Good Denver Grateful Dead Bar: Sancho’s Broken Arrow
If you’ve never been to Sancho’s Broken Arrow, you have to go at least once. The bar is more than just a bar–it is an experience.
As you walk inside Sancho’s you immediately notice the walls. They are adorned to the ceiling with psychedelic concert posters from the ’70′s, most of them from Grateful Dead shows, concert photos, concert tickets, and a huge title mural of the iconic Grateful Dead “Steal Your Face” skull.
On most nights, Grateful Dead music is playing from a CD jukebox by the bar. The jukebox is three plays for a dollar, and nearly all the songs you’ll hear and/or choose from are from mid-’70′s Grateful Dead concerts, with sets from a few other jam bands such as Phish thrown in here and there. There’s also foosball, pool tables, air hockey, and plenty of cheap beer to keep you entertained and having a Good time. Words, though, simply don’t do Sancho’s a justice; you have to experience it yourself–perhaps before or after a show at the Fillmore Auditorium which is located across the street.
Sancho’s is owned by the Bianchi brothers, who also own Quixote’s True Blue downtown on Lawrence St. Quixote’s is another Dead Head gathering place, but it is bigger and features more live music. This weekend, for example, it is featuring the Everyone Orchestra, which includes Steve Kimock, and musicians from moe., Tea Leaf Green, the Trey Anastasio Band, and more. Tickets can be purchased here.
If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to read the history of Sancho’s and Quixote’s here. It’s a trip!
Sancho’s Broken Arrow is located at 741 E. Colfax Avenue, at the corner of Colfax and Clarkson.