Denver's ten best jukeboxes
Jim Wills The jukebox at 3 Kings Tavern, our Best of Denver pick for 2012.
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Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ten best jukeboxes in Denver:
10. Barry's on Broadway, 58 Broadway
When you pull up the A's on Barry's Internet-based TouchTunes jukebox, it's a bit scary that there's a bunch of Alabama, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Gary Allan and Allman Brothers. But while it's heavy with country and Southern rock, there's also some metal (Avenged Sevenfold), some Finnish cello rock (Apocalyptica), and Chris Cornell's side project, Audioslave. There's also a good variety of rock, classic rock and R&B.
9. The Streets of London Pub, 1501 East Colfax Avenue
With a moniker like Streets of London, you'd think the jukebox would be U.K.-centric, but it's a lot more than that. Sure, there's a 2-Tone ska compilation, Duran Duran's Decade, Total Madness, the Very Best of the Jam and a few Led Zeppelin albums, but there's also a whole lot of American rock, including Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett and Kiss. Blues fans might dig the selection of Albert King and John Lee Hooker, while the punk set will like the Husker Du and Helmet.
8. Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar), 2060 Champa Street
While the music of Tom Waits might seem fitting in many of these spots, it especially works at Bar Bar. It makes sense that the bar has a disc like Used Songs, a collection of Waits's songs from 1973 to 1980, as Waits himself would have been right at home at a place like this. But there's also stuff on here that he might dig, like Merle Haggard, Sinatra and Johnny Cash.