The bulk of Denver’s gay oriented bars and clubs are on South Broadway or along East 17th Street. That’s a plus if you’re barhopping, but a negative if you live in East Denver and want a friendly destination close to home. Mozart Lounge doesn’t label itself as a strictly alternative bar, nor would it be obvious to a stranger dropping in for a visit, but it’s a family owned and run place where all are welcome.
Mozart Lounge has been a part of Denver’s Mayfair neighborhood for 27 years. After the original owner passed away Patrick Vigil, owner of The Barker Lounge on South Broadway, purchased the establishment. They did the usual cosmetic upgrades when someone new moves in, but for the most part kept the atmosphere the same as to keep the regulars and appeal to more.
We biked over Saturday evening. It was early, with the goal being a few post dinner drinks. Even though the patrons were thin more were gathering by the time I left, creating an enjoyable social vibe for all. This was my second visit to Mozart, and I was surprised to find they now serve dinner Monday through Thursdays, and offer a $15 brunch on Sundays.
It’s also a close place for professional Stapleton, (or Gaypleton,) couples to pop in for a drink and chat with friends without trekking to a noisy and crowded club.
If your usual week consists of Tracks, JRs, or Beta, I recommend gathering some friends and checking out Mozart. I love dance and techno music, but you’d be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable watching and listening to a solo pianist can be. If you don’t enjoy the music I’ll buy your first two drinks. (Just put them on my non-existent tab.)
They’re at 14th and Krameria, one block south of Colfax. mozartlounge.com
by James Van Dellen and Caleb Cross