics of Bonenfant with his girlfriend.
So, I really got to hand it to Bonenfant -- his performance in "Strapped" was incredibly convincing and effective.
Thanks for the suggestions; I definitely am intrigued by the History Colorado Center and as a Titanic buff, I guess the Molly Brown house is on the itinerary.
According to Google maps, the hotel I'm staying at is close to 2 gay bars, Broadways and Moe's. Either any good?
If you like history, Moe's is great. It's full of dinosaurs.
I'm shocked no one has mentioned the underground compound at the airport.
R10, don't you dare mention the alternate capital in a public setting! What if Uncle Fritz hears!
[quote]I'm shocked no one has mentioned the underground compound at the airport.
Don't worry, if OP is gay he'll see that soon enough. Maybe 2013, 2014 at the latest.
Say, here's a fun fact since OP is a history buff. Did you know that the very first settlers in what later became Denver were the S. M. Rooker family—a Mormon family from Utah. That was way back in 1848!
Denver is very dull. Head up to Boulder where the boys are.
I'm afraid I don't have the time, r13. I'm driving up from Dallas -- around 13/14 hours.
Don't go to Charlie's. The lesbians took it over after they closed Her Bar.
For coffee go to the Daz Bog on 9th & Downing. Gay central and the coffee beats the hell out of Starbucks.
Daz Bog is a fun place to meet, but the coffee is really bad. Like Folgers bad.
This Bonenfant sounds like a good kid.
The No. 1 tourist attraction is the Mint. God knows why.
Admittedly, I'm torn between Midtowne and Wrangler. Decisions, decisions.
Opted for Wrangler. VERY underwhelming. Ended up getting a late dinner at Steuben's and heading back to the hotel.
OP, how long are you in Denver?
Leaving tomorrow, r33. Debating whether to go the History Colorado Center, or drive up into the mountains, away from all the people. Just as long as I'm back in time for the play tonight at 8.
I live in Denver, R34. I love museums but I think the HCC will probably be a zoo this weekend. I'd drive up in the mountains, maybe Mt. Evans. You can go all the way to the top there. Just google and check to make sure the road is open. I think it is by now.
The Denver Botanical Garden is nice if you want a local attraction. Also you might want to check out the Black Crown Lounge on South Broadway -- a bar set in an antique store. It always seems to have a nice crowd.
Thank you, r35, I just checked online and Mt. Evans opened yesterday...I don't know if that means there will be lots of cars or not, but I'm going to do it!
Oh gosh R36, I should have told you to bring a sweater. It is really cold up top! Hope you have a great time!
Driving from Denver out to the mountains on a holiday weekend! You must love sitting in traffic because it will be bumper to bumper all the way. Good luck.
Am an average, plainspoken, unassuming kind of guy. My ass still feels worn out after visiting that Wrangler place. Those mountain men seem to have nothing better to do than cream up my bunghole.
r35, yes, it was cold (about 40 degrees) and the wind was blowing so hard that I could barely get the car door open. But it was breathtaking! Thank you for the suggestion!
r38, it wasn't bad at all on the roads. In fact, I pulled off to get something to drink and my GPS re-routed me away from the interstate onto Old Squaw Pass Road, which was equally breathtaking.
The Brown Palace staff historian does a Saturday tour that's great if you like history, old hotels or both. They take you into the presidential suites, etc. and even down into the kitchens, and they tell stories on famous guests (Prince trashed every surface in his suite with dozens of dripping candles, stuff like that.) It's free for guests and 10. for others, reservation required.
Well you should have posted that yesterday numbnuts.
That wasn't me at r42!
Just got back from the play. EXCELLENT. If "Red" is playing in your area soon, definitely go to see it (it continues at the Curious Theater in Denver through June 16). The two actors had a meet and greet afterward, so I was able to speak to Ben Bonenfant, told him I'd driven up from Texas and had seen his movie "Strapped." He was very flattered and humbled. It must be true that film/TV adds pounds, or he lost weight for this role, since he appeared much more slender and slight than he did in the film, and is actually much more handsome in person. Hopefully, I can say I saw him before he became famous.
The gay scene in Denver was the worst of any major US city. Horrible. 100% white, mainly pasty middle-aged men. No diversity from what I saw.
Just work the glory hole at the interstate truck stop outside of Denver, OP. You'll fit right in..pun intended